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Mr. Vaughan is a principal in the Colorado Springs office. He began his practice in 1980 as the law clerk for Colorado Court of Appeals Chief Judge David Enoch. Following that clerkship, Mr. Vaughan joined a large insurance defense firm where his practice emphasized general litigation defense and the defense of public entities and their employees. He left that firm in 1992 to begin his current practice. Mr. Vaughan’s practice continues to emphasize general litigation defense and the defense of public entities and their employees. His practice also emphasizes employment liability defense of both private and public entity employers.
Mr. Vaughan’s general litigation defense experience includes the litigation and trial of a wide range of personal injury and other tort claims arising from automobile accidents, home, and business premises accidents, construction accidents and defects, environmental claims, assaults, and defamation. In addition, Mr. Vaughan provides legal services in the areas of insurance coverage and bad faith matters.
Mr. Vaughan’s public entity defense experience includes the litigation and trial of general tort claims and claims of constitutional violations brought against public entities and their employees in such areas as police and firefighter liability, emergency vehicle driver liability, prisoner claims including claims of conditions of confinement, public school liability, zoning, and land use. Mr. Vaughan has litigated a number of cases on behalf of the State of Colorado under special appointment by the Office of the Colorado Attorney General.
Mr. Vaughan also works with a number of private providers and contractors of private security and detentions services.
Mr. Vaughan’s practice also emphasizes the defense of employment-related lawsuits on behalf of both public entity and private employers. Mr. Vaughan has appeared before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and federal and state courts on claims brought pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). Additionally, Mr. Vaughan provides consultation for a number of public entities on a variety of employment matters.
Mr. Vaughan also provides representation and consulting to professionals regarding matters or claims of violations of the standards of professional conduct.
Mr. Vaughan is a member of the American, Colorado, and El Paso County Bar Associations as well as the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance f/k/a Council on Litigation Management (CLM). Mr. Vaughan is a past member of the El Paso County Inter-Professional Committee and the Colorado Defense Lawyers Amicus Curiae Committee. Mr. Vaughan has section memberships with the American Bar Association's Tort Trial & Insurance Practice, Litigation, and State & Local Government Law Sections and the CLM’s Municipal Law Committee. Mr. Vaughan has given numerous lectures in continuing legal education programs on subjects such as public entity liability and immunity, civil discovery practice, ethics, polygraph law, and insurance bad faith.
Mr. DeMuro is a principal in the Denver office. Mr. DeMuro has practiced in the field of civil litigation since 1976. In 1983, after seven years in private practice representing business entities in commercial and employment cases, he became the first assistant attorney general in charge of the Corrections-Institutions-Public Safety unit in the Colorado Attorney General's Office. For more than two years, Mr. DeMuro worked as the unit's lead trial attorney and supervised the unit's other attorneys in defending numerous civil rights claims, including prisoner litigation. He also worked on the defense of state agencies and officers on liability and employment discrimination claims.
Since leaving the Attorney General's Office in 1985, Mr. DeMuro returned to his private civil litigation practice. He has represented a number of private and public entities and insurers and their insureds. Mr. DeMuro has extensive trial experience in both state and federal district courts. He has tried an estimated eighty cases and appeared at hundreds of hearings. He also has a considerable amount of appellate experience and has personally conducted oral argument in more than thirty state and federal appeals.
Mr. DeMuro has represented Pinnacol Assurance on a number of trial court and appellate court matters. This work included serving as one of the lead trial attorneys for Pinnacol Assurance in the June 1993 trial where the 1991 reform of the workers' compensation statute was successfully defended against numerous constitutional attacks by claimant groups. He has represented Pinnacol for more than 20 years, including the defense of bad faith claims. Mr. DeMuro has also worked with lawyers in our Colorado Springs office on numerous cases involving tort, employment, contract, and civil rights claims brought against corporate and governmental clients.
Mr. DeMuro has extensive experience in the defense of employment-related claims throughout his career. He has defended numerous employment discrimination claims brought under Title VII, including claims before administrative agencies. Finally, Mr. DeMuro has handled a variety of other employment-related claims such as contract claims and claims brought pursuant to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Mr. DeMuro also litigates cases in the areas of insurance coverage and commercial matters.
Mr. DeMuro is well known for his technical expertise in the field of civil litigation. He is the author of a standard treatise, Colorado Civil Trial Practice (West Publ. 2d ed. 2001 and Supp.), and numerous articles including the article on civil procedure in the Annual Survey of Colorado Law each year from 1990-2000. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver College of Law where he has taught civil procedure courses. Mr. DeMuro has also given approximately twenty-five lectures in continuing legal education programs on subjects such as procedure, evidence, and ethical issues in litigation.
Mr. DeMuro has been actively involved in writing and revising many of the rules governing civil litigation. He has served since 1986 on the Colorado Supreme Court's Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure where he chairs a standing subcommittee that reviews changes in the federal rules for possible adoption in Colorado. Mr. DeMuro also served from 1992-1994 on the Supreme Court's Ad Hoc Committee on Discovery and Case Management which wrote the pretrial, disclosure, and discovery rules which took effect for cases filed since January 1, 1995. In 2000, Mr. DeMuro was appointed as the first chairman of a new advisory committee of the Colorado Supreme Court on the Colorado Rules of Evidence. He served as chairman until 2014 and continues to serve on the committee.
Mr. DeMuro is a member of the American, Colorado, and Denver Bar Associations as well as the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance f/k/a Council on Litigation Management.
Ms. Smith is a principal in the Colorado Springs office. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2000 and received her Juris Doctor in 2005 from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She was admitted to practice law in 2005 and joined the firm in November 2005. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Smith clerked for the Colorado Springs office of the firm for two years during law school summer breaks.
Ms. Smith has extensively litigated claims against public officials, including law enforcement officers and prison officials, and various governing boards on both tort and constitutional claims.
Ms. Smith concentrates her practice on general litigation defense and the defense of public entities and their employees.
Ms. Smith is a member of the American, Colorado, and El Paso County Bar Associations, the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, and the Defense Research Institute.
Ms. Cook is a principal in the Colorado Springs office. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Creighton University in 1996. In 1998, she earned her Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law. Ms. Cook was admitted to practice law in 1998 and joined the firm in October of that year.
Ms. Cook’s general litigation defense experience includes the litigation of personal injury and other tort claims arising out of automobile accidents, home, and business premises accidents, construction defects, and defamation.
Ms. Cook’s public entity defense experience includes the litigation of tort claims and constitutional claims brought against public entities and their employees in such areas as police liability, prisoner claims, employment claims, zoning, and land use.
Ms. Cook also has a considerable amount of state and federal appellate experience in brief writing and oral argument.
Ms. Cook is a member of the American, Colorado, and El Paso County Bar Associations, the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, and the Defense Research Institute.
Each of our attorneys emphasizes a particular area of expertise. The principals of Vaughan & DeMuro have received many honors from their peers and have held distinguished positions within their legal profession.