Attorney at Law
Steve Kaufman is a Denver personal injury attorney, who has been helping injured people for the past 35 years. During that time, he’s successfully handled any and all types of personal injury cases, from brain and burn injuries, birth traumas, and insurance company abuse to car accidents and slip and falls. Steve’s favorite part of his job is being able to help people who have been hurt by the negligence of another. He has devoted his career to taking on insurance companies and corporations who only want to pay out as little as possible and care nothing about the people who have been hurt or fairness.
Steve graduated law school from Rutgers University in 1980, and began working as a personal injury attorney for Jon Kidneigh, handling cases for people hurt in accidents. Working with Jon Kidneigh, Steve received some of the best on-the-job education any personal injury attorney could get by going up against Procter & Gamble’s attorneys in the first toxic shock syndrome case to go to trial in the country in 1982 when Steve was only two years out of law school. In 1985, Steve and Jon became partners, forming Kidneigh & Kaufman, P.C., and working together for 20 years until Jon retired in 2000. Jon taught Steve that personal injury attorneys do not just handle cases, but represent real people, who depend on their attorneys to guide them through very difficult times in their lives. Now 30 years after Kidneigh & Kaufman first opened its doors, Steve is thrilled to be able to work with his daughter, Jenny Crichton, and son-in-law, Charlie Crichton, and pass onto them the Kidneigh & Kaufman tradition of caring about clients and treating each client like a friend, not a case. Altogether, Kidneigh & Kaufman has recovered more than $95 million for its clients over the last 30 years, since Steve first opened the firm.
During the last 35 years, Steve has handled all kinds of personal injury claims in courts throughout Colorado. Steve has successfully litigated complicated and high value cases involving wrongful death, product defects, medical malpractice, burn injuries, birth defects, brain injuries, premises liability, and insurance bad faith. He is admitted to practice in all Colorado state and federal courts as well as the United States Supreme Court, and has handled trials and appeals throughout the state. He has authored nearly 30 legal articles and most recently, wrote a chapter in the 2015 Colorado Auto Litigator’s Handbook, published by the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association.
Steve is a Colorado native who was born and raised in metro Denver, went to George Washington High School, and then to college at the University of Oregon before going to law school at Rutgers University. Steve is married, and has 5 kids that range in age from 9 to 37, which means he’s been coaching little league teams for almost 30 years. Whenever Steve has free time, he enjoys reading, exercising, and traveling. Please call Steve today to schedule your free initial consultation.
- Auto Accident Cases: Phase 2 Filing Suit and Preparing the Case for Trial, Chapter 2 in The Colorado Auto Litigator’s Handbook, 3ed., 2015.
- “Bifurcation and the Bad Faith Claim,” Trial Talk, Vol. 48, No. 1, February/March 1999, pp. 19-25.
- “Bad Faith after Litigation Starts,” Trial Talk, Vol. 48, No. 1, February/March 1999, pp. 6-14.
- “Thoughts for Discovery in the Bad Faith Case,” Trial Talk, Vol. 47, No. 10, December/January 1998-1999, pp. 37-39.
- “The PIP IME,” Trial Talk, Vol. 47, No. 3, March 1998, pp. 24-26.
- “How to Make 17% Interest on an Uninsured Motorist Claim,” Trial Talk, Vol. 47, No. 3, March 1998, pp. 12-20.
- “Uninsured Motorist Benefits Include PIP Type Damage,” Trial Talk, Vol. 47, No. 3, March 1998, pp. 6-11.
- “Expert Witnesses in the Medical Malpractice Case,” Trial Talk, Vol. 46, No. 3, March 1997, pp. 22-23, reprinted in Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association’s The Coffee-House, Summer, 1997, pp. 5, 10.
- “Just Because They Say it, Doesn’t Make it So,” Trial Talk, Vol. 46, No. 3, March 1997, pp. 15-20.
- “Insurance Companies are not Lawyers,” Trial Talk, Vol. 46, No. 3, March 1997, pp. 5-14.
- “Defeating the Health Insurer’s Subrogation Interest,” Trial Talk, Vol. 45, No. 4, April 1996, pp. 16-25, reprinted in Maryland Trial Lawyers Association’s Trial Reporter, July 1996. pp. 13-21.
- “Restraining the Seat Belt Defense,” Trial Talk, Vol. 45, No. 3, March 1996, pp. 6-11, (cited in Anderson v. Watson, 929 P.2d 6, 8 (Colo. App. 1996).
- “Discovery in the Out-Door Slip and Fall Case,” Trial Talk, Vol. 45, No. 2 February 1996, p. 27.
- “Practical Aspects Pertaining to Structured Settlements,” Trial Talk, Vol. 44, No. 3, March 1995, pp. 28-29.
- “Matters to be Covered in a Personal Injury New Client Intake Conference,” Trial Talk, Vol. 43, No. 4, April 1994, p. 19.
- “Overturning the Insurer’s Denial of Benefits,” Trial Talk, Vol. 39, No. 12, December 1990, pp. 322-324.
- “Update on Underinsurance Coverage,” Trial Talk, Vol. 37, No. 12, December 1987, pp. 370-373.
