Melissa J. Winthers

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Denver, CO

Shapiro Winthers & McGraw P.C.
 | 2000 S. Colorado Blvd., Tower One, Suite 9000
Denver, CO 80222
Phone: 303-900-7075
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

An attorney with the firm of Fleishman & Shapiro P.C., Melissa J. Winthers provides highly skilled and compassionate representation for her clients in Denver, Colorado, as well as throughout the state. Ms. Winthers' practice of law is focused on brain injury and spinal injury as well as personal injury law generally. She is the President of the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado.  Highly knowledgeable about injuries, their causation and long-term consequences, Ms. Winthers has obtained numerous favorable awards for her clients.

Ms. Winthers was awarded her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Colorado College in 1995, where she was accepted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She then went on to pursue her legal education at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where she received her Juris Doctor in 1998. Ms. Winthers is admitted to practice before all of the state courts of Colorado as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Ms. Winthers is dedicated to the enhancement of her profession as well as progress in the medical field. She has lectured to medical associations and health care providers regarding proving medical injuries in the courtroom, and she is the author of a regular column for the Colorado Chiropractic Association, in which she discusses legal and medical issues.

Ms. Winthers has also designed training programs to help new lawyers through the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, and she is an active member of the American, Colorado and Denver bar associations. As examples of the high regard in which she is held by her fellow professionals, she has received a "Superb" peer-review rating through Avvo as well as an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (90%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Brain Injury

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (10%): Medical Malpractice

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Brain Injury

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Medical Malpractice


Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017 Rising Stars: 2013

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About Melissa Winthers

Admitted: 1998, Colorado

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Honors and Awards:

  • Avvo rating--superb, 2015
  • AV Rating, Martindale Hubble, 2013
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers
  • Top 40 Under 40, American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Top 100 Litigation Attorneys, National Trial Lawyers

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Board Member, TBI Trust Fund , 2016
  • President of the Board, Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado, 2015
  • Board of Directors, Chanda Plan Foundation, 2013 to present
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, Denver Bar Association
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • Board of Directors, Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado, 2010-Present
  • Co-chair, Women's Caucus, CTLA
  • Co-chair, Membership Committee, CTLA
  • Co-chair, New Lawyer's Committee, CTLA
  • Secretary, Chanda Plan Foundation Board, 2013
  • President-Elect, BIAC board, 2012
  • Secretary, BIAC board, 2011
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2004-2007

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • My service on the BIAC board and Chanda Plan Foundation board are pro bono

