CLE is saddened to hear of the sudden death of John Grund, a well-respected litigator and one of our favorite authors and presenters. John has written the “Torts” chapter in the Annual Survey of Colorado Law since 2000 and writes three chapters in Colorado Courtroom Handbook for Civil Trials. He has presented at many of CLE’s torts and litigation programs over the years and has always been a welcome sight at the CLE offices.
John founded and was managing shareholder at Grund • Dagner, P.C., in Denver. He practiced throughout the Rocky Mountain region, specializing in the defense of complex and multidistrict litigation and emphasizing product liability, recreation/amusement liability, common-carrier and general aviation law, hospital liability, professional negligence, and insurance law. John was an appointed member of the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Civil Pattern Jury Instructions (since 1987) and chairs the subcommittee responsible for Product Liability, Professional Malpractice, and Insurance Bad Faith.
Well-respected and admired by his peers, John was the first recipient of the John W. Grund Excellence in Leadership Award in 2001; the first recipient of the President’s Professionalism Award in 2010; and the recipient of a DRI Service Award on March 12, 1999. He has been named a Colorado Super Lawyer, 2007-present. He has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America, in the specialty of Insurance Law, from 2007 to present.
John amazed everyone who knew him by his energy, keen intellect, wry sense of humor, and limitless curiosity for everything from the law, to sports, literature, and music. We at CLE will greatly miss his professionalism, expertise, feistiness, and the charming twinkle in his eye, but we are profoundly grateful that we could call him our friend.