Paul G. Karlsgodt

Partner

Denver
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Paul Karlsgodt is the leader of BakerHostetler’s national Class Action Defense practice team. He knows and understands the intricacies of the class action process and is strategic in his work, looking at a case from all angles but also knowing which aspects require the most focus and attention. Clients turn to Paul for representation and advice, trusting his experience and knowing he will be a strong advocate who will keep their long term business goals in mind.

Paul is the Denver office Litigation group coordinator. He is also the editor of and primary contributor to www.ClassActionBlawg.com, which covers global and national class action-related issues such as decisions, trends, best practices, news, and reform.

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  • Paul has significant experience defending class actions in the complex and cutting edge area of data privacy. Paul has also played a lead role in defending class actions arising out of three of the top four largest healthcare breaches in history, as well as various other healthcare breach class actions arising out of hacking, theft, and inadvertent disclosure.
  • Paul led a cross-office team in the successful defense of a California hospital in one of the largest data breach class actions ever filed under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act. The client, which initially faced more than $500 million in potential statutory damages exposure, ultimately prevailed in all aspects of the case and the case was finally dismissed by the plaintiff with no payment by the defendant.
  • Paul coordinated the defense in state and federal courts in Missouri and Illinois in a multidistrict litigation against a grocery store chain arising out of a payment card data breach. The case was ultimately resolved by a nationwide settlement, which was finally approved over the significant efforts of objectors to block it.
  • Capitalizing on his experience in the courtroom, Paul obtained a denial of class certification after serving as lead counsel in a multi-day evidentiary hearing in a consumer class action involving the sale of uninsured motorist insurance coverage.
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Experience

  • Paul has significant experience defending class actions in the complex and cutting edge area of data privacy. Paul has also played a lead role in defending class actions arising out of three of the top four largest healthcare breaches in history, as well as various other healthcare breach class actions arising out of hacking, theft, and inadvertent disclosure.
  • Paul led a cross-office team in the successful defense of a California hospital in one of the largest data breach class actions ever filed under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act. The client, which initially faced more than $500 million in potential statutory damages exposure, ultimately prevailed in all aspects of the case and the case was finally dismissed by the plaintiff with no payment by the defendant.
  • Paul coordinated the defense in state and federal courts in Missouri and Illinois in a multidistrict litigation against a grocery store chain arising out of a payment card data breach. The case was ultimately resolved by a nationwide settlement, which was finally approved over the significant efforts of objectors to block it.
  • Capitalizing on his experience in the courtroom, Paul obtained a denial of class certification after serving as lead counsel in a multi-day evidentiary hearing in a consumer class action involving the sale of uninsured motorist insurance coverage.
  • Paul played a central role in a nationwide class action against a telecommunications company, mitigating the effects of discovery sanctions that had been imposed against the client prior to retaining BakerHostetler. The cutting-edge electronic discovery case ultimately was settled favorably for the client.
  • As lead counsel for an insurer in a putative class action in California involving auto body shop labor rate surveys and direct repair programs, Paul obtained an order granting judgment on the pleadings and was able to settle the case on an individual basis while an appeal of that judgment was pending.
  • Paul obtained an order denying class certification in a putative class action against an insurer involving demands for reimbursement of medical payments benefits. He was able to settle the case on an individual basis during an appeal of that order.
  • In several threatened class actions involving communication privacy issues, Paul resolved the individual claims due to his willingness to connect with the plaintiff’s counsel before the cases were filed. Millions of dollars of potential exposure were settled for significantly less cost to multiple clients.

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Recognized Practitioner: Litigation: General Commercial in Colorado (2014)
  • Law360 Privacy MVP (2014)
  • Colorado “Super Lawyer” (2011 to 2015)
    • Colorado Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2009 to 2010)
  • Law Week Colorado (2013)
    • People's Choice: Best Class Action/Mass Torts - Defense

Memberships

  • American Bar Foundation: Fellow
  • Rhone-Brackett Inn of Court: President-Elect
  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Litigation
    • Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee
      • Social Media Subcommittee
  • Colorado Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Derivative Suits and Mass Torts Subsection: Founder and Former Chair
  • Washington Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association

Pro Bono

  • Paul led a BakerHostetler team working as cooperating counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado in representing the family of a victim in a wrongful death civil rights suit against three state patrol officers. The team negotiated a settlement of more than a million dollars that included a commitment by the Colorado State Patrol to make significant changes to its Fourth Amendment training. Paul is currently working as cooperating counsel with the ACLU of Colorado, leading a team of BakerHostetler attorneys in a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of two individuals who were wrongfully accused of selling drugs by the Trinidad, Colorado Police Department during a highly publicized drug sting.

Services

Prior Positions

  • BakerHostetler
    • Denver office Hiring Partner
    • Denver office Pro Bono Coordinator
  • Clerk for the Honorable D. Brook Bartlett, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • Washington, 2008
  • Colorado, 1997

Education

  • J.D., University of Denver College of Law, 1997
  • B.S., Purdue University, 1993