Henry Baskerville

Henry Baskerville

Partner

303-565-8066
hbaskerville@fortislawpartners.com
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Henry Baskerville, recognized by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and National Trial Lawyers, is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses on complex commercial litigation, cannabis law, white-collar criminal defense, government contracts, and construction law.  Henry also has received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating, for both legal ability and ethical standards. 

Practice Areas

  • Contract and Commercial Litigation

  • Cannabis Law

  • White Collar Criminal Defense

  • Government Contracting

  • Construction Litigation

  • Small Business

Commercial Litigation

Henry has represented numerous individual and corporate clients in a wide variety of disputes, including breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, fraudulent transfers, alter ego, trade secrets, restrictive covenants, False Claims Act claims (qui tam cases), breach of contract, labor and employment disputes, securities, and bankruptcy and receivership proceedings. He has tried cases in courtrooms across the country and has handled appeals to the Fourth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals, along with the Colorado and Illinois Appellate Courts.  Henry frequently represents parties in disputes over ownership of closely held companies.

Cannabis Industry

Henry provides assistance to individuals and businesses in the legalized cannabis industry. He has many clients in the thriving CBD industry as well as the THC industry.   In this area, Henry provides general business advice, as well as guidance on state and federal regulations governing the operation of legalized cannabis businesses and the solicitation of and contracting with investors and other business partners.  He has helped companies apply for and secure the necessary licenses to cultivate and dispense cannabis and its byproducts. Henry also has represented clients in various enforcement proceedings brought by the Marijuana Enforcement Division of the Colorado Department of Revenue and Colorado Attorney General's office.  Finally, he has represented numerous clients in business disputes over ownership of cannabis businesses throughout the country.

White Collar & Investigations

In the white-collar area, Henry handles both the defense at trial and appeal of bank, mail, securities and tax fraud matters, as well as public corruption charges.  He was named one of the Best Lawyers in America for his White-Collar Criminal Defense Practice.

Henry conducts internal investigations of entities and institutions concerned about potential violations of the law or those that are already facing government probes. He conducts employee interviews, analyzes business records and consults with senior management to determine the best strategy. He also assists businesses in setting up compliance programs that provide policies and procedures aimed at eliminating potentially unlawful conduct.

Henry has represented many clients in all phases of criminal matters from the investigation stage all the way through appeals.  He has managed numerous grand jury investigations, responded to many government subpoenas, and has managed large joint-defense groups.

Government Contracting

Henry has significant experience in government contracting.  He has represented businesses in both civil and criminal investigations stemming from contracts those businesses signed with various governmental entities under the False Claims Act and others. He has conducted internal investigations stemming from issues with government contracts. Henry has assisted in the implementation of compliance programs designed to meet the requirements of various governmental contracts.

Small Businesses

He has served as an outside general counsel or in an advisory capacity helping many small businesses. He has counseled companies on employment matters, contractual disputes, litigation, and has assisted with investigations from various state labor agencies. He also has helped companies re-write their contracts and internal policies to avoid future problems. He has counseled companies from a wide variety of industries that are as diverse as banks, e-commerce companies, vacation rental management businesses, physician practices and even golf courses.

Construction Litigation

Henry has significant construction litigation experience. He has represented clients as diverse as multinational construction conglomerates to small local contractors in a wide variety of disputes. Henry has represented various contractors in litigation against the government and lower-tier subcontractors. At the beginning of his career, he worked for the City of Chicago Law Department in the Building and Land Use Litigation Division.

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado

  • Illinois

  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Education

  • Juris doctor , Certificate in Trial Advocacy, cum laude, Loyola University School of Law (2005)

    •    Senior Editor, Loyola Consumer Law Review

  • Bachelors degree in philosophy, cum laude, Boston College (2001)

Professional Affiliations

  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association

  • Colorado Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2017-2019)

  • Named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in Colorado (2017)

  • Named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in Illinois (2012-2015)

  • Named to National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40 (2014)

Community Activities & Personal Interests

Henry is a member of the Advancement Committee of the Board of Directors of the International School of Denver.

Henry previously currently served on the Board of Directors of the Mile High Youth Corps. He also was a member of the Board’s Development Committee.

Henry enjoys giving back to the community by representing parties pro bono. For example, he represented, pro bono, the defendant in a civil tax matter in which the United States sought to foreclose on the home of a quadriplegic woman (his client) and her 16-year-old daughter in order to satisfy various tax liens.  The matter settled favorably for the client and she was able to keep her home.

He represented, pro bono, the plaintiff in a civil rights matter brought against the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and various guards, stemming from a lack of medical care provided to an inmate at Cook County Jail in Chicago, Illinois. The matter settled favorably for the client, which provided him with some capital to restart his life when he was released from prison.

Henry speaks French, enjoys skiing, sailing, CrossFit, environmental issues, and youth education.

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