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Ronald M. Sandgrund

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Ron Sandgrund is a well-known trial lawyer and Colorado’s most prolific author of articles and books on Colorado construction and materials defect law and related insurance coverage issues. Mr. Sandgrund has extensive experience litigating construction defect, construction materials, product liability, multi-family community, class action, and insurance lawsuits, and he has argued many cases before the Colorado Court of Appeals, Colorado Supreme Court, and U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Sandgrund has received the Best Lawyers in America© designation, including Best Lawyers© “Lawyer of the Year – Construction Litigation – Denver,” for 2013. Mr. Sandgrund files friend-of-the-court (amicus) briefs expressing homeowner-advocacy groups’ views, and federal and state court opinions have referred to his writings many times.

Mr. Sandgrund also lectures to the public and teaches continuing legal education and graduate courses on insurance, construction, and civil liability matters. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado School of Law, where he teaches Philosophy of Entrepreneurship, and lectures on contracts, torts, professional responsibility, trial advocacy and consumer rights. He has written many articles on these same subjects, as well as new lawyer practice guidelines and topical essays for The Colorado Lawyer and the Denver Bar Association’s The Docket. Mr. Sandgrund co-authored with Scott Sullan and Leslie Tuft Residential Construction Law in Colorado, first published in 2005 and updated every two years. This book received the 2011 National Award of Professional Excellence from the Association for Continuing Education. He co-wrote a chapter on residential construction in the multi-volume treatise The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Construction Law (Robert Benson, ed.), first published in 1999 and updated bi-annually. Mr. Sandgrund also co-authored with Scott Sullan and Leslie Tuft “Class Counsel’s Professional Responsibilities,” a chapter included in the legal ethics treatise Lawyers’ Professional Liability in Colorado: Preventing Legal Malpractice and Disciplinary Actions (Michael Mihm, ed.), which is updated annually.

Mr. Sandgrund has served on Colorado Bar Association committees regarding inter-professional relations, court reform and employment law. He is a member of The Colorado Lawyer’s advisory board, and was appointed in 2013 to the Colorado Supreme Court’s Committee on Civil Jury Instructions. He testifies frequently on behalf of homeowners before Colorado’s legislature, and he has participated significantly in drafting laws affecting homeowner interests, including Colorado’s Construction Defect Action Reform Act, Homeowner Protection Act and Construction Professional Liability Insurance Act. In 2010, Mr. Sandgrund testified before the Colorado legislature as an expert on construction defect insurance coverage issues in connection with the passage of House Bill 10-1394, a law he helped write and which extends insurance coverage to Colorado homeowners for construction defect damages. Mr. Sandgrund has worked as an expert witness regarding insurance policy compilation and interpretation, and insurance claims handling practices and standards; the reasonableness of class counsel attorney fees and costs; and, a construction litigator’s standard of care.

Mr. Sandgrund jointly wrote “When the Developer Controls the Homeowner Association Board: The Benevolent Dictator?”, a seminal article concerning multi-family development liability published in the January, 2003, The Colorado Lawyer, a Colorado law journal. Journal articles written or co-written by Mr. Sandgrund were selected in 2004-2007, 2009-2013, and 2014-2015 for republication nationwide in Thompson-Reuters’ Legal Handbook for Architects, Engineers and Contractors as reflecting “cutting-edge thinking” in construction litigation.

Mr. Sandgrund served as co-counsel with Scott Sullan in a class action trial resulting in a verdict on all liability issues presented to the jury, a case believed to be the largest residential home expansive soils case ever tried to a jury, and one of the few class lawsuits ever to reach trial in Colorado. Mr. Sandgrund helped negotiate Colorado’s largest homebuilder construction defect related settlement on behalf of more than 12,300 homeowners, and also reached a $32.5 million settlement on behalf of the owners of more than 12,000 homes with defective and leaking windows.

Mr. Sandgrund was managing partner of the Sullan Sandgrund law firm from 1990 until late 2007, became “Of Counsel” to the firm in October 2007, and continues in that capacity today after Sullan Sandgrund’s merger with Burg Simpson. He remains involved in select legal briefing, appellate work, and insurance coverage matters, as well as developing case strategies. Mr. Sandgrund resides with his wife, Cheryl, in Boulder, where, if he is not attending to his practice, he usually is found on a tennis or racquetball court, or on a hiking, skiing, or mountain biking trail (or in his orthopedic surgeon’s office).

 

Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2012 - 2016

Selected to Best Lawyers® in America 2012 - 2014, 2016 - 2017

Finalist for 2013 William Richey Short Fiction Award

2013 Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year, Litigation-Construction: Denver

2011 National Award of Professional Excellence (Association for Continuing Education)

Assigned AV Preeminent® rating, Martindale-Hubbell (1990-present)

Colorado, 1982

University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado, 1982 (awarded honorary Order of the Coif)

State University of New York at Albany, June 1979, Bachelor of Arts
Magna cum laude
Regents Scholarship

The Presidents Seminar (Boulder, CO), 2008-Present

"The InQuiring Lawyer Dialogue: So How Does it Feel to Get Sued for Legal Malpractice?"

Part I  46 Colorado Lawyer 67 (March 2017)
Part II 46 Colorado Lawyer 59 (April 2017)

Residential Construction Law in Colorado, (CLE-CBA, Denver 2016, 5th ed.), coauthored with Scott Sullan and Leslie Tuft. First published in 2005, this guide is updated every two years, with the most recent edition published in early 2016. This book won the national 2011 Award of Professional Excellence given by the Association for Continuing Legal Education.

"Residential Construction," Chapter 14 in the Practitioner's Guide to Colorado Construction Law (Robert Benson, ed. 2015, updating 1992-2013 editions, CLE in Colo., Inc., Denver 2013), coauthored with Scott Sullan and Leslie Tuft

"Class Action Counsel's Professional Responsibilities," Chapter 37 in Lawyers' Professional Liability in Colorado: Preventing Legal Malpractice and Disciplinary Actions, (Michael T. Mihm ed., CLE in Colo., Inc., Denver, 2016), co-authored with Scott F. Sullan and Leslie Tuft

Residential Construction Defect Litigation (Seattle 2000), coauthored with Scott Sullan

"The InQuiring Lawyer Dialogue: Can We Talk? Bias, Diversity, and Inclusiveness in the Colorado Legal Community"

Part I Colorado Lawyer Vol. 45, No. 1 (January 2016)
Part II Colorado Lawyer Vol. 45, No. 2 (February 2016)
Part III Colorado Lawyer Vol. 45, No. 3 (March 2016)

"Homebuilders vs. Homeowners: Threats to Shift an Already Tilted Playing Field More in Favor of Homebuilders," The Trial Lawyer, Winter 2015 edition, coauthored with Jennifer Seidman.

"Unique Construction Defect Damages Mitigation Issues," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 44, No. 2 (February 2015), coauthored with Jennifer Seidman

"Deconstructing Construction Defect Fault Allocation and Damages Apportionments-Parts I and II", The Colorado Lawyer, coauthored with Jennifer Seidman, vol. 40, nos. 11 and 12 (2011)

Part I  40 Colorado Lawyer 37 (November 2011)
Part II 40 Colorado Lawyer 49 (December 2011)

Shoddy Work, "Negligent Construction and Reconciling the Irreconcilable Under CGL Policies," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 38, no. 11 (2009) coauthored with Harmon Graves and Leslie Tuft

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

"Crossing the Separation of Powers Threshold: Legislative and Regulatory Control of Expert Witness Testimony," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 37, no. 5 (2008) coauthored with Leslie Tuft and Jennifer Seidman

"Useful Life Evidence in Construction Defect Cases," The Construction Lawyer, (Amer. Bar Assoc. Forum on the Construction Industry), vol. 27, no. 3 (2007), coauthored with Scott Sullan

