John K. Daly

Of Counsel

For over 20 years, John Daly has focused his practice in the areas of insurance coverage counseling and litigation. He has extensive experience in professional liability coverage, including architects and engineers liability, lawyers professional liability, directors and officers liability, employment practices liability, and fiduciary liability. He also has significant commercial general and excess liability experience. John serves as national coverage counsel for a number of domestic and international insurance companies in the management and litigation of insurance coverage claims in state and federal courts in the Mountain West and across the country.

John has represented and counselled insurers in a wide variety of multi-million dollar coverage disputes, including complex construction and design defects, bank fraud and Ponzi schemes, legal malpractice, railroads, mass toxic torts, environmental liability and financial institution bonds. He has extensive experience resolving claims-made coverage disputes, including investigating and litigating prior knowledge, notice of circumstances, related claims, innocent insured issues, application misrepresentation and rescission. He regularly assists insurers with coverage analysis, claims investigations, mediations, settlement negotiations, and litigation, with the ultimate goal to resolve claims in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.

John earned his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico, a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Arizona, and his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. Prior to entering the law, John worked in management consulting in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the state bars of Colorado, New Mexico, and Illinois. He is also accredited to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs where he represents homeless and indigent veterans seeking VA benefits.



Colorado Supreme Court: Appraisers May Not Advocate for Party Retaining Them [Alert]

July 08, 2019

Christopher S. Clemenson and John Daly discuss the instructions from the Colorado Supreme Court and how it may create a number of new disputes between insurers and their insureds during, and after, the appraisal process.

Colorado Supreme Court Limits Use of Extrinsic Evidence and Reasonable Expectations Doctrine [Global Insurance Alert]

June 23, 2016

Chris Clemenson and John Daly discuss a Colorado Supreme Court decision holding that extrinsic evidence can only be used to interpret ambiguous policy language, not unambiguous policy language.

Are Consent Judgments in Colorado Dead? Colorado Strictly Enforces “No Voluntary Payments” Clause [Global Insurance Alert]

April 26, 2016

Christopher S. Clemenson and John Daly discuss Monday's decision by the Colorado Supreme Court in Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. v. Stresscon Co. holding that an insurer does not need to show prejudice to enforce a “no-voluntary-payments” provision.


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1994
  • University of Arizona, M.A., 1989
  • University of New Mexico, B.A., 1987
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • New Mexico