My Promises – Sean Dormer

Categories Awards, Trials, Uncategorized

The Trial Lawyer’s College is dedicated to training and educating lawyers and judges who are committed to the jury system and to representing and obtaining justice for individuals; the poor, the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless, the defenseless and the damned, and to protecting the rights of such people from corporate and government oppression. In all of its activities, the Trial Lawyer’s College will foster and nourish an open atmosphere of caring for people regardless of their race, age, creed, religion, national origin, physical abilities, gender or sexual orientation.

– The Trial Lawyer’s College Mission Statement

When I got in my car and headed towards Wyoming at the beginning of September, I didn’t know much about The Trial Lawyer’s College (we call it “TLC”). I knew the mission statement. I knew that some of the best trial lawyers in America call themselves Warriors. But I didn’t know what to expect for myself.

As it turned out, I didn’t know what to expect at TLC because the process is difficult to explain. We started by spending a week getting to know what we call “our real selves.” For the two-and-a-half weeks after that, we sprinkled more intense self-reflection throughout our courses on trial skills. The entire month was devoted to unleashing our creativity – something law school stifles. We took only three days and two evenings off. We spent time among some of the most incredible trial lawyers, communicators, and psychodramatists around.

For me, TLC felt more like the beginning of a lifelong journey than a self-contained class. And as with any journey, I find comfort in starting off with a guide. Here’s my guide – please hold me to it:

  1. I promise to really listen to the person or people I’m spending time with.
  2. I promise to do the work it takes to really get to know my clients’ stories before trial.
  3. I promise to show people what I mean whenever possible, not just tell them.
  4. I promise to remember that there is no courage without fear. I will not let the fear of embarrassment, rejection, or failure stand in the way of showing my love for others or fighting for what I believe to be right.
  5. I promise to respond to gifts given to me by paying them forward or giving them back.


Natalie Gray Completes Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Boot Camp

Categories Auto Accident, Awards, Personal Injury, Trials

This past week, Natalie Gray of Dormer, Harpring, & Gray, completed the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association “Boot Camp.” Boot Camp is a course designed to train new trial lawyers in how to represent their individual clients against corporations, institutions, and the government. Sean Dormer completed the course in 2015, and K.C. Harpring completed the course in 2016.

During the course, Ms. Gray had the opportunity to learn advanced techniques from well-known and respected trial attorneys across Colorado. These techniques covered topics including litigation strategies, how to locate insurance coverages available to defendants and plaintiffs, depositions of corporations and individual defendants, case analysis, picking good juries, opening statements, closing arguments, motions in limine, case themes, and more.

The course consisted of one 3-hour session per week for 12 weeks. Despite having already obtained a million-dollar verdict for one of our clients, Ms. Gray and the personal injury attorneys at Dormer, Harpring, & Gray always take time to continue their training to become the best trial lawyers for their clients that they can be.

Dormer, Harpring & Gray, LLC obtain $1.77 Million Jury Verdict for Client

Categories Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Trials, Verdicts

Kate v. Dillon Companies, Inc., d.b.a. King Soopers, Inc., Boulder County District Court Case No.2016CV30085

Following a 5-day trial in Boulder, Colorado, Dormer, Harpring & Gray obtained a jury verdict for our client in a difficult slip-and-fall claim against King Soopers (the Kroger Company).

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