Darin Schanker

Top rated personal injury attorney in Denver, Colorado

Bachus & Schanker, LLC
Darin Schanker
Bachus & Schanker, LLC

Practice Areas: Personal injury

Licensed in Colorado since: 1993

Education: University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

Bachus & Schanker, LLC

101 W. Colfax Ave
Suite 650
Denver, CO 80202 Visit website


Attorney Darin Schanker is a founding partner of the Bachus & Schanker, LLC, which has office locations in Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs, Colorado. A top-rated trial attorney with more than 26 years of legal experience, Mr. Schanker provides exceptional advocacy and support to clients throughout the United States who have suffered an injury or lost a loved one as the result of dangerous drugs, defective medical devices and acts of negligence or wrongdoing.

Regarded as a leader in complex litigation involving pharmaceutical and medical device issues, Mr. Schanker has achieved notable success handling individual personal injury and product liability claims along with mass torts and class actions. He is also a recognized authority in voir dire, or the jury selection process, and he has conducted lectures and seminars throughout the country on this area of law, as well as effective trial advocacy practices and other legal topics.

In addition, Mr. Schanker has become a vocal advocate for the rights of consumers. He has helped spur changes in legislation to protect the rights of accident victims through his intense lobbying and drafting of consumer-friendly legislation. He has also published numerous articles on topics involving mass torts and tort law, insurance law and other subjects. Honored for his professionalism and service, he has received many top rankings from his peers, including an Outstanding Trial Lawyer award, along with numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A native of Colorado, Mr. Schanker obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 1993, and he received his license to practice from the Colorado Bar Association that same year. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Schanker is a member of the Denver and Colorado Bar associations, and he has held a number of leaderships roles with the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, including serving as its president as well as on many of the organization's committees. He is also the state delegate of the American Association for Justice, and he has served as a member of the organization's Leaders Forum.

Committed to his local community as well, Mr. Schanker volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, Dolls for Daughters and various other charities and nonprofits through the firm's Cares Foundation. His law firm is a statewide sponsor of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 100% Personal injury - general: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1993, Colorado

