David McDivitt

Executive VP/ COO / Attorney

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David McDivitt
Executive VP/ COO / Attorney

David McDivitt, a nationally recognized trial lawyer, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of McDivitt Law Firm. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of McDivitt Law Firm, Mr. McDivitt runs the firm’s litigation and trial group, where he is responsible for both trying and supervising jury trials through verdict. Before joining McDivitt Law Firm, Mr. McDivitt was formerly a Deputy Public Defender with the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender where he earned the reputation as a highly successful and experienced trial lawyer. A frequent legal analyst and contributor to local and national television news and radio, Mr. McDivitt has been named one of the National Trial Lawyer’s Association’s Top 40 Trial Lawyers under 40.

Mr. McDivitt devotes 100 percent of his time to representing those injured in auto accidents, victims of drunk drivers, victims of defective products and machinery, those who have been seriously or catastrophically injured due to the negligence of others, and those whose loved ones have been killed due to the negligence of others (wrongful death claims).

In addition to his work with McDivitt Law Firm, Mr. McDivitt sits on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, the state’s largest specialty legal bar association, and is also a multi-term member of its select Executive Committee. In these capacities, Mr. McDivitt is involved in decision making at the highest levels within Colorado’s trial lawyer community. Mr. McDivitt is also the Co-Chair of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association’s EAGLE Committee, which works to ensure the laws of Colorado protect the rights of individuals and those hurt by someone else’s wrongdoing. In 2010, Mr. McDivitt was awarded the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association’s “Membership Volunteer of the Year Award” for his commitment to the membership of the organization.

Mr. McDivitt actively works to support legislation designed to protect the rights of injured victims, workers, and consumers. Mr. McDivitt frequently testifies before both the Colorado State Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Judiciary Committee as an expert on behalf of various legislation designed to protect the rights of those injured due to the negligence of others, including those injured by drunk drivers. In addition to his work at the State Capitol, Mr. McDivitt has been a featured speaker at the largest annual gathering of auto accident and wrongful death trial lawyers in Colorado, speaking about changes in the law designed to protect injured victim’s rights to pursue their claims against wrongdoers.

Mr. McDivitt received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he graduated magna cum laude and was honored with admission into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society. He was also the recipient of the Dean’s Scholars Arts and Sciences Scholarship and the Alumni Association Scholarship, and was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society. During his undergraduate years, Mr. McDivitt also studied economics, accounting, computer science, and archaeology at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and also attended the University of Paris, Sorbonne, where he earned a certification in the French language. After graduation, he worked for several years as an investment banker in London.

Mr. McDivitt received his Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law. During his tenure at law school, he served as an editor of the University of Colorado Law Review, was the winner of the Carrigan Cup Mock Trial Competition, the William O. DeSouchet Award for “Best Individual Performance in Trial Advocacy,” and the “Colorado Trial Lawyer’s Association-Joel H. Greenstein Award for Best Performance in Advanced Trial Advocacy.”

Mr. McDivitt has been admitted to the Colorado Bar, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit. His professional memberships include the American Association for Justice (also known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), the Colorado Trial Lawyer’s Association, the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, and the El Paso County Bar Association.

Mr. McDivitt and his wife Lisa, a former molecular biology / diabetes researcher and high school science teacher, have a young daughter. Their family is active in their community where they support a number of local and national charitable organizations

Education:

  • University of Colorado Boulder (B.A.), magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Washington and Lee University
  • University of Paris—Sorbonne
  • University of Colorado School of Law (J.D.), University of Colorado Law Review, Editor

Experience:

  • Former Deputy Public Defender, Office of the Colorado State Public Defender
  • Expert Testimony, Colorado State Senate and House Judiciary Committees

Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Association for Justice (also known as American Trial Lawyers Association)
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Co-Chair Eagle Committee
  • Denver Bar Association
  • El Paso County Bar Association

Honors/Awards:

  • National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 40 Trial Lawyers under 40
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association “Membership Volunteer of the Year Award” (2010)
  • Carrigan Cup Mock Trial Competition, winner
  • William O. DeSouchet Award for “Best Individual Performance in Trial Advocacy”
  • Joel H. Greenstein Award for “Best Performance in Advanced Trial Advocacy”