Paul G. Karlsgodt

Partner

Denver
T 303.764.4013  |  F 303.861.7805

"He's professional, correct and honest. He has great experience."

— Chambers & Partners interviewee

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 his most complete 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 was named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2011 and is the Denver office Litigation group coordinator. He is 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. He played a lead role in the defense of a California hospital in one of the largest data breach class actions ever filed under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act and also 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.
  • 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.
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Experience

  • Paul has significant experience defending class actions in the complex and cutting edge area of data privacy. He played a lead role in the defense of a California hospital in one of the largest data breach class actions ever filed under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act and also 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.
  • 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

  • Colorado “Super Lawyer” (2011 to 2014)
  • Colorado Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” (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: Executive Committee
  • 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.

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
  • Washington, 2008
  • Colorado, 1997

Education

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