Heather A. Salg, Partner

Heather Salg is a trial attorney who primarily defends insurance companies and their insureds, as well as large self-insurers in Federal Court and in District Courts throughout Colorado. Ms. Salg has tried over 50 trials and arbitrations to verdict.  Her primary goal as an insurance defense attorney is to develop the relevant facts as quickly and economically as possible, provide an early and accurate assessment based on the facts and law, resolve matters as soon as they can be resolved and zealously defend those cases that have to be tried.

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Ms. Salg has been a presenting speaker about in Colorado and Nationally regarding the defense of bad faith claims. She has presented and written about evidentiary problems associated with the reasonable value of medical expenses (“billed v paid”), Premises Liability, and best claim handing practices. She has written articles for the Colorado Lawyer and Claims Management Magazine. She has been a Continuing Legal Education speaker for the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, the Colorado Bar Association, and the National Business Institute. She has been a faculty presenter for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the Masters in Trial Program. In 2013 she was invited to be a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a national trial practice organization open by invitation only to members. Membership in ABOTA is based upon a lawyer’s experience in civil jury trials as well as the lawyer’s litigation expertise.

Ms. Salg has been AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2009. She was named as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2012 and has been named a Super Lawyer annually since 2014. In 2016 and 2017 she was recognized as a Top Lawyer by 5280 Magazine and in 2017 she was named to Super Lawyers’ list of Top 50 Women attorneys in Colorado.

Ms. Salg has volunteered with the Colorado Defense Lawyer’s Association on amicus issues, legislative issues, and has helped to organize professionalism events that are co-sponsored by the Colorado Defense Lawyer’s Association and the Colorado Trial Lawyer’s Association. She volunteers for the White Center as a speaker on Constitution Law Day annually, and volunteers as Moot Court Judge for the Colorado Bar Association and Denver University Law School.

Email: hsalg@pattersonsalg.com
Phone Extension: 35

Paralegal: Cathy Tasei ǀ ctasei@pattersonsalg.com

Paralegal: Cindi Jack ǀ cjack@pattersonsalg.com 

Legal Assistant: Vicki Cataldo ǀ vcataldo@pattersonsalg.com

Published Cases

Wilson v. Marchiondo, 124 P.3d 837 (Colo. App. 2005)
Daugherty v. Allstate Ins. Co., 55 P.3d 224 (Colo. App. 2002)
Progressive Cas. Ins. Co. v. Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co., 53 P.3d 740 (Colo. App. 2002)
Nordin v. Madden, 148 P.3d 218 (Colo. App. 2006)
Geiger v. American Standard Ins. Co. Of Wisconsin, 192 P.3d 480 (Colo. App. 2008)
Shelter Mutual Ins. Co. v. Mid-Century Ins. Co., 214 P.3d 489 (Colo. App. 2008)
Volunteers of America Colorado Branch v. Gardenswartz, 242 P.3d 1080 (Colo. 2010) (assisted with amicus brief)
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Crossgrove, 276 P.3d 562 (Colo. 2012)
Colo. Ins. Guar. Ass’n. v. Sunstate Equip. Co., LLC, 2016 COA 64 (April 21, 2016)
Grippin v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2016 COA 127 (Sept. 8, 2016)
Peden v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 841 F.3d 887 (10th Cir. 2016)

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1998
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1999

Education

  • University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado
    • J.D. – May, 1998
    • Honors: Recipient, Award for Scholastic Excellence in Real Estate Seminar
  • University of Denver, Daniels College of Business, Denver, Colorado
    • M.B.A. – 1998
  • Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado
    • B.A. cum laude – 1993
    • Major: Political Science

Classes/Seminars

  • Presenting faculty at 2017 CDLA Trial Academy on “Examining Experts”
  • Chairperson and Presenting Speaker for the Colorado Bar Association 2017 Commercial Motor Vehicle Accident Law: Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives April 21, 2017
  • Chairperson for the Colorado Professionalism Month CLE, presented by the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association and Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016
  • Presenting Speaker for the National Business Institute on Insurance Bad Faith “Set Up” in Colorado, November, 2016
  • Presenting Speaker for the Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law Constitution Day Project 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016
  • Program Chair and Speaker: A Crash Course in Motor Vehicle Accident Law for the Colorado Bar Association, May 2016
  • Presenting Speaker at ABOTA Masters in Trial demonstration, April 2016
  • Presenting Speaker at Colorado Defense Lawyer’s Association Summer 2015 Conference in Steamboat Springs, Colorado on Defending Bad Faith Claims
  • Presenting Speaker for the National Business Institute on Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Defense Strategies, January 2015
  • Presenter with Dr. Reinhardt and Dr. Day of Biodynamic Research Corporation on the Defense of Low-Speed/Minor Impact Accidents and the Admissibility of Biomechanical Expert Opinions for the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance Greater Denver Chapter Event on October 9, 2014
  • 2014 CDLA Trial Academy Mentor Attorney (for Mock Trial)
  • Presenting Speaker on Premises Liability at the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Annual Conference, 2013
  • Presenting Speaker at the July 2013 National Conference of Insurance Guaranty Funds (NCIGF) Legal Conference on Appellate Advocacy: Arguing a Guaranty Fund Case in a State Supreme Court
  • Avoiding and Defending Bad Faith – Best Claims and Litigation Strategies. For the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, July, 2013
  • Chair and Faculty for Colorado Bar Association CLE, Premises Liability Litigation, March 21, 2013
  • Faculty for A Crash Course in Motor Vehicle Accident Law 2013, February 21, 2013, on the issue of Physician Patient Privilege and Medical Record Production in Personal Injury Cases
  • Scoring Panelist for the Regional Tournament CBA High School Mock Trials in 2011, 2012 and 2016
  • Scoring Panelist for the State Tournament CBA High School Mock Trials in 2014 and 2015
  • Presenting Speaker at the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Billed v Paid CLE, 2012
  • Presenting Speaker on Premises Liability Issues at the Colorado Bar Association CLE 2010 Annual Tort Law Update
  • Presenting Speaker at the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Biomechanics CLE in November, 2011
  • Ruling Judge for the 2012 American College of Trial Lawyers National Trial Competition Regional Tournament
  • Served as a Judge in the Hoffman Cup Competition, DU Law School, 2007, 2009 & 2013
  • Faculty for the ABA Section of Litigation / Legal Services Training Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2007

Honors and Awards

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
  • Council on Litigation Management
  • Colorado Defense Lawyer’s Association, Board of Directors, 2010-2012; General Liability Committee Chair, 2016
  • Colorado Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA); 2013-present