Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell on Feb. 1, marked 20 years of being “trial tested.”
The litigation firm started in Denver as Wheeler Trigg Kennedy in 1998 with 19 lawyers and 34 staff. It was founded by original named partners Malcolm Wheeler, Jack Trigg and Mark Kennedy, along with Mike O’Donnell and Paul Hultin.
At that time, two clients represented 70 percent of the firm’s work. Now, WTO has 95 lawyers and 105 staff in Denver and St. Louis.
O’Donnell, who has chaired the firm from the beginning and became a named partner after Mark Kennedy died in 2009, said growth has come from its national reputation, which brings a variety of clients, especially because fewer and fewer firms focus on litigation. The firm has also brought in more lawyers through 11 lateral moves over 20 years from firms both inside and outside Colorado, including Cleveland, St. Louis and Virginia.