Thomas W. Snyder

(303) 292-7884
Partner
(303) 292-7799 Fax
Thomas.Snyder@KutakRock.com

Mr. Snyder is a commercial litigation partner in Kutak Rock’s Denver office with over 20 years of litigation experience.

Mr. Snyder has extensive experience in the telecommunications and energy industries. He has served as lead trial attorney for several telecommunications carriers, oil companies, ethanol producers, wind farm developers and coal companies before courts, arbitrators and utility commissions throughout the country.

Mr. Snyder also has significant experience in public finance litigation. In 2014-15 he was lead counsel in successfully defending the City of Aurora, Colorado in several highly publicized legal challenges seeking to enjoin the financing of the Gaylord of the Rockies Convention Center and Hotel. He similarly has represented counties, urban renewal authorities, school districts, and special districts against challenges to the financing of public development projects. He also has successfully defended several of these entities against election challenges concerning public financing ballot issues.

Mr. Snyder has tried over 50 cases to decision. He has obtained several multimillion-dollar judgments and settlements, and he has successfully defended several companies against multimillion-dollar breach of contract, statutory, and tort claims. In 2013, Law Week Colorado named Mr. Snyder a “Lawyer of the Year."

Active in his community, Mr. Snyder co-founded and serves on the board of the Colorado Poverty Law Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has sponsored several monthly legal clinics in Denver for over a decade. He received awards for pro bono work from the Colorado Lawyers Committee in 2007 and 2010 and serves as the pro bono partner for the firm’s Denver office.

Representative matters:

  • Obtained a defense verdict for a telecommunications carrier following a jury trial on a $193 million breach of contract claim filed by a municipality in New Mexico federal court.
  • Obtained both a defense decision and an award of over $600,000 on counterclaims for a Colorado ethanol producer following arbitration of a breach of contract claims against a railroad carrier.
  • Obtained an injunction on behalf of a telecommunications carrier against a municipality following a trial in New Mexico federal court, permanently enjoining it from enforcing unlawful telecommunications ordinance pursuant to 47 U.S.C. § 253.
  • Successfully defended the City of Aurora, Colorado in several lawsuits and appeals challenging the financing of the $820 million Gaylord Hotel project.
  • Successfully defended the City of Loveland and Poudre School District in election contests to public financing ballot issues.
  • Obtained judgments for a large telecommunications carrier following trials in Maryland and Oregon, refunding over $600,000 in overpaid franchise fees.
  • Obtained judgment for a trucking firm and rail carrier on a $1 million breach of contract claim brought by a bankrupt customer in Illinois federal court, and successfully defended the judgment before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Obtained a dismissal of a $1 million breach of contract claim filed against a large telecommunications carrier with the Nebraska Public Service Commission.

Publications:

  • "Putting A Price On Dirt: The Need For Better-Defined Limits On Government Fees For Use Of The Public Rights-Of-Way Under Section 253 Of The Telecommunications Act Of 1996," Vol. 64, FED. COMM. L. J., 137.
  • Author, "Green Building Regulations Duel in Court," Law Week Colorado, 4/26/10.

Presentations:

  • "Broadband Market Analysis, Franchising and Antitrust Issues – Regulatory, Legal and Industry Challenges," CLE International Telecommunications Law Seminar, Denver, CO, 12/6/12.
  • "Franchising and Rights-of-Way – Regulatory Issues," CLE International Telecommunications Law Seminar, Denver, CO, 12/1/11.