Logourl black
From our private database of 14,100+ case briefs...

Denver Tramway Co. v. Owens

Supreme Court of Colorado
36 P. 848 (1894)


Owens (plaintiff) sued the Denver Tramway Company (defendant) for injuries she suffered in an accident involving the company's cable car. At trial, Mead, a lawyer, testified that: (1) shortly after the accident, Owens consulted Mead for professional legal advice relating to the accident; (2) prior to that consultation, Mead and Owens had no attorney-client relationship; (3) Mead did not charge and Owens did not pay for the consultation; and (4) Owens and Mead did not enter into any agreement as a result of the consultation. Counsel for the company asked Mead if Owens’s trial testimony materially differed from what Owens told Mead during their consultation. The trial judge sustained Owens’s objection to this question. The trial ended in judgment for Owens. The company appealed to the Supreme Court of Colorado, arguing the judge erred in sustaining Owens’ objection.

Rule of Law

The rule of law is the black letter law upon which the court rested its decision.

To access this section, please start your free trial or log in.


The issue section includes the dispositive legal issue in the case phrased as a question.

To access this section, please start your free trial or log in.

Holding and Reasoning (Elliott, J.)

The holding and reasoning section includes:

  • A "yes" or "no" answer to the question framed in the issue section;
  • A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and
  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

To access this section, please start your free trial or log in.

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 223,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,100 briefs, keyed to 189 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.