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 - 2019
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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (70%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Brain Injury

Personal Injury - Products (20%): Products Liability

Professional Liability (10%): Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other

Focus Areas

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


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

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About John Purvis

Admitted: 1968, Colorado

Professional Webpage:


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

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lecturer, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Visiting Lecturer, Evidence, Advanced Trial Advocacy, and Trial Advocacy, University of Colorado School of Law, 1981 and 1984 - 1988
  • Personal Injury Litigation Practice in Colorado, "Screening the Plaintiff's Case", "Assessing Damages", 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
  • Trial Advocacy in Colorado, "Initial Considerations", "Closing Argument", 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Product Liability, "Evidentiary Issues in Product Liability Cases", Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • National Litigation Conference, "Preparation of the Head Injury Case: Special Considerations", Law Education Institute, Inc. & The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.
  • 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
  • A Trial Lawyer's Summit: The Nuts and Bolts of Litigation, "Closing Arguments - For the Plaintiff", Colorado Trial Lawyers Association & Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
  • Hot Topics in Personal Injury, "Proving Non-Economic Damages in a Wrongful Death Action", Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • 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.
  • Head Injury Seminar, "Preparation for Settlement or Trial of Brain Injury Cases", Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and Colorado Head Injury Foundation
  • Evidence in Trial Practice in Colorado, "Discovery Techniques", National Business Institute, Inc.
  • 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


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

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
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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Last Updated: 10/5/2018

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