Darrell G. Waas

D 720–351–4704
F 720–351–4745

Martindale AV Peer Review Rating

After graduating in 1979 from the University of Colorado School of Law where he served on the Board of Editors of the Law Review and received highest honors, Darrell went to work as an associate at the prestigious Denver law firm Fairfield and Woods. Soon after being made partner at Fairfield and Woods, Darrell accepted an opportunity to become senior litigator at the then new Denver firm Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti, P.C. – where he served as a director for approximately 25 years, until forming Waas Campbell Rivera.

Darrell is one of the most experienced and accomplished civil litigators in Colorado. He has been recognized by leading publications and legal organizations for the highest levels of professional achievement, including the highest peer recognition (AV) by Martindale-Hubbell, and many years of recognition among the Best Lawyers in America and as a Colorado Super Lawyer. Darrell has been named by the Denver Business Journal as a Newsmaker of the Year and by Colorado Law Week as Lawyer of the Year. Darrell has served as lead trial counsel in many notable cases, including:

  • Colorado’s largest eminent domain award – $50 Million awarded by a jury to the owner of the Telluride Valley Floor;
  • A complete defense verdict on behalf of the design team for the DIA Terminal after a six week jury trial in which the City sought $42 Million for 725 alleged design defects;
  • Two defense victories in jury trials involving allegations of over $1 Billion of damages in a case in Federal Court in a Qui Tam action under the False Claims Act;
  • A jury verdict on behalf of a large religious organization against Boulder County to overturn a land use decision on the basis of religious discrimination;
  • Dozens of successful actions on behalf of creditors and debtors in the Bankruptcy Court; and
  • Hundreds of business disputes resolved without litigation, or prior to trial.

Darrell is well known for his effectiveness in court, but is also involved in every aspect of designing and implementing a problem solving plan to meet the strategic objectives set by the client.


  • J.D., 1979 University of Colorado School of Law

    Order of the Coif; Board of Editors, University of Colorado Law Review
  • B.A., 1976 University of Northern Colorado

    Admissions and Affiliations

  • State of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association and Denver Bar Association