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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Denver, 2002, University of Denver Law Review, General Editor; Order of St. Ives; Student Bar Association, Senator and Vice President
    • B.A., University of Colorado, 1995, History

Bill is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on real estate, construction, and business disputes. Although he has significant trial experience, Bill understands the value of negotiating a settlement and evaluates all options to attain his client’s goals. Having seen first-hand how projects and agreements can fall apart or be saved, he is well positioned to provide counseling and advice from contract negotiation, to implementation, to negotiated settlements, and through trial if needed. 

The complimentary nature of construction and real estate are well suited to Bill’s practice and have allowed him to work with developers, general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, property owners, REITS, financial institutions, and energy companies, of all sizes and in all phases of a project. Bill can help obtain entitlements, zoning appeals, and challenge governmental decisions. He regularly handles easement, ownership, and landlord-tenant disputes as well. And his construction practice focuses primarily on payment, delay, and defect claims. He prosecutes and defends a mechanic’s lien and schedule disputes, and often helps clients navigate complicated change order and pay application disputes during a project. Throughout all of this, Bill always works closely with his clients to understand their financial, business, and litigation goals and then develops a strategy to obtain those goals as efficiently and effectively as possible. This makes him a strong counselor and advocate when representing a client who is putting a deal together, negotiating a settlement, or when going to court.

Bill spends most of his time handling:
 

  • Construction defect, delay, and payment claims
  • Landlord-tenant disputes including covenant enforcement, eviction proceedings, and exclusivity rights
  • Loan and security agreement disputes
  • Real estate litigation including disputes arising out of title, boundary, access and easement rights
  • Business disputes involving business break-ups, contract, fiduciary and fraud claims
  • Favorably settled dispute with general contractor on the incomplete remodel of a student housing project that was several months behind schedule.  Resolved mechanic’s lien claim and preserved sufficient funds in the contract so the client could complete the general contractor’s scope of work.
  • Handled a range of landlord-tenant disputes, including negotiations and eviction actions against local and national tenants, on behalf of a variety of clients in the retail and food and beverage sectors.
  • Reached favorable settlements on behalf of construction clients in disputes ranging from contract violations, mechanic’s lien claims, construction delays and defects or damages.
  • Handle landlord-tenant disputes, including negotiations and eviction actions against local and national tenants, for local regional mall.  
  • Recovered a parking lot for a hotel through a quiet title action after the parking lot was lost in a tax sale. 
  • Negotiated extremely favorable resolution of a guarantor’s liability for numerous lease defaults.  The guarantor faced over $10 million in exposure but we resolved all claims for a small fraction of that amount.
  • Defended nationally distributed microbrewery in lease dispute that risked eviction and significant loss of operations.  Negotiated favorable resolution that permitted our client to remain in the premises.  
  • Represented large general contractor in a dispute involving the construction of a data center.  Successfully resolved claimed from the owner while prosecuting claims against various subcontractors. 
  • Favorably settled claims against a large general contractor in dispute involving the construction of a commercial parking structure utilizing robotic parking technology.
  • First-chaired a five-day jury trial representing a plaintiff asserting claims of fraud, misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract related to a complex real estate transaction. Obtained a judgment in excess of $2 million.
  • First-chaired a four-day jury trial representing a defendant in a mechanic's lien trust fund action. Obtained a defense verdict.
  • Obtained a successful resolution when a plaintiff was awarded a judgment of approximately one-fourth her pretrial demand following a five-day jury trial representing a defendant in an admitted liability personal injury matter.
  • Successfully prosecuted claims by national retail bakery restaurant against its landlord for breach of an exclusivity covenant in its lease. 
  • Successfully represented mountain resort owner in claim against architect and engineer of parking garage that had collapsed during construction. Recovered all claimed damages through settlement.
  • Defended national retail clothing store in claim brought by its former landlord for breach of the lease. Settled at a fraction of the landlord's initial demand.
  • Defended national transportation management company in claim brought by former executive for claimed breach of a bonus agreement.
  • First-chaired three-day federal jury trial in 2012. Represented, pro bono, a state inmate asserting claims for violation of his Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.