Damian J. Arguello

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Denver, CO

Colorado Insurance Law Center
 | 1888 Sherman Street, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-317-5361
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2013 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Coverage
Attorney Profile

Damian J. Arguello is an attorney at the Colorado Insurance Law Center in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Arguello is an experienced insurance attorney and serves clients in Denver and throughout the state of Colorado.

Born and raised in Colorado, Mr. Arguello has over a decade of legal experience. Prior to becoming an attorney, he spent several years working in the insurance industry in various major cities throughout the country. Over the course of his legal career, he has represented individuals, businesses and major corporations in complex insurance matters.

Recognized for his success, Martindale-Hubbell awarded Mr. Arguello an AV Preeminent* peer review rating, the highest available rating and “The Best Lawyers in America” listed him in their publication multiple years in a row. Latino Leaders magazine and Law Week Colorado have also recognized him for his achievements.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Arguello serves as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He regularly writes and speaks on insurance law topics.

Mr. Arguello is a member of various professional insurance organizations. These include the American Association of Insurance Management Consultants, the Insurance Expert Network, Trusted Choice Insurance Agents of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society. 

Mr. Arguello earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver Daniels College of Business and received his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He is a member of the Adams/Broomfield Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association.

*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
  • 100%Insurance Coverage
Focus Areas

Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2013 - 2014

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About Damian Arguello

Admitted: 2004, Colorado

Professional Webpage: https://coloradoinsurancelawcenter.com/about-damian-j-arguel...

Honors/Awards:

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Insurance Law (2020), 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Litigation - Insurance (2020), 2019
  • In 2006, the Denver Civic Leadership Award was established to honor the legacy of Monte Pascoe and the first award was given to Monte Pascoe posthumously. Since August 2007, the award has been presented annually by the Denver Mayor to a member of the community who exemplifies the civic leadership qualities demonstrated by Monte Pascoe., Monte Pascoe Civic Leadership Award, The City & County of Denver, 2019
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, Colorado Super Lawyer, 2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell (2014-present), AV Preeminent Rated (4.9 out of 5.0), 2019
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms, Tier 1, Colorado, Insurance Law, 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law (2018-present), 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Insurance (2018-present), 2019
  • Latino Leaders Magazine, Top Latino Lawyers, 2018
  • Insurance Law, 10 out of 10, AVVO, 2019
  • Latino Leaders Magazine, Top Latino Lawyers, 2017
  • Law Week Colorado, Barrister’s Best Insurance Lawyer for Plaintiffs, 2017
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Star (Insurance Coverage Litigation), 2014
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Star (Insurance Coverage Litigation), 2013
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Trial Skills, 2008
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Depositions, 2005
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Finalist, Reese Persuasive Writing Award, 2004
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Finalist, Hartje Objective Writing Award, 2004
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Chancellor's Scholar, 2004
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Academic Achievement Awards: Family Law, Mining Law, 2004
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Academic Achievement Awards: Hazardous Waste & Insurance, 2004
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Academic Achievement Awards: Lawyering Process I & II, 2004
  • University of Denver Law Review, Senior Staff Editor, 2003

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Depositions (2008-Present), 2019
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Trial Skills (2008-Present), 2019
  • Court Admissions: Colorado (2004); New Mexico (2005); U.S. District Court, Colorado (2005); U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky (2006); Pro Hac Vice Admissions - Illinois, California, Kentucky, 2019
  • Associate in Risk Management Designation (1996-Present), 2019
  • Certified Insurance Counselor Designation (2002-2012), 2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Trusted Choice Colorado, 2017-Present
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2016
  • Boulder County Bar Association, Member, 2015-2018
  • Adams-Broomfield Bar Association, Member, 2017-Present
  • Pro hac vice Illinois, California, Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Colorado, 2005
  • Board of Directors, Denver Urban Debate League (2015-Present), 2019
  • New Mexico, 2005
  • Colorado, 2004
  • Member - Colorado Hispanic Bar Association Foundation Board of Directors (2018 to present), 2019
  • Member, American Association of Insurance Management Consultants (AAIMC), 2019
  • Advisory Board Member, Daniels College of Business Alumni Advisory Board (2015-Present), 2019
  • Member, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, 2019
  • Associate Member, Risk & Insurance Management Society - Rocky Mountain Chapter (2011–present), 2019
  • Member, Hispanic National Bar Association (2009–present), 2019
  • Member, Westminster Chamber of Commerce (2017-present), 2019
  • Member, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (2016-present), 2019
  • Member, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver (2017-present), 2019
  • Member, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (2017-present), 2019
  • Member, Trusted Choice (2017-Present), 2019
  • Committee Member, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Bad Faith Committee and Amicus Curiae Committee, 2018
  • Member, Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado, 2018
  • Member, Professional Liability Underwriting Society Southwest Chapter Board, 2018
  • Member, Society of Certified Insurance Counselors, 2018
  • Member, Tort, Trial & Insurance Section, American Bar Association, 2018
  • Member, Environmental & Natural Resources Section, American Bar Association, 2018
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association, 2018
  • Member, Taxation Section, American Bar Association, 2018
  • Member, Denver Bar Association, 2019
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, 2016
  • Associate Member, Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado (2010–2015), 2015
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (2004–2012), 2012
  • Member, Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (2002–2012), 2012
  • President, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, 2010
  • Board of Trustees, Denver Bar Association (2007–2009), 2009
  • Treasurer, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (2007–2009), 2009
  • Board of Governors, Colorado Bar Association (2007–2009), 2009
  • Co-Chair, Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee, Colorado Bar Association (2005–2007), 2007

