Reeves D. Whalen

Denver, Colorado Lawyer

Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2011

303.792.5595 (Colorado office)


Mr. Whalen represents clients in personal injury and product liability claims. Mr. Whalen actively litigates cases on behalf of injured victims and their families, patients, and consumers in motor vehicle accidents, premise liability claims, wrongful death, pharmacy prescription misfill incidents, gas explosion claims, and matters involving catastrophic injury and death.

Mr. Whalen has been featured and covered extensively in The Denver Business Journal, The Denver Post, Colorado Law Week, The Colorado Statesman, AAJ Trial Magazine, The University of Denver Law Magazine, Westword, and Education News Colorado.


  • Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government Executive Education, 2013
  • University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, 2007
  • Dickinson College, 2002

Awards & Distinctions

  • Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2012-2014
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, The Top Trial Lawyers in America, 2014
  • American Constitution Society, Progressive Young Leadership Award, 2012
  • Denver Business Journal, Forty Under 40, 2011
  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Colorado Trial Attorney, 2012
  • 5280 Magazine, Top Young Attorneys in Colorado, 2012
  • National Trial Lawyers, Forty Under 40, 2011
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Eagle Award, 2014
  • American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 40 Lawyers Under 40, 2014
  • Colorado Bar Association, Young Outstanding Lawyer of the Year, Finalist 2010
  • Colorado Law Week, Complete Lawyer, Finalist 2010
  • AVVO, Highest Distinction of Superb Attorney Rating

Leadership Appointments

  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), Board of Directors
  • American Constitution Society (ACS), Board of Directors
  • Obama for America, Colorado Gen44 Finance Committee
  • Clinton Foundation, Ambassador & Young Philanthropist
  • Vice President Al Gore Climate Reality Leadership Program, Climate Leader
  • Democratic Party of Denver, Executive Committee
  • Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Transition Team, Co-Chair Dept. of Excise & Licensing
  • Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg, Citizen Planning Advisory Committee (CPAC)
  • Fix the Debt, Colorado Steering Committee
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), Mass Tort Committee Chair, 2013
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), Eagle Committee Co-Chair, 2014
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), CTLA & CDLA Annual Professionalism Ceremony Co-Chair, 2014
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), Legislative Committee, 2015
  • Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association (MTTLA), Executive Committee
  • Hickenlooper for Colorado, Campaign Finance Committee
  • Romanoff for United States Senate, Campaign Finance Committee
  • Romanoff for United States Congress, Campaign Finance Committee
  • Romer for Mayor, Campaign Finance Committee
  • Duran for Colorado House District 5, Campaign Finance Committee
  • Haynes for Denver Public School Board, Campaign Finance Committee

Volunteer Service

  • Inner City Health Center, Board of Directors
  • Save Our Youth Mentorship Program / Board of Directors
  • Girls Athletic Leadership School / Board of Directors
  • Denver Public Schools / Attorney Guest Teacher Program
  • Denver Public Schools Foundation / Development Committee
  • Girls Inc. of Metro Denver / Women in Law, Media & Politics
  • AMC Cancer Fund / Development Committee
  • Project CURE / Medical Supply Assistance Project
  • Center of Hope Haiti / Orphanage Construction Project
  • Red Cloud Indian School / Pine Ridge Reservation

Speaking Engagements

  • Educator Effectiveness Forum, Senator Michael Johnston, 2010
  • SB1070 Immigration Reform, Senator Chris Romer, ACS CLE 2010
  • Lobato v. Colorado & The Future of Education in Colorado, ACS CLE 2012
  • Education Policy Debriefing, Lt. Governor Joe Garcia, 2011
  • Denver City Council At-Large Candidate Forum, Moderator, 2011

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association (CBA)
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)

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