Darin Schanker – Automobile Accident and Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Colorado

Darin Schanker – Automobile Accident and Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Colorado

When Darin L. Schanker started his career as a trial attorney, he had a very specific vision in mind. As a Colorado native, he knew that his knowledge and abilities had a purpose; to protect his community from those with profit-driven motives and vast resources. From his time in court as a trial attorney and his role in drafting and testifying on consumer rights legislation, to his lectures as a thought leader in the legal community, Darin has dedicated his life to growing Bachus & Schanker, LLC over the past two decades.

“Kyle and I knew what we wanted to do. With minimal resources, and a great deal of hope and ambition, we set up shop in a single 10ft by 10ft office. We didn’t have much, but we knew this was where we were going to start our mission; to protect those without a voice, against those that had very little respect for humanity but a great deal of respect for profits. We are proud of what we have built, but by no means is our fight over.”
– Darin L. Schanker

His experience in complex litigation involves catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, and product liability. In addition to traditional personal injury litigation, Mr. Schanker has specialized experience in collective action and mass tort litigation at the state and federal level. Both he and Attorney Bachus have participated in nationally recognized complex litigation involving dangerous drugs and products. Some of these include: Taxotere, Granuflo, ASR Hip Implants, Bair Hugger warming blankets, Hernia Mesh and IVC Filters.

Throughout his career, Mr. Schanker has developed a unique set of skills to best serve Bachus & Schanker, LLC‘s mission. From his expertise in jury selection, to his extensive trial experience in personal injury, product liability and mass tort law, his impact has reached beyond the four walls of the court room.

Mr. Schanker is the past president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (“CTLA”). In 2003, Darin Schanker was named the Outstanding Trial Attorney for the State of Colorado by the CTLA. Founded in 1953, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association is the state’s largest specialty bar association and is comprised of Colorado attorneys who are committed to the protection and advancement of individual rights and the advancement of trial advocacy skills, high ethical standards and professionalism in the ongoing effort to preserve and improve the American system of jurisprudence. Additionally, Mr. Schanker has testified at numerous hearing in support of legislation to protect consumers’ rights.

Mr. Schanker is nationally recognized as an expert in the field of voir dire, which is the jury selection process. A crucial component to the outcome of every trial, Mr. Schanker understood early in the importance of voir dire, and set out to extensively study this subject. He has developed a methodology which is utilized by attorneys both locally and nationally. Darin lectures groups and consults individual attorneys throughout the nation on this specialized subject.

In addition to voir dire, Mr. Schanker is a frequent lecturer on trial practice in both local and national settings. From seminars for the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and the Colorado Bar Association to nationally recognized events such as the National Business Institute and MTMP (A National Mass Tort Conference), Darin’s abilities and knowledge have been recognized by his peers throughout the country.

Mr. Schanker’s role in legislation has had a vast impact on the consumer rights of accident victims throughout Colorado. He has drafted and lobbied for consumer-friendly legislation, and has offered testimony numerous times at the Capitol on various insurance law-related topics.

Mr. Schanker’s appreciation for the community doesn’t end in the courtroom, lecture hall or the capital. Through the Cares Foundation, Darin is dedicated to supporting local non-profits whom have a substantial impact on the community they serve. From volunteering for Habitat for Humanity’s Homebuilding event to the Dolls for Daughters annual Christmas toy drive, Bachus & Schanker, LLC is dedicated to improving communities throughout Colorado. Bachus & Schanker, LLC is the state wide sponsor for Mothers against Drunk Driving and supports a number of other non-profits each and every year. For a list of events and partnerships, visit the Bachus & Schanker, LLC Cares Foundation page.

“At the end of the day, Kyle and I are two guys that wanted to stand for something bigger than ourselves. Stand for something that resulted in positive change and substantial impact. I wake up every day knowing that I was put on the planet to do this meaningful work.”
– Darin L. Schanker



Law School: University of Denver, J.D., 1993


1993, Colorado and U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, Supreme Courts of the United States


Denver and Colorado Bar Associations
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association

