Joel Palmer is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Denver office, with a background in cases involving personal injury and wrongful death, premises and products liability, construction defect, insurance coverage and bad-faith claims, contractual disputes, employment discrimination, and constitutional claims.
Mr. Palmer has considerable experience handling claims in both the restaurant and insurance industries, and he has successfully defended cases in state and federal courts from coast to coast. Owing to his earlier career as a journalist, Mr. Palmer is frequently asked to brief complex legal issues in appellate cases and has successfully argued before the Colorado Supreme Court and the Colorado Court of Appeals. He has also drafted and argued numerous successful motions for summary judgments in personal injury and insurance coverage matters.
Mr. Palmer obtained his J.D. in 2001 from the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. While in law school, he was a Senior Articles Editor of The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology and was a quarter-finalist in the school’s Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition. He was also a member of the school’s mock trial team, which took first place at the Fourth Annual White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Mr. Palmer received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1992, and prior to attending law school, he was a journalist in suburban Chicago. He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the Denver Bar Association.
When not working, Mr. Palmer enjoys traveling and is an avid photographer and gardener.
In two recent opinions, the Colorado Supreme Court concluded an injured worker cannot claim medical expenses against a third-party tortfeasor if the expenses were paid by a workers compensation insurer and the tortfeasor has settled the insurer’s subrogated claim for the expenses.