- “Assessment of Chronic Pain,” Trial Talk, Vol. 23, No. 3, March 1987, pp. 48-54, (co-author).
- “Offer of Settlement,” Trial Talk, Vol. 36, No. 1, January 1987, pp. 18-19.
- “Underinsurance,” Trial Talk, Vol. 34, No. 9, September 1985, pp. 276-277, reprinted as “Underinsurance Coverage in Automobile Accidents,” The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 15, No. 3, March 1986, pp. 155.
- “The Insurance Adjusters Better Watch Out — Bad Faith Is Really Here,” Trial Talk, Vol. 34, No. 5, May 1985, p. 155.
- “Medical Records Balancing,” Trial Talk, Vol. 33, No. 9, September 1984, p. 7.
- “Unrepentant Subsequent Conduct Means Punitive Damages,” Trial Talk, Vol. 33, No. 2, February 1984, pp. 12-13
- “Quibbling Over Facts,” Trial Talk, Vol. 32, No. 9, September 1983, pp. 12-13.
- “The Defendant’s Insurance Company as the Plaintiff’s Investigator, Exhibit Maker and Witness,” Trial Talk, Vol. 32, No. 8, August 1983, pp. 32-33.
- “Clients’ Expectations in the Mist of Legal Reality,” Trial Talk, Vol. 22, No. 5, May 1983, pp. 11-12.
- “Admissibility of Governmental Studies to Prove Causation,” The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 11, No. 7, July 1982, pp. 1823-1836.
- A Lawyer’s Supplemental Handbook on Toxic Shock Syndrome, 1982
- A Lawyer’s Handbook on Toxic Shock Syndrome, 1981
- “The Meaning of You.” Topic: Ineffective Cancellation of Automobile Policy Resulting in Bad Faith, January 29, 2009.
- How the Legal System Discourages Medical Malpractice Claims, September 25, 2004.
- Top Ten Tips on Uninsured/Underinsured Cases, January 31, 2002.
- Auto Litigation. Topic: Maximizing Results When Litigating Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims, March 2, 1997.
- Civil Trial Procedures in Colorado. Topic: Practical Considerations Involving Intake, Investigation, Filing, Pleading, Causes of Action, Experts, Discovery, and Settlement in Personal Injury, Products Liability, and Medical Malpractice Cases, October 10, 1991.
- Recent Developments in Auto Crash Litigation: “Arbitration of Personal Injury Protection Disputes – How to Get Your Medical Bills Paid”, March 1, 1991.
- Orthopedics for Lawyers: The Essentials. Topic: Comparison of Liability and Personal Injury Protection Benefits to other Forms of Compensation; Issues on Orthopedic Malpractice Litigation; and Analysis of Case Examples, July 22, 1988.
- Auto Crash Litigation: The Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist, November 6, 1987.
- Orthopedics for Lawyers. Topic: Cross-Examination of the Defense IME Doctor; Panel Discussion on Working with Physicians, January 30, 1987.
- Product Liability Law: “The Machine Guarding Case in a Statute of Repose Context” and “Developing the Products Case”, January 28,1987.
- Underinsured Motorist Coverage, August, 1985.
ADMITTED TO BAR AND LICENSED TO PRACTICE:
- Colorado Supreme Court – October 17, 1980
- Colorado Court of Appeals – October 17, 1980
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado – October 17, 1980
- Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals – March 16, 1982
- United States Supreme Court – January 2002
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
DURING LAW SCHOOL:
- Professor Robinson, Rutgers Law School
- Philadelphia District Attorneys Office – Homicide Division (Internship)
- Deisch & Marion, P.C.
- Post-Law School:
- Kidneigh & Kaufman, P.C., co-founder and managing attorney, 1985 through present
- Kidneigh , Hughes, Pelz, Leach & Clikeman, P.C., associate attorney, 1980-1985
- Denver Bar Association
- Colorado Bar Association
- Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Personal Injury, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice, Bad Faith, Disability including cases involving wrongful death, brain damage from fetal distress, loss of limb from machinery, auto, motorcycle and other motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, vicious animals, sexual assaults, ski injuries, product caused illnesses, and other cases involving all types of serious injury, permanent impairment, and significant disfigurement.
LEGAL PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:
- Award for years of contribution to Trial Talk, 1999
- Editor, Tort and Insurance Section, Trial Talk, 1985-1999
- Award for best articles, Trial Talk, 1996
- Chairman, Denver Bar Association Interprofessional Committee, 1985-1986
- Board of Governors, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 1984-1985
- Editor, Civil Procedure and Evidence Section, Trial Talk, 1983-1984
- Co-Founder and President, Citizens for Victims Rights, 1993-present
- Undergraduate: University of Oregon, B.S. in Political Science 1977
- Law School: Rutgers – Camden, New Jersey, 1980
- Date of Birth: February 7, 1955, Denver, Colorado
- Married to Nellie, a patent law attorney
- Children: Two boys, Three girls, elementary school through post-college
- Coached: Youth Baseball, Basketball, and Football
AWARD and HONORS:
- American Jurisprudence Award, Civil Procedure
- American Jurisprudence Award, Criminal Procedure
- Best Memorial (Brief) in Eastern Regional International Moot Court Competition
- Dean’s List