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WTLN Member Spotlight for August 2019

Aug 20th, 2019

MELISSA WINTHERS, ESQ.

Member Spotlight by WTLN COMMITTEE, ALANA M. ANZALONE and HEATHER JACKSON

Melissa Winthers is an outstanding personal injury attorney and partner of Shapiro Winthers P.C., a firm representing clients in Colorado for over 15 years. A Colorado native, Melissa graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Colorado College in 1995 and from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 1998. Since that time, she has dedicated herself to fighting on behalf of those who have suffered traumatic and life-changing injuries. Her representation has resulted in numerous multi-million-dollar resolutions for her clients. She attributes a great deal of her success to perseverance and extensive preparation. Melissa was raised by a single mother and learned the value of a strong work ethic from an early age. As an attorney, she stands with her clients every step of the journey.

HONORS:

· Top 50 Women Attorneys in Colorado
· Top 100 Attorneys by Super lawyers

DID YOU KNOW?

My grandfather, Norman Berman, who was a Colorado Court of Appeals judge, practiced with Molly Edison, one of the very few female attorneys in the State of Colorado at that time.

FOR FUN:

I enjoy camping in the national parks with my husband, daughter and corgi.

QUOTE ON BEING A WOMAN TRIAL ATTORNEY: “We have to stick together!”

BEST CASE:

A woman who suffered a multi-level back fusion from a trucking collision sought my help after her case was dismissed, because her former lawyer had failed to submit discovery responses following an order to compel them.

Sadly, the client had no idea discovery was never answered by her former lawyer who had multiple malpractice claims pending against him. After filing a motion to re-open, the judge allowed us to re-open the dismissed case and proceed against the trucking company.

It turns out the trucker who hit my client was a habitual traffic offender per statute, a difficult feat. When I deposed the trucker and handed him a document to read, he told me he couldn’t read it because he was going blind. He denied that this condition had anything to do with the multiple collisions and traffic offenses on record. The case settled in mediation not long thereafter.