Matthew W. Hall

MATTHEW W. HALL

Peakview Tower
6465 S. Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Ste. 650
Englewood, Colorado 80111
Telephone: 303-796-2900

Member: Martindale Hubbell

Mr. Hall is admitted to practice law in Colorado and California. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Southern California in 2003. Mr. Hall obtained his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School – Los Angeles in 2007, where he was the recipient of a full merit scholarship. Mr. Hall received First Honors awards in Constitutional Law and Appellate Advocacy. During law school, Mr. Hall served as an extern for the Honorable Stephen R. Reinhardt on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and earned a position on Loyola’s ABA Moot Court Competition Team.

Prior to joining Levy • Wheeler • Waters, Mr. Hall worked as an associate attorney at a litigation firm in Denver. Prior to relocating to Denver, Mr. Hall served as a law clerk for the Honorable Luis A. Lavin and the Honorable Mary H. Strobel at the Los Angeles Superior Court, and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School.

Education
• Juris Doctor – Loyola Law School – Los Angeles, 2007
• Bachelor of Arts – University of Southern California, 2003

Professional Activities
• Admitted – Colorado
• Admitted – California
• Colorado Bar Association
• Denver Bar Association
• Colorado Defense Lawyers Association

Honors and Awards
• Recipient of full merit law school scholarship
• Recipient of First Honors awards in Constitutional Law and Appellate Advocacy
• Law clerk for the Honorable Luis A. Lavin and the Honorable Mary H. Strobel – Los Angeles Superior Court

Opinions
D.R. Horton, Inc.-Denver d/b/a Trimark Communities, and D.R. Horton, Inc. v. The Travelers Indemnity Company of America, Travelers Indemnity Company, Travelers Indemnity Company of Connecticut, St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, and Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company, 860 F.Supp.2d 1246 (D.Colo. 2012).

Sample of Success

June 2017

Bulinski v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, Civil Action 16-cv-02066-RPM, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado. Plaintiffs filed claims for breach of contract, statutory unreasonable delay/denial and common law bad faith, seeking about $200,000 in property damage, plus a penalty of double damages, plus attorney fees and costs. Plaintiffs also sought punitive damages. The insurance claim arose when a giant boulder detached from a cliff face about ¼ mile from plaintiffs’ vacation home in Ouray, Colorado and rolled downhill. State Farm denied the claims based on the policy’s earth movement exclusion. Plaintiffs filed their lawsuit and later filed a motion for summary judgment. In response to Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment, Matt Hall filed a cross-motion for summary judgment. The Court disagreed with plaintiffs’ position and determined that there is no insurance coverage for the loss. As a result, the court dismissed all of plaintiffs’ claims.

April 2017

Katsel v. Auto-owners Ins Co., Civil Action 16CV407, Denver District Court. Plaintiff filed claims against Auto Owners following a wind and hail storm. Auto Owners covered exterior damage but denied coverage for damage to the interior of the building as excluded by the applicable insurance policy. The policy excluded interior coverage from rain unless the building first sustained covered damage through which the water entered. The Court agreed with Matthew Hall, that there was no covered loss to the building through which the water entered. As a result, the Court granted summary judgment.

 

Manchester Place HOA, Inc. v. Owners Insurance Company, Civil Action 1:14-cv-03226-REB-KLM, United States District Court, District of Colorado. Matthew Hall assisted in obtaining a defense verdict this breach of contract and insurance bad faith case. Manchester Place HOA sought more than $2 million in damages, penalties, costs and attorney fees as a result of Owners Insurance Company’s decision to deny coverage for alleged hail and wind damage to eight buildings. The HOA alleged that as a result of one or more hail storms, all eight of its roofs needed to be replaced, along with air conditioners and fencing. Owners denied coverage after its experts found no evidence of hail damage caused during the policy period. Although the HOA hired a public adjuster and an engineer who both opined there was recent hail damage, the jury agreed with Owners and returned a verdict in favor of Owners Insurance Company.

 

Recent Success

  • Jury Trial Win – Jenkins

    Plaintiffs sought more than $785,000 at trial, plus interest and attorney fees. Marc Levy and Jami Maul won a complete defense verdict at trial.

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  • Defense Verdict at Trial – Sellars

    Heather Hackett won at trial. Plaintiff alleged negligence, negligence per se and sought various types of damages. However, the jury disagreed with plaintiff and returned a defense verdict. Following trial, the jury commended Ms. Hackett on her excellent trial skills.

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  • Summary Judgment – Bulinski

    June 2017 Bulinski v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, Civil Action 16-cv-02066-RPM, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado.  Plaintiffs filed claims for breach of contract, statutory unreasonable delay/denial and common law bad faith, seeking about $200,000 in property damage, plus a penalty of double damages, plus attorney fees and costs.  Plaintiffs also sought punitive damages.  The insurance claim arose when a giant boulder detached from a cliff face about…

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