Christopher J. Koenigs


Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303.299.8458

Fax: 303.298.0940


  • Juris Doctor, University of Notre Dame Law School, 1981
    • summa cum laude
    • Editor-in-Chief, Notre Dame Law Review
    • Class Valedictorian – Graduated 1st in Class
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Harvard College, 1976
    • cum laude

Christopher Koenigs is a member in Sherman & Howard’s Denver office. His practice focuses on matters related to litigation, trials and appeals, as well as media and telecommunications.


  • Van Zanen v. Qwest Wireless, L.L.C., et al., 550 F.Supp.2d 1261 (D. Colo. 2007), aff’d, 522 F.3d 1127 (10th Cir. 2008) (represented Qwest in consumer class action asserting insurance-related claims; Qwest’s motion to dismiss  granted; affirmed on appeal).
  • Kerber v. Qwest Communications International Inc., ___F.Supp.2d ___, 2009 WL 2710207 (D. Colo. 2009) and 544 F.Supp.2d 1187 (D. Colo. 2008) (represented Qwest against ERISA life insurance benefit claims asserted in class action litigation; motions to dismiss and for summary judgment granted and case dismissed).
  • DMA v. Qwest Communications International Inc., 585 F.3d 1341 (10th Cir. 2009) (represented Qwest in appeal of arbitration award, etc.).
  • Rathbun v. Qwest Communications International Inc., 458 F.Supp.2d 1238 (D. Colo. 2006) (represented Qwest against ERISA claims asserted in class action litigation; motion for class certification denied and summary judgment entered for Qwest).
  • Colvin v. Qwest Communications International Inc., Case No. 04-CV-39, District Court, Otero County, Colorado (represented Qwest in class action asserting retiree entitlement to alleged telephone service benefits).
  • Lizardi v. Qwest Corporation, et al.,  Case No. C20032665 (Puma County, Arizona) (represented Qwest in consumer class action asserting claims for alleged improper billing of wireless telephone service).
  • In re Qwest Savings & Investment Plan ERISA Litigation, Case No. 02-CV-00464, U. S. District Court, District of Colorado (represented Qwest in ERISA “stock drop” class action).
  • United States ex rel. Stone v. Rockwell International, 282 F.3d 787 (10th Cir. 2002) &  127 S. Ct. 1397 (2007) (represented Rockwell International Corp. in False Claims Act lawsuit arising out of Rockwell’s role as contractor at Rocky Flats nuclear weapons facility).

Professional Activities

  • Notre Dame Law Association Board of Directors
  • Former Manager, Sherman & Howard Litigation Department
  • Former Member, Central City Opera Board of Directors


  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Denver (2001-2023)
  • Chambers USA, Band 2, General Commercial Litigation, Colorado (2012-2020)
  • Chambers USA, Band 4, General Commercial Litigation, Colorado (2022)
  • Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, Colorado (2006-2022)
  • BTI Client Service, “All Star” (2011)
  • 5280 Magazine, “Top Lawyer,” Commercial Litigation