Kirstin M. Dvorchak

Kirstin M. Dvorchak

Tel:   303.831.5990
Fax:  303.832.7144
Direct Dial: 303.645.4419
kdvorchak@cla-law.net

Kirstin M. Dvorchak was born in Enterprise, Alabama. When her military parents finally settled down, she was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She earned undergraduate degrees in History and Political Science from Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors College in 2008. Prior to entering law school, Kirstin worked as a paralegal for The Elardo Law Firm, an insurance defense litigation firm located in Phoenix, Arizona which gave her a baseline understanding of the insurance defense world.

Kirstin moved to Colorado to attend law school at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. While in law school Kirstin was awarded Best Oralist in the 2012 Vis Cup which guaranteed her a place on DU’s Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot team. As part of the ICA moot team, Kirstin represented DU in Shanghai and Hong Kong, China. She and her argument partner won the 3rd Annual MOOT Shanghai and, as an individual, she was awarded Best Oralist, 2nd Runner Up.  Since graduating, Kirstin has remained active with the DU team, helping law students learn arbitration law and work on oral argument skills.

In practice, Kirstin’s practice focuses predominately on defending first-party bad faith lawsuits filed against insurance companies.  Kirstin enjoys how challenging the first-party cases can be given the overlay of complex medical issues, insurance company standards and practices, and the ever-evolving legal landscape in relation to C.R.S. § 10-3-1115/1116.  Kirstin also handles a variety of third-party cases that arise out of automobile accidents, premises liability claims, as well as other incidents leading to personal injury claims.  In the third-party context, what Kirstin finds most rewarding is developing a personal relationship with her client.  This personal connection is important to ensure client trust, maximum ability to defend, and giving clients peace of mind knowing their legal matters are taken care of.

Most notably, Kirstin is known as the crazy animal lady of the office; going home each day to three cats and an English Bulldog named Herbie.

Admissions
State of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
10th Circuit Court of Appeals

Education
Arizona State University, BS, BA, 2008
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, J.D., 2013

Professional Affiliations
Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
Minoru Yasui Inn of Court

Recent Successes

Trial: Staidl v. McKenney, Mesa County District Court, March 2017
Court of Appeals: Raffa v. Fitz Apartments, et. al., January 2016
Trial: Ness v. American Family Mutual. Ins. Co., U.S. Dist. Ct., Colorado, March 2016
Court of Appeals: Martinez v American Family Mutual Ins. Co., March 2016
Trial: Espinosa v American Family Mutual Ins. Co., Arapahoe County District Court, May 2016
Trial: Macomber v. American Family Mutual. Ins. Co., U.S. Dist. Ct., Colorado, October 2016
Trial: Cronan v American Family Ins. Co., Arapahoe County District Court, October 2016
Court of Appeals: Przekurat v Davis, December 2016