"The Homeowner Protection Act of 2007," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 36, no. 7 (2007), coauthored with Scott Sullan and Jennifer Seidman

"Liability Insurance Coverage for Breach of Contract Damages," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 36, no. 2 (2007), coauthored with Leslie Tuft

"Another Perspective on Extrapolation Evidence," Mealey's Litigation Report: Construction Defects, vol. 7, no. 4 (2006), coauthored with Scott Sullan

"Yacht Club II: Charting the Shoals of the Economic Loss Rule," Trial Talk, (August-September, 2005)

"Theories of Homebuilder Liability for Subcontractor Negligence - Parts I and II," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 34, nos. 6 and 7 (2005), coauthored with Scott Sullan and Joseph Smith

"Statutes of Limitations and Repose in Construction Defects Cases, Parts I and II," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 33, nos. 5 and 6 (2005), coauthored with Scott Sullan

"The Inquiring Lawyer," a periodic article series for The Colorado Lawyer, discussing cutting-edge and edgy issues for lawyers of all stripes (2014-present)

"A Dialogue Between Generations," a seven-part article series discussing topics of mutual concern for new and experienced lawyers, The Colorado Lawyer, (November-December, 2012; January-June, 2013)

"Your First Expert Witness, Parts I and II," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 40, nos. 5 and 6 (2011)

"Your First Deposition," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 36, no. 11 (2007)

"(Your First Year) All I Really Needed to Know I Learned as a New Associate," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 33, no. 7, 2004

"Duty to Disclose Latent Defects When Selling a Home," National Business Institute (2003)

"When the Developer Controls the Homeowner Association Board: The Benevolent Dictator?," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 31, no. 1 (2002), coauthored with Joseph Smith

"Colorado Construction Law: Liability Insurance Coverage Issues Arising from Faulty Construction," Continuing Legal Education of Colorado (1999)

"The Insurer's Unreasonable Failure to Defend: Enough to Prove Bad Faith?," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 23, no. 5 (1994)

"The Lost or Missing Insurance Policy," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 22, no. 6 (1993)

"Effects of Violation of C.R.S. 11-43-101 on Out of State Savings and Loan," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 16, no. 2 (1987), cowritten with Scott Sullan

"Explaining the Homeowner Protection Act of 2007," Common Interests Magazine, vol. 25, no. 8 (2007)

"The Construction Defect Action Reform Act," Common Interests Magazine, vol. 19, no. 8 (2001)

The Docket, Denver Bar Association, Contributor, 2004-2015

Guest Lecturer, University of Colorado Law School, 2012-present (Torts, Consumer Empowerment, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and Legal Entrepreneurship)

Guest Lecturer, Franklin L Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, 2007-2009

"Residential Construction Defect Law Update: 2013," Continuing Legal Education of Colorado, 2013

"Recent Case Law and The Anatomy of a Construction Defect Lawsuit, 2012" Continuing Legal Education of Colorado, 2012

"Recent Case Law and The Anatomy of a Construction Defect Lawsuit, 2011," Colorado Bar Association and Continuing Legal Education, 2011

"Residential Construction Law: Construction Defect and Insurance Law Update and Trends," Continuing Legal Education of Colorado, 2010

"Residential Construction Law: Expert Testimony, Useful Life and Extrapolation Evidence, and Liability Insurance," Continuing Legal Education of Colorado, 2008

"Residential Construction Law in Colorado," Continuing Legal Education of Colorado, 2005

"How to Litigate Claims of Undisclosed Defects in Real Estate Transactions in Colorado: Liability Insurance Coverage for Misrepresentation and Nondisclosure Claims," National Business Institute, 2003

"When the Developer Controls the Homeowner Association Board: The Benevolent Capitalist?," Community Associations Institute Convention, 2001

"Colorado Construction Law and Liability Insurance Coverage Issues Arising from Faulty Construction," Continuing Legal Education of Colorado, 1999

"Minimizing the Risk of Loss to the Survey Professional," Professional Land Surveyors of Denver, 1995

