Joseph F. Bennett

Joseph F. Bennett

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Joe has been practicing law since 1986, beginning his legal career as a public prosecutor in Colorado's Ninth and Fifth Judicial Districts. Since moving to Colorado Springs in 1990, Joe has been primarily involved in civil and personal injury litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He presently handles medical malpractice claims, major personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death cases.
Joe is a 1983 graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Boston, where he majored in English Literature, and a 1986 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder. Joe's practice involves primarily plaintiff's medical malpractice and other serious personal injury cases. Joe and Keith Cross have been partners since 1995.

Joe is a member of the Colorado and El Paso County Bar Associations, the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the AAJ Professional Negligence section and the AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group, the Gastric Bypass Litigation Group, and the Medical Negligence Litigation Group. He is also a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and its Medical Negligence and Amicus Committees. Joe is licensed in Colorado, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Former Colorado Governor Roy Romer appointed Joe to the Advisory Board for the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind where he served for several years, including two as the Board's chairman.

In recent years, Joe has been involved in a number of major lawsuits and successfully argued to the Colorado Supreme Court on behalf of the plaintiff in Corsentino v. Cordova, the case that established that emergency vehicle operators could be held legally responsible for deaths and injuries caused by their failure to comply with the provisions of Colorado's emergency vehicle statute. In 1999, Joe and Keith obtained a $7.1M jury on behalf of a teenage bone marrow transplant patient whose post-transplant graft-versus-host disease was misdiagnosed, resulting in severe disability. Joe has also filed Amicus briefs on behalf of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association in several cases in the Colorado Supreme Court. Joe is an advocate for the underdog and particularly enjoys cases against institutions, government agencies and corporations.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff
  • Civil Rights
  • Pensions, Benefits & Compensations -- Employee
  • Health & Health Care Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Products Liability Law
  • Medical Products & Devices
  • Pharmaceutical Products
  • Professional Malpractice Law
  • Dental Malpractice
  • Legal Malpractice

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1986
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999


  • University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado
    • J.D. - 1986
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts
    • B.A. cum laude - 1983
    • Major: English

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Aid Award, University of Colorado Law School, 1986

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Member
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • El Paso County Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Jones, Waters, Bennett, Hessel & Cross, Partner, 1994 - 1997
  • Rutherford, Mullen, Johnson & Bruce, Associate, 1990 - 1994
  • Fifth Judicial District Attorney, Deputy District Attorney, 1989 - 1990
  • Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Deputy District Attorney, 1986 - 1989
  • United States Airforce, 1976 - 1980


  • American Sign Language