David B. Gelman


David’s practice focuses on healthcare, employment, and commercial disputes. David has represented clients in litigation, regulatory matters, employment, and business disputes.  With 30 years of experience, David has gained an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the delivery of healthcare including both private and correctional settings.  He represents health care facilities including nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities and assisted living residences, as well as licensed professionals including physicians, nurses, therapists, dentists, and chiropractors.  David regularly defends claims involving professional liability, catastrophic injury, product liability, and wrongful death. In the area of commercial disputes, David has represented clients in all aspects of litigation including appeals.

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1996
  • Illinois (inactive), 1992
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit


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


JD: Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1992,
magna cum laude
BA: University of Colorado at Boulder, 1988, Philosophy and Psychology



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Career Distinctions & Honors
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Medical Malpractice Law, 2018-2024
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice, 2014-2024
Professional Associations
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • The American Association of Nurse Attorneys
  • Colorado Assisted Living Association
Professional Experience

Prior to joining Hall & Evans, David was a Director/Shareholder at Fennemore Craig, P.C. and a Shareholder at Kennedy Childs, P.C.

  • Boles v. Colo. Dep’t of Corr., 2020 U.S. App. Lexis 42494 (10th Cir. 2020); 2021 U.S. App. Lexis 38795 (10th Cir. 2021)
  • Fischer v. Colorow Health Care, LLC, 420 P.3d 259 (Colo. 2018)
  • Fischer v. Colorow Health Care, LLC, 2016 Colo. App. LEXIS 1277 (Colo. App. 2016)
  • Adair Group, Inc. v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 477 F.3d 1186 (10th Cir. 2007)
  • Moore v. Middlebrook, 96 Fed. Appx. 634 (10th Cir. 2004)
  • Von Loh v. Synthes, Inc., 106 Fed. Appx. 665 (10th Cir. 2004)
  • Employers Ins. v. Bodi-Wachs Aviation Ins. Agency, 39 F.3d 138 (7th Cir. 1994)
Articles & Publications // Presentations // Webinars
  • Co-Presenter, “Dental Risk Management,” Denver Dental Study Club, 2020
  • Speaker, “Medical Records and Depositions in Long Term Care Litigation,” Charitable Service Providers Risk Management Seminar, 2017
  • Speaker, “Medical Records in Litigation,” 2012, 2013
  • Speaker, “Arbitration in Long Term Care,” 2008, 2010-2013
  • Speaker, “Long Term Care Litigation in Colorado,” 2007, 2010-2013
Business & Community Service
  • Colorado Lawyers Committee/Hate Crime Task Force, 2016, 2017
  • Extreme Community Makeover, 2016, 2017