Paul T. Yarbrough


Mr. Yarbrough’s practice areas focus on trucking and transportation, sports & recreation, motorsports, gig-economy matters, aviation, complex civil litigation, and general personal injury.  Mr. Yarbrough has 35 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 was President and Managing Director at Butt Thornton & Baehr PC, a large defense 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, 2021-2024
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Best Lawyers®, “Lawyer of The Year” in New Mexico for Transportation, 2015
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2013-2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America®; Transportation Law, 2007-2024, and Insurance Law, 2018-2024
  • 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.
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 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, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
Articles & Publications // Presentations // Webinars
  • Mr. Yarbrough is a regular contributor and presenter for trucking transportation and motor sports topics and publications.
Professional Associations
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association – TIDA; Board Member, 2022-present; 2019 Annual Seminar Program Chair
  • ALFA International, Inc., Transportation Practice Group; Steering Committee; Past Chairman
  • American Board of Trial Advocates – ABOTA, Member
  • American Inns of Court, Master Bencher
  • American Trucking Associations – ATA, Member
  • Colorado Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • State of New Mexico, Personnel Board, Chairman
  • Claims & Litigation Management, Member
  • Transportation Lawyers Association – TLA, Member
  • Legatus, Member, Denver Chapter
Other Activities
  • Running, road bicycling, skiing, golf, and clean mountain living with his wife of 37 years. Completed the 2022 Triple Bypass 110-mile bike race over three Colorado mountain passes.  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, three wonderful daughters-in-law, and the two best grandsons in the world.
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