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R. Craig Hess

Adjunct Professor

R. Craig Hess has spent 20 plus years as a litigator and in-house attorney. He is currently working in-house at the University of Colorado Hospital. Mr. Hess is responsible for handling employment law related litigation and for developing, implementing, and monitoring several programs to ensure consistent interpretation and implementation of human resource, risk management and regulatory policies and procedures throughout the organization.

Prior to joining the hospital, Mr. Hess worked in-house at Qwest Communications International where he provided guidance to senior leadership and the Risk Management and Human Resource teams throughout 14 states on a broad range of issues to maximize business strategies and reduce litigation risks

Prior to joining Qwest, Mr. Hess was the Litigation Director at First Data Corporation. During his tenure at First Data, he led the day-to-day litigation and settlement strategy for First Data’s subsidiary Western Union. Prior to this position, Craig served as a Senior Assistant City Attorney in the Litigation Practice Group at the City and County of Denver. Craig joined the City and County of Denver after several years with a Denver law firm and eight years as a United States Air Force JAG Officer working primarily as a Trial Attorney and Trial Team Supervisor. He has prosecuted and defended approximately 100 misdemeanor and 40 felony cases.

Craig has been serving as an Adjunct Faculty member of the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law and as an assistant coach of the school’s American Bar Association Trial Team since 2008. In 2010, Craig also began coaching the American Association of Justice Trial Team.

He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville School of Law and is admitted to practice law in both Arkansas and Colorado. Mr. Hess has been an active member of the Colorado Bar Association and served as the Chairman of the Colorado Bar Association High School Mock Trial Committee and Co-Chairman of the Public Legal Education Committee.

Mr. Hess has lectured extensively on various topics, including conducting internal investigations, trial tactics and strategies, progressive discipline, sexual harassment, discrimination and workplace violence.