General Insurance Law, Bad Faith Defense, Civil Litigation, Coverage/Declaratory Relief, SIU Investigation, Toxic Torts, Trucking Law, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Commercial Litigation, Residential/Commercial Property Loss, Municipality/Government, Administrative Law
Employment & Labor Law, Appellate Law, Contracts, Native American Law
Mr. Orona represents a diverse group of clients including individuals, public entities, employers, insurance carriers, and fortune 500 companies before federal and state courts in Colorado and surrounding states. He has extensive experience with complex commercial litigation, class action defense, breach of contract claims, employment law matters, insurance bad faith defense, personal injury defense, toxic tort claims, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and defense of Colorado Consumer Protection Act claims. Additionally, Mr. Orona is well-versed in state and federal administrative procedure, including OSHA, EEOC and FRA actions.
In 2004, Mr. Orona began his career with a well-known insurance defense firm, splitting his time between its Denver and Colorado Springs offices. As a Pueblo, Colorado, native, Mr. Orona is accustomed to diligently litigating cases in all Colorado jurisdictions, paying special attention to the intricacies of each potential jury pool. Mr. Orona has litigated a multitude of first- and third-party insurance matters over the last decade. He is also skilled in implementation of immediate response and early investigation of large-loss incidents as a method of mitigation of potential damages. In addition, Mr. Orona provides non-litigation support to his clients by assisting with drafting of claims manuals, employee manuals, and other compliance-related documentation as well as providing on-site education and training.
Prior to law school, Mr. Orona studied Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and obtained his undergraduate degree in Technical Management. He has co-authored several scientific articles regarding molecular biology and, specifically, dopamine transport in the brain. Mr. Orona’s concentrated medical and technical background enables him to provide his clients a greater understanding of medical records and analysis related to injuries claimed by adverse parties.
Mr. Orona was nominated Colorado Super Lawyer Rising Star in the area of Insurance Defense from 2010 through 2014.
Professional & Community Associations
Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Hispanic National Bar Association
Defense Research Institute Diversity
Electronic Discovery & Young Lawyers Committees Conference of Minority Transportation Officials
Board President—St. Therese Catholic School: 2006-2012
Board Member—Non-Profit: Evolution P.C.
Publications & Speaking Engagements
Orona, Richard A. on behalf of Colorado Defense Lawyers Association; Colorado General Assembly, SB 17-181 Collateral-Source Rule Evidence Of Insurance & SB 17-182 Uninsured Motor Vehicle And Medical Coverage. 71st General Assembly, Denver, Colorado, April 19, 2017.
Stoner, Kelly; Orona, Richard A.; Full Faith and Credit, Comity or Federal Mandate? A Path that Leads to Recognition and Enforcement of Tribal Orders, Protection Orders, and Child Custody Orders. University of New Mexico Law Review, Volume 34, No. 2, Summer 2004.
Orona, Richard A.; Taxation in Indian Country. The Second Annual “Doing Business in Indian Country” CLE. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation District Court, Fall 2004.
Orona, R.A., et al; Repeated Intravenous Cocaine Administration to Rats Produces Behavioral Sensitization without Changing Brain Cocaine Levels. Neuroscience Letters, Vol. 167, 1994.
Orona, R.A., et al; Modulation of Endogenous GABA Release from Discrete Regions of the Rat Basal Ganglia by Adenosine A2a and Dopamine D2 Receptors. Drug Development Research, Vol. 31, No. 4, April 1994.
Orona, R.A., et al; Adenosine A2a Receptor Stimulation Blocks Dopamine D2 Receptor-Mediated Inhibition of GABA Release in Slices of Rat Globus Pallidus. The Society for Neuroscience, 24th Annual Meeting, 1995.
Orona, R.A. et al; Opposing Actions of Adenosine A2a and Dopamine D2 Receptor Activation of GABA release in the Basal Ganglia: Evidence of an A2/D2 Receptor inactivation in Globus Pallidus. Synapse, Vol, 22, #2, February 1996.
Orona, R.A., et al; Adenosine A2a Receptor Stimulation Blocks Dopamine D2 Receptor-Mediated Inhibition of GABA Release in Slices of Rat Globus Pallidus. The Society for Neuroscience, 24th Annual Meeting. Miami, FL, 1995.
Orona, R.A.; Full Faith and Credit, Comity or Federal Mandate? A Path that Leads to Recognition and Enforcement of Tribal Orders, Protection Orders, and Child Custody Orders. The New Mexico Law Review Symposium at the University of New Mexico School of Law, 2005.
Orona, R.A.; Proper Adjustment of Insurance Claims in Colorado — How to Avoid Bad Faith. Bi-Annual Regional Meeting, Fortune 500 National Company, Denver, CO, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.
Orona, R.A.; Colorado Bad Faith Law: Recent Developments. Annual Regional Meeting, Fortune 500 National Insurance Company, Kansas City, KS, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014.
Orona, R.A.; Teaching Through War Stories (Addressing Colorado bad faith claims related to hospital liens, made whole statute and Nunn-Bashor agreements). Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, Denver, CO, 2016.
Orona, R.A.; Colorado – Bad Faith Claims: Latest Developments and Keys for Proper Adjustment of Claims. Bad Faith Symposium, National Insurance Company, Phoenix, AZ, 2016.
Orona, R.A.; Colorado – Bad Faith Claims: Adjusting Claims and Surviving Depositions. Employee Training Lectures; Fortune 500 National Company, Denver, CO, 2016.
Orona, R.A.; Colorado – Bad Faith Claims: Latest Developments and Keys for Property Adjustment of Claims. Employee Training Lectures; Fortune 500 National Company, Denver, CO, 2016.
Orona, R.A.; Colorado – Latest Developments in Third-Party Bad Faith Litigation. Employee Training Lectures; Fortune 500 National Company, Denver, CO, 2017.
U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2003
U.S. District Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2006
J.D., Oklahoma City University School of Law, 2003
Honors: Outstanding Law Student Award, 2003, Presented by the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma
B.S. Technical Management, Oklahoma City University, 2003
United States Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class, E4, 1987 – 1991
Honors: Navy Achievement Metal, July 1991
Three Letters of Commendation
Hospital Corps School
U.S. Marine Corps School of Infantry
Camp Pendleton Hospital
Area 59 Medical Clinic
Combat Medic – Support U.S. Marine Corps Infantry Units
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