Note: This article has been updated to include Bill Steele among the past recipients of the award. The original article said that Thomasch was the third to receive the recognition; he is the fourth.
The Colorado Chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers unanimously endorsed Roger Thomasch for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
“It’s an exceptional award, and it’s been given only a few times to trial lawyers who have made a really unique and important contribution, such as Roger has,” Michael McCarthy, the Vice Chair of the state committee said.
The award has no established procedure for selection nor is it given on a systematic basis. It originates with the state committee of the ACTL when one or more fellows raise the suggestion that a particular lawyer is sufficiently qualified and made a unique and important contribution to the legal community.
According to McCarthy, Dan Hoffman, Justice Bill Erickson and Bill Steele are the only past recipients of the award.
The American College of Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only fellowship for top trial lawyers in the U.S. and Canada. Membership per state can never exceed 1 percent of the total lawyer population. The primary goal of the college is to maintain and improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism and ethics through education and public statements.
Thomasch is a partner in Ballard Spahr’s Denver office and has previously served as the state chair of the Colorado chapter, chairman of Ballard Spahr’s litigation department, the managing partner to the firm’s Denver office and served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.
“He is widely viewed within the American college, and generally in the community, as one of the most extraordinary trial lawyers that has practiced here in a very long time,” McCarthy said.
He has practiced in the trial of business cases for over 40 years and has experience trying almost every type of business and commercial case. He started on his path to legal success at Duke University School of Law.
The Colorado chapter held their annual dinner Saturday night where they recognized Thomasch for his outstanding legal career.