Gordon Netzorg

Lawyer, full time arbitrator and mediator at Sherman & Howard, LLC


Skip Netzorg is engaged in a full-time ADR practice. He has served as arbitration panel chair, panel member, or sole arbitrator in a wide variety of cases. Mr. Netzorg has also served as presiding arbitrator and panel member in mass arbitrations; court-appointed neutral/special master in federal and state courts; and as court-appointed special litigation committee and panelist in derivative cases. Demands in arbitrated cases have ranged from 6 to 10 figures. Mr. Netzorg was a member of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS)/American College of Trial Lawyers Joint Task Force on Discovery and has been at the forefront of efforts to reduce costs, complexity, and time to trial while maintaining fairness to all parties. As an arbitrator with this knowledge and experience, he guides parties in conducting discovery to ensure they obtain the information they need to make their claims and defenses without the abuses discovery can entail. When discovery disputes arise, he handles them quickly and informally, often convening telephone conferences within hours of a dispute or during a disputed deposition. He is able to streamline the process and help contain costs while maintaining a level playing field for the parties.

Work History

Attorney, Sherman & Howard LLC, 2009 – Present; Attorney, Netzorg McKeever Koclanes & Bernhardt LLC, 2000 – 2008; Attorney, Netzorg & McKeever P.C., 1984 – 2000; Attorney, Krendl & Netzorg P.C., 1981 – 1984; Attorney, Gordon W. Netzorg P.C., 1980 – 1981.


Mr. Netzorg has extensive trial experience in complex commercial cases on both the plaintiff and defendant sides. He has successfully tried and obtained verdicts, judgments, and arbitration awards in a wide variety of complex commercial cases including eight-figure awards, nine-figure settlements, and defense verdicts and awards. He has extensive familiarity with corporate, partnership, limited liability company, and banking statutory requirements. Other relevant experience includes corporate governance; derivative cases; officer, director and LLC member and manager liability; bond litigation; finder\"s fees; breach of fiduciary duties; fraud; negligent misrepresentation; lawyer and accountant professional liability; attorney ethics; putative class actions; collateralized debt; business breakups; stock options; warrants; securities and investments; securities fraud; securities industry disputes; gaming facilities; sports controversies including arbitration and mediation of Olympic and Paralympic reinstatement disputes; USA Track and Field and USA Wrestling Assoc. grievances and disputes; elite athlete issues and disputes; banking lending practices; lender liability; regulatory and compliance issues; partnership, corporate, shareholder, real estate, estate and probate disputes; intellectual property; covenants not to compete; nonsolicitation covenants; trademarks; licensing; trade secrets; confidentiality agreements and NDAs; computer software; programming; patents; unfair trade practices, energy, mining and oil and gas disputes; operator and investor disputes; royalty disputes; reserve issues; production; midstream; areas of mutual interest; water disputes; product liability, biotech, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications. Employment experience includes FLSA; collective actions; ERISA; employment agreements; executive employment contracts; executive compensation and stock options; misclassification; noncompete; wrongful termination; retaliation; wage and hour; whistleblower; and disability cases. Real estate experience includes ownership, lease, option, boundary, entitlement, condemnation, financing and security interest disputes. Cannabis experience includes multi-state medical and recreational marijuana and cannabis cases, regulatory, corporate governance, investor issues, grow operations, cannabis derived products, wholesale and retail operations; and buy-sell and membership interest purchase agreements (MIPA). Indian law experience includes tribal conflicts; disputes relating to tribal lending entities; sovereign immunity; arbitrability; and gaming facilities.


Faculty, ABA Annual Arbitration Training Institute, 2020 – 2022; Panelist, Mass Arbitration Program, College of Commercial Arbitrators 2022; AAA Commercial ArbitrationTraining, various subjects 2006 – 2022 (Faculty , 2011, 2014 – 2017); Panelist, Litigation Summit, Colorado Bar Association, 2018 and 2021; National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals Advanced Mediation Training Course, 2015, 2017 and 2019; Panelist, Settling Tribal Conflict Disputes, ABA Dispute Resolution Section 2011.


Admitted to practice law in Colorado, the District of Colorado, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims


Super Lawyers, “Top 10 Lawyers,” Colorado (2013 – 2022) • Best Lawyers in America Arbitration, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, and Securities Litigation; Lawyer of the Year – Securities Litigation 2019, Lawyer of the Year – Banking and Finance Litigation 2010 and 2013 • 5280 Magazine, “Top Lawyer,” Commercial Litigation (2015 – 2020), Arbitration (2021 – 2023) • Law Week Colorado, “Barrister’s Best” Mediation Lawyer (2021 – 2022); Lawyer of the Year (2011) • Denver Business Journal, “Best of the Bar Award” Securities Law 2005.


American Arbitration Association, Complex Commercial Arbitration and Mediation, and Employment panels; International Centre for Dispute Resolution


American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow and former State Chair International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow College of Commercial Arbitrators, Fellow National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

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