Brian J. Urankar


Brian Urankar joined the Transportation Practice Group at Hall & Evans in 2019, where he represents national railroad and trucking companies in suits involving the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, the Safety Appliance Act, grade crossing accidents, and whistleblower complaints.  He assists with all phases of litigation, including initial response, investigation, motions, discovery, depositions, trial preparation, trial practice, and appeals.

Brian began his legal career in the United States Marine Corps, where he served on active duty as an ethics counsel, the head of the administrative law section for a major installation, and as a prosecutor.  As an ethics counsel, Brian provided ethics advice to clients, served as government counsel during administrative hearings, and assisted with internal investigations.  While serving as the head of administrative separations, he was responsible for supervising all aspects of separations hearings throughout every phase of litigation.  Brian finished his active duty service as the lead trial counsel for the 2nd Marine Division, where he supervised a team of prosecutors as they prosecuted felony and misdemeanor cases, including cases that garnered national media attention.  In this role, Brian frequently advised battalion and regimental commanders on pending cases, advised federal law enforcement on various legal issues and investigative strategy, and he taught several classes on courtroom presentation and evidentiary issues to prosecutors throughout the jurisdictional region.

While earning his law degree at The University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Brian clerked for a national railroad, served as an intern with a social security disability firm, and he was a student attorney with the civil litigation clinic.

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado


Denver Office
1001 17th Street
Suite 300
Denver, CO 80202


JD: University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2014
Certificate: Environmental and Natural Resources Law
BA: Saint Louis University, 2010, Political Science


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Professional Experience
  • Judge Advocate, United States Marine Corps, January 2015 – March 2019
Professional Associations
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association