Laurence (Trip) W. DeMuth, III



Laurence “Trip” DeMuth provides invaluable leadership in complex energy, infrastructure, commercial and construction cases. Trip has compiled an impressive winning trial record, which includes securing millions of dollars in judgments and winning favorable verdicts defending against claims of hundreds of millions on a range of complex matters. His experience helps him assess cases early to develop a strategy for success and, if possible, a quick and efficient resolution or, if necessary, take the case to trial.

Energy & Infrastructure Litigation

Trip applies decades of complex litigation experience to assist clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors in large and sophisticated environmental and climate change-related matters. Climate change and associated regulatory developments and private and public lawsuits are creating high-stakes litigation risk. Trip aligns himself with clients to find a path forward.

Recently, following four weeks of trial, Trip and a team of Faegre Drinker attorneys saved a utility hundreds of millions of dollars defending against claims of poor operations and improper costs associated with the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Trip and the trial team successfully argued that the plaintiff’s claims of imprudent operations was a pretext to attempt to recoup its investment in coal after seeing the regulatory winds changing. Trip is a leader of the firm’s newly formed energy litigation team and draws on recent trial experience to guide clients through the complexities of energy and infrastructure disputes. 

Complex Litigation and Trials

In addition to leading multiple litigation teams in complex commercial, energy, infrastructure and construction, matters, and internal investigations, Trip also serves as a trusted advisor to clients, including serving on the steering committee for a multibillion-dollar international company as it considered expansion into China.

In 2011, Law Week Colorado recognized the jury verdict Trip won in a fraud and breach of contract case as the seventh-largest jury verdict in Colorado.

Recognition and Service

Trip is ranked in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers. He has been recognized by Law Week Colorado as a “Top Litigator.” Trip is also a member of the Boulder County District Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit, a panel that reviews claims of injustice in Boulder County.

Prior Experience

Trip was a prosecutor in the Boulder County District Attorney’s office from 1984 to 2000. That experience has proven invaluable to the private practice clients he has represented in court since joining the firm in 2000.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota


University of Colorado Law School
J.D. (1983)

Colorado State University
B.A. (1980)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Featured twice on the television program The New Detectives, which aired on The Discovery Channel
  • Featured on the television program Forensic Files, which aired on Court TV

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Rocky Mountain Chapter — Board of Directors, 2016-19
  • Boulder County Bar Association — Professionalism Committee and Former Member of Board of Directors
  • Boulder County District Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit – Member

Civic Activities

  • Boulder Public Library Foundation — Board of Directors, Former Member
  • Dental Aid — Board of Directors, Former Member


  • Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rating: Highest Possible Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards, 2024
  • Chambers USA — Colorado, Construction, 2021-23
  • Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rating: AV-Preeminent® 2013-23
  • Best Lawyers® — Construction Law, 2020-21; Construction Litigation, 2020-21; Commercial Litigation, 2021
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2021
  • Law Week Colorado — 2018 'Top Litigator'
  • Acritas — Star Lawyer, 2020
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014-15
  • Corporate Counsel Black Book, 2008
  • Boulder County's Outstanding Young Lawyer for 1996
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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