John Purvis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Boulder, CO

Purvis • Gray • Thomson LLP
 | 4410 Arapahoe Ave, Suite 200
Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: 303-442-3366
Fax: 303-440-3688
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1968
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney John Purvis of Purvis Gray Thomson, LLP, in Boulder, Colorado, practices civil litigation in the areas of business torts, legal malpractice, personal injury, product liability and more. He has several years of experience representing clients in the Boulder and Denver areas.

    After graduating from Harvard University in 1965, Mr. Purvis earned a law degree from Colorado Law at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has been admitted to practice in all Colorado state courts as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado since 1968.

    For his personal injury practice, Mr. Purvis has focused particularly on brain injury matters and has been extensively published on the subject. In addition to his law practice, he has taught courses at Colorado Law including evidence and trial advocacy, and has also presented at various continuing legal education programs.

    Active in his professional community, Mr. Purvis belongs to organizations including the American Board of Trial Advocates, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers. He also belongs to a variety of Colorado-based legal organizations as well as the American Bar Association.

    Mr. Purvis has also served in various roles for such groups including the Colorado Bar Association’s Litigation Section, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado’s Committee on Conduct and the Colorado Public Defender Commission.

    Mr. Purvis’ recognition within the legal profession includes being rated AV Preeminent*, the highest possible rating, by the attorney peer review organization Martindale-Hubbell. Other achievements include being listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” each year since 1989 and being named one of the “Top Denver Lawyers” by 5280 magazine in 2015 and 2016.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 70%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    • 10%Professional Liability: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Brain Injury, Products Liability, Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other


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    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021

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    About John Purvis

    Admitted: 1968, Colorado

    Professional Webpage:


    • Listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1989
    • Named one of the "Top Denver Lawyers" by 5280 Magazine, 2015, 2016
    • Distinguished Achievement Award, University of Colorado Law Alumni Association, 1997
    • Listed in Colorado Super Lawyers
    • Named a Best Lawyers in America "Denver Lawyer of the Year" in Mass Torts (2011), Personal Injury (2013), and Product Liability (2014)
    • Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, Colorado Bar Association, 1978
    • Listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in the World

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, 1997-Present
    • Colorado Public Defender Commission, Member, Chairman, 1980-1989
    • American Bar Association, Member
    • United States District Court for Colorado, Committee on Conduct, Chair, 1996-1997
    • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Directors, 1978-1979
    • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1968
    • International Society of Barristers, Fellow, 1984-Present
    • United States District Court for Colorado, Committee on Conduct, Member, 1991-1997
    • Faculty of Federal Advocates, Member, Board of Directors, 1999-2002
    • Colorado Bar Association, Litigation Council, Chair, 1994-1995
    • American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Member
    • Colorado, 1968
    • Boulder County Bar Association, Member
    • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 1997-Present
    • Colorado Bar Association, Litigation Council, Member, 1991-2009
    • Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission, Member, 1984-1990
    • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, State Chair, 2000-2013
    • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Member
    • American College of Trial Lawyers, State Chair, 1998-2000
    • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Directors, 1989-1992
    • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 1991-Present

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Supreme Court Historical Society, State Chairman, 1998-2003
    • American Bar Foundation, Member
    • Colorado Bar Foundation, Member

