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John A. Sbarbaro

John A. Sbarbaro practices law in Denver and is a partner at the Law Office of O'Toole and Sbarbaro, P.C. He graduated from Grinnell College in 1985 and received his law degree from the University of Denver, College of Law in 1988. Upon graduation John clerked for the Honorable Robert H. McWilliams, United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. Thereafter, John worked as an associate at Kirkland & Ellis, as a Deputy District Attorney in Colorado's First Judicial District, and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado in both the criminal and civil sections. John is a current and past Board Member of the Colorado Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section, where he was the Chair in 2005-2006 and in 2015-2016. John is a Board Member of the Workers' Compensation Education Association since 1998, was the past President between 2008 and 2010.

Employment Experience

Law Office of O'Toole and Sbarbaro, P.C. - January 2001 to Present
Partner- Firm specializes in Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability litigation.

Law Office of Neil O'Toole, P.C. - January 1998 to December 2000
Associate - Specializing in Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury, and Social Security Disability litigation.
Co-Counsel in Buckley v. American Constitutional Law Foundation, 525 U.S. 182, 119 S. Ct. 636 (1999) (Argument that the First Amendment prohibits States from limiting the circulation of citizen initiatives to registered voters).

United States Attorney's Office, District of Colorado - January 1993 to January 1998
Assistant United States Attorney - Two years (1/96-1/98) in Civil Division with responsibility for defending actions against employees, agencies, and departments of the United States of America including, for example, tort actions, Title VII actions, medical malpractice claims, and Bivens claims. Initial three years (1/93-1/96) in Criminal Division with responsibility for coordinating and supervising agency investigations and prosecuting individual(s) and/or corporation(s) charged with federal offenses in the District of Colorado. Duties in both Divisions included jury and court trials in United States District Court, as well as appellate work in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

First Judicial District Attorney's Office - January 1992 to January 1993
Deputy District Attorney - Prosecuted misdemeanors, petty offenses, misdemeanor traffic offenses, and traffic infractions. Duties included a full time courtroom practice encompassing a substantial number of jury and court criminal trials.

Kirkland & Ellis - September 1989 to December 1991
Associate - Real estate and corporate practice, with some civil litigation and complex criminal defense litigation. Real estate and corporate responsibilities included: documenting all aspects of real estate lending, sale, and purchase transactions; negotiating and documenting commercial real estates leases and property management agreements; and, performing due diligence in connection with corporate acquisitions and financings. Litigation experience included: drafting pleadings, trial memorandums, and appellate court briefs and conducting depositions.

Judge Robert H. McWilliams
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
- September 1988 to September 1989
Law Clerk

Education and Associated Activities

University of Denver, College of Law

J.D. June 1988

Class Rank: Top 20% (39/235)

Denver University Law Review

Symposium Editor - Vol. 65, Issue 2-3

General Editor - 8/87 to 6/88

Staff Member - 8/86 to 8/87

American Trial Lawyers' National Trial Competition

National Finalist - 4/88

Regional Champions and

"Highest Brief Score" - 3/88

Grinnell College
B.A. May 1985

Bar Admissions

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

United States District Court, District of Colorado

State of Colorado (Admitted Colorado Bar: October 1988)

Professional Associations

The First Judicial District Bar Association

The Colorado Bar Association

2001-2017 Executive Board Member, Workers' Compensation Section

2005-2006 & 2015-2016 Chair, Workers' Compensation Section

Workers' Compensation Education Association

1999-2017 Board Member

2008-2010 & 2016-2018 President


*Successfully Argued Harmon-Bergstedt, Inc., vs. Loofbourrow

before the Colorado Supreme Court

Colorado's Citizen Initiative Again Scrutinized by the US. Supreme Court,

Neil D. O'Toole and John A. Sbarbaro, 28 Colorado Lawyer 671 (1999).

*2003-2017 AV Rated, Martindale - Hubbell

"Highest Possible Peer Review Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards"

*2008, 2010-2017 Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers;

only 5% of the attorneys in the State are provided this designation.

*2010 Honored as "Outstanding Claimant Attorney"

by Professionals in Workers' Compensation.

*2014 Recipient Lansford F. Butler Award

from the Colorado Bar Association for Outstanding Service,

Dedication, and Commitment to the field of Colorado Workers' Compensation Law.

*2015-2016 Recognized by the Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group

of "The Nation's Top Injured Workers' Attorneys."

*2015-2016 Recognized by 5280 The Denver Magazine as one of

the 345 Top Lawyers in Denver and Beyond."

*2015-2017 Selected for Inclusion "The Best Lawyers in America,

Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants".

*2015-2017 Recognized by 5280 The Denver Magazine as one of

"Denver's Top Lawyers".

*2017 Recognized in 2017 Colorado Best Lawyers.