Ross Pulkrabek


Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

Colorado, 1999

US District Court for the District of Colorado, 2000

US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2004

Education

  • University of Colorado School of Law, JD, 1999
  • The Johns Hopkins University, BA, English with Minor in Russian Language, 1994

Honors & Awards

Colorado Super Lawyers, 2013-2022

Colorado Super Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers, 2014-2015 and 2019-2022

The Best Lawyers in America, Legal Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, 2017-2022

The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Securities, 2017-2022

The Best Lawyers in America, Professional Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, 2017-2022

AVVO, 10/10, Superb, 2022

The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Legal Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, Denver, 2020

Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2009 – 2012

Professional Highlights

  • Accomplished business litigation attorney specializing in representing companies and individuals in Colorado civil lawsuits and arbitrations.
  • Named in the Top 100 Lawyers overall by Colorado Super Lawyers (2014-2015, 2019-2022)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2017-2022) and named Lawyer of the Year in Legal Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, Denver (2020)
  • Elected President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (2015-2016)

Civil Lawsuits & Litigation Attorneys

Legal Services in Business Litigation and Business Partner Disputes

I am an award-winning and top-rated business litigator with Keating Wagner Polidori Free. I represent professional clients in business disputes, civil trials, and arbitrations. I regularly represent clients in partnership disputes, business divorce, and other business separations as well as legal malpractice cases which can involve professional liability. My business torts and commercial litigation practice includes areas such as fraud, contract disputes, breaches of fiduciary duties, embezzlement, and misappropriation of trade secrets. I have successfully served families, individuals, and trusts that have been harmed in business schemes and questionable investments. I also represent beneficiaries and successor fiduciaries in trust and estate litigation. There is no one-size-fits-all to my law practice and I have earned a reputation for success in complex, sensitive, and high-profile commercial disputes. A great example was my representation of the family of a man murdered by a high-level Scientologist wherein we were able to obtain compensation from related Scientology-based enterprises.

Ethics, Professional Liability and Attorney Malpractice

My approach to trial practice for the past two decades has been one that is creative and tailor-made in order to obtain the desired result for my clients. For example, professional malpractice cases are unique and often more complex than personal injury. When a trusted professional such as an attorney, real estate broker, or accountant commits an error or engages in wrongdoing, it is especially devastating to the client. I treat every client and every case as unique. I have recovered millions of dollars against licensed professionals who have injured their former clients through negligence or other wrongdoing.

For more than a decade I have been a contributing author to Lawyers Professional Liability in Colorado, the leading comprehensive treatise on legal malpractice in Colorado. The publication is a guide for every Colorado attorney, regardless of practice area, and discusses legal ethics, client-lawyer relationships, and attorney discipline. I advise other lawyers and law firms on issues involving professional ethics and liability through lectures at continuing legal education seminars. I also served as the President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association in 2015-2016.

Fraudulent Conveyance in Colorado

As a business plaintiff attorney, my experience in finding assets that debtors try hide to avoid paying a claim or judgment is of great importance when it comes to high-stakes disputes. I have recovered millions of dollars for clients through strategic and thorough investigation and by novel arguments and legal theories under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act. I’m often hired by other attorneys to help locate and recover defendant’s assets, as well as asked to testify for other lawyers as an expert witness in similar cases.

In addition to writing and extensively lecturing about fraudulent transfers in Colorado civil matters, I led an effort in 2014 to amend the law to penalize debtors who transfer assets with intent to hinder, delay, or defraud creditors. That successful effort was a result of my experience representing plaintiffs against defendants who seek to avoid paying claims by simply transferring their assets.

Presentations & Publications

The following does not include “President’s Messages” or other editorial contributions to Colorado Trial Lawyers Association’s publication Trial Talk.

Contributing author to LexisNexis Practice Guide: Colorado Pretrial Civil Litigation (2019), Chapters 4, 11

Lecturer, Fraudulent Transfers: Finding Assets and Conducting Investigations, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2018

Lecturer, The Colorado Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act: Remedies for Claimants and Creditors, Colorado Creditors Bar Association, 2017

Lecturer, Protecting Trade Secrets and Defending Against Allegations of Misappropriation, Denver Business Journal – Managing Enterprise Risk for Your Company Series, 2015

Lecturer, The New Rules, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, September 2015

Author, When the Defendant Tries to Hide His Assets: Remedies under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act and the Need for Enhanced Remedies to Deter Intentional Fraudulent Conduct, American Association of Justice Business Torts Newsletter, 2014

Author, When the Defendant Tries to Hide His Assets: Enhanced Damages Remedies under CUFTA, Trial Talk, 2014

Lecturer, How to Use Business Tort Claims to Improve Results in Non-Business Cases,

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2013

Lecturer, Pilot Project Rules: Overview and Considerations, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2012

Co-Author with Aaron Goldhamer, Esq., New Procedural Rules for Business Litigation: Overview and Strategic Considerations, 61 Trial Talk 1, December – January 2012, at 31

Lecturer, Damages in Commercial Cases, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2011

Lecturer, Duties to Prospective Clients and Other Third Parties, Colorado Bar Association, 2010

Lecturer, Ethical Considerations Involving Collection of Attorney’s Fees, at Ethics hot Topics: Internet Marketing, Attorney’s Fees and Attorney Fee Agreements, Colorado Bar Association, 2009

Author, Attorney Liability for Negligent Misrepresentations Made to Prospective Clients, 58 Trial Talk 3, April – May 2009, at 9

Co-Author with Bob Weiss, Lawyer Advertising, in 1 Lawyers’ Professional Liability in Colorado, 2nd Ed. § 7, CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2009 & Supp. -2019

Co-Author with Michael T. Mihm, Common Law Legal Malpractice Claims by Clients, in 2 Lawyers’ Professional Liability in Colorado, 2nd Ed. § 28, Michael T. Mihm, ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2009 & Supp. -2016

Co-Author with Michael T. Mihm, Liability to Third Parties, in 2 Lawyers’ Professional Liability in Colorado, 2nd Ed. § 30, Michael T. Mihm, ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2009 & Supp. -2016

Lecturer, Attorneys’ Liens, at 2007 Preventing Legal Malpractice Seminars, Colorado Bar Association, 2007

Lecturer, Discovery Skills for Legal Staff in Colorado, Lorman Education Services, Multiple presentations, 2006 and 2007

Lecturer, Collecting Fees, at 2006 Preventing Legal Malpractice Seminars, Colorado Bar Association, 2006

Author, Collecting Fees, in 1 Lawyers’ Professional Liability in Colorado, 2nd Ed. § 13, Michael T. Mihm, ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2005 & Supp. – 2019

Co-Author with Aaron Goldhamer, Post-Trial Motions and Issues, in Colorado Courtroom Handbook for Civil Trials § 22, Lorraine Parker, ed., CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2006 & Supp. – 2019

Co-Author with Michael M. McGawn, Protecting the Client from Securities Fraud on the Internet, 30 Colorado Lawyer, April 2001, at 63

Professional Organizations

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2015-2016

Colorado Bar Association, Ethics Committee, 2005 –2022

Colorado Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2006

Denver Bar Association, Second Vice President, 2006-2007

Denver Bar Association, Board of Trustees, 2006-2008