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, Psychological Factors and the Effects of the Medico-Legal System on Recovery, The Journal of Cognitive Rehabilitation, co-author with J. Lemmon, M. Acimovic, M. Keatley, E. Josephs and J. Carnes, Vol. 13, Issue 5, 4-11
    • Evidence in Trial Practice in Colorado, "Discovery Techniques", National Business Institute, Inc.
    • Head Injury Seminar, "Preparation for Settlement or Trial of Brain Injury Cases", Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and Colorado Head Injury Foundation
    • Case Management with Mild Brain Injury--Mile head Injury Conference, "Some Thoughts on Case Management of Mild Brain Injury From a Lawyer's Point of View", Colorado Department of Health & Colorado Head Injury Foundation, Inc.
    • Hot Topics in Personal Injury, "Proving Non-Economic Damages in a Wrongful Death Action", Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
    • A Trial Lawyer's Summit: The Nuts and Bolts of Litigation, "Closing Arguments - For the Plaintiff", Colorado Trial Lawyers Association & Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
    • The Head Injury Case: What the Attorney Needs to Know, "Evidentiary Considerations in Brain Injury Cases: Objections, Solutions and Demonstrative Evidence", Utah Head Injury Association & Utah State Bar
    • National Litigation Conference, "Preparation of the Head Injury Case: Special Considerations", Law Education Institute, Inc. & The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.
    • Product Liability, "Evidentiary Issues in Product Liability Cases", Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
    • Understand and Preparing the head Injury Case, "Preparing Traumatic Brain Injury Cases for Settlement and Trial: Special Considerations", Utah Head Injury Association & Utah State Bar Association
    • For the Plaintiff: Determining and Proving Damages, "Assessing and Evaluating Types of Damages Available", "Calculating the Amount of Compensatory Damages", Punitive Damages"," Evidentiary Issues", National Business Institute, Inc.
    • Depositions: Strategies, Tactics & Mechanics, "Deposition Problems and Procedures", "The Usual Stipulations", Work Product, Privileges and Confidentiality", Instructions Not to Answer & Motions to Compel", "Improper Termination of the Deposition", "Use of Deposition Transcript", Professional Education Systems, Inc.
    • Trial Advocacy in Colorado, "Initial Considerations", "Closing Argument", National Business Institute, Inc.
    • Head Injury: Fact, Myths and Realities, "Trial Preparation and Presentation in Cases Involving Brain Injury", Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and Colorado head Injury Foundation
    • Personal Injury Litigation Practice in Colorado, "Screening the Plaintiff's Case", "Assessing Damages", National Business Institute, Inc.
    • Visiting Lecturer, Evidence, Advanced Trial Advocacy, and Trial Advocacy, University of Colorado School of Law, 1981 and 1984 - 1988
    • Lecturer, National Institute for Trial Advocacy


    • Schneider v. Midtown Motor Co., 854 P.2d 1322 (Colorado Court of Appeals 1992)
    • Total Petroleum, Inc. v. Farrar, 787 P.2d 164 (Colorado 1990)
    • Kline v. American States Ins. Co., 924 P.2d 1150 (Colorado Court of Appeals 1996)
    • Huntoon v. T.C.I. Cablevision, 969 P.2d 681 (Colorado 1998)
    • Grulke v. Erickson, 920 P.2d 845 (Colorado Court of Appeals 1995)
    • Denver Air Center v. District Court for Twentieth Judicial Dist. of State of Colo., 839 P.2d 1182 (Colorado 1992)
    • Greenemeier by Redington v. Spencer, 719 P.2d 710 (Colorado 1986)
    • S.W. v. Towers Boat Club, Inc., 315 P3d 1257 (Colo. 2013) (Colorado 2013)
    • State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Peiffer, 955 P.2d 1008 (Colorado 1998)
    • Easton v. 1738 Partnership, 854 P.2d 1362 (Colorado Court of Appeals 1993)
    • Hooper v. Yoder, 737 P.2d 852 (Colorado 1987)
    • St. Vrain Valley School District RE-1J v. A.R.L. by and through Loveland, 325 P.3d 1014 (Colo. 2014)
    • Teneyck v. Roller Hockey Colorado, Ltd, 10 P.3d 707 (Colorado Court of Appeals 2000)

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • One of three Colorado lawyers elected to all four of these elite organizations: International Society of Barristers; International Academy of Trial Lawyers; American College of Trial Lawyers; American Board of Trial Advocates

    Educational Background:

    • Harvard University, B.A. cum laude, 1965
    • North High School
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    Office Location for John Purvis

    4410 Arapahoe Ave
    Suite 200
    Boulder, CO 80303

    Phone: 303-442-3366

    Fax: 303-440-3688

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