Milton C. Colia is a partner in the firm's Litigation Department. Mr. Colia has over 30 years experience as a trial lawyer, primarily in the areas of insurance defense, personal injury litigation and commercial litigation including breach of contract, deceptive trade practice, and insurance related matters, such as bad faith claims, coverage disputes, and/or misrepresentation claims made against brokers or agents. Mr. Colia has also defended manufacturers and premises owners in asbestos claims. Mr. Colia has tried numerous jury trials, including death cases and serious injury cases, including amputations and loss of an eye, resulting from trucking and automobile accidents, defective products, and general liability situations.
Mr. Colia is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is currently serving as "President-Elect" for the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and has served as an Area Director and West Texas Vice President for the organization in the past. In addition, Mr. Colia is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas and the El Paso Bar Association. In 2007, Mr. Colia was listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Commercial Litigation and in the 2008 - 2016 editions listed in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation (now known as Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants). He was also named The Best Lawyers in America 2012 El Paso Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year. In the 2003 - 2015 editions Mr. Colia was recognized as a "Texas Super Lawyer" by the publisher Thomson Reuters and of Texas Monthly. In 2011 and 2014 he was noted as "Top 50 Central and West Texas Region". In 2005 he received, from the American Board of Trial Advocates, the "William Duncan-George McAlmon Civility Award" for professionalism and civility in the practice of trial law.