Derek Long - Senior Counsel

Derek Long is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Denver office. Derek has broad practice experience in litigation and transactional matters, including general insurance defense, professional liability, construction, premises liability, commercial and personal lines, automobile, wrongful death, employment practices claims, defamation and advertising injury, and general commercial civil litigation in Colorado.

Mr. Long has extensive litigation experience, including representing individuals and businesses in state courts throughout Colorado and in Colorado federal district court. Mr. Long has successfully obtained favorable results for clients in several cases through motions to dismiss early in a case, as well as summary judgment later in a case after discovery.  Mr. Long seeks out opportunities to strategically employ dispositive motions throughout a case to obtain dismissal or to leverage a more favorable settlement for his client.  Most recently, Mr. Long obtained partial dismissal on a motion to dismiss in a wrongful discharge and sexual harassment case for the employer, dismissing many of the claims as barred by the Colorado Workers’ Compensation Act and leveraging the case for a favorable settlement on the remaining claims.

Mr. Long obtained his J.D., with honors, from the University of Utah in 2007, where he served on the international law journal, Extra Muros, and placed as the Southwest Regional Finalist in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition. He obtained his B.A. from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 1998, with membership in Lambda Alpha, the National Honors Society for Anthropology.  Mr. Long is licensed in Colorado, with inactive licenses in Utah and Pennsylvania.  Mr. Long is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the Douglas-Elbert County Bar Association.

In his free time, Mr. Long enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter in the great Colorado sunshine.  Mr. Long also engages in volunteer activities and is a volunteer district delegate for his community with the Highlands Ranch Community Association.  Mr. Long is also an avid handtool woodworker and enjoys restoring antique tools.

Recent Posts

Better Late Than Never: Effective Relation-back of Amended Complaint Not Limited to 63 Days

Plaintiffs often file complaints just barely within the time period allowed by law, often also without full knowledge of who the proper defendants are in any given case.  Justice would dictate that a defendant who is only named in a complaint that is amended after the running of the applicable statute of limitation should be out of jeopardy and entitled to their repose.  Unfortunately, this is not the case in Colorado.  Before 2013 Colorado courts generally allowed such amendments and service on defendants to be effective months after the running of the statute of limitations.

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