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, not only 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 that 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, cutting-edge area of data privacy, including playing a lead role in defending class actions arising from three of the four largest healthcare breaches in history, as well as in 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. Client initially faced more than $500 million in potential statutory damages exposure, but ultimately prevailed in all aspects of the case, which was finally dismissed by the plaintiff with no payment by the defendant.
  • Paul coordinated defense in Missouri and Illinois state and federal courts in multidistrict litigation against a grocery store chain arising out of a payment card data breach. 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 multiday 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, cutting-edge area of data privacy, including playing a lead role in defending class actions arising from three of the four largest healthcare breaches in history, as well as in 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. Client initially faced more than $500 million in potential statutory damages exposure, but ultimately prevailed in all aspects of the case, which was finally dismissed by the plaintiff with no payment by the defendant.
  • Paul coordinated defense in Missouri and Illinois state and federal courts in multidistrict litigation against a grocery store chain arising out of a payment card data breach. 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 multiday evidentiary hearing in a consumer class action involving the sale of uninsured motorist insurance coverage.
  • Paul played a central role in nationwide class action against 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 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. Settled the case on an individual basis during an appeal of that order.
  • Resolved the individual claims in several threatened class actions involving communication privacy issues, due to his willingness to connect with the plaintiff's counsel before the cases were filed. Avoided millions of dollars of potential exposure at a significantly lower cost to multiple clients.

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Litigation – General Commercial in Colorado (2016)
  • Chambers USA: Recognized Practitioner, Litigation – General Commercial in Colorado (2014, 2015)
  • Law360 Privacy MVP (2014, 2015)
  • National Law Journal: "CyberSecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer" (2015)
  • Colorado “Super Lawyer” (2011 to 2016)
    • 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

News

Press Releases

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 $1 million that included a commitment by the Colorado State Patrol to make significant changes to its Fourth Amendment training.
  • 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 wrongfully accused of selling drugs by the Trinidad Police Department during a highly publicized drug sting.

Services

Industries

Prior Positions

  • BakerHostetler
    • Denver office Hiring Partner
    • Denver office Pro Bono Coordinator
  • Law 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, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • 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. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • Washington, 2008
  • Colorado, 1997

Education

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