personal injury attorney darin schanker

Darin Schanker


When Darin L. Schanker started his career as a trial attorney three decades ago, he had a very specific vision in mind. As a Colorado native, he knew that his knowledge and abilities had a purpose; to protect the community from those with profit-driven motives and vast resources. Now a nationally respected trial attorney, Darin has dedicated his professional life to growing Bachus & Schanker, LLC, with that vision in mind.


Professionally, Mr. Schanker is first and foremost a trial lawyer. His practice is nationwide, and he has tried as lead counsel many different types of injury cases in both federal and state courts all over the country. He has litigated and tried cases from Alaska to Florida; New York to California; and dozens of states in between, with a focus in his home state of Colorado. Such trials have included defective medical devices, pharma cases, medical malpractice, civil sex assault, negligent security, as well as injuries from car crashes. 

Darin has had the good fortune to achieve some nice results for worthy clients as lead trial counsel; these include the largest medical malpractice jury verdict ever in Colorado history, and the largest compensatory defective hip jury verdict ever in the country.


In addition to traditional personal injury litigation, Mr. Schanker also specializes in collective action and mass tort litigation. He has participated in nationally recognized complex litigation involving dangerous drugs and products. Some of these include: Biomet Hip Implants, Pinnacle Hip Implants, ASR Hip Implants, Taxotere, Hernia Mesh and IVC Filters. 

Mr. Schanker a 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. 


Mr. Schanker is a frequent lecturer on trial skills in both local and national settings. From seminars for the American Association of Justice (AAJ), the CTLA and the Colorado Bar Association to institutions such as the National Business Institute, Harris Martin, and MTMP (A National Mass Tort Conference), Darin’s abilities and knowledge have been recognized by his peers throughout the country.

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, Darin understood very early in his practice 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 country on this specialized subject.


Darin has drafted and lobbied for consumer-friendly legislation and has offered testimony dozens of times at the Capitol on various insurance law-related topics to protect consumer rights. His role in legislation has had a vast impact on the laws impacting accident victims throughout Colorado.


Mr. Schanker’s appreciation for the community doesn’t end in the courtroom, lecture hall or the Capitol. Through the Bachus & Schanker Cares Foundation, Darin is dedicated to supporting local non-profits whom have a substantial impact on the community they serve. From being a champion for the Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic (JAMLAC) TO volunteering for Habitat for Humanity’s Homebuilding events, Bachus & Schanker is dedicated to improving communities throughout Colorado. Bachus & Schanker is the statewide 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.

“When we started the firm, 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


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