State of Colorado
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
United States District Court, District of Colorado
United States District Court, District of Northern Georgia
University of Denver, J.D.
Norwich University, B.S.
Walter Houghtaling dedicated his trial practice to the defense of licensed professionals, business entities and employers. Mr. Houghtaling was admitted to and handled matters in the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the United States District Court and Colorado’s state courts. A graduate of Norwich University and the University of Denver College of Law, his practice focused on the representation of attorneys, insurance providers, insurance agents, corporate officers and directors, business owners on tort, contract, and employment claims. After clerking for District Court Judge Edward E. Carelli, he went to work as an insurance defense attorney.
Mr. Houghtaling was a long standing member of the Colorado Bar Association’s Professional Liability Committee and co-chaired the Committee from 2005 to 2010. A graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, he served as an instructor for trial and discovery programs for the Institute and lectured numerous times on professional malpractice and employment topics.
Since 2006, he was selected by his peers to Best Lawyers in America® and Colorado Super Lawyers. He held the highest rating awarded by the Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory publication as an AV® Preeminent™ Lawyer and was included in its Judicial Edition in 2016.
He was selected to Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World®, Who’s Who in America® and Who’s Who in American Law® multiple times. Mr. Houghtaling has been recognized by the Colorado Bar Association for his contribution of time to the group’s Pro Bono activities.
He has been married to his wife, Paula Plank, since 1981. They have four grown children and three grandchildren. For many years he has coached youth football in the Arapahoe Youth League.