Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP (Denver)
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (Washington, D.C.)
University of Chicago Law School, J.D., with Honors, Staff Editor, The University of Chicago Law Review
Brigham Young University, B.A., magna cum laude, English, with University Honors, Phi Kappa Phi
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Activities & Honors:
Thomas R. Mulroy Prize for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy and Oral Argument
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
J. Reuben Clark Law Society
Trent represents sophisticated clients in civil litigation and appeals. His experience includes taking fact- and expert-witness depositions, assisting in fact development, document production, and witness preparation, and drafting and responding to a range of dispositive and non-dispositive motions. Besides his experience as an associate at two renowned law firms in Denver and Washington, D.C., Trent was a law clerk to The Honorable D. Brooks Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Trent lives in Lincoln with his wife and three children and enjoys cycling, trap shooting, and reading (especially American frontier novels).
Peterson v. USAA Life Ins. Co. (D. Colo. 2018) – Won complete summary judgment for USAA Life Insurance Company against claims that USAA wrongfully denied the plaintiff’s life insurance benefits after her husband’s death. The Court agreed with the arguments in USAA’s summary judgment briefing – which was filed shortly before Trent left his previous firm in Denver – that the insured knowingly misrepresented material facts about his medical history in his life insurance application.
Sunflower Condominium Assoc., Inc. v. Owners Insurance Co. (D. Colo. 2018) - Won complete summary judgment against a plaintiff on all of its claims, including bad faith, against Trent's insurance company client, and obtained leave to assert counterclaims for breach of anti-fraud provisions of an insurance policy.
Jones v. Allstate Ins. Co. (Colo. Dist. Ct. Arapahoe Cnty. 2016) - Won order dismissing with prejudice plaintiff's claims arising from denial of insurance benefits. The court adopted Trent's argument that the insurance policy unambiguously excluded coverage for the plaintiff's alleged loss.
Successfully briefed and argued against a motion to dismiss defamation counterclaims for a medical device company.
Obtained favorable settlement for a national insurance carrier after taking the key corporate deposition in an alleged breach of insurance contract and bad faith case.