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Mari K. Perczak

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Mari Percazk - Lawyer of the Year 2017 Mari Perczak-5280 Top Lawyer 2016 Mari Percazk - Best Lawyers 2017 Mari Perczak - Super Lawyers Martindale Hubbell AV Professional Excellence

Mari Perczak has thirty years of experience as a Colorado trial lawyer. She has successfully handled many large construction defect cases for Colorado homeowners and homeowner associations. Known for her hard work and dedication, Mari has brought many favorable verdicts and settlements for her clients.

Ms. Perczak and her co-counsel, Scott Sullan, have obtained several successful awards for their clients, including:

  • $18.2 Million recovery involving drainage and building envelope defects;
  • $27 Million settlement on behalf of an 82-unit association involving foundation distress, water intrusion, and shear wall defects;
  • $24.3 Million settlement on behalf of a 320-unit homeowners’ association involving foundation distress, water intrusion and drainage defects;
  • $12.5 Million settlement on the third day of trial for a homeowners’ association involving 282 units with stone veneer, siding, window, and drainage defects;
  • $7.35 Million settlement on behalf of a downtown Denver homeowner association with 57 commercial and residential units involving defective courtyard podium slabs, leaking windows, and stucco defects;
  • $19.5 Million settlement for a 56-unit southwest Denver homeowners association involving water intrusion through a poorly constructed building envelope and stucco facade;
  • $4 Million settlement on behalf of a mixed-use downtown property development with moisture intrusion, mold, and EIFS defects; and
  • $2.5 Million judgment following a jury verdict against a siding contractor.

Ms. Perczak’s experience and aggressive work also generated a $5.3 million settlement in a case involving structural framing defects and improper application of artificial stucco for a Denver homeowner association.

Ms. Perczak’s practice focuses on representing homeowners and homeowner associations in construction defect and defective building products cases. Ms. Perczak has successfully resolved construction defect lawsuits involving:

  • Structural failures and foundation movement;
  • Water intrusion and building envelope failures;
  • Cracking and improperly applied real and artificial stucco (EIFS);
  • Roof leaks and failures;
  • Inadequate drainage;
  • Roadway failures;
  • Building product defects, including leaking windows; and
  • Engineering errors.

Since 1997, Ms. Perczak has successfully resolved through settlement or trial more than 100 cases. She also has handled many cases before the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court.

Ms. Perczak presents educational seminars to attorneys and property managers on issues relating to construction defect litigation, trials and evidence preservation. She has served on educational committees for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and was a nominee for CAI’s board of directors.

Ms. Perczak was the U.S. Department of Energy’s lead trial counsel in the condemnation action for the Standley Lake Protection Project. The trial, involving several land parcels, resulted in a verdict adopting the Department of Energy’s valuation. Ms. Perczak also served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Westminster in the early 1990s.

Ms. Perczak has earned the top rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell, the nation’s leading legal directory. The rating reflects a lawyer’s expertise, competence, and adherence to ethical and professional responsibilities. Ms. Perczak is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations.

Married with three children, Mari spends her free time with her two daughters competing in equestrian events.

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Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year 2017,” Construction Law – Denver

AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Top Lawyers, 5280 Magazine, 2015-2016

Selected to Best Lawyers® in America, 2016 - 2017

Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2012-2016

Arizona, 2015

Texas, 2011

Colorado, 1986

U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1986

U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1986

J.D., University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado, 1986

B.A., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1983 (Political Science)
magna cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa

Denver Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

American Bar Association

Rocky Mountain Chapter, Community Associations Institute

"Recovering 'Actual Damages' Under Colorado's Construction Defect Action Reform Act-Parts I and II," The Colorado Lawyer, (co-authored with Ron Sandgrund and Leslie Tuft), vol. 38, nos. 5 and 6, 2009

"Recovering 'Actual Damages' Under Colorado's Construction Defect Action Reform Act," Continuing Legal Education of Colorado, 2008

"Colorado Residential Construction Law: 'Actual Damages' Recovery Update and Trends," Continuing Legal Education of Colorado, 2010

“Buyer Beware: Construction Defect Law Changes That Affect Homeowners Associations,” College of Community Association Lawyers Law Seminar, 2017

“So You’re Not an Engineer- Tips for Deposing the Technical Expert,” National Trial Lawyers Summit, 2017

Burg Simpson Attorneys Featured on the Cover of The Best Lawyers in America 2017®

 February 24, 2017

Burg Simpson Attorneys Featured on the Cover of The Best Lawyers in America 2017®

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine attorneys were featured today on the cover of The Best Lawyers in America 2017®, a supplement issued in the Denver Post and Wall Street Journal. The publication also includes an article featuring founding shareholder Michael S. Burg. 20 lawyers from Burg Simpson were listed in The Best Lawyers in… Read more »

The Trial Lawyer Magazine honors Michael Burg; firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine

 February 6, 2017

The Trial Lawyer Magazine honors Michael Burg; firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine

Michael S. Burg Named One of America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Named One of America’s 25 Most Influential Law Firms The Trial Lawyer magazine honorees to be celebrated at The National Trial Lawyers’ annual summit Denver, CO – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, PC is proud to… Read more »

