Joseph J. Mellon has more than 34 years experience trying cases and arguing appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country, including complex class actions, business contract cases, construction related litigation, claims against the U.S. Government, civil rights and personal injury claims. He has tried more than 80 cases to completion as lead counsel, and has extensive experience dealing with technical issues and experts.

Mr. Mellon's clients include construction companies and business entities of all types. Other clients include individuals and groups having claims of significant damage because of the wrongful conduct of business entities.

Memberships and Affiliations

Denver Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

         Litigation Section

State Bar of Michigan

         Negligence Section

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association

         Board of Directors

The Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Minoru Yasul Inn of Court

         Past President

Faculty of Federal Advocates


       Selected for inclusion in Colorado Super Lawyers 2006-2008; 2011, 2012. Only 5% of lawyers in the State of Colorado receive this honor

       Selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America


Significant Trials and Appeals

        Represented an international power generating company prosecuting construction deficiencies in the construction of a coal fired power plant in Puerto Rico.

        Represented a large contractor that provides power, transmission and transport products, and systems and services to communities across the globe in a dispute regarding welds that were improperly performed by a subcontractor on a multi-million dollar power plant located in Texas.

               Served as managing counsel in wage and hour class action against Wal-Mart culminating in a settlement in 2009 for over $100 million.

               Obtained $3,510,473 judgment against homebuilder for negligence and violation of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act in the construction of a residential property. Ray v. Bainbridge, Inc., District Court, Douglas County, Colorado (2004).

               Obtained $7,086,014 judgment for husband and wife seriously injured in auto accident. Brownlee v. Dorrance, District Court, Jefferson County, Colorado (2004).

               Successfully defended a multi-million dollar claim by a national insurance company against two former employees alleging breach of loyalty and breach of fiduciary duties. Following affirmation by the Colorado Court of Appeals, the defendant employees then sued the plaintiff insurance company for indemnity and recovered all attorney fees and costs expended in the defense of the underlying suit. Guaranty National Insurance Company v. Scottsdale Insurance Company, No. 97CA1571, August 26, 1999 (Colo. App.) (Not selected for official publications), cert denied; Waskel v. Guaranty National Corporation, et al, 23 P.3d 1214 (CA 2000) cert denied May 21, 2001.

               Represented a disabled veteran in a federal tort claims act case alleging malpractice by the veteran's administration medical centers over several years. The veteran was awarded total damages in the amount of $4,600,000 which included sufficient funds to completely replace all VA benefits to which the veteran was entitled so that he could obtain future treatment outside the VA system. This decision was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Deasy v. U.S.A., 99 F.3d 354 (10th Circuit 1996).


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