Mari C. Bush LLC is a law firm where experience, commitment, compassion, advocacy, creativity, communication skills, humor and common sense join forces to form a special kind of law firm.
Literally and figuratively, Mari C. Bush LLC has returned to its roots. Abandoning a daily commute and a high overhead in exchange for more time to devote to core legal values, Mari C. Bush LLC continues to serve individuals and families with unique legal problems and challenges, providing personal attention to its clients.
Mari Bush is Mari C. Bush LLC. She combines her small town upbringing on Colorado’s Western Slope with the knowledge and experience derived from her education at the University of Denver (B.A., Political Science, 1977, summa cum laude) and Stanford University School of Law (J.D., 1980, President of Class of 1980). At Stanford Law School, Mari Bush was a founding member of the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation and Women of Stanford Law. Mari Bush pursued her legal career as a mechanism for helping those who needed assistance. She gained her initial experience as a partner at a civil litigation firm in Boulder, Colorado where she represented primarily women and children in negligence and product liability actions. At her first firm, Mari Bush played a key role in women’s health litigation (IUD, DES, Bendectin, breast implants) and gained experience in multi-state actions, including fraud actions against Charles Keating. She was a founding member of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.
After seventeen years in her otherwise male-only firm, Mari Bush set up a sole practice in Boulder where she continued to advocate on behalf of women and children for five years.
For the past fifteen years, Mari Bush partnered with Bruce J. Kaye in Denver at Kaye and Bush, LLC. At Kaye and Bush, Mari Bush expanded her practice to include long term disability (LTD) benefits appeals and litigation; premises liability actions (examples include injuries to families in recreational settings; disfiguring dog bite injuries); negligence actions (including catastrophic injuries to a college student participating in a cross-country charitable bicycle fund raiser; and to a young woman who had to jump from her fourth-story apartment to avoid being burned to death); mediation and arbitration (FINRA public arbitrator; certified completion of 40-hour mediation training); and her ongoing representation of individuals and families in claims under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP).
Among her many professional accomplishments is having one of her NVICP vaccine cases prevail in a 9-0 decision before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). Mari Bush was the honored recipient of the Kenneth Kripke Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed by the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA). Mari Bush has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association for over two decades, while at the same time assuming a number of other leadership roles in the organization, including Chair of the Case Assistance Committee (developing professional networking and mentoring opportunities and organizing other resources); Editor-in-Chief, Trial Talk®, CTLA’s bi-monthly publication; Chair of the Annual Convention; presenter at various seminars; participant in numerous policy-making task forces.
Pro bono service is vital to Mari Bush. She provided free pro bono representation to two families who lost their homes in the Lower North Fork Fire; to a young Nepalese boy who sustained permanent visual injuries at birth; and to a young man at Columbine High School on that fateful day in 1999. More recently, Ms. Bush has participated in efforts to help low-income families impacted by changes in health and immigration policies.
Earlier in her career, Mari Bush was the Colorado liaison to the Breast Implant Multi-District Litigation (MDL), helping to inform and organize Colorado colleagues involved in these matters. Mari Bush has been a selected speaker in a variety of forums, including for the Colorado Bar Association, the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and Colorado Women’s Bar Association. She was a chosen instructor at the National Depositions Program conducted by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). Mari Bush participated in a Process Subcommittee, NVIC meeting at the National Institute of Health.
Ms. Bush is proud that she has been able to secure compensation for children, individuals and families throughout her career. What brings her the most satisfaction has been the lasting relationships she has made with many of her clients, long after their cases have been resolved.