Jason Rietz’s experience enables him to quickly understand the issues facing clients and formulate a sound, value-added course of action. Jason’s litigation experience has spanned all facets of the practice, including dispositive motions hearings, deposition examination and defense, and extensive trial work. He is well-versed in risk management and developing strategy not only in litigation, but also in various forms of alternative dispute resolution.

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Jason’s practice is concentrated in the areas of construction, personal injury, and commercial litigation. He has successfully defended cases involving claims of construction defect, products liability, and property damage before juries and courts in both Minnesota and Colorado.

In addition to his wealth of insurance defense experience, Jason has successfully litigated on behalf of plaintiffs as well, obtaining settlements and verdicts in commercial, personal injury, and insurance coverage cases.

Prior to joining Overturf McGath & Hull, PC in 2001, Jason practiced in Minnesota, where he gained extensive trial experience in the areas of civil and criminal litigation. Jason also handled a wide variety of transactional matters in his Minnesota practice.

While in law school, Jason graduated in top twenty-five percent of his class. He participated in Maynard Pirsig Moot Court, for which he was nominated to compete for a position on the ABA competition team in both the Fall and Spring semesters. In addition to being a Best Brief Finalist, Jason was named to the Dean’s List all semesters.

University of Minnesota, 1996 J.D.
cum laude

Hamline University, 1993 B.A.
magna cum laude

Work Highlights

  • Successfully defended against construction defect action involving claims of over $2 million in damages against client, ultimately obtaining an arbitration decision awarding the claimant no recovery as against the insured.
  • Achieved first chair defense verdicts in both jury and bench trials in Pueblo County District Court, as well as a defense verdict in a Park County District Court bench trial.
  • Successfully defended clients in an Adams County District Court bench trial, where two Defendants were dismissed by directed verdict, and a nominal judgment was entered against a third Defendant in the amount of $206, which was offset by costs.
  • Successfully defended subcontractor in jury trial regarding construction defect claims as first chair counsel in Eagle County District Court, where Plaintiff sought over $1 million in damages, and the jury awarded only $195,000 against the client. Due to coverage issues, the case settled after trial for significantly less than the verdict amount.

A Message From Jason

I look forward to working with clients to resolve disputes quickly and cost effectively.  However, if such a resolution is not possible, I welcome the challenge of taking a case all the way to trial and, ultimately, a successful verdict.