Daniel Wartell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Denver, CO

Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C.
1660 Lincoln St, Suite 2000
Denver, CO 80264
Phone: 303-395-4773
Fax: 303-464-8000
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas: Business Litigation (60%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%), Professional Liability: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Daniel Wartell is an attorney with Ciancio Ciancio Brown law firm in Denver, Colorado. A nationally ranked trial lawyer with more than 17 years of total legal experience, Mr. Wartell provides unmatched counsel and support to a diverse range of clients throughout the greater Denver metro area and all across the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Business litigation

·       Financial fraud and business torts

·       Trade secrets and noncompete agreements

·       Professional liability, legal malpractice, professional malpractice and other ethics and professional responsibility issues

·       Plaintiff personal injury

·       General civil litigation

As an attorney, Mr. Wartell represents individuals and small business owners as well as Fortune 500 companies. He has extensive experience litigating highly complex issues, such as breaches of contract, unfair competition, breaches of fiduciary duty, intellectual property litigation and more, and he has achieved remarkable success helping his clients protect their rights and interests while achieving the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve efficiently and cost-effectively.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Wartell has earned a Top 100 ranking from America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators as well as consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America©. He has also received perennial designation as among the top 5% of trial lawyers in his region, and he has received numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 1999 graduate of the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and criminology, Mr. Wartell graduated from Georgetown University's Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems that same year. He then attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2003. 

He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and the Northern District of Florida, and he is an active member of various local, state and national legal organizations.

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Practice Areas
  • 60%Business Litigation
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Professional Liability: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other, Ethics & Professional Responsibility


7 Years Super Lawyers
6 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2009 - 2014

About Daniel Wartell

Admitted: 2003, Colorado

Professional Webpage: https://www.colo-law.com/Attorneys/Daniel-Wartell.shtml


  • Recent Jury Trials - Successful defense at trial of construction company in multi-million dollar tort suit.  Successful prosecution of claims for breach of fiduciary duty against for CFO of medical practice. Recovery of over $750,000 in legal malpractice action in arbitration. Plaintiff's jury verdict of over $650,000 in action against title company arising out of failed closing.  Plaintiff's jury verdict for $1,000,000 arising out of construction defect indemnification action. Plaintiff's jury verdict in excess of $700,000 for client in business fraud case tried in Denver District Court.  Plaintiff's jury verdict in excess of $1,500,000 for client in business fraud case tried in Denver District Court.  Defense jury verdict for client involved in collision with emergency vehicle in El Paso County. Defense jury verdict in multi-million dollar wrongful death lawsuit brought in Mesa County involving allegations that client murdered the husband of his mistress in 1969 (client completely exonerated after two-week jury trial). Recent Arbitrations and Bench Trials - Obtained Plaintiff's verdict on behalf of Homeowners Association pursuant to the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act. Obtained dismissal of claims against national tax preparation service.

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Dan has an active pro bono practice with recent contributions including work for the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center, the filing of an amicus brief with the Colorado Supreme Court on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, the filing of an amicus brief with the Colorado Supreme Court on behalf of the Colorado Trial Lawyers' Association, and representation of the Colorado Trial Lawyers' Association to preserve the First Amendment and confidentiality rights of its members. In the wake of the Aurora Theater Shooting, Dan has become involved in pro bono activities concerning the right of citizens to petition the government for changes to gun laws


  • Successful pre-lawsuit negotiation of multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of pension plan against national private equity investment firm. Successful pre-lawsuit negotiation of multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of minority owner of casino in Black Hawk, Colorado. Successful pre-lawsuit negotiation of settlement on behalf of purchaser of business where seller had made fraudulent misrepresentations.  Successful pre-lawsuit settlement of embezzlement case involving a medical practice where partner stole hundreds of thousands of dollars, all of which was recovered, in addition to attorneys' fees and costs.    


  • Best Lawyers, 2017-2021
  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, 2017
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, 2009-2020
  • Order of St. Ives, 2003
  • Top Lawyer - Civil Litigation, 5280 Top Lawyers, 2016
  • National Champion, ATLA Trial Competition, New Orleans, 2003
  • Top Lawyer - Civil Litigation, 5280 Top Lawyers, 2015

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Colorado Trial Lawyer's Association; Colorado Criminal Defense Bar; American Bar Association; Colorado Bar Association; Denver Bar Association; University of Denver Sturm College of Law Alumni Council
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Colorado
  • Graduation from 2012 Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT), an invitation-only program designed to prepare up and coming lawyers for leadership roles in the bar, 2012

Educational Background

  • Georgetown University - Fund for American Studies, 1999
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Rebecca Love Kourlis, Colorado Supreme Court, 2003
  • B.A. from University of Montana, magna cum laude, 1999

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Dan Wartell is a contributing author to the Lawyers' Professional Liability in Colorado treatise. Specifically, he is responsible for updating a chapter titled "Defenses to Legal Malpractice Claims", Contributing Author, Lawyers' Professional Liability in Colorado: Preventing Legal Malpractice and Disciplinary Actions, 2d Ed., 2010
  • Mr. Wartell has presented lectures at the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association's annual convention several times on topics concerning civil and commercial litigation.  He has also been invited to speak at several educational institutions and bar association functions, Speaker, Identifying Commercial Causes of Action, 2011

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT) Graduate, 2013
  • Nominated by Colorado Trial Lawyers Association for "Case of the Year" arising from work on behalf of family of murder victim in high profile case involving Scientology, 2013
  • Featured in "Behind the Verdict" article in Law Week Colorado on June 25, 2012, regarding circumstances surrounding seven-figure verdict for client despite being hired one month prior to jury trial, 2012


  • “ Dan has all of the traits of the kind of lawyer I strive to be. He is responsive, caring, knowledgeable, and amazing in the courtroom. He is genuinely concerned about his clients' interests and not just the fee associated with those interests. He is a very clear communicator and has a way of putting everyone involved at ease. He is the definition of a super lawyer in my book.”
  • “ Dan Wartell gets results. It's as simple as that. He is a master negotiator who understands what it takes to get a deal done, and he is a skilled advocate in the courtroom.”
  • “ Dan is a law school classmate and a wonderful lawyer.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Daniel Wartell

1660 Lincoln St
Suite 2000
Denver, CO 80264

Phone: 303-395-4773

Fax: 303-464-8000

Last Updated: 2/23/2021

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