Gordon W. Netzorg

Top rated Alternative Dispute Resolution attorney in Denver, Colorado

Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
Gordon W. Netzorg
Sherman & Howard L.L.C.

Practice Areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Litigation

Licensed in Colorado since: 1976

Education: Syracuse University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2024

Sherman & Howard L.L.C.

675 Fifteenth Street
Suite 2300
Denver, CO 80202 Phone: 303-299-8381 Email: Gordon W. Netzorg Visit website


Skip (Gordon) Netzorg, has served as a mediator and as an arbitrator in a wide variety of major cases where demands have ranged up to $2 billion. He has been a member of AAA’s Commercial Arbitrator Panel since 2004 and has frequently acted as faculty for AAA programs. Skip is also a member of Sherman & Howard’s Trial Practice Group. For years, his practice has focused on complex commercial litigation, but he is now transitioning his practice to ADR, where he has a unique approach to mediations. Skip co-chaired the Civil Access Pilot Project for Colorado (CAPP) and sat on a nationwide task force charged with making recommendations for changes to the civil justice system to create better access to our courts. He is on the federal court pro bono mediator panel. Skip is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, both invitation-only, highly selective honorary organizations for trial lawyers. He is a past president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. He has been named Best Lawyer’s Litigation-Securities Lawyer of the Year 2019); Banking Lawyer of the Year (2010, 2013); and has been listed 20+ years in Best Lawyers in America for Arbitration and Mediation, as well numerous other trial categories. He received the “Best of the Bar” award for securities law and was named 2011 Lawyer of the Year by Law Week Colorado. Skip has been listed as one of the Top 10 Colorado Super Lawyers from 2013-2021 and is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators.

First Admitted: 1976, Colorado

Professional Webpage: https://shermanhoward.com/attorney/gordon-skip-netzorg/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Pro-bono mediation services
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Admitted Colorado • Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado • Member, American Arbitration Association National Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators • Member, American College of Trial Lawyers Task Force on Discovery • Co-chair, Colorado Civil Access Business Pilot Project • Past President Colorado Trial Lawyers Association • Past Chair, Commercial Law Section, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association • Past President, Colorado Chapter, International Network of Boutique Law Firms • Colorado Charter Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals • Member of American Arbitration Association Large Case Committee • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation • Frequent lecturer, trial practice subjects, various bar associations
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (Chair, Colorado State Committee 2010-12)  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers • Best of the Bar Award for Securities Law • Law Week Colorado 2011 Lawyer of the Year • Listed since 1995 in Best Lawyers in America • Best Lawyers' 2010  and 2013 Denver Banking Lawyer of the Year-Litigation • Best Lawyers' Listings (20+ years) - Arbitration, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Banking and Finance, Litigation-Real Estate, Litigation-Securities, Mediation • IAALS Rebuilding Justice Award, April 2015 • Law Week Colorado: Barrister's Best 2015, "People's Choice (attorney votes): Best Renewable Energy Lawyer" • Corporate Live Wire 2015 Natural Resources Litigation Colorado Lawyer of the Year • Recognized by 5280 Magazine as Top Lawyer - Commercial Litigation 2015 - 2018
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Top 10: 2018 Colorado Super Lawyers, ranked number 2 Top 10: 2019 Colorado Super Lawyers, ranked number 3 Top 10: 2020 Colorado Super Lawyers, ranked number 2
Educational Background:
  • Juris Doctor, with honors, Syracuse University, 1976 (Articles Editor, Syracuse Law Review) • Bachelor of Arts, University of Pennsylvania, 1970
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Speaker, 10th Circuit Bench and Bar Conference, August 2010, "Rethinking the Rules - Begin with the End in Mind" • Co-author with Tobin Kern, Proportional Discovery: Making It the Norm, Rather Than the Exception - 87 Denver University Law Review 513 (March, 2010) • Co-author with Hon. Ann B. Frick,  Significant Changes for Business Cases Under the Colorado Civil Access Pilot Project, The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 41, No. 1 page 29 (Jan. 2012) • Co-author with Gilbert Dickenson, Natalie Brown and Hon. Ann B. Frick, Colorado at the Crossroads: Civil Access Pilot Project, The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 40, No. 1 page 17 (Jan. 2011) • Frequent lecturer, trial practice subjects, various bar associations
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Successfully tried and obtained verdicts, judgments and arbitration awards in wide variety of complex commercial cases including 8-figure awards and 9-figure settlement • Representative matters include the following: Represented major bank in bond litigation on behalf of bank customers, recovering in excess of 100% of customer investments • Defended mountain developers in $500,000,000 claim for fraud resulting in judgment in favor of developers for $0 • Represented developers against major ski area in extinguishing ski area’s rights in 6,000 acres of mountain real estate • Represented major law firm in defense of multimillion dollar claims filed against it – law firm exonerated after 3-day trial • Numerous other cases including shareholder and bondholder suits and class actions, representation of officers and directors in corporate investigations and lawsuits, representation of investors against brokerage firms, representation of various parties in disputed estate matters, oil and gas and mining disputes, disputes among professionals, defense of Resolution Trust Corporation and FDIC investigations and administrative claims on behalf of officers and directors, service as court-appointed discovery and special master; and special litigation committee counsel in derivative litigation  
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Regularly serves as arbitrator and mediator, as member of American Arbitration Association's complex commercial case arbitration and mediation panels.
Industry Groups:
  • Arbitration
  • Banking
  • Corporate Governance
  • Oil And Gas
  • Securities

Office location for Gordon W. Netzorg

675 Fifteenth Street
Suite 2300
Denver, CO 80202


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