John Mereness

John Mereness
Denver, Colorado

Phone  303-333-1957
Fax  303-377-3460
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Mr. Mereness most recently became a shareholder at Giometti & Mereness P.C. John Mereness was born in Montana and attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in 1993. Three years later he obtained his J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas with honors in 1996.

John began his legal career in Texas from 1996-2001, focusing his litigation practice in insurance defense (including auto, trucking, and oil and gas injury and death cases), insurance coverage, and construction disputes. John and his family moved to Colorado in 2001 where he continued his practice focus upon construction disputes (including arbitrations lasting 5 weeks), mechanic’s lien disputes, surety claims, insurance defense litigation, coverage and bad faith litigation, as well as construction contract negotiations, and is a member in good standing with the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association and the Denver Bar Association.

John has a strong and proven background in construction disputes and commercial litigation, and has successfully negotiated numerous multi-million dollar business critical contracts well in excess of $100 million. John also has a notable background with jury and bench trials, and has been a vital asset in resolving complex multi-million dollar arbitrations. He has published appellate cases in Texas, Colorado, and Virginia, and given construction and insurance speeches in Las Vegas, Nevada. When not at work, John and his family take advantage of the many great activities offered by Colorado’s great outdoors, especially fly-fishing.

Year Joined Organization:
Areas of Practice:
Civil Litigation
Construction Litigation
Construction – Transactional
Surety Litigation (including performance, payment, and fidelity bonds)
Bodily Injury Litigation
Wrongful Death Litigation
Insurance Coverage (Transactional and Litigation)
Insurance Bad Faith Litigation
Fire Cases
Premises Liability
Speeches and Presentations:
          Lorman Education Services, “Insurance and Construction Disputes,”                February 2006 (Las Vegas, NV)
          Loss Executives Association, “Cutting Edge Issues in Commercial                      Property Claims and Litigation,” June 2016 (Atlanta, GA)
Authored ten appeals with multiple oral arguments in Texas, Colorado, and Virginia
Bar Admissions:
Texas, 1996
Colorado, 2002
US District Court, District of Colorado
US District Court, Western District of Texas
St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas, 1996 – J.D.
Honors: Phi Delta Phi Honor Fraternity
Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, 1993 – B.A.
Major: History, with Environmental Studies Minor
Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Past Employment Positions:
Johnson Curney & Fields
Fisher, Sweetbaum, & Levin (associate)
Hustead Law Firm (partner)
Kamlet Shepherd Reichert (partner)
Holme Roberts & Owen/Bryan Cave (senior counsel)
Gifford Stevens (special counsel)
Birth Information:
1971, Miles City, Montana

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Wrongful Death

We literally “wrote the book” about Colorado wrongful death law. See our Publications to learn more about our book G. Giometti, Colorado Handbook of Wrongful Death Law (3rd Ed. 2015).  4th Addition coming in early 2019! For years attorneys throughout the state have contacted our firm for guidance in handling wrongful death claims.  Contact us to benefit from our experience.

Insurance Bad Faith

We also “wrote the book” about insurance bad faith law in Colorado. See our Publications to learn more about our book G. Giometti, Colorado Law of Insurance Bad Faith (4th Ed. 2015).  We are highly experienced in analyzing complex insurance coverage issues, pursuing declaratory judgment actions, and litigating bad faith claims arising out of coverage and claims handling disputes.

Auto Accidents

We also “wrote the book” about motor vehicle accident litigation and insurance in Colorado. See our Publications to learn more about our book G. Giometti, Colorado Automobile Accident Litigation & Insurance Handbook (3rd Ed. 2018).   We are experienced in handling all types of motor vehicle accident cases, particularly those involving traumatic brain injuries and spinal injuries.