Robert M. Ferm

Of Counsel

Mr. Ferm’s practice concentrates on legislative, regulatory, and corporate transactional matters on behalf of the insurance industry, and regulated industries and professions. He heads Hall & Evans’ Regulatory and Public Policy Practice Group, which represents a wide range of entities for national trade associations to individual companies. His accomplishments include participation in the drafting and passage of Colorado tort reform, workers’ compensation reform, regulatory re-engineering of the business of insurance and health care policy reform.

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1975
  • Colorado, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, District of Central California
  • Republic of Palau and Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, 1981


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


JD: Southwestern University School of Law, 1973, Dean’s List
BA: University of California at Los Angeles, 1970, Political Science, cum laude


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Career Distinctions & Honors
  • Colorado Civil Justice League, Board of Directors 2010-present
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Government Relations Practice, 2007-2024
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, Legislative & Governmental Affairs, 2006-2009; 2012-2016
  • American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Member of Numerous State, Regulatory Agency, and Division of Insurance Advisory Groups Concerning Property and Casualty, Life and Health Insurance Issues
  • Attorney General, Republic of Palau, 1981-1982
Blog Posts About Robert
Expert Witness Testimony
  • Dental2U & Granzier v. Barker, Birrell, & Kirton, McConkie P.C., D.Utah, 2:15-CV-00732-TC, 2017
  • Marlow v. Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, Denver District Court, 2009-CV-7756, 2010
Professional Associations
  • American Bar Association
    • Health Law Section
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
      • Insurance Regulation Committee, Past Chair, Current Vice Chair
  • Federation of Regulatory Counsel, Inc., Vice President, 2020-present; Past chair; Board Member, 2010-present
  • National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices
  • Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado
  • State Law Resources, Past Board Member
  • Surplus Lines Law Group, Member
Articles & Publications // Presentations // Webinars
  • Co-Author, “The Colorado Option Standardized Health Benefit Plan: A Miracle Drug – Or a Placebo – For Colorado’s Healthcare System?” FORC Journal, Vol. 34, Ed. 3, Fall 2023
  • Co-Author, “Data Breach Legislation and the Insurance Industry,” FORC Journal, Vol. 30, Ed. 2, Summer 2019
  • Co-Author, “Colorado Seeks Another First- Universal Health Care,” FORC Journal, Vol. 27, Ed. 1, Spring 2016
  • Panelist, “Health Care Reform, the ACA and State Health Legislative Initiatives,” American Conference Institute’s 10th National Forum on Insurance Regulation, July 2015
  • Panelist/Moderator, “Avoiding E&O Litigation Targeted at the Insurer, Retailer and Wholesaler: Managing the Expectations of an Outraged Insured,” ALFA Labor & Employment, Insurance & Professional Liability Practice Groups Seminar, June 2014
  • Program Committee Federation of Regulatory Council, “Captives & Insolvency Ethics, Hot Topics & Latest Developments,” December 15, 2013
  • Panelist, Counsel Forum, NCCI 2013 Annual Issues Symposium, May 2013
  • Program Committee, “National Healthcare and Financial Services Reform and its Impact on the Insurance Industry,” NAIC Fall National Meeting 2011
  • Program Co-Chair ABA Business Law Section, “Emerging Issues for Investment Advisors under the Dodd-Frank Act and State Securities Laws,” April 14, 2011
  • Speaker, “Lobbying for a Successful Transaction: Government Affairs as a Mergers and Acquisition Tool,” American Bar Assn. Annual Business Law Section, Oct 2010
  • Co-Author, “Compendium of State Surplus Line Eligibility Requirements,” FORC Quarterly Journal of Insurance Law and Regulation, Vol. 20, Ed.3, The Federation of Regulatory Counsel, Inc., Fall 2009
  • Contributing Editor, “Reference Handbook On Insurance Company Runoff And Receiverships Property/Casualty & Life/Health,” Fifth Edition, Sponsored by the Excess, Surplus Lines & Reinsurance, Insurance Regulation, Insurance Coverage, Self Insurance and Risk Managers Committees of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, 2009
  • Speaker, FORC Annuity Summit, December 2008
  • Co-Author, “Current Developments in Health Insurance Rate Regulation,” FORC Quarterly Journal of Insurance Law and Regulation, Vol.19, Ed.2, The Federation of Regulatory Counsel, Inc., Summer 2008
  • Program Chair, “Emerging Litigation and Regulatory Developments in Insurance Law,” TIPS/ABA/AIA Symposium, November 8, 2007
  • Program Chair and Moderator ABA Annual Meeting, “What You Need to Know – The Purchase and Sale of Insurance Companies and Agencies,” August 10, 2007
  • Program Chair and Moderator ALFA International Program, “Preserving the Attorney-Client Privilege with Respect to Internal and External Investigations of Insurance Companies,” June 6-8, 2007
  • Co-Chair, “Buyer Beware: A Nuts and Bolts Guide to Buying Insurers, Agencies and Books of Business,” co-sponsored by the Federation of Regulatory Counsel and the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, June 2, 2007
  • Co-Author, “The Policy Debate on Government Sponsored Heath Care Reinsurance Mechanisms,” FORC Quarterly Journal of Insurance Law and Regulation, September 1, 2005
  • Author, Senior Editor, “Annotations to Surplus Lines Statutes Fourth Edition,” American Bar Association TIPS, 2005
  • Co-Chair, “GET SMART: The Future of Insurance Regulation,” co-sponsored by the Federation of Regulatory Counsel and the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, June 11, 2005
  • Co-Chair, “Insurance Litigation: Tools for Conquering New Frontiers and Familiar Foes,” co-sponsored by the American Insurance Association and the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, June 9-10, 2005
  • Co-Chair and Moderator, TIPS/ABA/AIA Insurance Litigation National CLE, May 2005
  • Speaker, Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico insurance agents on behalf of the Colorado Surplus Lines Association, March 24, 2005
  • Co-Author, “Colorado´s No-Fault Automobile Insurance System Runs out of Gas; An Examination of Colorado´s New Tort Based Automobile Insurance Law,” FORC Quarterly Journal of Insurance Law and Regulation, December 3, 2003