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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

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)

"The InQuiring Lawyer Dialogue: Does Popular Culture Influence Lawyers, Judges, and Juries?"

Part I 44 Colorado Lawyer 55 (January 2015)
Part II 44 Colorado Lawyer 63 (February 2015)
Part III 44 Colorado Lawyer 51 (March 2015)
Part IV 44 Colorado Lawyer 35 (April 2015)

"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

"TCD and Colorado Pool: The Boogeyman Lurks," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 43, No. 4 (April, 2014).

"Greystone and Insurance Coverage for 'Get To' and 'Rip and Tear' Expenses," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 41, no. 3, (2012)

"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)

"House Bill 10-1394: New Law Governing Insurance Coverage for Construction Defect Claims," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 39, no. 8 (2010), coauthored with Scott Sullan

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 Construction Defect Actions Reform Act of 2003," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 32, no. 7 (2004), coauthored with Scott Sullan

"The Construction Defect Action Reform Act," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 30, no. 10 (2001), coauthored with Scott Sullan and Marci Achenbach

"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

Gov. Hickenlooper Signs Workers Comp PTSD Bill Into Law

 June 8, 2017

Gov. Hickenlooper Signs Workers Comp PTSD Bill Into Law

The third time’s the charm for PTSD relief for Colorado’s first responders. After a pair of failed attempts over the past few years, the legislature finally sent a bill to the governor this year that would allow first responders to apply for mental impairment claim under Colorado workers’ compensation law after a “psychologically traumatic event.”… Read more »

Michael Burg Blasts Big Pharma

 June 6, 2017

Michael Burg Blasts Big Pharma

The political environment in DC couldn’t be better for Big Pharma. And it’s about to get worse, which is what worries Burg Simpson co-founder Michael S. Burg. “Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the newly appointed commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, is so financially tied to Big Pharma that he could not possibly be a reliable… Read more »

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Selected to the Legal 500 List For 2017

 May 31, 2017

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Selected to the Legal 500 List For 2017

This Year Marks the Sixth Time the Denver-Based Law Firm Has Been Named to the Prestigious List May 29, 2017 (Denver, CO) – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, one of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, is proud to announce it has been selected to The Legal 500 for 2017 and founding shareholder Michael S…. Read more »

Nick D. Fogel Earns Workers’ Comp Honor

 May 24, 2017

Nick D. Fogel Earns Workers’ Comp Honor

The awards just keep coming in for the attorneys at Burg Simpson. The Professionals in Workers’ Compensation (PWC) named shareholder Nick D. Fogel the 2016 Outstanding Claimant Attorney of the Year. Nick is Burg Simpson’s workers’ compensation department head and has extensive experience working with clients who’ve been injured at work. “I was humbled and… Read more »

Breach of Contact – Colorado Corporate Litigation Attorneys- Burg Simpson

 June 22, 2017

HOW LONG DOES A PARTY HAVE TO PERFORM HIS OR HER DUTY UNDER A CONTRACT?

If you are in the business world, a common cause of action you may encounter is for breach of contract. A breach of contract occurs when one party fails to perform an agreed-upon duty as specified in the contract, whether it’s verbal or written.  Sometimes the question arises as to how long a party to… Read more »

Second Jobs – Denver Work Comp Lawyers - Burg Simpson

 June 21, 2017

Does a Second Job Threaten Your Workers’ Comp Claim?

Colorado’s one of the more fortunate states in the country right now. While the national unemployment rate hovers around 4.3 percent, the Centennial State boasts a rate of nearly half that at 2.3 percent. Not only is it the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, it’s so low that the state’s jobless rate has only… Read more »

Jeremy Bitner Memorial Run- Burg Simpson

 June 19, 2017

Runners, Walkers Race to Honor Jeremy Bitner

Clouds may have threatened Colorado skies early Saturday morning, but that didn’t stop hundreds of runners, walkers, and children from showing up at Englewood’s Cornerstone Park for the 2017 Jeremy Bitner Memorial 5K/10K Run & 5K Walk. The fifth annual race honored the late Englewood Police Detective Jeremy Bitner, who died in the line of… Read more »

Texting and Driving – Colorado Personal Injury Attorneys – Burg Simpson

 June 16, 2017

Colorado Cracks Down on Texting and Driving

In late-February of last year, 28-year-old Athina Munoz barreled south down a rural Colorado highway when she realized she had an urgent text message to send. She swerved into oncoming traffic as she did so, killing an older couple on a motorcycle instantly. Munoz also tested three times the limit for alcohol, which helped earn… 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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