Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Professional Negligence
Hutchinson Black and Cook has long been known for complex personal injury, professional negligence, and product liability litigation. Our practice is oriented to representing persons injured by the fault of others or by defective products. We have developed trial skills and resources for pursuing matters ranging from auto or ski accidents, to medical negligence, to product litigation involving a variety of industrial and consumer products. Hutchinson Black and Cook lawyers have obtained landmark judgments or settlements in some of Colorado’s most significant cases involving Title IX discrimination, catastrophic injury, traumatic burns, defamation, railroad crossing accidents, pharmaceutical products and medical devices, hospital liability, wrongful death, the civil prosecution of criminal conduct, civil rights, and failure to diagnose cancer.
The firm has become nationally known for Title IX litigation. HBC lawyers Baine Kerr, Kim Hult, and Chris Ford won a $2.5 million settlement in 2007 from the University of Colorado for sexual assaults by football recruits in the high-profile Simpson case that led to national athletic reforms. In 2008 Baine and Kim won a $850,000 settlement for rape by a football player in J.K. v. Arizona State University. In what is becoming a model across the country, both settlements required the creation of five-year Title IX and student safety positions. Baine has argued and won precedent-setting Title IX opinions by the Tenth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals and by the United States District Court for Arizona that have advanced Title IX protections at campuses everywhere, and has twice lectured at Harvard Law School on Title IX subjects. Kim Hult has also published articles, and has lectured on, the development of Title IX law in sexual harassment cases.