Professional Webpage: https://www.coloradolaw.net/attorney/schanker/

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court, Colorado, 1993
  • Supreme Courts of the United States, Colorado, 1993
  • District of Colorado, 1993
  • Colorado, 1993
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Founder, 1953
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Vice President, 2005-2006
  • American Association for Justice, Leaders Forum
  • Denver and Colorado Bar Associations
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • Colorado Citizens for Accountability, Board of Directors, 2005-present
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, President-Elect, 2006-2007
  • Public Justice Foundation
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Executive Committee Member, 2003-present
  • University of Denver Law Review
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Public Relations Committee, 2005-present
  • American Association for Justice, State Delegate, 2006-present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, Motor Liability Section; Interstate Trucking Litigation Section
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Secretary, 2004-2005
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, National Advisory Board Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Charter Fellow
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Past President, 2008-2009
  • Trial Lawyers Care, Inc.
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Eagle Committee, 2002-2004
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Section Editor, Trial Talk Magazine
  • American Association for Justice, Member: Products Liability Section
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Treasurer, 2003-2004
  • Academy of Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
  • Injury Board, Member
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2007-2008
  • The National Crime Victims Bar Association
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Co-Chair: Membership Committee, 2005-2006
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Lobby Council, 2005-present
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • AAJ, Taxotere Update, 2017
  • MTMP (A National Mass Tort Conference)
  • Frequent lecturer, National Business Institute 
  • Frequent Lecturer, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • CTLA Blockbuster, Taxotere, Genesis of 2 Mass Torts, 2017
  • MTMP, Taxotere Update, Chicago, 2016
  • Mass Tort Nexus, Taxotere Update, Ft. Lauderdale, 2017
  • MTMP, Taxotere Update, 2017
  • CTLA Boot Camp, Voir Dire, 2016
  • MTMP, “Emerging Mass Torts”, 2016
  • Mass Tort Nexus, Taxotere Update, 2016
  • MTMP, Taxotere Update, 2016
  • “Voir Dire Summer Cases”, 2014
  • Harris Martin Conference, Taxotere, Seattle, 2016
  • Harris Martin Conference, Taxotere Update, Washington, DC, 2016
  • MTMP, Taxotere Update, Charlotte, 2016
  • “Voir Dire 3 Ways”, 2015
  • “Uninsured Motorist Insurance Law” Colorado Bar Association CLE, 2011
  • APITLA Conference, Voir Dire, 2014
  • MTMP, Taxotere, 2015
  • “Uninsured Motorist Insurance Law” Colorado Bar Association CLE, 2014
  • “Uninsured Motorist Insurance Law” Colorado Bar Association CLE, 2013
  • “Twelve Lessons from Recent Jury Trials,” CTLA Blockbuster Seminar, 2012
  • “Litigation Threats in Ambulatory Surgery Centers,” Colorado Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Spring Education Conference, 2012
  • “How to Present Your Witness and Handle the Adversary” Colorado Bar Association CLE, 2011
  • “Personal Injury Damages” CTLA Summer Convention, 2011
  • “Understanding the Law of Damages”, National Business Institute Seminar, 2009
  • “Plaintiff’s Personal Injury from Start to Finish”, National Business Institute Seminar, 2010
  • “Tort Law Update Program”, Colorado Bar Association, 2010
  • “Trial of the Plaintiff’s Attorney Case”, National Business Institute Seminar, 2009
  • "Advanced Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Law", National Business Institute Seminar, 2009
  • "Tort Law Update Program", Colorado Bar Association, 2009
  • "State of the Association," CTLA Blockbuster Seminar, January 2008
  • "Inauguration Address," CTLA Summer Convention, August 2007
  • "A Word from the President," Trial Talk Magazine, monthly column, 2007-2008
  • "Personal Injury Firm from A to Z," National Business Institute, December 2007
  • "Insurance Law from A to Z," National Business Institute, Summer 2007
  • "Staying Lean, Mean and Successful," CTLA Blockbuster Seminar, Winter 2006
  • "Presenting Damages in a Personal Injury Case," CTLA Summer Conference, 2006
  • "Catastrophic Losses - What is Covered?" National Business Institute Insurance Coverage Trends Seminar, May 2006
  • "Presenting Non-Economic Damages at Trial," CTLA Summer Conference, 2006
  • "Drafting and Presenting Jury Instructions at Trial," Colorado Judicial Seminar, Spring 2005
  • "Winning Strategies for Proving Damages in the Colorado Personal Injury Case," National Business Institute CLE 2005
  • "Admissibility of Evidence and Expert Testimony in Colorado," National Business Institute 2004
  • "Premises Liability: Preparation and Trial of a Difficult Case in Colorado," National Business Institute CLE 2004
  • "Economically Feasible Ways to Try Your Case," CTLA Blockbuster 2004
  • "Admissibility of Evidence and Expert Testimony in Colorado," National Business Institute 2003
  • "Trial Successes and Failures," CTLA CLE 2002
  • "Using Focus Groups: Mock Trial Presentation," CTLA CLE 2002
  • "Using Accident Reconstruction and Biomechanical Experts after Schultz," Colorado Bar Association CLE 2001
  • "Case Review Adian vs. Pedraza," CTLA Blockbuster Seminar 2001
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • The Bachus & Schanker Cares Foundation was established to help worthwhile organizations that provide assistance to those who have fallen on hard times or are suffering from illness or injury. Bachus & Schanker, LLC has a long history of giving back to the community from the very beginning of their practice back in 1992. As their practice flourished, so did the opportunities to help those less fortunate who need help due to illness, injury or misfortune. In addition to monetary donations and their own personal time, the partners, J. Kyle Bachus and Darin L. Schanker, have also donated their staff's time to participate in events for Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Habitat for Humanity and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The firm has participated events such as Walk Like MADD, home building projects for Habitat for Humanity, The Light the Night Walk for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Wal-Bop Golf Tournament to benefit Alive at 25 for the Brandon and Paul Foundation, Mother's Tea for The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, The Pikes Peak Challenge to benefit the Brain Injury Association of Colorado, The Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic and the Annual Christmas Doll Drive for Dolls for Daughters, 2009
  • SuperLawyer, 2007-2019
  • Outstanding Trial Lawyer, CTLA presents this award to an attorney who has been in practice for fewer than 10 years and has demonstrated the skills, ethics and dedication embodied in the CTLA mission, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
  • WHY WE WORK SO HARD. We want cars to be made better, and roads safer, and we believe laws should be put in place that hold irresponsible drivers accountable., www.coloradolaw.net/media.php
  • SEEK AN ATTORNEY WITH EXPERIENCE AND RESOURCES. At Bachus & Schanker, we take our responsibility to clients seriously, and will fight hard for your rights., www.coloradolaw.net/media.php

Office location for Darin Schanker

101 W. Colfax Ave
Suite 650
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 866-795-0696


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

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