Biography

Caleb is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on complex civil and commercial litigation and appeals.

An experienced case manager, Caleb enjoys the strategy and problem solving involved in litigation practice. He is skilled at identifying and planning for issues that arise in high-stakes litigation. He has been in case management roles early in his career, and has developed the knowledge necessary to manage personnel and coordinate strategy.

A devoted advocate for his clients, Caleb stays attentive to their needs through the resolution of their matters. In this regard, he serves as an objective counselor and advises individuals and businesses about cost-effective solutions while giving them realistic assessments about the benefits and disadvantages of strategic choices.

Caleb has an active pro bono practice and in 2013 was part of a team that received an Award of Special Recognition from the Colorado Lawyers Committee for its work in the Center for Legal Advocacy v. Bicha matter. In 2018, he was part of the team that negotiated a consent decree in the same matter, including several innovative solutions to help build a streamlined, community-based mental health system. He has also served twice as Special Counsel for the State Public Defenders Office. In 2015, Caleb worked with a team of private lawyers and the Public Defenders Office to secure systemic reform of bond-setting practices and access to counsel for the indigent in Denver County Court.

Significant Representations

  • Prevailed on summary judgment for the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association(PERA) against a constitutional challenge to the Colorado General Assembly’s modification of retiree pension benefits when necessary to preserve the financial viability of public pension funds. As one of the first cases to address pension reform through modification of retiree benefits it has garnered nationwide attention. The Court of Appeals affirmed in part and reversed in part. The Supreme Court granted certiorari and found for PERA, reversing the Court of Appeals and reinstating the trial court’s order. Justus v. State, 336 P.3d 202 (Colo. 2014); Justus v. State, 337 P.3d 1219 (Colo. App. 2012); Justus v. State, No. 2010-CV-1589 (Denver County, CO 2011).
  • Prevailed on behalf of PERA on summary judgment in a $190 million dispute with the City of Colorado Springs and Memorial Hospital Authority. In February 2014, the trial court ruled that Memorial must comply with statutory mandates to leave PERA and must pay its withdrawal liability to fund the future benefits of its retirees and employees. In October 2014, the City and Memorial Hospital agreed to settle the case by paying $190 million to PERA.
  • Prevailed on behalf of PERA in the Colorado Court of Appeals in a benefit dispute litigation.
  • Served as national coordinating counsel for Lehman Brothers, prosecuting indemnification claims against loan originators, managing his own cases and coordinating a nationwide strategy across other law firms.
  • Represented Adams County, Colorado in public racketeering cases against former employees and government contractors.
  • Successfully reversed class certification for a group of automobile dealerships in the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court. Garcia v. Medved Chevrolet, Inc., 263 P.3d 92 (Colo. 2011); Garcia v. Medved Chevrolet, Inc., 240 P.3d 371 (Colo. App. 2009).
  • Prevailed in the Third Circuit of Appeals for AIG subsidiary VALIC that affirmed a significant damages award for VALIC against a former broker for breaching his non-competition covenant. VALIC Financial Advisors v. Gary Latuszewski, 393 Fed. Appx. 962 (3rd Cir. 2010).
  • Defended an insurance broker against claims for more than $100 million brought by a corporation alleging breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and conspiracy. The case was settled on favorable terms for Caleb’s client.
  • Reached a successful resolution on behalf of the Denver Broncos Football Club in a dispute with former players to determine whether the current owner of the Denver Broncos football franchise is responsible for cumulative trauma claims brought by players employed by a prior owner. PDB Sports Ltd v. George Goeddeke, et al., No. 11-CV-8097 (Denver County, Colo. 2013).

Before Fox Rothschild

Caleb was a partner with Rollin Braswell Fisher LLC, which merged with Fox Rothschild in 2018. 

He began his legal career as a law clerk for Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey of the Colorado Supreme Court. After clerking, Caleb was an associate and then partner at a national law firm headquartered in Denver.  

Prior to law school, Caleb taught for two years at an inner-city Atlanta elementary school through Teach for America, before teaching an additional year at an elementary school located in a housing project near London, England.

Honors & Awards

  • Team of the Year Award, Colorado Lawyers Committee (2017, 2019)
  • GenXYZ Top 50 Young Professionals, ColoradoBiz (2018)
  • Barrister’s Best Sports Lawyer, Law Week Colorado (2017)
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2013-2019)
  • Special Recognition Award, Colorado Lawyers Committee (2013)
  • Law Week Colorado’s Up-and-Coming Lawyers (2012)
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell®