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Ronald M. Sandgrund

Of Counsel

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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 and 2019. 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 Legal 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).

 

Best Lawyer of the Year for Litigation Construction, 2019

2019 Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year, Litigation-Construction: Denver

Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2012 - 2019

Selected to Best Lawyers® in America 2012 - 2014, 2016 - 2019

2014, Awarded Order of the Coif honorarius by the University of Colorado School of Law

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

Member, Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions, 2013 - Present

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

Member, Bar Journal Advisory Board, The Colorado Lawyer, 2011-2016

"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 2018, 6th 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 2018. 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, CLE in Colo., Inc., Denver 2018), 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, 2018), 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.

"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)

"Recovering 'Actual Damages' Under Colorado's Construction Defect Action Reform Act," The Colorado Lawyer, coauthored with Mari Perczak and Leslie Tuft

Part I Colorado Lawyer Vol. 38, No. 5 (May 2009)
Part II Colorado Lawyer Vol. 38, No. 6 (June 2009)

"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

"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, Contracts, Consumer Empowerment, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Construction Law, Legal Entrepreneurship, and Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Public Policy)

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: 2018," Continuing Legal Education of Colorado, 2018

“Hot Topics in Commercial General Liability Insurance Coverage – Liability Coverage for Rip and Tear Damages,” Continuing Legal Education of Colorado, 2018.

“Residential Construction Defect Law Update: 2016,” Continuing Legal Education of Colorado, 2016.

"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, Principles of Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado School of Law (2014-2018)

Instructor, Trial Advocacy, University of Colorado School of Law (1994-2004)

Washington Capitol Building

 December 12, 2018

Letter Urging Senate to Defend Democracy Co-Signed by Former Senator Al Simpson

A week after giving his moving eulogy at late President George H.W. Bush’s wake, former Republican Senator Alan K. Simpson joined with forty-three other former Senators across party lines in publishing a letter to the Washington Post. This co-signed letter urges the current Senate to embrace a bipartisan defense of democracy and constitutional values as… Read more »

 December 6, 2018

Retired Firefighters Get Burned When Health Care Benefits are Terminated

Attorney Brian Matise at Burg Simpson handles complex civil litigation cases, and he has taken the lead on the West Metro Case. This case involves the distribution of more  than $1.8 million in funds that remained in a trust that was committed to fund health insurance benefits for 73 retired firefighters and their dependents. These… Read more »

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) gives eulogy for late President George W.W. Bush

 December 5, 2018

Former Senator Al Simpson Eulogizes President George H.W. Bush

This morning, former Senator Alan K. Simpson (R-WY) celebrated the life of former President George H.W. Bush, his long-time friend and colleague. Speaking of the man’s warmth and integrity, Sen. Simpson delivered a moving speech on President Bush’s legacy of integrity, loyalty and sacrifice. When speaking to the press, Alan Simpson spoke on the difficulties… Read more »

Honorable Alan K. Simpson hero image

 December 4, 2018

Former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., to Remember George H.W. Bush at Wednesday’s Funeral

Former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., to remember George H.W. Bush at Wednesday’s funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The former senator, a colleague and longtime friend of George and Barbara Bush, will be one of four speakers to deliver the eulogy at the late president’s funeral this week. Simpson and Bush established their… Read more »

 December 14, 2018

Burg Simpson Supports Toys for Tots!

Co-Founder and Shareholder Peter Burg, and the Burg Simpson Team, Supports The Toys for Tots Foundation! Every year, the lawyers and professional staff at Burg Simpson are honored to support The Toys for Tots Foundation. The foundation raises funds to purchase toys for under-privileged children, and provide promotional materials, solicit corporate support, educate the public,… Read more »

Mass Tort Class Action

 December 13, 2018

What is the Difference Between Mass Tort Litigation And Class Action Litigation?

Mass Tort litigation and Class Action litigation both handle negligence cases with multiple victims, but each has very specific ways of handling these kinds of matters. Mass tort cases and class action lawsuits share certain similarities: A large group of plaintiffs who claim they have been hurt. Common defendants who have been accused of causing… Read more »

 December 12, 2018

THE BURG SIMPSON SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING!

The deadline for students to submit their 1500 word essays is February 1, 2019. For the past several years, Burg Simpson has awarded college scholarships to the graduating high school seniors who won our essay competition regarding the importance of the civil jury system and how it is being threatened. The annual Burg Simpson Scholarship… Read more »

 December 11, 2018

Traumatic Brain Injuries in Infants

One of the most common types of traumatic brain injuries in infants is Cerebral Palsy (CP). Receiving the news that your newborn has been diagnosed with this condition is some of the most devastating information a parent can receive. CP caused by birth trauma affects thousands of newborns every year. Birth trauma is a general term… Read more »

Good Lawyers. Changing Lives. – Supporting Communities with Burg Simpson

 November 5, 2018

Good Lawyers. Changing Lives. – Supporting Communities with Burg Simpson

All attorneys at Burg Simpson strive to make our motto more than just words. Both in and out of the courtroom, our attorneys work to support local and national communities by protecting their rights and to making certain that crisis recovery and educational opportunities are available to all. In this video, Burg Simpson shareholder and… Read more »

Massachusetts Gas Explosion – Holding Corporations Accountable

 November 2, 2018

Massachusetts Gas Explosion – Holding Corporations Accountable

The negligence of Columbia Gas caused the massive gas explosions  in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover, MA. After the gas explosions, more than 2,000 people found themselves displaced, and their towns resembled a war zone. These gas explosions could have easily been avoided. Columbia Gas had been warned twice over the last decade that an explosion was… Read more »

Attorney Tom Henderson explains why the Durango 416 Fire aims to hold the Durango-Silverton Railroad accountable.

 November 2, 2018

Seeking Justice for Victims of the Durango 416 Fire

Colorado’s Durango 416 Fire was caused by the Durango-Silverton Railroad’s coal-burning train on June 1, 2018. The blaze has been reported to be the state’s sixth largest forest fire in history, and the fire destroyed homes and businesses in Durango and the surrounding area. Burg Simpson is now representing those affected by the 416 Fire… Read more »

Consumers Must Beware of Body Brokers

 November 2, 2018

Consumers Must Beware of Body Brokers

Body brokers are relatively unchecked and under-regulated by state and federal agencies.  Across the United States, mortuaries and hospices are committing fraud by allowing body brokers to convince families who have lost their loved ones to donate the body “for medical research.” But instead of being donated, the body ends up being dismembered and then… Read more »

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