Mia K. Della Cava

(303) 292-7718
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Ms. Della Cava is a partner with the Denver office of Kutak Rock and is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice. She focuses her practice on complex commercial and civil litigation, having represented plaintiffs and defendants in hundreds of litigation disputes. Among other clients, Ms. Della Cava routinely counsels Fortune 100 companies, including major financial institutions, international retailers and international meat processors, as well as regional banks, municipalities, hospitals, start-ups and non-profits. She has developed an expertise in public finance litigation, having represented bondholders, municipalities and affiliated parties in a range of disputes arising from public finance transactions. Additionally, she has significant experience in financial services litigation, business tort litigation, employment litigation, employment benefits litigation, products and food liability, premises liability, and contract and other disputes in Colorado and Arizona state and federal courts. Further, she has extensive experience in the provision of risk management advice, as well as advising lawyers in connection with Arizona State Bar proceedings.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Della Cava was a litigator with a preeminent Phoenix law firm, where she practiced in civil and commercial litigation, as well as administrative law. She is strongly committed to civic and community service, and in this regard has been active with the Denver Chamber of Commerce and completed its civic leadership program, “Impact Denver,” for Denver’s next generation of community leaders. Ms. Della Cava also provides pro bono services to The Colorado Humane Society, assisting with the investigation, preparation and prosecution of animal cruelty and neglect cases. Her past civic experience includes serving as a Reporter at the 90th Arizona Town Hall, where she co-authored a report published statewide in Arizona, “Health Care in Arizona: Accessibility, Affordability, and Accountability.” Further, she is active with the Boulder County Bar Association.

With her experience, responsiveness and pragmatic approach, Ms. Della Cava has the expertise to obtain successful resolutions on behalf of her clients. She is admitted to practice in Colorado, Arizona and the U.S. District Courts of Colorado and Arizona. She speaks Croatian fluently.

Recent Representative Experience:

  • Successfully represented a Colorado bondholder and trustee at a bench trial in which the Court dismissed the plaintiff’s claims for fraudulent transfer and unjust enrichment against the bondholder and trustee in connection with the plaintiff’s challenge of a $30 million bond financing for a residential development.
  • Represents a large municipality in California in a validation action for a $300 million financing transaction for public streets and highways, which is being challenged by a citizen group.
  • Successfully represented a financial institution and trustee involved in a dispute with developers regarding a complex public finance transaction related to the development of commercial and retail property in Missouri, which dispute gave rise to two state court actions and two federal court actions over a three-and-a-half-year period.
  • Represents special districts in amicus briefing before the Colorado Supreme Court, which is considering whether special districts have the power to assign development fees under C.R.S. § 32-1-1001(1)(j)(I).
  • Serves on a team of attorneys that successfully secured a Court of Appeals ruling which rejected a challenge to the formation of a special district.
  • Recovered substantial sums for national financial services institutions and corporate lenders in actions on defaulted loans and lease agreements, and recently secured on summary judgment a $1.8 million ruling in favor of a Fortune 100 client.
  • Regularly represents a major international retailer in negligence, premises liability and related disputes; numerous of these cases have settled favorably.
  • Regularly represents two international meat processors in food liability and other disputes.
  • Prevailed in numerous Title VII, ERISA, ADA, ADEA and FMLA cases; recently settled a matter involving Title VII, ADA, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and breach of contract claims against our client with full indemnification of the settlement amount, as well as our client’s attorneys’ fees and costs.