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board Member, Daniels College of Business Alumni Advisory Board (2015–present), 2019
  • Board Member, Denver Urban Debate League Board of Directors (2015–present), 2019
  • Mentor, Law School Si Se Puede Mentorship Program (2014-Present), 2019
  • Pro Bono Attorney, Metro Volunteer Lawyers (2008–present), 2019
  • Volunteer, Colorado Lawyers Committee School Discipline Taskforce (2014–2015), 2015
  • Election Protection Volunteer, Colorado Lawyers Committee, 2014
  • Professional Advisor, A Walk to Remember - nonprofit organization (2012–2014), 2014
  • Mentor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law Professional Mentorship Program (2004-2014), 2014
  • Public Policy Committee Member, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver (2008–2013), 2013
  • Public Policy Committee Member, March of Dimes of Colorado (2008–2012), 2012
  • Volunteer Attorney, Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center (2008–2009), 2009
  • Election Judge Adams County, Colorado (2008), 2008
  • Board Member, Net Results Junior Tennis (2004–2007), 2007
  • Education Committee Member, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver (2000–2004), 2004
  • Intake Volunteer, American Civil Liberties Union (2003–2004), 2004
  • Courtwatch Volunteer, Pro Se Divorce Guidance, Project Safeguard (2000–2002)  , 2002
  • Referee, Colorado Soccer Referee Association (2000–2001), 2001
  • Big Brother, Big Brothers of Colorado (2001), 2001
  • Referee, New Mexico Soccer Referee Association (1998–2000), 2000
  • Education Committee Member, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce (1995–1999), 1999

