Bob Zupkus

Founding Partner (Retired)


Overview EducationSpeaking EngagementsPublications


“I have learned that by definition justice is approximate.”

Bob Zupkus retired from the practice of law in July of 2017.  Bob was a founding partner of Zupkus & Angell and has more than 40 years of litigation experience. He has extensive experience in insurance coverage and bad faith, insurance defense, employment, transportation, and commercial litigation. As a seasoned trial attorney, Bob has represented both individuals and international corporations in litigated matters before state and federal trial and appellate courts. His employment law experience includes litigation of discrimination claims, non-compete and employment termination agreements. Bob was also a sought-after expert witness in matters of insurance coverage, insurance industry standards, and bad faith claims in a number of states. He has also served as an expert witness on topics related to the professional activities of attorneys.

Bob’s goal in his practice was to provide the most innovative and efficient representation of his clients and to reach the best available results for them in the difficult legal situations which they face. His practice could be best summarized by his AV rating, the highest, by the prestigious Martindale-Hubble group and his inclusion as a Colorado Super Lawyer for many consecutive years.

Previously, as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and a partner at White & Steele in Denver, Bob has taught insurance at the University of Northern Colorado and trial practice at the University of Denver’s School of Law. He regularly spoke before local, regional, and national audiences, and has been published in the Defense Counsel Journal and For the Defense. As a testament to Bob’s experience and commitment to the legal profession, he has served as Chair of the Solo Small Firm Division in the American Bar Association, chair of the Section Officers Conference in the American Bar Association, Treasurer and Board Member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, Trustee of the Denver Bar Association and he has held many other positions of leadership. In Bob’s time away from the office he enjoyed playing with his granddaughters on the beach in Florida and traveling the globe with his wife.


University of Denver College of Law, J.D.

University of Illinois, A.B.

Speaking Engagements

Presenter: Transportation Law Seminar, International Society of Primerus Law Firms, January 10, 2010.

Presenter: Cutting Edge Issues in Colorado Insurance Bad Faith Law, Colorado Bar Association CLE, December 17, 2009

Speaker:  Developing Trends in First Party Claims:  Bad Faith, Disability and Other Insurance Claims, Lorman Education Services, Denver, Colorado, November 2007.

Presenter: “Cybercrime in the Workplace,” Insurance Women of Denver Cybercrime Symposium, March 2005

Presenter: “Charging and Collecting Fees,” American Bar Association, ABA Connection, May 2004

Presenter: “Insurance Coverage: Applications of the Intentional and Criminal Acts Exclusions,” (with Lynne Stadjuhar), February 2004

Presenter: “Cyber Crime Insurance Coverage,” Insurance Women of Denver, Cyber Crime Symposium, January, 2004

Presenter: “Hiring New Attorneys,” Professional Expectations Panel, American Bar Association, August 2002

Presenter: “Erosion of Attorney-Client Privilege and Policy Issues,” International Association of Defense Counsel, July 2002

Presenter: “Jury Consultants,” Colorado Claims Association, January 2001

Presenter: “Direct Examination of Experts,” IADC Trial Academy, International Association of Defense Counsel, July 2000

Presenter: “California Dreaming: The Nightmare of the New Construction Defect Case,” Colorado Claims Association, October 1999

Presenter: “The Seven Deadly Sins of Alternative Distribution Agreements, or Stairsteps Down to the Legal Department,” Multimedia Telecommunications Association Network Services, Teleforum, 1999

Presenter: “Secret Agent Man,” Multimedia Telecommunications Association Network Services, April 1998

Presenter: “Current and Future Issues in Colorado Insurance Bad Faith Law” CLE, Inc., June 1996

Read about our Primerus membership


“It Gets Better With Age,” GPSolo, July/ August 2008.

“Inclusivity of People and Ideas,” American Bar Association, GPSolo, March, 2008

Why I Volunteer,” American Bar Association, GPSolo, July/August 2006

“Expert Expectations,” American Bar Association, GPSolo, April/May 2006

“Should I Retain An Expert” (reprint), Ohio State Bar Association, Solo, Small Firm and General Practice News, Spring 2005

IADC President and Officers Elected, July 29, 2004

Using Experts Expertly,” July/August 2004

“Cybercrime Insurance Coverage,” Insurance Women of Denver Cybercrime Symposium, January 2004.

“The Expanding Universe of Contractual Bad Faith Damages,” Defense Research Institute, Covered Events, April 2003

Budgeting for the Small Law Firm, Beyond the Bar,” (with Janice W. Reuther), West Group, January 2002

The Best Marketing Program Requires the Best Marketing Agreement,” Multimedia Telecommunications Association Network Services, September 1999

Homeowner Warranties Uncovered, For the Defense,” Defense Research Institute, May 1998

“Bad Faith Claims: The Role of the Expert,” (with Timothy J. Muldowney), Defense Counsel Journal, International Association of Defense Counsel, April 1997

Bob Zupkus