Workers’ Compensation

We currently have 26 attorneys devoted to workers’ compensation law and related areas. As experts in workers’ compensation law, we represent employers and insurance carriers in hearings every week. We have represented thousands of employers in Colorado, and we represent clients in every venue in Colorado, including: Denver, Colorado Springs, Alamosa, Pueblo, Fort Collins, Greeley, Grand Junction, and Durango. Attorneys providing workers’ compensation defense are:

Douglas P. Ruegsegger
Lisa A. Simons
David L. Smith
Thomas M. Stern
Craig R. Anderson
Connie K. Hulst
Drew Rzepiennik
Vito A. Racanelli
Justen L. Miller
Jeff C. Staudenmayer
Lynda S. Newbold
Jeffrey A. Pearson
Lexa E. Coleman
Katherine H.R. Mackey
Alexandra V. Dietzgen
Kevin M. Carlock
Carol A. Finely
Lori R. Miskel
James B. Buck
Philip Reutlinger
Courtney G. Nightengale


Insurance Defense

Ruegsegger Simons provide services for insurance coverage analysis, bad faith litigation, and general liability, property and casualty insurance defense. Our attorneys have extensive experience in defending cases involving utilization review and managed care issues arising in insurance defense contexts. Our attorneys have experience defending employers under general liability insurance, directors and officers insurance, and employment practices liability insurance policies. Our attorneys also have experience defending health care providers and mental health care providers under licensure defense riders to professional malpractice policies. Our attorneys have experience in defending insurance carriers under performance bonds in construction defect claims, including claims involving water infiltration and structural subsidence.

Douglas P. Ruegsegger


Employment Law

Ruegsegger Simons has attorneys who advise and defend employers in a broad range of employment law issues, including:

Employment Discrimination and Retaliation

Sexual Harassment

Wrongful Termination

Employee Handbooks and Personnel Policies

Employment Contracts

Non-compete Agreements and Trade Secrets

Wage and Hours

Drug and Alcohol Policies and Testing

Family and Medical Leave

Employee Discipline and Discharge

Reductions in Force

Investigating Employee Conduct

Violence in the Workplace

Workplace Privacy

Unemployment Benefits

Numerous federal and state laws make the employment relationship far more complex than in the past. These employment laws continue to change. For those reasons, we heartily embrace the adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” We encourage our clients to call us with questions and issues, before they become expensive legal problems.

Of course, when minor issues erupt into major disputes, we are prepared to aggressively defend our clients in any forum. Our attorneys represent clients in state and federal courts, before state and federal administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Our attorneys also represent clients in private arbitrations and mediations. Attorneys who offer employment defense are:

Douglas P. Ruegsegger David L. Smith


Healthcare Law

Ruegsegger Simons represents health care providers in licensure issues before Colorado professional licensure boards and in credentialing issues involving hospital privileges and professional review. This representation includes administrative proceedings involving provider professional review or de-selection by multi-specialty provider groups, preferred provider organizations, professional licensure boards, and hospitals. We also represent health care providers regarding employment contracts, recruitment, retention, compensation, non-competition, and litigation. We represent health care organizations in managed care contracting, compliance and litigation. In addition, we represent public and private hospitals regarding medical staff issues, employment litigation, employee handbooks, and personnel policies. Attorneys who practice in this area are:

Douglas P. Ruegsegger


Civil Litigation

Ruegsegger Simons attorneys represent clients before state and federal trial and appellate courts, administrative law judges, arbitration panels, and other dispute resolution bodies. We have experience in medical malpractice cases, business disputes, contract disputes, construction defect cases, employment disputes, securities matters, and other areas of civil litigation. Our litigation clients include individuals, private and public companies, governmental entities, and health care provider networks. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Texas, Alaska, Utah, California, Illinois, and Indiana.

Douglas P. Ruegsegger Anthony E. Derwinski



Ruegsegger Simons also has attorneys devoted to subrogation work on behalf of our clients. Through subrogation, we are able to recover losses paid by our clients from the negligent parties who cause injuries to our clients’ employees. Our attorneys have been at the forefront of subrogation law in Colorado for many years. Attorneys who provide subrogation services are:

Jeff C. Staudenmayer


Medicare Set-Aside

The need to consider Medicare’s interest in connection with the settlement of workers’ compensation cases is extremely important, and is an emerging area of the law. Few law firms have expertise in this area. Ruegsegger Simons has attorneys who have provided over one hundred opinions in this area and dozens of formal proposals to Medicare. Attorneys who work in this area are:

Douglas P. Ruegsegger Michele S. Carey Tracey M. Bobo



Ruegsegger Simons has attorneys who have handled numerous criminal and civil appeals. Our attorneys have played a significant role in shaping workers’ compensation law in Colorado. Ruegsegger Simons attorneys have successfully prosecuted and defended appeals before the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Court of Appeals, the United States Circuit Court for the Tenth Circuit, and the Industrial Claim Appeals Office. Attorneys who handle appeals are:

Douglas P. Ruegsegger Michele S. Carey