David S. Woodruff

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Denver, CO

Denver Trial Lawyers
 | 4601 DTC Boulevard, Suite 950
Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 303-571-5302
Fax: 303-571-1806
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

David S. Woodruff is an experienced and award-winning Colorado attorney specializing in medical malpractice, product liability, car accidents, and other complex cases involving catastrophic injury and death. Listed in Best Lawyers in America, he is nationally recognized as one of the nation’s leading plaintiff’s medical malpractice attorneys. He has been repeatedly named a “Colorado Super Lawyer,” was named 2014 Best Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice Lawyer by Law Week Colorado, and appears in 5280 Magazine’s “Top Lawyers in Denver.” He has recovered over $100 million for his clients with record-setting settlements and jury verdict involving hospital errors, medical malpractice, and defective and dangerous products. Some of his notable achievements include a $22 million settlement that is the largest known medical malpractice settlement in Colorado (2016); a $4 million jury verdict in a birth injury case in Colorado Springs (2017); a $5 million settlement with a manufacturer of an exploding “Whipped Cream Dispenser” kitchen product (2017); a $15 million jury verdict in a spinal cord injury case in Colorado Springs (2013); and a $3.9 million jury verdict in a misdiagnosed stroke case in Ft. Collins (2012). He also has the distinction of having obtained the largest known medical malpractice arbitration award in U.S. history ($70 million). For his success in that landmark case, he received the prestigious “Case of the Year” award from the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association in 2012.

Mr. Woodruff is a former Assistant Attorney General of Texas. He was raised in a family of physicians, attended college at Southern Methodist University, and received his Masters degree from the University of Southern California. He earned his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was a Presidential Scholar and mock trial champion. He spent many years defending doctors and hospitals in medical negligence claims, but realized that he believed strongly in helping victims. For the past 12 years, Mr. Woodruff has devoted himself exclusively to representing injured individuals and families in catastrophic injury cases.

David Woodruff’s trial practice today focuses largely on helping catastrophically injured children and their families. He has handled some of the largest and most complex child and birth injury cases in Colorado, and has received national recognition for his ground-breaking work in representing babies who have been injured or killed during the labor/delivery process. As a father of four children himself, Mr. Woodruff believes deeply in fighting for children who have been injured.

Mr. Woodruff serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. He has also served on the Board of Governors for the Colorado Bar Association. In 2015 he was inducted into the exclusive American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”).  He is an avid skier, cyclist, and competitive triathlete and spent many years coaching kids teams, including girls soccer and boys little league baseball.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice
  • 20%Personal Injury - Products
  • 10%Personal Injury - General
Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents


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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020

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About David Woodruff

Admitted: 2001, Colorado

Professional Webpage: http://www.denvertriallawyers.com/attorneys/david-s-woodruff...


  • Best Lawyer, Plaintiff's Medical Malpractice, Law Week Colorado, 2014
  • Inducted in 1997 into the prestigious Order of Barristers
  • Case of the Year, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
  • Elected Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2014

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Board of Directors, Colorado Trial Lawyers' Association, 2006-present
  • Keynote Speaker, Colorado Bar Association Seminar on Medical Malpractice Litigation, 2013
  • Board of Governors, Colorado Bar Association, 2003-2004
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2005–2010
  • Executive Committee Member, Colorado Trial Lawyers' Association, 2008-2010
  • Products Liability Committee, Colorado Trial Lawyers' Association, 2005-present
  • Member, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Medical Malpractice Program Chair, CTLA Annual Convention, 2009-2010
  • Medical Malpractice Committee, Colorado Trial Lawyers' Association, 2005-present
  • Board of Directors, Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, 2001-2006
  • American Association for Justice

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Law firm organizer for MS Walk
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Trial Lawyers
  • Habit for Humanity Volunteer

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Article, "Law School for Kindergartners," June 2005, published in the Denver Bar Association's monthly periodical, "The Docket"
  • Surviving Cross Examination, Ass’n Nurse Live Care Planners
  • The Young Defense Lawyer, University of Denver Law School, 2004
  • Speaker, Annual Conference, American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners, Nashville, Tennessee, 2007


  • Nearly $100 million recovered for clients since 2005.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • 2011 Case of the Year Award, awarded by the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2011

Educational Background:

  • University of Southern California, M.A., 1994
  • Southern Methodist University, B.A., 1992
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Office Location for David S. Woodruff

4601 DTC Boulevard
Suite 950
Denver, CO 80237

Phone: 303-571-5302

Fax: 303-571-1806

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Last Updated: 11/26/2019

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