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker , The Personal Injury Case Investigation , Inc., Sterling Education Services, 2016
  • Speaker , The Personal Injury Case Investigation , Inc., Sterling Education Services, 2016
  • Appropriate Record Keeping and Testimony in the Legal Case, OT Plus, 2016
  • Co-chair, Medicine for Lawyers Seminar, Colorado Trial Lawyer's Association, 2016
  • Bringing to Light the Dark World of Insurance Examinations, Colorado Chiropractic Association and Colorado Chiropractic Society, 2016
  • ABLE Act Helps Families Save to Cover Lifetime Expenses of Disability , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2015
  • Integrative Therapies and Personal Injury, Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2015
  • Recorded Statements/Solicitation of Settlements by Insurance Companies-Rules of the Road , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2015
  • The Cost of the Wrong Insurance, Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2015
  • Legal update 2015: Changes in Insurance and Other Practice Pointers, Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2015
  • Understanding Neurologic Physical Therapy and Dizziness--medical and legal perspectives, Brain Injury Alliance Of Colorado, 2015
  • What Information Should be in a Medical-Legal Narrative Report , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2014
  • Your File in the Medical-Legal Case , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2014
  • To Play or Not to Play, That is the Question , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2014
  • A Lack of Understanding , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2014
  • Understanding the Personal Injury Case and Your Role A to Z, Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2014
  • Showing the Consequences of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Are Anything But Mild, The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado Annual Convention, 2014
  • When Motor Vehicle Insurance Companies CANNOT Increase Your Premium , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2013
  • Colorado Increases Caps on Damages Recoverable Under the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2013
  • Attractive Nuisance Doctrine Regarding Children's Injuries Clarified , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2013
  • What you Post on Facebook Can and Will Be Used Against You in a Court of Law:  The Dangers of Social Networking In Litigation , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2013
  • The Pressure to Perform-Soldiers and Athlete's Reluctance to Report Brain Injury, Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2013
  • Colorado Supreme Court Abolishes the Sudden Emergency Doctrine , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2013
  • Court Clarifies Who Can Bring Bad Faith Claims Against Insurance Companies, but Questions Remain , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2013
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and When to Refer to a Pain Management Physician, Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2013
  • Auto Injuries Unplugged, The Colorado Chiropractic Annual Convention, 2013
  • The Difference between a Pre-existing Condition and a Pre-disposition , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2012
  • Appropriate Medical-Legal Record Keeping and Documentation in the Brain Injury Case , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2012
  • Youth Sports Concussions and the Law , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2012
  • Billed vs. Paid Put to Rest by the Colorado Supreme Court , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2012
  • Colorado Damages Categories , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2012
  • Your Insurance Company's Duties to You , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2012
  • Pennies for Peace of Mind, Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2012
  • Finding All the Available Insurance Coverage , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2012
  • The Collaborative Management of Cervical Spine Injuries and Patient Centered Care: Using Best Evidence to Help Patients Recover and Document What’s Wrong, Colorado Chiropractic Association Legislative Lunch Speaker, 2012
  • Appropriate Medical-legal Record Keeping and Documentation for Occupational Therapists, The Occupational Therapists Association of Colorado Annual Convention, 2012
  • Dispelling Some Common Myths About the PI Case , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2011
  • Year-End Car Insurance Review , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2011
  • Colorado Governmental Immunity-The Harsh Realities , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2011
  • Why the Made Whole Doctrine Does Not Apply to Your Liens , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2011
  • Lessons from Trial:  The Detriment of the Internet , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2011
  • Case Study:  Full Payments on Your Lien , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2011
  • PI Cases:  Shattering the Myths , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2011
  • Perfecting Your Lien , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2011
  • The Legal Significance of Patient Medical Records , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2011
  • Lawyer-Friend or Foe?, Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2011
  • Malpractice Maze:  Do I Have the Right Type of Professional Liability Insurance Policy?, Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2010
  • The New Made Whole Law:  Part 2, Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2010
  • The New Made Whole Law , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2010
  • Identify the Early Warning Signs of Brain Injury , Colorado Chiropractic Association, 2010
  • Hospital Liens: What You Need to Know , 2010
  • The Use of Treatment Guidelines by Insurance Companies , 2010
  • To Lien or Not to Lien: Should You Enter Into a Lien Agreement?, Colorado Chiropractic, 2010
  • Med Pay Basics: A Guide for the Colorado Chiropractic Clinic , 2010
  • Brain Injury Survivor Support Group, 2010
  • Protecting yourself in case of an accident, ABATE of Colorado Seminar, 2010
  • Brain Injury Association of Colorado - Self-Advocacy Workshop Speaker, 2009
  • Boulder Community Hospital, Brain Injury Team Legal Record Keeping Workshop, 2008
  • Subrogation, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Medicine For Lawyers, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2008
  • The Essential Update, Boulder County Bar Association, 2007
  •  , How to Thrive in Court / Understanding the New Rules of Engagement, 2006
  • Medical Treatment Options in Treating Whiplash Injuries / How to Better Handle Cases, Capstone America, 2006
  • Hospital Liens: What You Need to Know, Colorado Chiropractic Association
  • The Collaborative Management of Cervical Spine Injuries and Patient Centered Care: Using Best Evidence to Help Patients Recover and Document What’s Wrong, 2011 Capstone America
  • Properly Documenting Your Patients’ Injuries, Colorado Chiropractic Association Presentation
  • Understanding Neurologic Physical Therapy and Neurotology, The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado 2012 Annual Convention

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • 1.8 million dollars for deaths and injuries resulting from tractor-trailer collision, 2016
  • 1.75 million dollars for client who suffered burn injuries on an airplane, 2015
  •  2.375 million dollars for brain injured client resulting from car accident , 1 million dollars for client with pelvic crush injuries resulting from car vs pedestrian accident, 766,000 for client who suffered brain injury and orthopedic injuries (shoulder and foot) in trucking accident, 600,000 for brain injured client resulting from car accident, 300,000 for client with cervical fusion resulting from car accident., 2014

Representative Clients:

  • Representative clients include clients suffering from catastrophic injuries including burn injuries, brain injuries, crush injuries, traumatic neck, back and orthopedic injuries as well as wrongful death claims.

Educational Background:

  • Colorado College, B.A., 1995

Industry Groups

  • American Association For Justice
  • Colorado And Denver Bar Associations
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
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    Office Location for Melissa J. Winthers

    2000 S. Colorado Blvd.
    Tower One, Suite 9000
    Denver, CO 80222

    Phone: 303-900-7075


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