Education

  • Juris Doctor, University of Wyoming College of Law, 2009
    • Order of the Coif
    • Comment Editor, Wyoming Law Review
  • Bachelor of Science, Communication and Political Science, University of Wyoming, 2006
    • summa cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Kellie Nelson Fetter is a leader of diverse, caring, humans seeking justice through the law.

As a commercial litigator, Kellie represents clients ranging from individual stakeholders in family-held businesses through large international corporations to resolve their disputes in and out of the courtroom. She takes on unique cases and works with a team to craft custom solutions to help her clients achieve their goals efficiently and effectively.

Kellie serves clients in the healthcare, oil & gas, construction, and aerospace industries. Her areas of expertise include intellectual property, insurance recovery, e-Discovery, and international arbitration.

Experience

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

  • Recovered more than $3 million in jury verdict and attorneys’ fee award following a 10-day trial in a construction completion and financing dispute.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of a radiology practice in arbitration with a revenue cycle management company in a breach of contract and professional negligence action.
  • Negotiated favorable interest swap in lieu of damages in a North Dakota-based oil and gas dispute.
  • Obtained judgment in the clients’ favor following three unrelated Colorado bench trials.

INSURANCE RECOVERY

  • Worked on a team to obtain a $10 million settlement for a policyholder in hotly contested insurance coverage dispute.
  • Obtained defense settlement of $0 out-of-pocket payment for a former director of a gas company in a Montana securities fraud class action seeking more than $11 million.
  • Obtained settlement for full policy limits with minimal out-of-pocket contribution on behalf of architecture and design client.
  • Represented aerospace company in federal court coverage dispute.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  • Obtained injunctive relief for a patent holder in federal trademark and trade practices litigation.
  • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of tech start-up in multi-venue trade secret litigation.
  • Represented client in 10-day jury trial regarding Lanham Act violations.
  • Assisted numerous clients in resolving trademark violation disputes without litigation.

E-DISCOVERY

  • Served as lead attorney for Sherman & Howard’s search and selection of e-Discovery vendors and tools.
  • Used e-discovery tools to design and oversee more efficient processes for transactional document reviews.
  • Coordinated a team of 18 to perform substantive review and analysis of more than 60,000 documents in two weeks.
  • Coordinated service and return of more than 200 Colorado records subpoenas as local discovery counsel for national insurance company in subprime mortgage litigation.
  • Counseled numerous clients in crafting and submitting efficient and cost-effective discovery and subpoena responses using e-Discovery tools.

INTERNATIONAL

  • Achieved a favorable settlement for a client in a London-based arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.
  • Favorably settled a consulting agreement dispute regarding an oil and gas interest in Kurdistan, Iraq.
  • Obtained deposition subpoenas for witnesses in three foreign countries in an international dispute.

Publications & Presentations

PUBLICATIONS

 

PRESENTATIONS

  • How to Partner Effectively with Outside Counsel
    Association of Corporate Counsel Mentoring Program Presentation | November 2017
  • Setting up to Win Your Trial by Taking Strategic, Tactical and Useful Depositions
    Sherman & Howard Litigation Presentation | October 2017
  • Embarrassing Gaffe to Case Killer: The Dangers of Texting and Social Media (and how to Discover When the Other Side has Made Them)
    • Boulder County Bar Association Presentation | April 2017
    • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Presentation | January 2017
    • Sherman & Howard Annual Colorado Construction Law Seminar | February 2016
  • Privilege Review and Logging
    Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Presentation | May 2016

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Sherman & Howard’s Women’s Initiative | 2018-present
    • Organized and facilitates internal and external events to promote inclusion and advancement of women in the law.
  • Member, Sherman & Howard’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce
  • Member, Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado LGBT Bar Association
  • Former Sponsor, Association for Corporate Counsel, Emerging Leaders Group
  • Former Mentee, Colorado General Counsel Group

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  • Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Member, Metro Denver Economic Development Commission, Colorado Energy Coalition
  • Former Coach, Mock Trial Team, Denver School of Science and Technology

Highlights

  • Super Lawyers, ‘Rising Stars’, Colorado (2015 – 2019)
  • Denver Business Journal, “40 Under 40” Nominee (2018)