Gordon W. "Skip" Netzorg

Gordon W. "Skip" Netzorg

Sherman & Howard L.L.C.

Recognized since 2003

Denver, Colorado

Practice Areas


Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Banking and Finance

Litigation - Real Estate

Litigation - Securities


Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Litigation - Securities Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Litigation - Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2010 - Banking and Finance Law
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Representative Matters

Mr. Netzorg's trial practice at Sherman & Howard in Denver, Colorado, is focused on complex, multi-party commercial litigation, with an emphasis on partnership, limited liability company, and corporate disputes; officer and director liability, bond litigation, securities and fraud litigation; natural resources including oil and gas, mining disputes; lender liability, estate, banking, and real estate litigation. Some of his typical cases involve issues as diverse as breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, corporate governance, business and investment fraud, real estate, debtor-lender disputes, intellectual property and natural resources. Mr. Netzorg represents a range of clients from chief executives, board members, and multinational corporations, to individuals and small businesses, both plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. Netzorg has extensive familiarity with corporate, partnership, limited liability company and banking statutory requirements. He has been involved with all aspects of special litigation committees, from court appointment as special litigation counsel to counsel for plaintiffs and defendants in derivative litigation. Mr. Netzorg has successfully tried and obtained verdicts, judgments and arbitration awards in wide variety of complex commercial cases including 8-figure awards and 9-figure settlements.

Mr. Netzorg has served as an arbitration panel chair, panel member or sole arbitrator in a wide variety of cases, including large complex commercial contracts; banking lending practices; finder's fees; intellectual property; computer software; programming; patents; unfair trade practices; breach of fiduciary duties; fraud; liability arising out of accounting and tax advice; FLSA; putative class actions; oil and gas and mining disputes; compensation and retirement issues; collateralized debt; business breakups; tribal conflicts; securities and investments; gaming facilities; sports controversies; international disputes and real estate. Arbitration demands in cases have ranged from 6 to 10 figures. He has also served as counsel in hundreds of disputes including: partnership, corporate, shareholder, securities, corporate governance, derivative, officer and director liability, fraud, oil and gas and mining disputes, real estate, contract, breach of fiduciary duty, probate (litigation only), wrongful termination, intellectual property, computer software disputes, covenants not to compete, attorney ethics, banking/lending, energy, product liability, biotech, pharmaceutical, Indian law and telecommunications. Mr. Netzorg has served as Special Master appointed by federal court to supervise collection of large federal debt. He has mediated cases involving breach of fiduciary duty; breach of trust; registered representative (stock broker) misconduct; entity breakups; professional malpractice; insurance coverage; breach of contract; divorce, auto accidents and large, complex estate and trust matters. Mediated cases frequently involve multiple parties and have ranged in size from 5 to 9 figures.


  • 675 Fifteenth Street Suite 2300
    Denver, CO 80202


  • University of Pennsylvania , BA, graduated 1971

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, U.S. District Court, 1976
  • United States, U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 1976
  • United States, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1984


  • American Arbitration Association - National Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators; Large Case Committee
  • American Bar Foundation - Fellow
  • American College of Trial Lawyers - Fellow; Past Chair, Colorado State Committee 2010-2012; Task Force on Discovery; Judiciary Committee
  • College of Commercial Arbitrators - Fellow
  • Colorado Civil Access Business Pilot Project - Co-Chair
  • Colorado Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure - Former Member
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association - Past President; Past Chair, Commercial Law Section
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers - Fellow
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals - Colorado Charter Member

State Clerkships

  • Colorado - Supreme Court

Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
Headquarters: Denver, Colorado

62 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

18 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Litigation - Securities Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Litigation - Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2010 - Banking and Finance Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Securities, Denver (2019)
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance, Denver (2013)
  • Banking and Finance Law, Denver (2010)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Litigation - Real Estate

Special Focus

  • Advocacy
  • Arbitration
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy and Workouts
  • Bond Finance
  • Business
  • Business Disputes
  • Civil Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Closely-Held Businesses
  • Commercial
  • Complex Disputes
  • Complex Litigation
  • Contract
  • Corporate Governance
  • Defrauded Investors
  • Energy
  • Fiduciary Duties
  • Fraud
  • Investment
  • Large Case Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Natural Resources
  • Securities
  • Stockholders' Suits


  • 2016 Best Lawyers' Listings-Arbitration, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Banking and Finance, Litigation-Real Estate, Litigation-Securities, Mediation
  • Best of the Bar Award for Securities Law
  • Colorado Super Lawyers Top 10 2013 to 2021 (Ranked #2 2018, 2020; Ranked #3 2019); Top 50 2006 to 2011; Top 100 2012 to 2021
  • Corporate Live Wire 2015 Natural Resources Litigation Colorado Lawyer of the Year
  • IAALS Rebuilding Justice Award, April 2015
  • Law Week Colorado 2011 Lawyer of the Year
  • Law Week Colorado: Barrister's Best 2015, "People's Choice (attorney votes): Best Renewable Energy Lawyer"
  • Listed since 1995 in Best Lawyers in America; Best Lawyers' 2010 Denver Bankling Lawyer of the Year-Litigation; Best Lawyers' 2013 Denver Banking Lawyer of the Year-Litigation
  • Recognized by 5280 Magazine as Top Lawyer - Commercial Litigation 2015 - 2019, ADR 2020, 2021

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