Henry Baskerville


Henry Baskerville - Litigation Attorney Denver, CO

Henry Baskerville


Henry Baskerville is a managing partner at Fortis and head of the litigation department. Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell, Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and National Trial Lawyers, Henry is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses on complex commercial litigation, cannabis law, white-collar criminal defense, government contracts, and construction law. Henry has received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating, for both legal ability and ethical standards. He also frequently serves as an outside general counsel or in an advisory capacity helping small businesses and startups.

Practice Areas

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 (and arbitration rooms) 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.

Outside General Counsel

Henry 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 helps companies rewrite their contracts and internal policies to avoid future problems. Henry has counseled companies from diverse industries, including banks, e-commerce companies, vacation rental management businesses, physician practices and even golf courses.

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, Anti-Trust, including the Sherman and Clayton Acts, and public corruption charges. He was named one of the Best Lawyers in America for his White-Collar Criminal Defense Practice.

Henry leads 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 through appeals. He has managed numerous grand jury investigations, responded to government subpoenas, and overseen large joint-defense groups.

Cannabis Industry

Henry assists many individuals and businesses in the legalized cannabis industry as well as in the thriving CBD and THC industries.  He provides general business advice and 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 the Colorado Attorney General’s office.  Finally, he has represented numerous clients in litigation and business disputes throughout the country.

Construction Litigation

Henry has significant construction litigation experience. He has represented clients as diverse as multinational construction conglomerates to small local contractors in various disputes. In addition, Henry has represented contractors in litigation against the government and lower-tier subcontractors. He grew up working on construction sites for his father’s company and at the beginning of his legal career, Henry worked for the City of Chicago Law Department in the Building and Land Use Litigation Division.

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 also assisted in implementing compliance programs designed to meet the requirements of various governmental contracts.

Expert Witness

Henry has substantial experience testifying as an expert witness across many industries and on diverse subjects, ranging from legal ethics to cannabis regulations.

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


  • Juris Doctor, Certificate in Trial Advocacy, cum laude, Loyola University School of Law – 2005
    • Senior Editor, Loyola Consumer Law Review
  • Bachelor’s Degree in philosophy, cum laude, Boston College – 2001

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • American Herbal Products Association
    • Cannabis Committee
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association

Honors & Awards

  • Awarded Lead Counsel Verification in Civil Litigation by Lawinfo.com, a subsidiary of Thompson Reuters.
  • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named to the Colorado Super Lawyers List – 2020-2024
  • Denver Business Journal Leadership Trust Member – 2020-2021
  • Named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyers list – 2017-2019
  • Named to Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star List – 2012-2015, 2017, 2018
  • 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 was a member of the Advancement Committee of the Board of Directors of the International School of Denver.

Henry previously served on the Board of Directors of the Mile High Youth Corps and as a member of the Board’s Development Committee.

He appreciates the opportunity to give back to the community by representing parties pro bono.

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

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