Paul J. Rupprecht is a Partner in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois as a member of the aviation, general liability and insurance defense areas of practice.
Based on his military, commercial, and general aviation training, as well as serving in progressive leadership roles in the aerospace, engineering and fire and safety industries, Mr. Rupprecht has successfully represented diverse aviation clients in a variety of environments.
Mr. Rupprecht held qualifications in the United States Air Force as a C-130 tactical airlift aircraft commander and led many missions during both war and peace time. Thereafter, he qualified as an FAA commercial airline transport pilot, served as a Part 121 flight instructor and evaluation pilot at United Airlines, while still serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserves at the Chicago O’Hare and Colorado Springs Peterson units. As a result of 9/11 and while furloughed from United Airlines, Mr. Rupprecht was engaged by Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver, Colorado, as a senior systems engineer and served as the team lead in charge of the launch vehicle and satellite readiness and ground systems engineering teams, while attending the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in the evenings.
In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Rupprecht has served as General Counsel for an aircraft leasing and Part 135 charter services company and provided guidance and counsel on employment, workers’ compensation, corporate transactions and resolutions, litigation and settlement matters.
Based on his legal and technical background, Mr. Rupprecht has successfully represented clients in other industries, including transportation, construction defect, oil and gas, and professional and product liability, involving matters of personal injury, wrongful death, property loss, product defect, and premises liability. By combining his engineering, military and civil aviation, and legal experience, Mr. Rupprecht has been very successful in representing his clients, resolving disputes, and leading his clients towards successful outcomes.
Mr. Rupprecht enjoys spending time with his family and otherwise volunteers his time as a scoutmaster, merit badge counselor, and shooting sports instructor and coach for local youth shooting teams.
Primary Area(s) of Practice
- General Liability
- Products Liability
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Colorado Bar Association
- Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
- Experimental Aircraft Association
- Aircraft & Ownership Aircraft & Ownership
Awards & Honors
- Pi Tau Sigma National Honorary Mechanical Engineering Society
- Tau Beta Pi National Honorary Engineering Society
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
Juris Doctor, 2010
Transportation Law Journal, Staff Editor, Technical Editor and Executive Editor
Illinois Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, 1985
- Rhodes Scholarship Candidate
- Lincoln Academy-Illinois Student Laureate Award
- Transportation Law Journal: “Bridge Failures in the United States Potential Remedies for Injured Parties Case Study: I-35W Minneapolis Bridge Collapse”
- Colorado Pilots Association Flight Lines: “What’s Your Angle – General Aviation Angle of Attack Indicators”
- Law Week Colorado: “To Be or Not to Be: College Athletic Unions?”
National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Advanced Deposition Course
August 1989 - August 1999: U.S. Air Force Reserve, Military Lead Tactical Airlift Aircraft Commander on Lockheed C-130H aircraft.
Pro Bono & Philanthropy
Scouts of America Scoutmaster and Asst. Scoutmaster, Venture Crew Committee Member, and Cub Scout Adult Leader.