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Jeff Dykes

Of Counsel

Jeff Dykes

Denver

T:+1 303 801 2745

Jeff Dykes' practice as a trial lawyer covers a wide range of cases, including energy, environmental, tort, contract, construction and antitrust matters. He has tried over seventy cases to jury verdict.  He has been certified as a specialist in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1979.

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  • Education

    1972 - J.D., University of Texas School of Law

    1968 - M.A., German, Stanford University

    1966 - B.A., with distinction, Humanities and German, Stanford University

    While attending Stanford University, Jeff was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He attended the Free University of Berlin on an exchange graduate fellowship. While attending law school, he was an editor of  The Texas Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. In 1972-73, Jeff served as a law clerk for the Honorable Homer Thornberry of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

    Jeff is admitted to the bar in Colorado and Texas, and he is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the District of Colorado and the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of Texas.

     

  • Representative experience

    Jeff's significant representative experience includes, but is not limited to the following:

    • Co-counsel for owner of a nuclear power plant in litigation against the architect-engineer-constructor and the project manager for cost and schedule overruns
    • Co-counsel for airline company in defense of suit by partners for alleged failure to properly manage project to develop state-of-the-art software for hospitality industry
    • Lead counsel for waste disposal company in suit against environmental insurance company for bad faith denial of claims
    • Lead counsel for pipeline company against three gas producers in a fraud suit to terminate a long-term gas purchase contract
    • Lead counsel for major oil and gas company in binding arbitration against royalty owners involving valuation of the royalty interest
    • Lead counsel for chemical company in a defamation suit involving patent and technology rights
    • Lead counsel for oil and gas company in suit by state environmental agency for recovery of remediation expense
    • Lead counsel for oil and gas company in suit by state highway department for environmental clean-up costs
    • Lead counsel for oilfield services company in toxic tort suit by over 1,000 plaintiffs for alleged personal injuries and diminution of property values
    • Lead counsel for coal mining and quarry companies in antitrust price-fixing suit against manufacturers of commercial explosives
    • Lead counsel for oil and gas company in an alleged class action suit in which plaintiff royalty owners claimed intentional under measurement of purchased oil on a statewide basis for over a fourteen-year period
    • Lead counsel for 22 pipeline companies as plaintiffs against a state port authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concerning the cost of relocating pipelines to accommodate a federal-state navigation project
    • Lead counsel for transmission pipeline companies in suits by municipalities for franchise or "street-crossing" fees
    • Lead counsel for a physician staffing company in suit against medical malpractice insurer for bad faith cancellation of coverage
    • Lead counsel for a Qualified Scheduling Entity in antitrust suits alleging manipulation of the Texas wholesale electricity market
    • Lead counsel for directors of parent company of failed HMOs in litigation raising issues of corporate governance and corporate separateness
    • Lead counsel for former owner of an aluminum extrusion plant in an action under CERCLA for costs to respond to groundwater contamination
    • Lead counsel for pipeline company in dispute arising from construction of gas processing plant in Wyoming, in which contractor made claim for additional compensation not covered by change orders
    • Lead counsel for exploration and production company in suits by surface owners to compel directional drilling and for surface damages
    • Lead counsel for oil and gas operator in defense of suit for damages allegedly caused by subsurface trespass and migration of coal bed methane gas into water wells
    • Representation of NASCAR racetrack owner to defend suit for breach of alleged contract to sell racetrack
    • Representation of individual in quantum meruit suit against Las Vegas Sands Corp. to recover value of services in obtaining gaming license in Macau
    • Representation of gas pipeline company in suit against Minerals Management Service of U.S. Department of Interior for breach of long term gas transportation contract
  • Admissions
    • Colorado State Bar License
    • Texas State Bar License
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Advocate - American Board of Trial Advocates
    • Colorado Super Lawyer – energy, Thomson Reuters, 2010 – 2015
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2008 – 2018
    • Chambers USA, Texas: Energy and Natural Resources, Chambers & Partners, 2005 – 2009
    • Texas Super Lawyer, General Litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2003 – 2016
    • Legal 500 USA, Energy Litigation, The Legal 500, 2011 – 2012
    • Texas Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2012 – 2014
    • Who's Who in American Law - Marquis
  • Memberships and activities
    • Colorado Bar Association
    • Denver Bar Association
    • The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
    • Independent Petroleum Association of America
    • Federal Bar Association, Past President of Southern District of Texas Chapter
    • Texas Bar Association
    • Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, Director and Past President
    • Texas Board of Legal Specialization: 1979 - present, Civil Trial Law
    • Member, Board of Directors, Denver Athletic Club
    •  Member and past Director, Denver Petroleum Club
  • Languages
    • French
    • German