Judith F. Tartaglia, JD



Relevant Professional Experience
and Qualifications

Judith Tartaglia is an experienced litigator, coverage attorney, manager, and consultant with special expertise in the medico-legal aspects of closed-head injuries. Her career spans speech pathology, rehabilitation, communication, and law.

Ms. Tartaglia brings the synergy of art and science to conflict resolution and to the courtoom. Prepared by successful careers in law and speech pathology -- and drawing on her strong interpersonal skills and warm, engaging personality -- she applies the art of persuasion to the resolution of a dispute or the settlement or trial of complex litigation.


Private Practice of Law


Ms. Tartaglia's law practice encompasses plaintiffs’ and defense litigation, consulting, and mediation, with an emphasis on catastrophic injuries. She has an outstanding background in insurance issues.

She has defended or brought lawsuits on behalf of, among others, children and adults with closed-head injuries, spinal cord injuries, people with severe burns, and people involved in coverage disputes with their insurance carriers. She has also defended wrongful death lawsuits and served as local counsel for a national firm involved in high-profile food-borne illness cases.

In an Of Counsel role for the firm of Montgomery, Kolodny, Amatuzio & Dusbabek from 1999 to 2012, she consulted on and codefended many of the firm's catastrophic injury cases.

Her medical background, coupled with her expertise and credibility in insurance coverage issues, uniquely benefits both plaintiff and defendant. In addition, her outstanding leadership, analytical, strategic, negotiation, and communication skills enable her to get to the heart of any issue and help the parties reach agreement or settlement.

The CIGNA Companies

In her role as trial lawyer, Ms. Tartaglia litigated and tried many cases to successful conclusion. As Assistant General Counsel, Ms. Tartaglia and her staff delivered approximately 800 coverage opinions in an 11-state region. As a trial lawyer and national consultant, she evaluated and defended closed-head and other catastrophic injury claims and prevailed in nationally publicized sexual harassment, and product liability suits, including a widely publicized food-borne illness case.

The Children's Hospital

As Assistant Director of Audiology & Speech Pathology, Ms. Tartaglia supervised ten speech-language pathologists and three learning disabilities specialists. She evaluated speech-language pathologies in children with multiple congenital handicaps and closed-head injuries and treated speech-language pathologies. She also co-directed a multidisciplinary cleft-palate team.

Education and Training  

Ms. Tartaglia holds a Certificate of Completion from the Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers Mediation Workshop, October 2004. This intensive, week-long program of instruction emphasizes the theoretical bases of mediation and includes practical simulations. The course is taught by pre-eminent authors and researchers in the field of mediation, including Frank Sanders, Linda Singer, and Michael Lewis.

She also earned a Certificate of Completion from CDR in Boulder, Colorado. She served on the Colorado Bar Association's ADR Committee and participated in the Court Annexed Mediation Program (CAMP) for the Denver County Court.

Ms. Tartaglia earned her JD from the University of Denver College of Law. Before embarking on her law career, she was a PhD candidate in Speech Communication at the University of Denver.

She also holds a MA in Speech Pathology from Temple University and a BA in History from Douglass College (Rutgers University). She maintained her certification in speech pathology until 2011 and keeps current on the related medical literature.

Bar Admissions  

State of Colorado, May 1984
US District Court of Colorado, June 1984

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Judith F. Tartaglia, JD * 4155 East Seventh Avenue * Denver, Colorado 80220 * 303 331 8199 303 638 3308 * judithtartaglia@earthlink.net
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