Sammantha J. Tillotson

Associate

Denver
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Overview

Sammantha Tillotson has experience litigating a wide-range of complex issues, including products liability, intentional torts, contractual disputes, construction disputes, and state and federal appeals. She also has robust experience in insurance, data breach, and privacy class action litigation. Sammantha is involved in all aspects of complex litigation in trial and appellate courts, with a concentration on managing and navigating multifaceted discovery matters, as well as drafting dispositive motions requiring the briefing of challenging and novel legal issues. She is a zealous and dedicated client-centered advocate for those she represents, focusing on obtaining results that will best serve her clients’ business and litigation needs. In 2019, Sammantha’s outstanding legal advocacy was recognized in The Legal 500 Annual Guide, which named her as a top 500 attorney nationally in the category of Real Estate and Construction law for her work in products liability and construction litigation.

Prior to joining BakerHostetler, Sammantha worked at an insurance brokerage, placing and analyzing property and casualty insurance coverage for her clients in the technology, product manufacturing and life sciences fields. While working in this role, Sammantha obtained her property and casualty producer license and participated in other robust training that enabled her to effectively analyze and mitigate her client’s business risks -- a skill that she now utilizes in assessing business and litigation risk in her legal practice.

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  • Obtained complete dismissal of claims against large insurance company without leave to amend in putative nation-wide class action alleging that insurer unlawfully failed to pay the sales taxes, title and registration fees on a replacement vehicles in breach of the automobile insurance policy.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of two large insurance companies in Colorado state and federal courts on plaintiffs’ alleged breach of contract and declaratory judgment claims in putative class actions arising from alleged underpayment of underinsured/uninsured motorist benefits. Further represented these insurance companies on appeal, obtaining favorable orders upholding both the state and federal trial court decisions in the Colorado Court of Appeals and Tenth Circuit.
  • Represented exercise equipment manufacturer and assisted with trial preparation in products liability case that resulted in complete defense verdict for manufacturer on plaintiffs’ strict products liability, negligence, and breach of warranty claims in state court. Further represented her client in ensuing litigation concerning attorneys’ fees, which resulted in a large attorneys’ fees award by trial court in favor of manufacturer.
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Experience

  • Obtained complete dismissal of claims against large insurance company without leave to amend in putative nation-wide class action alleging that insurer unlawfully failed to pay the sales taxes, title and registration fees on a replacement vehicles in breach of the automobile insurance policy.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of two large insurance companies in Colorado state and federal courts on plaintiffs’ alleged breach of contract and declaratory judgment claims in putative class actions arising from alleged underpayment of underinsured/uninsured motorist benefits. Further represented these insurance companies on appeal, obtaining favorable orders upholding both the state and federal trial court decisions in the Colorado Court of Appeals and Tenth Circuit.
  • Represented exercise equipment manufacturer and assisted with trial preparation in products liability case that resulted in complete defense verdict for manufacturer on plaintiffs’ strict products liability, negligence, and breach of warranty claims in state court. Further represented her client in ensuing litigation concerning attorneys’ fees, which resulted in a large attorneys’ fees award by trial court in favor of manufacturer.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of consumer fraud claims brought against hotel and resort management company in 36-plaintiff action arising from the purchase of timeshare interests.
  • Obtained full summary judgment ruling in favor of hotel and resort company on Colorado Premises Liability Act claim brought by plaintiff alleging contraction of carbon monoxide poisoning from claimed defective fireplace in condominium.
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal with prejudice in action filed against auto refinancing company by consumer alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
  • Obtained favorable class action settlement in large, complex putative class action asserting contract, quasi-contract, equitable, and negligence claims as well as alleged violations of consumer protection statutes against health care network following cyber-attack on its computer network.
  • Repeatedly obtained favorable settlement and dispositive motion rulings in actions brought against large auto manufacturer in Colorado state court alleging breach of warranty as well as violations of Colorado lemon law, the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act, and the Colorado Consumer Protection Act.
  • Obtained early favorable settlement and voluntary dismissal of putative nation-wide class action brought against meal delivery company following cyber-attack on theories of negligence, breach of contract, and violations of all states’ consumer protection statutes.
  • Regularly provide legal insurance claim benefit analyses for insurers with a focus on disputes involving automobile and property coverage as well as bad faith litigation in Colorado and other jurisdictions
  • Engaged in motions practice and assisted with trial preparation in products liability case that resulted in favorable jury verdict for manufacturer of large industrial machinery.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 United States (2019)
    • Recommended in Real Estate - Construction (including construction litigation)

Publications

Alerts

Community

  • Kenzi’s Causes, Board Member (Jan. 2020 to Present)
  • Warren Village Life Skills Instructor (2013, 2018 to Present)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver School of Business Advisory Board: Member (2018 to Present)
  • IMA, Inc. Community Action Committee: Chair (2012 to 2013)
  • Habitat for Humanity: Volunteer (2012)
  • Meals on Wheels: Volunteer (2011)
  • Bryant Webster Elementary School: Third Grade Tutor (2011)
  • Metro State: Recent Alumni Steering Committee (2011)
  • United States Student Association Delegate (2009)

Pro Bono

  • Worked as a pro bono council, alongside the ACLU of Colorado and Harvard Law School Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation, to represent plaintiffs in a putative class action challenging Colorado Medicaid policy.
  • Obtained jury verdict in favor of defendant in misdemeanor jury trial while serving as a student attorney at the University of Denver Criminal Defense Clinic.
  • Through the University of Denver Criminal Defense Clinic, served as counsel in two criminal misdemeanor cases in Denver General Sessions court and Arapahoe County Court.
  • Completed two pro bono research projects for the Anti-Defamation League discussing Title VII religious accommodation.

Prior Positions

  • Judicial Extern for the Honorable Judge Michael Martinez, Denver District Court (2015)
  • BakerHostetler, Paul D. White Diversity Scholar (2013)
  • Colorado House of Representatives, U.S. Rep. Mike Foote, District 12: Legislative Policy Analyst (2013)
  • IMA Financial Group: Account Representative in Manufacturing, Technology, and Life Sciences Division (2011 to 2013)

Admissions

  • Colorado

Education

  • J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2016; Order of the Coif; University of Denver Law Review, Senior Staff Editor, Staff Editor; Recipient, Academic Merit Award; Recipient, Reese Persuasive Writing Award
  • B.S., Business Management, Metropolitan State University of Denver, 2011; Student Body President; Recipient, Metro State Student Leadership Award; Recipient, Metro State Outstanding Alumni Award

Blog

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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Third Circuit Smacks Down Class Action Settlement in Google Cookie Placement Litigation
By Sammantha J. Tillotson
August 29, 2019
In a refreshingly plain-spoken opinion issued Aug. 6, a three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals criticized a multimillion-dollar class action settlement in litigation over Google’s unauthorized use of internet tracking...
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