Anne Zellner

Of Counsel

emailazellner@rcalaw.com
phone303.813.6701
fax303.595.3159
Legal Assistant: Marcia Turner
emailMTurner@rcalaw.com

Biography

Anne’s litigation philosophy is to help her clients resolve disputes as early and as often as possible; however, if it comes down to a courtroom battle, she fights with gusto to protect her clients’ interests. Anne has extensive courtroom experience, including participation in bench and jury trials as lead counsel and involvement in multiple high-profile cases around the country. She has represented clients in every phase of litigation, from initial corporate investigations through appellate resolution. In 2011, Anne was awarded the prestigious Trial Excellence Award by the Jury Verdict Reporter for her trial abilities. Anne's practice focuses on commercial litigation and trust and estate litigation.

Commercial Litigation. Anne has significant litigation experience in insurance coverage issues, mortgage-backed securities, oil and gas interests, and contract disputes. She has also litigated conflicts involving product and premises liability, business disputes, medical malpractice, defamation and personal injury. Some representative cases highlighting Anne’s commercial litigation capabilities include:

  • Obtaining a defense verdict in a 3-day trial in bankruptcy court; successfully defended client in a fraudulent transfer case (arising from a probate court matter) characterized by complex factual and legal issues.
  • Representing an insurance company in analyzing an insurance coverage issue and drafting a coverage opinion a $100 million commercial general liability policy.
  • Litigating sophisticated insurance coverage issues on behalf of an excess carrier in a multi-million dollar lawsuit involving 5 parties and requiring 58 depositions in 13 different jurisdictions.
  • Representing a financial institution in objecting to an $8.5 billion dollar settlement involving residential mortgage-backed securities and allegations of breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Obtaining summary judgment in favor of a client in a dispute over an oil and gas overriding royalty interest ownership.
  • Helping a client resolve a contract dispute involving issues related to indemnification, insurance coverage, business formation, and forum selection.
  • Representing a waterproof spray distributor in a product liability case where the plaintiff alleged severe health problems after inhaling the product.
  • Representing an apartment building owner in a “slip and fall” premises liability case involving a tenant who was injured on an icy patch outside the complex.
  • Representing clients in enforcing non-compete and non-solicitation agreements as well as demonstrating unenforceability of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements.

Trust & Estate Litigation. Anne has experience in trust and estate litigation, including representing beneficiaries in will contests and representing fiduciaries in breach of fiduciary duty actions. Some of her trust and estate litigation experience includes:

  • Representing an individual serving as fiduciary for an incapacitated person in a dispute involving complex guardianship and conservatorship issues.
  • Representing beneficiary in a dispute involving the interpretation and reformation of a Will.
  • Representing beneficiary in dispute involving a will challenge brought by disinherited parties.
  • Representing beneficiary of an estate involved in a dispute brought in bankruptcy court alleging breaches of fiduciary duty and fraudulent conveyances.

Publications

  • "Lawyers Who Think: Ethics and Conduct in Federal Practice," Faculty of Federal Advocates Newsletter, July 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • "Planning for Incapacity: An Often Overlooked Aspect of Estate Planning," Colorado Women's Estate Planning Council, July 2019
  • "Planning for Incapacity: An Often Overlooked Aspect of Estate Planning," BOK Financial Webinar, February 2019
  • "Investigation Management: eDiscovery Considerations in Non-Litigation Scenarios," Denver Masters Conference, Panelist, June 2018
  • "Personal Experiences: Recent Participants in the Pro Bono Panel Program," Faculty of Federal Advocates, 2017

Memberships

  • Colorado Women's Estate Planning Council, Board Member and Co-Chair of Membership Committee 
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Judicial Committee Member
  •  Women’s Energy Network, Colorado Chapter, Member
  •  William E. Doyle Inn of Court
  •  Faculty of Federal Advocates
  •  Northwestern Law School Candidate Interviewer
  •  Junior League of Denver, Active Advisor
  •  Alliance for Choice in Education (ACE), Associate Board Member

Distinctions

  •  Lawyers of Distinction, 2016
  •  Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Trial Excellence Award, 2011
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Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2006
  • Wheaton College, B.A., Political Science, 2002

Admissions

  • Texas, 2019
  • Colorado, 2012
  • Illinois, 2006
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

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