7 Burg Simpson Shareholders Named to 2017 Top Lawyers List

 January 23, 2017

7 Burg Simpson Shareholders Named to 2017 Top Lawyers List

Denver, Colorado – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. is pleased to announce that seven shareholders have recently been named to 5280 Magazine’s 2017 Top Lawyers list. Founded in 1993, 5280 is the largest local magazine in Colorado. The Burg Simpson attorneys selected for inclusion in 5280 Top Lawyers are: Michael S. Burg –… Read more »

2016: Another Year Burg Simpson Changed Lives

 December 8, 2016

2016: Another Year Burg Simpson Changed Lives

The Burg Simpson attorneys had another outstanding year changing the lives of those they represent. The firm’s ability to properly value cases—whether personal injury, medical malpractice, construction defect, or mass tort—and fight tirelessly as a cohesive team to obtain the compensation its clients deserve sets Burg Simpson apart. Here is just a small sample of… Read more »

Burg Simpson’s Colorado Insurance Bad Faith Attorneys Help Win Fight to Strengthen Consumer Rights

 February 24, 2017

Burg Simpson’s Colorado Insurance Bad Faith Attorneys Help Win Fight to Strengthen Consumer Rights

Burg Simpson congratulates shareholders Thomas W. Henderson and Brian K. Matise and attorney Nelson Boyle for their great win. On behalf of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, these Burg Simpson attorneys submitted a pro bono “friend of the court” brief in Nibert v. Geico Casualty Co, 2017COA23. With their help, Colorado insurance consumers’ rights are… Read more »

Recall Alert: Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Recalled by Zimmer Biomet

 February 17, 2017

Recall Alert: Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Recalled by Zimmer Biomet

Zimmer Biomet has issued a Class I Recall of its Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder due to higher than reported fracture rates.  Zimmer Biomet issued the recall on December 15, 2016.  The Zimmer recall includes thousands of Comprehensive Reverse Shoulders.  The recalled devices were distributed between October 2008 and September 2015.  As part of the shoulder recall,… Read more »

Burg Simpson Construction Defect Group Discuss Colorado Municipal Ordinances (Part 1)

 January 30, 2017

Burg Simpson Construction Defect Group Discuss Colorado Municipal Ordinances (Part 1)

Ronald Sandgrund (Of Counsel), along with Associates Jennifer Seidman, Leslie Tuft and Nelson Boyle of the Burg Simpson Construction Defect Group have co-authored a three-part article in The Colorado Lawyer. The article discusses the many recently enacted construction defect Colorado municipal ordinances, including their “right-of-repair,” “HOA disclosure and consent-to-sue” and arbitration procedures. Part 1 of… Read more »

Fatal ATV Accidents a Reminder to Riders to Maintain Vehicles

 November 2, 2016

Fatal ATV Accidents a Reminder to Riders to Maintain Vehicles

All-Terrain Vehicles can be great fun, but with the fun can also come danger. Every year ATV accidents take the lives of recreational enthusiasts who ride these tricky vehicles without attention to proper safety guidelines. A tragic ATV accident in southwestern Colorado left to members of a Texas family injured and two more, dead. Some… Read more »

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

 May 3, 2016

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

A Ring of Fire first! Host Farron Cousins talks to former Senator Alan Simpson in a unique opportunity on Ring of Fire to speak with a Republican about the current state of the Republican Party.

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

CBS 4 in Denver highlights Burg Simpson attorney Michael S. Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Denver’s Radio 850KOA ran a news story about Michael Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

 April 21, 2016

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

Burg Simpson shareholder Calvin Tregre Jr. examines changes to the civil justice system, where limitations have been placed on monetary awards to seriously injured victims of corporate negligence. Are you protected?

Trial Talk magazine

 November 18, 2015

Trial Talk: Cross Appeal? Now What?

Burg Simpson Attorney and Shareholder Diane Vaksdal Smith’s article, published in CTLA’s Trial Talk, April/May 2015, addresses specifics of appellate practice and procedure. Download full article PDF

Net Neutrality

 November 18, 2015

Net Neutrality: A Panel Discussion

Rick D. Bailey contributes his opinion on Net Neutrality in this panel article published in Best Lawyers® Business Edition, Summer, 2015. Download full article PDF

The Trial Lawyer Magazine

 November 18, 2015

Homebuilders v. Homeowners

Threats to Shift an Already Tilted Playing Field More in Favor of Homebuilders Burg Simpson attorneys Jennifer A. Seidman and Ronald M. Sandgrund examine what could happen if lawmakers allow builders to take advantage of and mischaracterize the causes of the Great Recession’s lingering effects, and the facts regarding the real causes of the decline… Read more »

Rick Bailey - Hearing and Mishearing

 November 18, 2015

Hearing and Mishearing: Psychoanalytic Observations on the Attorney-Client Relationship

Trial lawyer Rick D. Bailey co-authored this white paper with David Stevens, a practicing psychoanalyst/clinical psychologist and associate professor at the university of Colorado Health Sciences Center. They address the attorney-client relationship throught the lens of psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience. Download full article PDF

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