Stacy A. Carpenter


Polsinelli LLP
1401 Lawrence Street
Suite 2300
Denver, CO 80202

Tel: 303.583.8237


Stacy Carpenter is an experienced trial attorney who understands the importance of identifying and employing an outcome-driven litigation strategy that is effective and aligned with her clients’ business objectives. As Practice Chair of Polsinelli’s national Commercial Litigation practice, Stacy combines her strong advocacy skills and her strategic analysis to achieve positive and timely outcomes both in and out of the courtroom.

Stacy’s practice is focused on business disputes, class actions, and real estate litigation matters, and she represents clients in cases filed in state and federal courts and in arbitration venues across the country. She frequently represents clients in the food and beverage industry in both individual and class action matters and is familiar with the industry’s unique business and regulatory concerns.

Stacy also has significant experience handling professional liability claims, particularly those filed against insurance producers and attorneys, and defends insurance benefit cases, including those that arise under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

In addition to maintaining a litigation practice that is national in reach and representing her clients in many jurisdictions across the United States, Stacy also maintains a strong local presence. Born and raised in Colorado, Stacy is active in the Colorado legal community and has served as President of the Denver Bar Association and as a long-time member of the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors. Stacy is committed to Colorado’s not-for-profit community and dedicates time to serving on various boards of directors, with an emphasis on organizations focused on the protection of children and access to education.

  • Named to 5280 Magazine’s “Denver’s Top Lawyers” list for Commercial Litigation, 2023
  • Ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, General Commercial Litigation, Colorado, 2016-2023
  • Named “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation, 2022-2023
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of:
    • Commercial Litigation, 2012-2023
    • Insurance Law, 2012-2023
    • Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, 2012-2023
    • Litigation – ERISA, 2012-2023
  • Selected for inclusion in the following Colorado Super Lawyers recognition lists:
    • Business Litigation, 2009-2022
    • Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2011-2023
    • Top 100 Lawyers, 2023
  • Named “Top Litigator” by Law Week Colorado, 2017
  • Recipient of the Denver Bar Association’s Richard Marden Davis Award, 2012
  • Selected for inclusion in “10 Lawyers of the Decade” by Law Week Colorado, 2011
  • Named one of seven “Top Women Lawyers” by Law Week Colorado, 2009
  • Recipient of the Colorado Bar Association’s Sue Birch Legislative Award, 2005
  • Recipient of Denver Bar Association’s “Volunteer Lawyer of the Year” Award, 2004
  • Selected for inclusion in “Forty Under 40” by the Denver Business Journal, 2003
  • Recognized as “Young Lawyer of the Year” by the Denver Bar Association, 2003
  • Recipient of Donald W. Hoagland Award by the Colorado Bar Association, 2001
  • American Bar Association
    • Fellow of the American Bar Association 2021-present
  • Denver Scholarship Foundation
    • Board of Directors, 2020-present
  • Public Education & Business Coalition
    • Board of Directors, 2020-present
  • Colorado Bar Association
    • Board of Governors, 1999-2001; 2005-2007; 2012-2014
    • Fellow, Colorado Bar Foundation, 2000-present
    • Legislative Policy Committee, 2000-2019
    • Joint Judicial Task Force, 2012-2016
  • Denver Bar Association
    • President, 2010-2011
    • Second Vice President, 1999-2000
    • First Vice President, 2005-2006
    • Co-Chair, Barristers Ball benefiting Metro Volunteer Lawyers, 2001; 2010
    • “Wheels of Justice” Bicycling Team Leadership Council, 2005-2009
    • Metro Volunteer Lawyers Governing Board, Vice Chair, 2000-2004
Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 1,000 attorneys in 22 offices nationwide. Recognized as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, Polsinelli is committed to meeting our clients’ expectations of what a law firm should be. Our attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, offering comprehensive corporate, transactional, litigation and regulatory services with a focus on health care, real estate, finance, technology, private equity and life sciences. Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California, Polsinelli PC (Inc) in Florida.
Stacy Carpenter is an experienced trial attorney who continues to handle a range of issues within commercial litigation.”
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