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Deva Solomon is the trial lawyer trusted with the cases that matter most to the firm’s clients. Over his career, he has successfully won cases at trial with more than $100 million at stake. In addition to his trial work, Deva is often called to accident scenes or to other incidents for emergency response. He earns clients’ trust by listening to them, understanding their businesses, and developing their strategy as a team. If litigation is in the cards, he creatively defends clients at trial and manages complex litigation, discovery, and negotiations.

Deva has experience representing energy companies in multiple shale plays, and has taken a variety of cases to trial to protect the interests of energy companies for contract, tort, and operational issues.  He also focuses on the defense of claims of all types involving significant injury and death. He has extensive experience defending nursing homes, physicians, nurses, and hospitals, and he has also defended attorneys in legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims.

Deva is the Practice Group Leader for the firm’s Professional Liability Group, which defends professional liability clients such as hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, nurses, lawyers, accountants, architects, and engineers on a national scale.  When he is not at the office, he loves to ski, mountain bike, hike, run (if something dangerous is chasing him), and enjoy the outdoors with his wife, two children, and two dogs.


Memberships & Awards

Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
Colorado Bar Association, Ethics Committee
Defense Research Institute
Sponsorship Chair for 2017 Defense Research Institute Civil Rights and Governmental Tort Liability Seminar
2017, 2018, and 2019 Colorado Super Lawyers® Rising Star
2015 and 2016 West Virginia Super Lawyers® Rising Star
Completed University of Virginia Trial Advocacy College
Order of the Coif
Phi Beta Kappa
United States Courts of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and Fourth Circuit
United States District Courts for the District of Colorado, the Northern District of West Virginia, and the Southern District of West Virginia

Key Experience

Lead trial counsel in cases worth a total of more than $100 million to clients
Won (as lead trial counsel) bench trial for energy company in dispute with two other energy companies over ownership of oil and gas interests in North Dakota
Lead trial counsel in six-day jury trial defending employee of oil field service provider in case involving double thumb amputation on well pad

Work Experience

2008 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Speaking Engagements

“Developments in Colorado, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana Law, Which Could Impact Lease and Title Analysts,” National Conference, National Association of Lease and Title Analysts September 2018

Deva Solomon & David R. Little, “To Speak with the Lawyers, Press 2: An Interactive Discussion Introducing the Litigation Process, Current Hot Topics, and How Engineers Can Help Reduce Risk,” Society of Petroleum Engineers International (Denver Chapter), May 2017

Deva Solomon & David R. Little, “The Lawyers are at it Again: How to Save Your Lease when Operations are Shut Down and Associated Issues,” Denver Association of Lease and Title Analysts Spring Seminar, May 2017

"An Introduction to Nuisance Law Across the Country as Applied to Large Industrial Facilities", Nat'l Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, February 3, 2017, Snowmass, CO

Deva Solomon & David R. Little, “Litigation 101 for Lease and Title Analysts,” Denver Association of Lease and Title Analysts, April 2016

William E. Galeota & Deva Solomon, "Meeting the Risk Management Challenges of Electronic Medical Records," West Virginia Society for Health Care Risk Managers Annual Meeting, May 2014

2014 Legal Malpractice Update, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia

2013 Legal Malpractice Update, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia

"Navigating the Unchartered Territory of the Business Court," West Virginia Continuing Legal Education, November 2012

"The Times They Are A-Changin': Update on Recent West Virginia Legal Decisions Affecting Long Term Care Providers in Litigation," West Virginia Health Care Association Annual Meeting, May 2012

Co-author, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia 2012 Civil Procedure Update

Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia 2011 Legal Malpractice Update

"Spring Cleaning: Ten Cost Effective Ways to Reduce Risk Before the Heatwave of Litigation Arrives," West Virginia Health Care Association Annual Meeting, May 2011

"The 10 Plagues of Risk in Long Term Care: Vaccinate, Isolate, Eradicate!!!" Pennsylvania Health Care Association Annual Meeting, September 2010

"Can Government Indefinitely Detain Individuals Accused of Being Enemy Combatants," 34 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 5155 (2008)