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Mari K. Perczak

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Mari K. Perczak - 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.  Recently, Ms. Perczak was lead trial counsel in a four week jury trial in Glenwood Springs involving twenty severely damaged homes where she obtained a verdict in excess of 6 Million Dollars for her clients.  In 2012, Ms. Perczak and her co-counsel obtained the largest reported residential construction defect verdict in Colorado of 17 Million Dollars.   Known for her hard work and tenacity, Mari has brought many favorable verdicts, arbitration awards and settlements for her clients.

Ms. Perczak has obtained many successful awards for her clients, including:

  • $26.4 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;
  • $19.5 Million settlement for a 56-unit southwest Denver homeowners association involving water intrusion through a poorly constructed building envelope and stucco facade;
  • $18.2 Million recovery involving drainage and building envelope defects;
  • $17.5 Million recovery following a jury verdict award 17 Million;
  • $17+ Million recovery for large multi-family community with drainage, building envelope and fire protection defects;
  • $14+ Million recovery for 52 residential buildings with structural framing, drainage, roof and building envelope 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;
  • $10.8 Million recovery for foundation damage to 20 single family homes on collapsible soils;
  • $8.5 Million recovery following settlement with general contractor and 8.1 Million Dollar jury verdict against developer;
  • $8.3 Million recovery against national builder and window manufacturer for siding and window 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;
  • $5.3 Million for downtown condominiums with stucco defects;
  • $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 repair contractor.

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;
  • Fire Sprinkler failures;
  • Building product defects, including leaking windows; and
  • Engineering errors.

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 is a past member of  CAI’s board of directors.

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, 2015-2019

Selected to Best Lawyers® in America, 2016 - 2019

Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2012-2019

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

Colorado 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

"The New Landscape in Construction Defects seminar," Colorado Law Institute’s Construction Law Conference, 2018

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 March 19, 2019

Inside Edition Interviews Michael Burg on Body Broker Case

Esteemed founding shareholder Michael Burg explained the details of a body broker case in Arizona brought by several families against Biological Resource Center, Inc. and its owner, Steve Gore. In this terrible case, the families donating their deceased loved ones’ bodies to scientific research did not realize the company intended to dismember the corpse and… Read more »

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Michael Burg on KHOW

 March 15, 2019

Michael Burg on KHOW Talk Radio: Your Money, Your Retirement, on Saturday, March 16th at 2 pm.

Michael S. Burg, the founding shareholder at the law firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, will be appearing on the weekly talk radio show, Your Money, Your Retirement on Saturday, March 16th at 2 pm. Mr. Burg will be a guest of co-host Tim Smile on KHOW radio. Michael Burg will be discussing… Read more »

 March 11, 2019

Burg Simpson Presents Awards to the 2019 Scholarship Competition Winners!

     Each year, Burg Simpson awards college scholarships to the graduating high school seniors who win our essay competition regarding the importance of the U.S. civil jury system, and how it is being threatened. The annual Burg Simpson Scholarship Competition is an outstanding opportunity for high school seniors to obtain additional funds for college,… Read more »

 March 21, 2019

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By David C. Harman, Burg Simpson Shareholder Cook Medical Recalls Dangerous Transseptal Needle On March 13, 2019, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Cook Medical Inc. sent an urgent recall notification letter to affected customers regarding its Transseptal Needle. Cook Medical’s Transseptal Needle is a surgical device used to gain access to… Read more »

 March 19, 2019

Colorado “Stop-as-Yield” law

By David P. Hersh, Burg Simpson Shareholder Colorado “Stop-as-Yield” law In May 2018 Colorado adopted a new statewide standard regulating bicycles when they are approaching intersections.  C.R.S. § 42-4-1412.5 establishes as the standard what is known as “stop as yield” throughout Colorado.  However, individual local governments can choose whether or not to adopt this standard… Read more »

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 March 18, 2019

Inside Edition Interviews Attorney Michael Burg Regarding the Gruesome “Body Parts” Case

Attorney Michael Burg, of Denver-based law firm Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, is representing the victims’ family members in a lawsuit against Gore and Biological Resource Center of Arizona, in what is being referred to as the “Body Parts Case.” Mr. Burg told Inside Edition in a recent interview that the families involved in the case… Read more »

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 March 18, 2019

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By Brian C. Dault, Burg Simpson Associate Arizona State Bill 1087 Seeks to Increase Liability Car Insurance Minimums A piece of legislation recently introduced in Arizona would increase the minimum amount of car insurance coverage required for liability policies. Arizona currently has some of the lowest requirements for minimum insurance coverage in the country, and… Read more »

Workers’ Compensation Claims – We Will Be Your Guide

 March 5, 2019

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The workers’ compensation system is very complicated and difficult to navigate on your own, but Burg Simpson can help.  Our award-winning attorneys specialize in workers’ compensation claims to ensure that your rights and benefits are protected. Our workers’ compensation lawyers have decades of experience in dealing with Colorado workers’ comp laws, and in making sure that our… Read more »

Let Us Handle Your Personal Injury Matters, While You Concentrate on Your Recovery

 March 5, 2019

Let Us Handle Your Personal Injury Matters, While You Concentrate on Your Recovery

When you have suffered from a personal injury, or the loss of a loved one due to wrongful death, it can make matters even more complicated when you are attempting to deal with all of the accompanying legal issues on your own. When you have experienced this kind of trauma, it is important that you focus… Read more »

Colorado Deadlines for Construction Defect Lawsuits – Statute of Limitation & Statute of Repose

 March 5, 2019

Colorado Deadlines for Construction Defect Lawsuits – Statute of Limitation & Statute of Repose

Colorado has some of the shortest deadlines in the country for filing a construction defect lawsuit. Generally, a homeowner or a homeowner association board has a limited amount of time from obtaining the certificate of occupancy to filing a claim. But do not assume that your opportunity to file a construction defect claim has passed. If… Read more »

How Do I File a Construction Defect Claim in Colorado? – What is the CDARA Process?

 March 5, 2019

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Filing a civil action against a construction company, contractor, architect, engineer, or other construction professional for a construction defect can be complicated. This is especially true if you are filing as an individual homeowner or a member of a homeowner’s association. In this short and informative video, Construction Defects attorney, and Burg Simpson shareholder, Craig… Read more »

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