David W. Edgar

David W. Edgar

Location:
Denver, Colorado
Phone:
720-529-0505
Fax:
303-486-0001
Email:

David W. Edgar is one of the founding partners of Edgar Law Firm. He, along with John M. Edgar and John F. Edgar, started the firm in 2002 in order to provide the legal solutions for clients' business problems, especially when it comes to high-stakes and complex litigation. He practices in the areas of complex commercial litigation (including business torts, fraud, franchisee-franchisor disputes, trade secret litigation), environmental litigation, toxic tort litigation, antitrust litigation, class and derivative actions, securities litigation, construction litigation, labor and employment litigation, and property litigation.

David was born and raised in the Kansas City area. He honed his litigation skills early in his career in plaintiff and defense work for individuals and companies of all sizes as an attorney with Bryan Cave (currently more than 1,100 lawyers internationally). David is a graduate of the Trial Lawyer's College in Dubois, Wyoming.

David and his wife, Andrea, and their three children, Shannon, David Jr. and Aisling, live in Evergreen, Colorado. Outside of his work on behalf of clients, David enjoys devoting time to family and church, reading and writing fiction, fly fishing, playing the banjo, and working to preserve the environment in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain West.

Recent Representative Cases

Ethanex Energy, Inc. v. McGuireWoods, LLP.  David and the Edgar team represented the bankruptcy trustee of a development-stage renewable energy company, Ethanex Energy, Inc.,  engaged in the development of ethanol production facilities.  Defendant McGuireWoods, LLP, is a Richmond, Virginia, based major law firm with offices in the United States and Europe.  Ethanex engaged McGuireWoods to accomplish an equity financing and reverse merger, known as a PIPE (private investment in public equity) transaction.  Unbeknownst to Ethanex, McGuireWoods partner Louis Zehil, was utilizing his position to perpetrate a scheme to fraudulently trade in restricted securities.  Zehil subsequently pled guilty to criminal charges and was sentenced to the federal penal system.  The Edgar team filed suit against McGuireWoods, with causes of action including fraud, tortious interference with business expectancies, legal malpractice, negligent supervision and breach of fiduciary duty.  As a result of McGuireWoods’ misconduct, Ethanex alleged that it was unable to carry out its business plan, resulting in bankruptcy, the loss of its business expectancies and the destruction of its business endeavors.  Edgar Law Firm negotiated a $6,700,000 settlement for its client.

Fitzgeralds and City of Sugar Creek, Missouri v. Station Casinos. David and the Edgar team represented a gaming company and a municipality in the Kansas City area, bringing suit against the successful applicant for license to operate a riverboat casino in Jackson County. The suit alleged various theories, including tortious interference with the business expectancy, fraudulent concealment and fraud by silence. A settlement was reached, as Station Casinos reported in its public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Station Casinos paid our clients $38 million.

Jury v. Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP. David and the Edgar team successfully represented the redevelopers of Kansas City's historic President Hotel in a six-week jury trial against a Cleveland-based law firm, Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP. Edgar Law Firm negotiated a $43 million settlement for their client.

Areas of Practice

  • Complex commercial litigation
  • Business torts
  • Fraud
  • Franchisee-franchisor disputes
  • Trade secret litigation
  • Environmental litigation
  • Toxic tort litigation
  • Antitrust litigation
  • Class and derivative actions
  • Securities litigation
  • Construction litigation
  • Labor and employment litigation
  • Property/real estate litigation
  • Catastrophic personal injury and death
  • Legal Malpractice

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas

Education

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1998
    • Honors: CALI Award for Excellence
    • Honors: Dean's Honor Roll
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
    • Law Review: Literary (Articles) Editor for the UMKC Law Review
  • University of Kansas
    • B.A. - 1995
    • Honors: Graduated with Distinction
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Honors: Golden Key National Honors Society
    • Honors: Dean's Honor Roll
    • Honors: With Distinction
  • Trial Laywer's College, Dubois, Wyoming
  • Trial Lawyers College | Thunderheas Ranch

Published Works

  • Yellowstone to Yukon: Can It Ever Become a Reality?, UMKC Law Review, Fall, 1998, Vol. 67.1 - Article evaluating the proposal to preserve a 1,800-mile corridor spanning the northern Rocky Mountains in the United States and extending over the Canadian Rockies

Honors and Awards

  • Selected as a Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 for Business Litigation. Rising Stars identifies the top 2.5 percent of up and coming lawyers as chosen by their peers and through independent research by Law & Politics.
  • Named to Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America List
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • CALI Award of Excellence

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Member
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Kappa Sigma Social Fraternity
  • Flatirons Community Church, Golden, Colorado

Pro Bono Activities

  • Past Trustee, Nature Conservatory of Missouri
  • Graduate, Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's Centurions Leadership Program
  • Graduate, Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court