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Broker Liability – When and How Does This Arise?, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association 2016 Insurance Seminar, October 14, 2016
  • The Red-Headed Stepchild: The Crucial but Overlooked Role of Insurance Contracts in Business, University of Colorado at Denver Risk Management and Insurance Advisory Council Meeting, October 5, 2017
  • Building Your Brand, Colorado Women’s Bar Association, October 6, 2017
  • “E-Scooters Are Everywhere Now, but Insurance Coverage for Riders Is Nowhere,” ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Vol. 54 Issue 2, July 2019, reprinted with permission in Insurance Research Letter, Vol. 22, No. 8, August 2019
  • Law Week Colorado, Author, "Insurance Coverage for Cryptocurrency Risks.", 2019
  • Faculty member, National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, 2005-2008
  • Discussed recent case law holding that water damage to building interiors likely not covered under property insurance when the water comes from accumulated hail in below-grade door and window openings., Author, Hail No! Your Insurance May Not Cover Water Damage from Hail Accumulation, Colorado Insurance News, Insurance, Risk Management, 2019
  • .University of Denver Sturm College of Law Venture Law Society’s Second Annual Venture Law Summit, Lecturer, "Ethics: Fee Arrangements & Ethical Obligations", 2019
  • Delivered a presentation to the legal and risk management professionals at CHFA.  We discussed how insurance contracts are overlooked in the business and construction worlds and how the audience members can deal with commonly recurring issues., Presenter, The Red-Headed Stepchild: The Crucial but Overlooked Role of Insurance Contracts in Business, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, Business, Construction, Housing, Real Estate, 2019
  • .American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Midyear Meeting, Lecturer, "Gimme Some Credit! Credit Risk Insurance Coverage Issues", Insurance, 2019
  •    , Presenter, "The Red-Headed Stepchild: The Crucial but Overlooked Role of Insurance Contracts in Business", Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, 2019
  • Colorado Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, Lecturer, "Overcoming Hurdles to Insurance Recovery for Legacy Environmental Site Clean-ups", Insurance, 2018
  • Law Week Colorado, Interviewee, "Colorado Supreme Court: Prejudgment Interest Applies to Garnishment Awards”, 2018
  • Insurance, Author, "Yours or Mine? The Interplay Between Indemnity Clauses and Additional Insured Coverages.", Law Week Colorado, 2018
  • Consolidated Agencies, Presenter, "To Err Is Human – But Actionable: Legal Issues for Producers in Achieving Effect Contractual Risk Transfers", 2017
  • The Docket, Denver Bar Association, Author, "Solo Not Alone - Consulting Lawyers and Other Professionals When Starting Your Own Firm", Legal, 2017
  • American Bar Association's Midyear Meeting of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (ICLC) of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Panel Moderator, "The Ethical and Insurance Coverage Implications for Marijuana-Related Operations", 2017
  • Law Week Colorado, Interviewee, "New Law Firm Aims to Fill Colorado's Coverage Gap", 2017
  • The Agency Network, Speaker, "Legal Issues Surrounding Insurance Producers", 2017
  •    , Moderator, "Professional Liability Underwriting Society Southwest Chapter Luncheon & Seminar", 2017
  • Clear Law Institute Webinar, Presenter, "Drafting Insurance Requirement Provisions", 2017
  • Author, “Double Agents, Order-Takers, and Special Advisors—The Producer’s Intriguing Role in Coverage Disputes”, ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Newsletter, Insurance, 2016
  • Author, "Certificates of Insurance: Five Things Construction Lawyers Should Know", Law Week Colorado, 2016
  • Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Presenter, "Oilfield Master Service Agreement Fundamentals", 2015
  • Author, “Transferring Insurance Benefits In Corporate Transactions May Have Just Gotten A Little Easier, But It's Still A Tricky Task” , Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP Client Alert, Insurance, 2015
  • Colorado Insurance News, Author, “Non-Opinion by Colorado Supreme Court Could Increase Agents’ Liability”, Insurance, 2015
  • Colorado Insurance News, Author, “Legal Lowdown – Quarterly Summary of Recent Colorado Insurance Cases”, Insurance, 2015
  • Presenter, "Data Security: Fiduciary Duties & Risk Management", Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute, 2015
  • Presenter, "Cybersecurity: Guidance for the Entire Enterprise", Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, 2015
  • Association of Corporate Counsel Colorado Chapter, Presenter, "Cybersecurity Contracting and Liability: The In-House Perspective", 2015
  • 2015 Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado Leadership Conference, Presenter, "Key Legal Developments", Insurance, 2015
  • Presenter, "Berkshire Hathaway’s 'Retroactive Reinsurance' – Systematic Bad Faith or Simple Risk Transfer?", American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Midyear Meeting, Insurance, 2015
  • Presenter, "Drafting Insurance Requirement Provisions in Commercial Contracts – Mitigating Risk and Maximizing Coverage for Losses, Navigating Interplay With Contractual Indemnification", Strafford Publications Webinar, Insurance, 2015
  • Online Continuing Legal Education, Presenter, "Drafting Insurance Requirement Provisions", Insurance, 2015
  • Presenter, "Ins and Outs of Environmental Insurance in Brownfields Development", Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Insurance, 2014
  • Presenter, "Errors & Omissions – A Mock Trial", Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado Leadership Conference, Insurance, 2014
  • Presenter, "Voices Crying in the Wilderness: Make Ye Straight the Path to Ethics and Reduced Legal Fees", American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Midyear Meeting, Insurance, 2014
  • 013 Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention, Presenter, "Cyber Crimes, Ethics & Social Media: What You Need to Know", 2013
  • Presenter, "The Duties and Liabilities of the Insurance Broker in Coverage Litigation: Persistent Challenges, Emerging Issues, and Responsive Strategies for Agents, Brokers, Policyholders", American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Midyear Meeting, Insurance, 2013
  • The SIRMon: News From the ABA Self- Insurers and Risk Managers Committee, Author, “Yours, Mine, Ours. Just Whose Agent is it Anyway?”, Insurance, 2012
  • Denver Business Journal, Author, “Insurance Provisions of a Contract May be Fraught with Problems”, Insurance, 2012
  • Presenter, "Intermediary Issues – Brokers and Agents in Coverage Disputes", American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Midyear Meeting, Insurance, 2012
  • Colorado Insurance News, Author, “Don’t Count on Predecessors’ Liability Policy”, Insurance, 2009
  • Author, “Corporate Successors Barred from Tapping Policies for Historic Liabilities?”, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP Client Alert, Insurance, 2009
  • Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP Client Alert, Author, “AIG’s Financial Troubles: What Do They Mean For Me?", Insurance, 2008
  • The Colorado Lawyer, Author, “Liability Insurance: Notice-Prejudice After Friedland”, Insurance, 2006
  • Resources Magazine, Author, “How to Deal with Mass-Tort Litigation and Stay Out of Hot Water Yourself!”, Litigation, 2005
  • Author, “Twenty Years in Tahoe-Sierra – Why It’s Right and Why It’s Not a Satisfactory Solution, Denver University Law Review, 2002