  • Treasurer, 2003-2004
  • Secretary, 2004-2005
  • Vice President, 2005-2006
  • President-Elect, 2006-2007
  • President, 2007-2008
  • Past President, 2008-2009
  • Outstanding Trial Lawyer, 2003
  • Section Editor, Trial Talk Magazine
  • Executive Committee Member, 2003-present
  • Co-Chair: Membership Committee, 2005-2006
  • Member, Eagle Committee, 2002-2004
  • Member, Public Relations Committee, 2005-present
  • Member, Lobby Council, 2005-present

American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America)

  • State Delegate, 2006-present
  • Leaders Forum
  • Member: Products Liability Section
  • Member, Motor Liability Section; Trucking Litigation Section

Awards, Publications, Seminars

MTMP: Taxotere Update Fall, 2017
CTLA Blockbuster – Taxotere, Genesis of 2 Mass Torts, 2017
AAJ – Taxotere Update Spring, 2017
Mass Tort Nexus – Taxotere Update, Ft. Lauderdale, 2017
CTLA Boot Camp, Voir Dire, 2016
MTMP: “Emerging Mass Torts” Spring, 2016
MTMP: Taxotere Update Fall, 2016
Mass Tort Nexus – Taxotere Update, 2016
MTMP: Taxotere Update, Chicago, 2016
Harris Martin Conference, Taxotere, Seattle, 2016
Harris Martin Conference, Taxotere Update, Washington, DC, 2016
MTMP: Taxotere Update, Charlotte, 2016
MTMP: Taxotere, 2015
“Voir Dire 3 Ways”, 2015
“Voir Dire Summer Cases”, 2014
APITLA Conference – Voir Dire, 2014
“Uninsured Motorist Insurance Law” Colorado Bar Association CLE, 2014
“Uninsured Motorist Insurance Law” Colorado Bar Association CLE, 2013
“Litigation Threats in Ambulatory Surgery Centers,” Colorado Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Spring Education Conference, 2012

“Twelve Lessons from Recent Jury Trials,” CTLA Blockbuster Seminar, 2012

“How to Present Your Witness and Handle the Adversary” Colorado Bar Association CLE, 2011

“Personal Injury Damages” CTLA Summer Convention, August 2011

“Uninsured Motorist Insurance Law” Colorado Bar Association CLE, 2011

“Plaintiff’s Personal Injury from Start to Finish”, National
Business Institute Seminar, 2010

“Tort Law Update Program”, Colorado Bar Association, 2010

“Understanding the Law of Damages”, National Business Institute Seminar, 2009

“Trial of the Plaintiff’s Attorney Case”, National Business Institute Seminar, 2009

“Advanced Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Law”, National Business Institute Seminar, 2009

“Tort Law Update Program”, Colorado Bar Association, 2009

Named as, 5280 Magazine’s Super Lawyer, 2007-2017

“State of the Association,” CTLA Blockbuster Seminar, January 2008

“Inauguration Address,” CTLA Summer Convention, August 2007

“A Word from the President,” Trial Talk Magazine, monthly column, 2007-2008

“Personal Injury Firm from A to Z,” National Business Institute, December 2007

“Insurance Law from A to Z,” National Business Institute, Summer 2007

“Staying Lean, Mean and Successful,” CTLA Blockbuster Seminar, Winter 2006

“Presenting Damages in a Personal Injury Case,” CTLA Summer Conference, 2006

“Catastrophic Losses – What is Covered?” National Business Institute Insurance Coverage Trends Seminar, May 2006

“Presenting Non-Economic Damages at Trial,” CTLA Summer Conference, 2006

“Drafting and Presenting Jury Instructions at Trial,” Colorado Judicial Seminar, Spring 2005

“Winning Strategies for Proving Damages in the Colorado Personal Injury Case,” National Business Institute CLE 2005

“Admissibility of Evidence and Expert Testimony in Colorado,” National Business Institute 2004

“Premises Liability: Preparation and Trial of a Difficult Case in Colorado,” National Business Institute CLE 2004

“Economically Feasible Ways to Try Your Case,” CTLA Blockbuster 2004

“Admissibility of Evidence and Expert Testimony in Colorado,” National Business Institute 2003

“Trial Successes and Failures,” CTLA CLE 2002

“Using Focus Groups: Mock Trial Presentation,” CTLA CLE 2002

“Using Accident Reconstruction and Biomechanical Experts after Schultz,” Colorado Bar Association CLE 2001

“Case Review Adian vs. Pedraza,” CTLA Blockbuster Seminar 2001
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