Gary P. Sandblom was born at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in January 1945. His mother and father, both of Swedish descent, each served in the United States Coast Guard and met and married in Port Everglades, Florida, during World War II. In 1952 the family moved from Iowa to Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1959 Mr. Sandblom moved with his mother and sister to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he attended Cheyenne Mountain High School. In 1963 he graduated 4th in his class of 112. He was a varsity baseball player and a member of Cheyenne Mountain’s 1961 Class A State Championship Baseball team, its 1962 Class AA State Championship Baseball team, as well as its 1963 Class AA Pikes Peak League Championship and Playoff team.
Mr. Sandblom attended the University of California at Santa Barbara from 1963-1964, when he transferred to the University of Colorado in Boulder. He was married to his wife, Jacqueline, neé Jacqueline E. Foster, in 1964 in Boulder, Colorado. He graduated in the top 25% of his class from the University of Colorado with a B.A. in Political Science in 1967 and enrolled in the fall of 1967 with an Alumni Scholarship at the University of Colorado Law School. In 1968 Mr. Sandblom was named a Frederick Putnam Storke Scholar, an honor reserved for those first year law students placing in the top 5 students of their class. In the summer of 1969 Mr. Sandblom was privileged to serve as a law clerk for the firm of Van Cise, Freeman, Tooley and McClearn. Edwin “Ned” VanCise was appointed Judge for the Colorado Court of Appeals, Sam Freeman became general counsel for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railway, Dale Tooley was elected the District Attorney for the City and County of Denver, and Hugh McClearn was appointed to the post of Denver’s Safety Manager in charge of fire and police. Charles Goldberg, a partner in the firm, was appointed Judge of the Denver District Court. To have served as clerk for this dynamic firm was a once in a lifetime learning experience.
In 1970 Mr. Sandblom graduated from the University of Colorado Law School ranked in the top 10% of his class, and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. He was hired by the Denver firm of Wood, Ris and Hames, where he worked as an insurance defense attorney from 1970 until 1972. In 1972 he was hired by Allstate Insurance Company as Regional Trial Counsel. From 1972-1974 Mr. Sandblom defended Allstate and its insureds in dozens of bodily injury lawsuits, and also provided legal opinions on insurance coverage matters and other issues. During this short period with Allstate, Mr. Sandblom tried 24 jury trials in 24 months, winning 22 of those trials. In 1974 Mr. Sandblom was hired as an associate attorney by Walter L. Gerash, a well-known Denver personal injury and criminal defense attorney. During his association with Mr. Gerash, Mr. Sandblom gained valuable experience representing injured parties in bodily injury, medical malpractice, product liability and workers compensation claims. He was also introduced into the world of criminal law. In August 1975 Mr. Sandblom opened his own law office.
From 1975 until 1996 Mr. Sandblom continued to represent Allstate Insurance Company as a privately retained defense attorney, while at the same time representing injured parties and their survivors on claims against other non-related insurance companies, such as Farmers Insurance Group, State Farm, American Family, GEICO, Safeco, The Hartford, St. Paul, The Travelers, Liberty Mutual, USAA, Cigna, AIG, Amica, Progressive, Colorado Physicians Insurance Company (COPIC), the State Compensation Insurance Fund (now Pinnacol Assurance), and many others.
In 1996 Mr. Sandblom ended his representation of Allstate Insurance Company and since has exclusively represented injured parties and their families and survivors on claims arising from bodily injury, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, wrongful death, catastrophic injury, workers compensation, life insurance disputes, insurance bad faith and other insurance issues. On special request he has accepted other matters for representation, including commercial torts, business disputes and the occasional criminal case. He has successfully defended misdemeanor and felony charges brought to trial.
Mr. Sandblom has been admitted to practice before the Colorado Supreme Court (1970); the United States District Court, District of Colorado (1970); the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit (1971); the United States Court of Claims (1991), and is eligible for admission, and has been admitted, on a pro hac vice basis (one case at a time) in other states. He has been board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1990. He has an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell (highest rating). In 2008 he was selected for listing in Martindale’s Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers. He is a member of the Colorado and Boulder County Bar Associations, as well as the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. He has been an invited lecturer for the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association on numerous occasions on a variety of legal topics.
Mr. Sandblom has also served as a mediator and as an arbitrator in many personal injury and insurance related matters.
Mr. Sandblom finds personal enjoyment in studying foreign languages, traveling to foreign ports and ancient ruins with Ms. Sandblom, reading literature, cooking and firing up his BBQ smoker, skiing, scuba diving (he is a PADI certified instructor), underwater photography, playing competitive USTA tennis, hiking in the mountains and spending time with his family.