Jim Puga

Jim Puga

Jim Puga

Jim Puga dedicates his practice to seeking compensation and justice for those injured by the negligence of others, with a particular focus on medical malpractice and personal injury. Jim has successfully tried, settled, or is currently handling cases throughout the United States, and has handled complex business and civil litigation matters as well as numerous cases as an insurance defense counsel. Jim is a Colorado native and an avid reader, cyclist and skier, but particularly enjoys spending time with his wife and teenage children.

Memberships and Presentations

  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Association of Justice Leaders Forum
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • Colorado and Denver Bar Associations
  • Board of Directors of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Faculty member with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy instructing in the area of trial skills
  • Lectured for the State of Colorado to attorneys at continuing legal education seminars, sponsored by the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association in medical malpractice and trial advocacy
  • Lectured at the American Association of Justice’s annual convention on medical malpractice and scientific evidentiary issues in medical malpractice
  • Lectured at the Western Trial Lawyer’s Association on matters of medical malpractice and scientific evidentiary issues in medical malpractice
  • Lectured at the University of Colorado Medical School in the area of shoulder dystocia birth injury and various business and insurance-related seminars
  • Co-editor of the American Association of Justice Birth Trauma Litigation Newsletter


University of Denver College of Law on a College of Law scholarship, 1989; University of Denver as a University Scholar, graduated Cum Laude and with Honors in political science and history

Community Involvement

  • Youth baseball and lacrosse coach
  • Tutor for disadvantaged students
  • Volunteer with Denver Kids, Inc.


  • 2016 Top Lawyers in Denver, 5280 Magazine
  • Best Lawyers in America, Medical Malpractice, 2007-Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury, 2012-Present
  • Colorado Super Lawyer, 2007-Present
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell for over 15 years
  • Briefed numerous cases to the Colorado Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court
  • Argued before the Colorado Supreme Court
  • Appellate decisions in the state of Colorado, the Federal District Court for the District of Colorado and the 10th District Court of Appeals
  • Denver Kids, Inc.’s Friend of the Year
  • Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyers

Published Cases

  • Estate of Ford v. Eicher, 250 P.3d 262; 2011 Colo. LEXIS 233, March 21, 2011 (No. 09SC229); Rudnick v. Ferguson, 179 P.3d 26; 2007 Colo. App. LEXIS 194, February 8, 2007 (No. 05CA0077); Hartmann v. Nordin, 147 P.3d 43, Colo. November 13, 2006 (No. 06SA51); Weaver v. Blake, 454 F.3d 1087; 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 17278, July 11, 2006 (No. 03-1398, 03-1439); Visser ex rel. Eder v. Mahan, 111 P.3d 575, Colo. App., March 24, 2005 (No. 04CA1361); Bradley v. Val-Mejias, 379 F. 3d 892; 2004 U.S. App. LEXIS 15324; 59 Fed. R. Serv. 3d (Callagahan) 146, July 23, 2004 (No. 02-3421); Donelson v. Fritz, 70 P.3d 539, Colo. App. November 21, 2002 (No. 01CA0777); Midwest Mut. Ins. Co. v. Roland, 971 P.2d 295, 98 CJ C.A.R. 4626, Colo. App. September 3, 1998 (No. 97CA0523); Rosenthal v. Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc., 82 F.3d 426, 1996 U.S. App. LEXIS 21731; Andrikopoulos v. Minnelusa Co. 911 P.2d 663, Colo. App., July 13, 1995 (No. 94CA0280, 94CA01232); Burlington Northern R. Co. v. Hood, 802 P.ed 458, Colo, December 10, 1990 (No. 89SC394)