Laurin D. Quiat

Partner

Denver
T +1.303.764.4136
F +1.303.861.7805

Overview

Laurin Quiat tries complex legal disputes for clients in the areas of products liability, construction, commercial and family law. Understanding his clients' immediate needs and how those needs intersect with their overarching goals, Laurin crafts persuasive arguments and strategies to best suit each client's individual situation. Skilled at translating his clients' concerns for the audience hearing the case, Laurin communicates effectively in court and firmly advocates his clients' positions, which he deeply understands due to his complete immersion in the matters facing his clients. He is well-versed in the tax consequences resulting from divorce actions and works to achieve creative resolutions which enable clients to separate their business interests from their family law matters.

Laurin leads the firm's nationwide construction team.

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  • Represented the manufacturer of an alleged defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous steering cable system in a multiweek jury trial in Colorado's federal court, obtaining a defense verdict on all issues. The decision, affirmed by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, established new legal precedent, in which the jury will be instructed in accordance with the more manufacturer-friendly risk-benefit test only when a case involves primarily technical and scientific information.
  • Represented a drilling and oil services company against claims by an oil and gas company in a case alleging breach of lease, early termination fees and improper performance under several oil and gas drilling contracts. Laurin and his team convinced the jury that the contract under which the corporations were operating was improperly constructed, securing a multimillion-dollar victory for the drilling company.
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Experience

  • Represented the manufacturer of an alleged defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous steering cable system in a multiweek jury trial in Colorado's federal court, obtaining a defense verdict on all issues. The decision, affirmed by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, established new legal precedent, in which the jury will be instructed in accordance with the more manufacturer-friendly risk-benefit test only when a case involves primarily technical and scientific information.
  • Represented a drilling and oil services company against claims by an oil and gas company in a case alleging breach of lease, early termination fees and improper performance under several oil and gas drilling contracts. Laurin and his team convinced the jury that the contract under which the corporations were operating was improperly constructed, securing a multimillion-dollar victory for the drilling company.
  • Represented the owner of a Las Vegas resort in a project involving damages of more than $100 million. Pursued several specialty subcontractors, including the electrical and drywall subcontractors, for their delay and substandard performance. After several years of investigations and depositions, Laurin and his team secured multimillion-dollar settlements with each of the subcontractors and their insurance carriers.
  • Represented many clients in complex divorce actions involving multiple million-dollar businesses, family partnerships and real estate trusts. 

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 United States (2016, 2017)
    • Recommended in Real Estate and Construction: Construction (including construction litigation)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© 
    • Denver: Construction Law (2017, 2018)
    • Denver: Litigation – Construction (2015 to 2018)
  • Colorado "Super Lawyer" (2009, 2012 to 2017)
  • Law Week Colorado "Barrister's Best Overall Litigator" (2012)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent

Memberships

  • American Bar Association: Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • Colorado Bar Association: Construction Law Committee

News

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Community

  • Colorado Special Olympics: Board of Directors

Industries

Prior Positions

  • BakerHostetler: Denver office Litigation Coordinator

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2004
  • Colorado, 1985

Education

  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1984, cum laude
  • B.A., Franklin & Marshall College, 1981