Denver Truck Accident Attorney George McLaughlin

Denver Truck Accident Attorney George McLaughlin

Senior Partner

George E. McLaughlin has more than 34 years’ experience as a trial lawyer, trying over 100 jury trials to verdict in State and Federal Courts across the country. He focuses his practice on representing victims of negligence, including those who have been injured in commercial trucking accidents.

Mr. McLaughlin is former chair of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Product Liability Section and a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors.

Background & Legal Experience

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mr. McLaughlin considers Wheeling, West Virginia to be his home town. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1976, and the University of Denver College of Law in 1979, he returned to his home town of Wheeling to practice law and have a positive impact on his community.

George spent the first 21 years of his legal career as a partner in the Wheeling law firm of Bachmann, Hess, Bachmann and Garden, while also serving as the Municipal Judge of the City of Wheeling for 10 years. It was in West Virginia that Mr. McLaughlin honed his skills as a trial lawyer, trying a variety of civil cases from automobile and truck crash cases to complex medical malpractice and product liability injury and death cases.

Mr. McLaughlin is a frequent lecturer at state and national trial lawyer continuing legal education seminars. He has also published several articles in attorney journals, including TRIAL and the Journal of the American Association for Justice.

Mr. McLaughlin has been admitted by examination to and remains in good standing with the State Bars of Colorado, Ohio, and West Virginia. He is also a member in his own right to fifteen Federal District Court Bars, four Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Association of Justice (AAJ), where he is past Chairman of the Product Liability Section, founder of the Electric Blanket Fire Litigation Group, and co-chair of the Wright Medical Hip Litigation Group. He is also a member of the AAJ Political Action Committee, Membership Committee, and Finance Committee. In Colorado, Mr. McLaughlin has serves as a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors, as well as co-chair of its Product Liability Committee.

Interests, Activities & Community Involvement Beyond the Law

Mr. McLaughlin’s interests are not limited to the law. During his years in West Virginia he served in a wide variety of community service positions. For several years he was a board member, and then president, of The Friends of Wheeling, one of the oldest historic preservation advocacy organizations in the United States. He also served as an appointed member of the Wheeling Center Market Commission, the board of directors of the local division of Salvation Army, and the West Virginia Literacy Council. At the request of the Governor of West Virginia in 1994, Mr. McLaughlin headed the successful effort to bring to Wheeling one day of the week-long West Virginia K-Mart Classic Tour of West Virginia, profession bicycle race.  The following year he served as the state-wide liaison with the Governor’s office for all six host cities for the race. Mr. McLaughlin also lead West Virginia’s successful bid to the USA Cycling Federation to be one of the host venues for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Cycling Trials.

Mr. McLaughlin’s prior experience in West Virginia, and his continuing passion for professional cycling, led the Governor of Colorado to appoint him in 2010 to a committee to bring professional cycling to Colorado. The result was the 2011 inaugural year of the U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge. Now, years  later, the US Pro Challenge [unofficially called by its Tour de France level participants as the “Tour of Colorado”] has become the largest and most-watched professional cycling race held in the U.S.

Finally, Mr. McLaughlin has always remained active in his college alumni association. For several years, he was a board member and then president of the Notre Dame Club of the Ohio Valley. After moving to Denver, he served for two years as president of the Notre Dame Club of Denver. It was during his tenure as president of the Denver Club that the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association bestowed upon the Denver Club its Lennon Award, recognizing Denver Notre Dame Club as the number one club among the University’s more than 200 worldwide chapters. Mr. McLaughlin, a winner of an ND Athletic Monogram as a student, is now a regional representative to the Notre Dame Monogram Club.