For over 30 years, The Law office of Francis K. Culkin, Esq. has been dedicated to assisting clients in five practice areas: Worker’s Compensation, Social Security Disability, Long and Short Term Disability (ERISA) claims, and Civil Rights cases as well Personal Injury cases helping people as a result of an injury or illness. Individuals who have been injured, wrongfully denied benefits, or discriminated against should also have excellent legal representation protecting their rights. They are committed to guiding the person represented from beginning to the end of what is often the most difficult time of their life. The Law office of Francis K. Culkin, Esq. provides each person the personalized and individual attention they deserve.
Francis K. Culkin, founder of the firm has been practicing law since 1977. He is admitted to the State Bar of Colorado. The bulk of Mr. Culkin work has been representing injured people. He has represented many injured people in Worker’s Compensation cases, Social Security Disability cases, Personal Injury cases, Civil Rights Cases and ERISA cases in State and Federal courts.
Mr. Culkin had successfully pursued a class action, entitled Dean K. Phillips, et al. v. United States Department of Labor, et al. In that case, he represented Dean Phillips and other Vietnam veterans in a lawsuit against the Department of Labor of the United States and the Department of Labor for the State of Colorado. The veterans alleged that they had been denied bene fits to which they were entitled by Federal statute. The case was resolved in a settlement favorable to the veterans. Hundreds of Vietnam era veterans received assistance from the Colorado Department of Labor as a result of this case.
A most recent case, Mr. Culkin handled was a Federal case – Mathis v. Larimer County Sheriff’s Department, et al. It was a civil rights case stemming from the death of Tim Mathis. Mathis was killed when he was shot seven times with TASER weapons by agents of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. The case was settled after summary judgment was denied. We believe that this was at the time the only case in which the child of an individual whose death was caused solely by TASER weapons was successful in obtaining monetary compensation in Colorado.
Prior to starting his law firm, Mr. Culkin was an Associate with the Law Firm of Leonard Chesler, 1975 – 1976, assisting the Chesler Law Firm in the preparation and trial of cases in the following areas: Criminal Defense, Claimant’s Worker’s Compensation , Social Security Disability and Personal Injury, a Research Position with the American Bar Foundation, 1973 – early 1974 and Salesman for Kendall Corporation, New York City, New York, 1968 – 1969.
Mr. Culkin, served in the United States Army-1966 – 1968, founded this firm with a strong tradition of service to his community and country. He believes that his clients deserve the highest-quality representation and he has established this throughout his firm. He received Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law, 1973, Bachelor of Arts in History from Cornell University, 1966. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, the Workers Compensation Education Association, the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives and the Rhone-Brackett Inn of Court.
Mr. Culkin has been married to Trish Culkin since 1968. They have two adult children, Kate Culkin, a Professor of American History at City University of New York; and, Sarah Mengshol, a Board Certified Pediatric Pathologist. Mr. Culkin’s family heritage goes back to a family member who knew President Abraham Lincoln to present day. In his spare time Mr. Culkin enjoys skiing, bicycling, climbing, and supporting both the Broncos and the Nuggets.
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