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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Colorado Law School, 2007, Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy, Managing Editor
    • B.A., University of Colorado-Boulder, 2004, Political Science, Philosophy, and Minor in Business Administration; Student Body President
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2008
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2008
    • Supreme Court of Colorado, 2007

Richard Murray is a firm believer that the best outcome for Polsinelli’s clients begins with an understanding of their business objectives and how disputes or potential litigation affects those objectives. As a shareholder in the firm’s litigation practice, his practice focuses on commercial and business disputes. Richard also assists with cases involving health care, real estate and construction litigation issues. He has substantial experience in complex litigation and has successfully defended against multi-million dollar claims at both the trial court and appellate court levels. He has been awarded a peer review rating of AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®.

Richard is the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Richard Marden Davis award presented by the Denver Bar Foundation to a lawyer “under the age of 40 who so combines excellence as a lawyer with creative civic, cultural, educational, and charitable leadership as to best exemplify the character and promise of Richard Marden Davis at that stage in his career.” Richard also received the Denver Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 2018.

Richard has been honored as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals in Colorado by ColoradoBiz magazine, named in The Best Lawyers in America®, a nine-time "Rising Star" in Colorado Super Lawyers, and as a "Compleat Lawyer" by Law Week Colorado. Richard is also active in the Colorado legal community. Richard previously served as President of Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc., also known as CBA-CLE, and is the Immediate Past Chair of the University of Colorado Law School’s Law Alumni Board. Richard also serves on the statewide Colorado Access to Justice Commission by appointment of the President of the Colorado Senate, and serves as an officer of the Commission. He previously served terms as the First Vice President and Second Vice President of the Denver Bar Association and on the Board of Governors for the Colorado Bar Association.

Before joining Polsinelli, Richard represented physicians, dentists, registered nurses, and health care facilities in professional liability and licensure board matters. Prior to private practice, he served as a judicial law clerk for Justice Nathan B. Coats on the Colorado Supreme Court. Richard’s background also includes experience working for Justice Allison Eid on the Colorado Supreme Court (internship) and Judge David Furman on the Colorado Court of Appeals (internship), as well as with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means (internship), the Colorado House of Representatives (internship and as a legislative aide), and the Denver City Attorney’s Office (Municipal Operations Section internship).
  • First-chaired and prevailed at trial in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado against a company executive on Section 523 claims, including fraud and embezzlement. The court entered judgment in favor of the client in the amount of $2,544,000, plus interest and costs.
  • First-chaired a trial representing two hospitals against the State of Colorado relating to alleged overpayments for Medicaid services and prevailed on all claims.
  • Prevailed on motion for summary judgment on behalf of two hospitals against the State of Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing on 22 claims of alleged overpayments for Medicaid services.
  • Represented company in a multi-million dollar products liability case with international discovery needs.
  • Represented contractor in a multi-million dollar oil pipeline construction dispute.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment against $3.7 million of alleged debt which was affirmed by the Colorado Court of Appeals.
  • Successfully obtained judgment against former CEO as a sanction for violation of discovery rules and successfully defended against motion to set aside the judgment.
  • Represented company executives and employees and prevailed on motions to dismiss all claims with prejudice.
  • Successfully obtained judgments against two companies for more than $1.6 million in damages.
  • Successfully defended case arising from intellectual property and contract dispute over a technology license agreement in which over $31,000,000 was claimed as damages against the client.
  • Represented hospitals, health systems, and laboratories in Medicaid overpayment and recoupment appeals in multiple states.
  • Represented physician in end-of-employment dispute over compensation with medical center.
  • Represented hospital in wrongful termination litigation with former medical director.
  • Obtained dismissal of numerous complaints and investigations against physicians and other practitioners by state medical boards.
  • Successfully moved to quash subpoenas served on hospitals for patient medical records.
  • Represented law firm and attorneys in a case involving claims of abuse of process and malicious prosecution and prevailed on motion to dismiss all claims with prejudice.
  • Authored the amicus curiae briefs in the Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals published cases of Vallagio at Inverness Residential Condominium Association, Inc. v. Metropolitan Homes, Inc. The amicus curiae briefs—“friend of the court” briefs—were filed on behalf of a coalition of developers, chambers of commerce, trade organizations, and business organizations, and presented arguments that declarations requiring declarant consent prior to the removal of an arbitration provision are valid and enforceable under the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (CCIOA). In the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals opinions, the CCIOA issues echoed the arguments presented in the amicus briefs. The Supreme Court’s published decision addressed a major issue in construction defect law that legislative efforts had failed to accomplish—if a declaration contains a provision requiring the declarant’s consent to remove an arbitration clause, that requirement is enforceable.
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