"Insurer's Reservation of Its Rights," United States Fidelity & Guaranty Insurance Company, 1994

"Tort Liability and Liability Insurance," Boulder County Developmental Disabilities Center, 1988-1991

"Practical and Evidentiary Comments on the Use of a Biomechanical Engineer in the Defense of Personal Injury Claims," Otis Elevator Company (United Technologies), 1998

Adjunct Professor, University of Colorado School of Law

Alan K. Simpson Argues For a 28th Amendment

 August 16, 2017

Alan K. Simpson Argues For a 28th Amendment

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Michael S. Burg Blasts Supreme Court Big Pharma Ruling

 August 15, 2017

Michael S. Burg Blasts Supreme Court Big Pharma Ruling

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Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

 August 15, 2017

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

  Twenty-Three Attorneys Were Listed in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2018 Four Attorneys Listed as 2018 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” In Their Practice Area and Region August 15, 2017 (Denver, CO) – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., one of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, is proud to announce several… Read more »

Weyerhaeuser Floor Joists Could Be Poisoning Your Home

 August 9, 2017

Weyerhaeuser Floor Joists Could Be Poisoning Your Home

August 9, 2017 (Denver, CO) – Thousands of new homes may be uninhabitable due to excessive levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, found in the joists of finished and unfinished basements. Homeowners and construction workers have reported feeling ill, with burning eyes and respiratory issues, after exposure to hazardous levels of formaldehyde present in these… Read more »

Traumatic Brain Injuries – Denver Injury Lawyer – Burg Simpson

 August 16, 2017

What you Should Know About Traumatic Brain Injuries

Few things can change – or end – a life as quickly as a Traumatic Brain Injury. TBIs play a role in nearly a third of injury deaths in the United States. More than 150 people die every day as a result of these devastating injuries, which works out to more than 50,000 fatalities annually…. Read more »

HR 1215 Bill – Colorado Medical Lawsuit Attorneys – Burg Simpson

 August 10, 2017

Legislation Threatens Medical Malpractice Victims

While Congress distracted the country with the drama of a failed Affordable Care Act repeal vote, lawmakers quietly – and barely – passed HR 1215, the “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017,” on June 28. The bill makes it much harder for victims of medical malpractice to hold health care providers responsible for their… Read more »

Underride Accidents – Denver Injury Attorney – Burg Simpson

 August 9, 2017

What are the Dangers of Truck Underride Accidents?

In 2004, 26-year-old Roya Sadigh and her fiancé were on their way home for Thanksgiving in a blizzard. Their car hit a patch of ice, spun out of control, and slid beneath a tractor-trailer. The truck’s rear wheels ran over the car, crushing it. Sadigh died before she could make it to the hospital. These… Read more »

Construction Work Danger – Denver Workers Compensation Attorney – Burg Simpson

 August 8, 2017

Construction Work is as Dangerous as it is Diverse

With a jobless rate of just 2.4 percent, Colorado boasts the fourth-lowest construction unemployment rate in the country. Construction workers have been in high demand in Colorado for years, fueled by a robust housing market with increasingly high demand and low inventory. It’s a sector that shows no signs of slowing down, either. Analysts expect… 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

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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

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 »

Pop Culture

 November 18, 2015

Part IV – Does Popular Culture Influence Lawyers, Judges, and Juries?

TV and Movies – What We Love and Love to Hate Twelve Angry Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, the O.J. Simpson debacle…do these movies and televised lawsuits influence decision makers? Burg Simpson attorney Ronald M. Sandgrund continues the panel series dialogue, with Part IV addressing TV and movies. Download full article PDF

Pop Culture Part 3

 November 18, 2015

Part III – Does Popular Culture Influence Lawyers, Judges, and Juries?

Managing Popular Culture’s Influence Popular culture generally has been defined as “culture based on the tastes of ordinary people rather than an educated elite.” Part III investigates whether popular culture may be undermining the rule of law. Burg Simpson attorney Ronald M. Sandgrund mediates this panel article. Download full article PDF

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