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Timothy M. Garvey

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Denver, CO

McDermott Law, LLC
4600 S Ulster St, Suite 800
Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 720-773-5045
Fax: 303-964-1900
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2020
Licensed in Colorado Since: 2010
Practice Areas: Insurance Coverage, Appellate, Employee Benefits, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Timothy M. Garvey is an attorney at McDermott Law, LLC, in Denver, Colorado, and has helped his clients recover millions of dollars in insurance benefits since graduating from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2010.

Specializing in ERISA disability insurance, life insurance, and accidental death & dismemberment insurance claims, as well as personal injury and wrongful death, Tim represents clients throughout Colorado (including Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Denver, and many other communities).

Tim has devoted his career to fighting for clients’ rights when it comes to insurance coverage, bad faith claims, and personal injury. Having fought insurance companies for many years, Tim is highly familiar not only with the laws that apply to a client’s case, but also to the specific ways in which people are affected when insurance companies deny their claims.

Based on his ability to aggressively and compassionately represent clients, Tim has been widely recognized throughout the legal community. The National Trial Lawyers Association as recognized Tim as a "Top 100" attorney in Colorado (2020); the American Society of Legal Advocates has listed him in its Top 40 Lawyers Under 40; he holds an Avvo “Superb” rating; he is a fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation; and he has received pro bono awards from the Colorado Bar Association and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

Mr. Garvey also continues to give back to his community. He is a board member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and chairs CTLA's Amicus Committee. Additionally, Tim is an active member of the Colorado Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Colorado Plaintiff Employee Lawyers Association.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Insurance Coverage
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Employee Benefits
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance


2 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2020

About Timothy M. Garvey

First Admitted: 2010, Colorado

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Tim Garvey, Esq., Flood Insurance Primer, Colorado Bar Association 2013 (used as training materials for Volunteer Attorneys assisting with the Colorado Flood Relief effort)
  • Timothy M. Garvey, Let Them Help, 90 Denv. U. L. Rev. Online 13 (2013)
  • Timothy M. Garvey, Typography for Lawyers: Essential Tools for Polished and Persuasive Documents, 41 Colo. Lawyer No. 12, 81–83 (Dec. 2012) (book review)
  • CLE Presenter, Do’s and Don’ts of Courtroom Etiquette, CBA-YLD annual CLE program (2012)
  • Guest Lecturer, Practice of Law in the Nonprofit Sector, Sturm College of Law (2012)
  • Timothy Garvey, God v. Gays? The Rights of Sexual Minorities in International Law as Seen Through the Doomed Existence of the Brazilian Resolution, 38 J. Int’l L. & Pol’y 659 (2010)
  • Michael J. Rosenberg and Timothy M. Garvey, Searching for Insurance Coverage in Colorado Auto-Litigators Handbook (William Babich ed., 4th ed. 2018) (forthcoming)
  • Michael J. Rosenberg and Timothy M. Garvey, Claims Against the Insurance Carrier for Breach, Bad Faith and Unreasonable Delay (William Babich ed., 4th ed. 2018) (forthcoming)
  • Timothy Garvey, Opinion, Colorado Senators Should Work To Swiftly Protect Our Federal Trial Court, Denver Post (July 16, 2015),
  • Michael J. Rosenberg and Timothy M. Garvey, Searching for Insurance Coverage in Colorado Auto-Litigators Handbook (William Babich ed., 3d ed. 2015)
  • CLE Presenter, FFA Panel on Representing Prisoners Through Federal Pro Bono Program (Dec. 2015)
  • Timothy M. Garvey, Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling: Using Stories to Advocate, Influence, and Persuade, 44 Colo. Lawyer No. 2, 80–81 (February 2015) (book review).

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Council Member, 2012–14 
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • United States District Courts in Colorado, Wisconsin, and Utah
  • Colorado Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, President, 2013–15
  • American Association for Justice
  • Colorado district courts throughout the state
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association New Lawyers Division, Co-Chair
  • American, Colorado, and Denver Bar Associations
  • Plaintiffs’ Employment Lawyers Association
  • Colorado Court of Appeals
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Board Member

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Youth on Record, Board Member and Treasurer, 2012–2017


  • Colorado Super Lawyers (Rising Star 2016, 2017, and 2018)
  • Colorado Bar Association (Pro Bono Award 2014)
  • American Society of Legal Advocates (Top 40 under 40 litigation attorney 2015)
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado (Pro Bono Award 2014)
  • Colorado Bar Foundation (Fellow 2014)
  • Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training program (Graduate 2013)
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Office Location for Timothy M. Garvey

4600 S Ulster St
Suite 800
Denver, CO 80237

Phone: 720-773-5045

Fax: 303-964-1900

Last Updated: 5/23/2022

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