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Forced construction company's CGL insurer to cover injury claims arising from alleged environmental contamination, 2019
  • Damian J. Arguello and Colorado Insurance Law Center served as pro bono counsel for United Policyholders, filing an amicus brief with the Colorado Supreme Court on its behalf. In this matter, United Policyholders aligned with the petitioner garnishors, maintaining that failing to award prejudgment interest against an insurance company creates an incentive for the insurance company to withhold insurance benefits and delay litigation, to the detriment of policyholders, 2019
  • Secured hundreds of millions of dollars in coverage for major corporation through partial summary judgment. The motion included key choice of law issues and when granted entitled the client to hundreds of millions of dollars in coverage under predecessor corporation's policies
  • Sued energy company’s commercial general liability (CGL) insurer who denied coverage for consequential damages, forcing it to offer $1 million policy limit to settle.
  • Successful in securing a defense in environmental contamination case for clients.  Secured a defense for senior citizens who inherited property with environmental contamination against state enforcement action.
  • Persuaded D&O/EPLI insurer to defend nominally excluded allegations against former CEO because they were intertwined with covered allegations
  • Successful reversal of ten-figure insurance claim denial in client's favor.  Persuaded an environmental insurer to reverse its ten-figure denial of an energy company’s claim.
  • Defeated personal auto insurer’s claim that insured faked a car theft.
  • Obtained trial victory over several insurers for utility company's liability for contaminated property.
  • Since opening his firm, Colorado insurance Law Center, Damian J. Arguello has helped many businesses recover several million dollars in insurance benefits, 2018

Representative Clients:

  • United Policyholders (pro bono counsel), 2019
  • DigitalGlobe

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2018
  • Instructor, Errors & Omissions Risk Management, Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado (2009–present), 2018
  • Guest Instructor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law (2006–present), 2018
  • Opened Colorado Insurance Law Center, a private law firm. This is one of the only law firms in Colorado that can provide multifaceted insurance industry expertise and experience to commercial and individual policyholders. In a short amount of time, the firm has emerged as a thought leader in Colorado insurance law and provides insight to the legal and business community through speaking and writing engagements. The firm also partners with insurance professionals to provide preventative services through strategic contract and policies review. The firm has two locations one in Westminster and one in Denver (1888 Sherman St, Suite 200, Denver, CO 80203).  www.ColoradoInsuranceLawCenter.com, 2017
  • Featured in Law Week Colorado article titled, "New Law Firm Aims to Fill Colorado's 'Coverage Gap'", 2017
  • Insurance Law Attorney at Levin Sitcoff PC (2016); Partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP (2012–2016); Associate at Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP (2004–2011); Summer Associate/ Law Clerk at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP (2003–2004), 2016
  • Research Assistant to Professor George "Rock" Pring, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2003
  • Errors & Omissions Coordinator and Claims Manager at Talbot Agency, Inc. (1995–2003); Claims Reengineering Team Member at CNA Insurance Companies (1994–1995); Senior Claims Representative, Workers' Compensation at CNA Insurance Companies (1992–1995); Multi-Line Claims Adjuster at Crawford & Company (1991–1992)  

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Educational Background:

  • Crawford & Company, Basic Property & Casualty Multiline Adjuster Training
  • B.S.B.A., Management (with honors), University of Denver Daniels College of Business, 1990

Industry Groups

  • Construction
  • Energy
  • General Contractors
  • Insurance
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Management
  • Risk Management
  • Schools And Education
  • Tech
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Office Location for Damian J. Arguello

1888 Sherman Street
Suite 200
Denver, CO 80203

Phone: 303-317-5361

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Last Updated: 1/20/2020

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