John is a founding partner of Heideman Poor. We call him the “Scholar” because he loves wading into legal strategy and untangling thorny legal issues. He uses all that deep knowledge for the benefit of our clients as he specializes in appeals, writes sophisticated and successful legal briefs and argues cases before appellate courts.
A Colorado native, John formed Heideman Poor in 2014 with an emphasis on litigation and a focus on general civil, personal injury and appellate litigation. Previously, John practiced with a leading Denver-area plaintiff’s personal injury firm and a nationally-recognized corporate law firm with an emphasis on civil litigation.
John has prosecuted appeals in the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He is a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Amicus Committee, and is one of Denver’s leading appellate attorneys.
When he is not practicing law, John enjoys reading, writing, running, hiking the Rocky Mountains, cycling, doing CrossFit, ice hockey, and various recreational sports. Although he is hesitant to say he is an expert in any of the above athletic endeavors. He is also an avid fan of the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Avalanche, and has strong opinions about the direction of both teams. (Don’t ask him if you don’t have time to hear all about it.) He is sorry to report that, to date, the Denver sports talk radio market has been uninterested in John’s opinions.
Notable successes: (list)
- Authored Answer Brief and conducted oral argument before Colorado Supreme Court on issues of duty and proximate causation, resulting in successful Supreme Court opinion. Groh v. Westin, 2015 CO 25. Oral argument here.
- Co-authored briefs in Sunahara v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 280 P.3d 649 (Colo. 2012), in which the Colorado Supreme Court held that admission of evidence of medical discounts secured by a plaintiff’s insurer violate the collateral source doctrine
- Obtained jury verdict in premises liability case of more than thirty times defendant’s final settlement offer. Roth v. Disaster Restoration, Inc., Boulder County District Court Case No. 2010CV674 (2012). Authored Answer Brief in Court of Appeals, resulting in affirmation of verdict. Roth v. Disaster Restoration, Inc., Court of Appeals Case No. 12CA0920 (Mar. 14, 2013)
- Successfully argued before Court of Appeals in defense of trial court ruling that permitted client to retain settlement proceeds against forfeiture challenge by workers’ compensation carrier. Jose Chavez & Pinnacol Assurance v. Kelley Trucking, Court of Appeals Case No. 10CA1720 (2011)
- Successfully obtained reversal in Court of Appeals of adverse summary judgment ruling in which trial court held that client was a trespasser under Colorado Premises Liability Act. Corder v. Folds, Court of Appeals Case No. 11CA1917, 2012 COA 174
- Obtained reversal of DWAI conviction by persuading reviewing court that trial court’s denial of motion to suppress involved error of “constitutional dimension.” Sisis v. 18th Judicial Dist., Elbert Cnty. Case No. 2013CV000052
- Obtained dismissal of felony drug charges against client after persuading court that stop of client’s vehicle & subsequent search were impermissible under the Fourth Amendment. People v. Jones-Evink, Arapahoe Cnty. Case No. 2015CR002464
- Obtained summary judgment for client against alter ego/successor liability claim. Morrissey v. Medwana et al., Jefferson Cnty. Case No. 2012CV003561