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Seattle University School of Law (JD, cum laude)
University of Denver (BA, cum laude)
Colorado Super Lawyers, 2020 and 2021
Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016 and 2018
Best Lawyers of America, 2020-2022
National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, 2017
Colorado Bar Association
Arizona Bar Association
New Mexico Bar Association
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
Colorado Women’s Bar Association
Colorado Women’s Trial Lawyers Network
Melissa is a founding partner of Hailey | Hart. She is a respected trial and appellate attorney committed to pursuing justice on behalf of her clients while promoting integrity in the legal profession.
Melissa is regularly recognized by her peers as a leading plaintiff’s attorney. She was named as a Colorado Super Lawyer in 2020 and 2021, as a Colorado Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2016 and 2018, among the Top 40 Under 40 of the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017, and is included in the 2020-2022 lists of Best Lawyers in America.
Melissa is licensed to practice in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. She routinely appears in state and federal appellate courts, and has litigated in the Tenth, Ninth, Fifth, and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeal. Recent highlights of her appellate work include wins at both the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court in the case of Boustred v. Align, which set the new standard for determining specific personal jurisdiction in product liability litigation.
Melissa is an active member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers’ Association (CTLA), the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, and the Colorado Women’s Trial Lawyer Network. She serves on the CTLA Board of Directors and is part of CTLA’s bad faith and amicus committees. Since 2018, Melissa has served as a mentor to new attorneys through the State of New Mexico’s Bridge the Gap program.
Melissa is a two-time contributing author to Trial Talk magazine and has co-authored three books: Hanlon-Leh et al., Discovery in Colorado (Colorado CLE, 2021); Keating Wagner Polidori Free, P.C., Colorado Pretrial Civil Litigation (LexisNexis Practice Guide, 2019); and Reading et al., Awakening Spirits: Wolves in the Southern Rockies (Fulcrum Press, 2010). Melissa has been a guest lecturer at the University of New Mexico’s School of Law, presented to the U.S. Counsel on Environmental Quality, and regularly speaks at Colorado CLE seminars. Recent seminar topics include: summary judgment briefing; tips for successful mediation; developing effective pre-litigation settlement packages; maximizing recovery against landowners; holding out-of-state defendants accountable for defective products; and recent changes in insurance laws.
Before moving to private practice in 2010, Melissa was a public interest environmental litigator. Since then, she has served as President of the Board for the Southern Plains Land Trust and as Vice President of the Board for WildEarth Guardians. She currently serves as pro bono legal counsel for High Country News.
University of Missouri - Kansas City
(JD, Dean’s List, Order of Barristers)
University of Saint Mary (BS, magna cum laude)
The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2018, 2019, and 2020
Association of American Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2018, 2019, and 2020
Avvo - Perfect 10 Client Rating
Co-chair of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Premises Liability Committee
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Colorado Women’s Bar Association
Colorado Women’s Trial Lawyers Network.
Missouri Bar Association
Wyoming Bar Association
Elizabeth (Liz) Hart is a founding partner of Hailey | Hart. She spent her first years of law practice defending insurance companies and large corporations in cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, and catastrophic loss. Liz shielded insurance companies and corporations from paying out millions of dollars in personal injury claims. In some of her landmark cases, she was responsible for the complete dismissal of an $11,000,000 default judgment entered against her corporate client and obtaining defense verdicts at trial.
Years ago, Liz switched sides, bringing to bear the valuable insight gained as a defense attorney to effectively represent injured people and their families in federal and state court. This shift in focus has been the most rewarding change of her career. She is excited to continue representing real people, with real problems and losses at Hailey | Hart.
“The decision of selecting an attorney for your case is the process of selecting someone who will act as an extension of yourself. Insurance companies are for-profit companies that generally perceive claimants as opportunists. In turn, the insurance companies’ goals involve paying out as little as possible and searching for ways to deconstruct and devalue a claim. It is essential to hire a lawyer who is uniquely qualified to gain the trust of the other side and defeat the unfair stigma attached to personal injury claimants. I know how to present you as a human with legitimate damages and losses whose life has been permanently altered. As someone who has experience on both sides of the fence, I am uniquely qualified to grab the defense’s attention to leverage the best possible outcome.”
Having long gravitated to hard work and leadership, Liz was a college athlete at the University of Saint Mary, where she was a starting guard and three-year team captain. After graduating magna cum laude, she attended law school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law where she was inducted into the Order of Barristers, was awarded Dean’s List status, and competed on Trial Advocacy regional and national teams.
Randy Barnhart is of counsel at Hailey | Hart. Randy is a well-known trial lawyer who has extensive experience in catastrophic injury cases, insurance bad faith, and product liability. He is regularly retained by other attorneys in different states and jurisdictions to co-counsel auto defect cases, and his career has led him to practice nationwide. Over his 40+ years of practice, Randy has secured many substantial verdicts and settlements for deserving clients.
Randy is well-respected by his peers and has received numerous awards and recognitions. Notably, he is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), an organization for which he was a member of the board for many years. Randy has been consistently named to the Super Lawyers list since 2006 and repeatedly recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in insurance law, plaintiff’s personal injury, product liability litigation, and legal malpractice law. Best Lawyers named him Lawyer of the Year in 2014, 2015, 2017-2019, and 2021 for his achievements in these practice areas. He is frequently listed by 5280 Magazine as part of their annual Top Attorney list in the areas of personal injury and insurance law.
Randy is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates, CTLA, and the Attorney Information and Exchange Group (AIEG), a nationwide association of product liability lawyers. He is the past Chair of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, the largest pro Bono organization in the state, and currently serves as a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers.