Paul T. Yarbrough


Mr. Yarbrough’s practice areas focus on trucking and transportation, sports & recreation, motorsports, aviation, products liability, complex civil litigation, and general personal injury.  Mr. Yarbrough has 31 years of trial experience, and his practice includes defending complex pre-litigation and litigated matters throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and other states. He handles motorsports related matters nationwide.

Mr. Yarbrough joined Hall & Evans in 2015 after relocating to Denver, Colorado. He previously held the position of President and Managing Director at Butt Thornton & Baehr PC, a 30+ attorney litigation firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He participates in Hall & Evans’ 24/7 accident rapid response program.

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2015
  • New Mexico, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit


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


JD: University of New Mexico, 1988
BA: University of New Mexico, 1984, Economics and Political Science


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Career Distinctions & Honors
  • 5280 Magazine, “Top Lawyers,” Transportation, 2021-2023
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Best Lawyers®, “Lawyer of The Year” in New Mexico for Transportation, 2015
  • ALFA International Transportation Practice Group, past chairman
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2013-2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America®; Transportation Law, 2007-2023, and Insurance Law, 2018-2023
  • New Mexico State Personnel Board, Chairman, 2011-2015
  • State Bar of New Mexico, “Outstanding Contribution Award,” 2000
  • National Coordinating Counsel, National Hot Rod Association – NHRA
  • National Counsel, SFI Foundation, Inc.
  • Program Chair, 2019 TIDA Annual Seminar
Professional Associations
  • ALFA International, Inc., Transportation Practice Group, steering committee
  • American Board of Trial Advocates – ABOTA, Associate Member
  • American Inns of Court, Master Bencher
  • American Trucking Association – ATA
  • Colorado Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
  • New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of New Mexico, Personnel Board
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Transportation Lawyers Association – TLA
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association – TIDA
Articles & Publications // Presentations // Webinars

Mr. Yarbrough is a regular contributor and presenter for trucking transportation and motor sports topics.

Business & Community Service
  • New Mexico Christian Legal Aid, homeless counseling
  • Motorsports Safety Education Foundation, Inc.
  • La Vida Llena Life Care Community, past board member
  • Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Chairman of Catholic Schools Consultative Council
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Rio Rancho, NM, Finance Committee Chairman
  • St. Thomas Aquinas School, Rio Rancho, NM, Chairman of Advisory Board
  • Boy Scout Troop 702, Corrales, NM, Chaplain and Assistant Scout Master
  • Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Denver, CO, Lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
Other Activities

Running, bicycling, skiing, golf, and clean mountain living with his wife of over 30 years. After graduating from Las Cruces High School and becoming an Eagle Scout, Mr. Yarbrough “grew up” in the law from the age of 18 by working throughout college for a criminal defense attorney who represented inmates involved in the 1980 New Mexico State Penitentiary riots, and other notorious characters. He interned for the United States Senate Budget Committee in Washington, DC in 1983 and put himself through UNM courtesy of American Legion speech scholarships. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He began clerking at Butt Thornton & Baehr in 1986 during law school and remained with the firm until 2015. Mr. Yarbrough and his wife have three exceptional adult sons and three wonderful daughters-in-law.

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