Matthew J. Hegarty


Mr. Hegarty joined the firm in 2012 and was promoted to Member effective September 2019. Mr. Hegarty’s practice concentrates on trial and appellate litigation, chiefly the defense of matters implicating public entities and their employees under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act, of a wide variety of employment discrimination claims, and of ERISA and long-term disability claims, along with defense representation in recreational use law, premises liability matters, construction defect matters, land use matters, and other civil claims. Mr. Hegarty’s clients include a wide variety of municipalities and public officials, small- to medium-sized businesses, and nonprofits throughout Colorado and other Rocky Mountain states. Mr. Hegarty also provides pro bono immigration representation to undocumented women and their families via referrals from Denver’s Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic.

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit


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


JD: Liberty University School of Law, 2010, cum laude
BA: Liberty University, 2007, Communication, summa cum laude


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Career Distinctions & Honors
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, “Rising Star,” Employment & Labor, 2018-2020
  • Managing Editor, Liberty University School of Law, Law Review
  • Finalist, Moot Court ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • Recipient, Founders Scholarship
  • Lincoln v. Maketa, 880 F.3d 533 (10th Cir. 2018)
  • Cvancara v. Reams, 676 F. App’x 774 (10th Cir. 2017)
  • Sherman v. Klenke, 653 F. App’x 580 (10th Cir. 2016)
  • Felkins v. City of Lakewood, 774 F.3d 647 (10th Cir. 2014)
  • Lovern v. Dorscheid, 576 F. App’x 869 (10th Cir. 2014)
Professional Associations
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • Defense Research Institute
Professional Experience
  • Senior Appellate Law Clerk, Colorado Court of Appeals, Honorable David Furman
  • Summer Clerk, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Colorado
Articles & Publications // Presentations // Webinars
  • Speaker, “Legal and Business Mindfulness,” Colorado River Outfitters Association Convention and Trade Show, 2019
  • Author, “The Law of Life Insurance: Key Issues in Each State,” DRI Defense Library Series, pp. 47-60, Robert B. Delano ed., 1st ed., 2017
  • Co-Author, “Lessons for Lawyers New to Civil Appellate Practice in Colorado Courts,” The Colorado Lawyer, December 2014
  • Contributing author, “Probate Bond Manual Second Edition,” American Bar Association
Business & Community Service
  • Volunteer, Street Law – teaching at-risk and incarcerated youth about legal issues.
  • Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic – assisting victims of domestic violence with various legal issues.