Valeri S. Pappas

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Securities Litigation Attorney in Denver, CO

Davis & Ceriani, P.C.
 | 1600 Stout St, Suite 1710
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-534-9000
Fax: 303-534-4618
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010 - 2013
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Securities Litigation (30%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (30%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Valeri Pappas is the managing partner of Davis & Ceriani in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Pappas litigates complex matters involving business law, insurance coverage and real estate development, representing clients in Denver and throughout the state of Colorado.

Ms. Pappas has two decades of experience practicing law in Colorado. Her experience includes complex litigation, arbitration and mediation. Her cases encompass various areas of law, including business, commercial, employment and personal injury litigation.

An AV Preeminent* rated attorney from the peer review organization Martindale-Hubbell, Ms. Pappas is also a member of the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. She holds many leadership positions in her community, including serving on the board of directors of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation and volunteering for LawLine 9, a service of the Colorado Bar Association that provides free legal advice.

In previous years, Ms. Pappas served on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and on the board of advisers of ACE Scholarships. She continues to serve as a faculty member at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and is a member of the Denver Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association.

Ms. Pappas graduated magna cum laude from The University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree and received her law degree from the University of Colorado Law School. She joined Davis & Ceriani as an associate in 1999. She became a partner in 2005 and later became a managing partner in 2015.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Securities Litigation (30%)

Employment & Labor (30%): Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Civil Litigation (20%)

Business Litigation (20%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements


Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2010 - 2013

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About Valeri Pappas

Admitted: 1998, Colorado

Professional Webpage:


  • Colorado Super Lawyers “Rising Star” and 5280 Top Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers List, 2020, Best Lawyers 2020, 2019
  • Recognized in the Top 100 lawyer and Top 50 Women lawyer categories

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, 1998
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association, 2009
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2008

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Lawline 9 volunteer, Colorado Bar Association., 2006
  • Faculty member at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) since 2015, teaching annually at the Rocky Mountain Building Trial Skills program, as well as additional programs teaching trial skills to public interest and immigration attorneys
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver -- October 2017 to the present
  • Member of ACE Scholarships Board of Advisors
  • Member of Leadership Denver 2017 class, 2017
  • Associate Board, Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver , 2007
  • Attorney Mentor for CAMP (Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program), 2016
  • Colorado Women's Bar Foundation Board of Directors, 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presented on an Ethics Panel at the Rocky Mountain Securities Conference., Faculty, Rocky Mountain Securities Conference, 2019
  • Faculty Member, NITA Immigration Advocacy Program, 2017
  • Adjunct Professor at University of Colorado Law School – Technical & Engineering Knowledge in Litigation, Fall 2019, Adjunct Professor, 2019
  • Examining the Title VII Ellerth/Faragher AffirmativeDefense in the “Me Too” Era, "Examining the Title VII Ellerth/Faragher Affirmative Defense in the "Me Too" Era, Trial Talk December/January 2019, 2019
  • Taught at the NITA Rocky Mountain Institute for Public Interest Lawyers, Faculty Member, NITA Public Interest Trial Skills , National Institute Of Trial Advocacy, 2018
  • Published in Trial Talk June/July 2008., “Workplace Bullying Legislation - A Primer for Colorado Employers and Employees”
  • Faculty Member, NITA Public Legal Services Trial Advocacy Program, 2015
  • Faculty Member , NITA Rocky Mountain Building Trial Skills Program, 2019
  • Faculty Member, Building Trial Skills, National Institute Of Trial Advocacy, 2017


  • Multiple confidential settlements in high dollar litigations over the past ten years.
  • Jury verdict of over $18,000,000 for a Colorado Springs family in a personal injury case., 2008


Educational Background:

  • University of Colorado School of Law,   Law Review Associate Editor, 1998
  • University of Michigan Honors Program, 1991
  • B.A. in Environmental Studies, University of Vermont. Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1995

Industry Groups

  • Investors
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Office Location for Valeri S. Pappas

1600 Stout St
Suite 1710
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-534-9000

Fax: 303-534-4618

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Last Updated: 12/1/2019

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