“Unenforceability of Exculpatory Clauses and of the Economic Loss Doctrine in Cases Involving Intentional Tort”, Trial Talk (August/September 2008)

Daniel F. Wake


Daniel F. Wake has specialized in litigation since 1981. His practice focuses exclusively on civil business litigation, with an emphasis on securities, corporate governance, commercial disputes and employment litigation. Mr. Wake?s experience includes substantial class action litigation, bench and jury trials in Colorado?s federal and state courts and in Delaware?s Court of Chancery, appellate litigation in several United States Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court, and numerous arbitration proceedings through hearing and award.

In the area of securities and corporate governance, Mr. Wake has litigated a wide variety of matters on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. He has defended national and regional issuers and underwriters in a number of class action securities lawsuits in Colorado, and has represented plaintiff classes of investors in Colorado and in Delaware. He has also represented financial planners and brokers in civil litigation. His securities background includes arbitrations before the National Association of Securities Dealers, primarily on behalf of individual investors, and the defense of registered representatives in enforcement proceedings brought by regulatory authorities, including the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mr. Wake?s background in other commercial litigation includes a wide variety of business and corporate disputes. His practice includes a broad spectrum of corporate contract disputes and business torts, particularly in the areas of employment, software implementation and trade secret protection. He has litigated cases involving real estate, fraud and breach of fiduciary duties, among other areas, and has represented special litigation committees.

Before moving to Denver in 1988, Mr. Wake worked in the Office of the General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he specialized in federal court appellate litigation. Before joining Sander Ingebretsen & Wake in January 2006, he was a shareholder in other Denver law firms, including most recently the firm of Horowitz, Wake and Forbes.

Mr. Wake received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1981. He received his B.A., with highest distinction, from the University of Arizona in 1978, where he was named the outstanding senior among nearly 3,000 graduates.

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