Top Attorneys in Colorado 2013 award Kay Rice, attorney

Kay J. Rice, a trial lawyer with a focus on medical malpractice defense, has successfully defended doctors and other health care providers and institutions in over 50 jury trials. She is an approved attorney for COPIC, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, The Doctors Company, and multiple other malpractice carriers. Ms. Rice was born and raised on a ranch in western Nebraska. She graduated magna cum laude from Portland State University in 1976 and graduated from Stanford Law School in 1979. She is licensed in both Colorado and Wyoming and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. She is a frequent lecturer to physician groups regarding medical malpractice issues.

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EDUCATION Stanford Law School, J.D., 1979
Portland State University, Magna Cum Laude, 1976
EMPLOYMENT Attorney and Shareholder, Cooper & Clough, P.C. December 1994 to 2014. Trial practice, including defense of medical and psychiatric malpractice and sexual misconduct claims. Attorney, Cooper & Kelley, P.C. 1983 to 1994. Shareholder 1986-1994. Trial practice, including defense of medical and psychiatric malpractice and complex tort litigation.

Attorney, Arthur Schwartz, P.C., Denver, Colorado, 1981-1983. Constitutional and criminal defense litigation.

Attorney, Holme Roberts & Owen, Denver, Colorado, 1979-1981. Litigation and tax divisions.

ADMISSIONS State Bar of Colorado
State Bar of Wyoming
United States District Courts for the District of Colorado and Wyoming
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
PUBLICATIONS “The Statutory Liability of Attorneys under RICO,” Insurance Counsel Journal, Volume LIII, No. 4, (October, 1986).
Faculty: National Institute of Trial Attorneys Advocacy, 1990 through 1993.
Faculty: CTLA Cafeteria Seminar Panel Presentation Regarding Ethics, 1995.

“Litigating the Birth Trauma Case in Colorado,” NBI presentation to attorneys and health care professionals.

Fall 1998 Risk Management Seminar, The Doctors’ Company/Denver Medical Society presentation to physicians.

Various lectures to physician groups regarding medical malpractice issues.

ARBITRATION Experience as an Arbitrator in mandatory arbitration.
ORGANIZATIONS Member of American Board of Trial Advocates, November 1997 to present
Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Women’s Bar Association
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
Inns of Court-Thompson G Marsh Inn 1993-1995
Honored Member of Strathmore’s Who’s Who 2001-2002
Graduate: Trial Academy, International Association of Defense Counsel, 1984