Sarah Van Arsdale Berry
Denver, Colorado Lawyer
Ms. Berry specializes in commercial litigation with the firm.
has been second chair on a number of multi-million dollar complex commercial disputes, appearing at hearings and trials in various Colorado state courts as well as the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
has also been integrally involved in cases pending in other jurisdictions, most recently in Connecticut, Wyoming, and the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Texas and the Southern District of Florida.
has extensive experience handling matters in federal court, having had at least one case pending in federal court every year of her
tenure at the firm, Ms. Berry has researched and drafted over one hundred briefs as one of the key legal researchers and writers on the commercial litigation team, including motions to dismiss and responses, motions for summary judgment and responses, motions to strike expert witnesses and responses, motions in limine, pre-trial briefs, written discovery, motions to compel, motions for sanctions, and other pleadings.
Many of Ms. Berry's
cases arise out of disputes over commercial contracts and corporate formation documents and, as such, she
has particular experience representing clients in commercial contract disputes.
has focused increasingly on securities fraud and related litigation in recent years.
is one of the lead attorneys in the case of Pursuit Partners LLC
v. UBS AG and Moody's
Investors Service, a multi-million dollar securities fraud case cited by the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations' April 13, 2011, Report "Wall Street and the Financial Crisis: Anatomy of a Financial Collapse" (pp. 283-286).
Ms. Berry is the lead attorney responsible for legal research and brief writing on the case, including a 65-page brief that defeated Moody's attempt to be dismissed.
is also one of the lead attorneys in the case of State of Wyoming v. Standard & Poor's et al., a multi-million dollar securities fraud case involving hundreds of RMBS and CDOs purchased by the state treasurer and state pension fund.
She has been appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General representing the State of Wyoming for this case.
In addition to her
commercial work, Ms. Berry
has worked on cases with environmental implications, including a federal case involving the Park System Resources Protection Act and a case involving mining rights near Crested Butte, Colorado.
has also represented clients in several legal malpractice cases involving complex factual and legal issues.
was second chair on both of these cases, one of which went to trial in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and the other settling on the eve of trial.
As part of her
focus on legal research and brief writing, Ms. Berry
also specializes in appellate work.
has assisted in drafting appellate briefs for both the Colorado Court of Appeals
and the United States Court of Appeals
for the Tenth Circuit.
In connection with this work, Ms. Berry
has appeared for oral argument before the Colorado Court of Appeals
Ms. Berry was recognized as an exceptional attorney who attained a degree of professional achievement when she was listed as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Rising Stars represent an elite group - no more than 2.5% of those eligible for consideration within the state are recognized.
speaks French fluently and has lived in France.
studied at the University of Nantes, France
in the Spring of 1997.
Sarah Van Arsdale Berry