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.
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
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