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  • Education
    • J.D., Northwestern University
    • B.A., cum laude, University of Rochester
  • Court Admissions
    • United States Supreme Court
    • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
Stacy Carpenter is an experienced trial attorney who understands the importance of identifying and employing a litigation strategy that is outcome-driven, effective, and aligned with her clients’ business objectives. As Practice Co-Chair of Polsinelli’s national Commercial Litigation practice, she combines her strong advocacy skills and her strategic analysis to achieve positive and timely outcomes both in and out of the courtroom. Stacy’s litigation practice is national in reach having handled cases in many jurisdictions across the United States, but she also maintains a strong local presence. Stacy is active in the Colorado legal community, having served as President of the Denver Bar Association and a long-time member of the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors, and is committed to Colorado’s not-for-profit community where she donates her time to various boards including those involving the protection of children and access to education. Stacy’s litigation practice, which includes cases filed in state and federal courts, arbitrations, and appellate matters, focuses on real estate and business disputes. She also has significant experience handling professional liability claims and insurance benefit cases. Stacy’s experience includes:
  • Handling litigation matters for business clients, including claims that arise out of mergers and acquisitions, contractual agreements, entity dissolutions, breach of representations and warranties, fraud, and numerous other business transactions
  • Handling real estate litigation including disputes arising out of various real estate transactions, lease disputes, easement and boundary disputes, title claims, and real estate fraud claims.
  • Defending claims against lawyers, insurance producers, real estate professionals and others, including claims for professional negligence, errors and omissions, breach of fiduciary duty, outrageous conduct, aiding and abetting, violations of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act, unfair competition, and violations of non-competes and non-solicitation provisions
  • Representing plans, companies, and insurance companies in benefit cases, including those that arise under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, disability claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and interpleader actions
  • Obtained summary judgement for a large publicly traded manufacturing company in a federal court action filed by an individual claiming to have an enforceable joint venture agreement which dismissal was upheld following oral argument to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 
  • Successfully defended a major international manufacturing company in a five-day arbitration proceeding before a three-judge panel in a case arising out of an asset-purchase agreement and involving claims of fraud, breach of representations and warranties, and allegations of product defects.
  • Obtained a defense verdict following a successful motion for summary judgment and a five-day trial in a business dispute alleging unfair competition and interference with contractual relations.
  • Lead counsel in an eight-day trial arising out of a real estate transaction where the adjacent land owners asserted the right to enter and use the purchased property based on various deeds and subdivision plats.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for a law firm and individual attorneys following a five-day jury trial in a legal malpractice case that involved allegations of professional negligence arising out of an underlying litigation matter and a claim for over $5 million in damages.
  • Obtained a complete defense verdict following a five-day trial in a professional liability case against a national insurance agency and insurance producer in a case arising out of the placement of auto insurance where the damages asserted were in excess of $1 million and the case involved novel legal issues that were the subject of intensive pre-trial briefing and an interlocutory appeal to the Colorado Court of Appeals.
  • Represented a title insurance company at trial and obtained a verdict against a title insurance agent, which included a finding of gross negligence and an award of attorneys’ fees, and was ultimately upheld on appeal to the Colorado Court of Appeals.
  • Represented a title insurance company at trial against claims of coverage based on the marketability of title, whether there was a right of access, and a right of way claim related to a railroad crossing.
  • Obtained summary judgment ruling that an insurance producer had no duty to a non-client construction company related to the producer’s review of an EPC contract and the placement of specialized builder’s risk coverage in a case where the potential damages exceeded $7 million.
  • Resolved significant claims stemming from a fraudulent health insurance plan where there were hundreds of unpaid health insurance claims, numerous allegations against the professionals involved, significant issues related to insurance for Professional Employer Organizations, Multiple Employer Plans, and the application of ERISA, and millions of dollars in damages.
  • Successfully defended a company and an insurance company under ERISA in a case involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty and statutory violations related to the information provided in the summary plan description and information provided when an employee was terminated from employment following a finding of total disability.
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