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Scott F. Sullan

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Scott Sullan was born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1953. He attended the University of Colorado where he graduated cum laude in 1975. He then attended law school at the University of Southern Illinois, obtaining his degree and graduating cum laude in 1979. While in law school he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Southern Illinois University Law Journal and was President of the Moot Court board. He was also a member of the National Order of Barristers and National Client Counseling Team.

After graduating from law school, Mr. Sullan clerked for the Honorable Ralph H. Coyte of the Colorado Court of Appeals. He has practiced civil litigation law in Colorado since 1979.

Mr. Sullan focuses on materials and construction defect (and related insurance coverage) litigation. He has been lead counsel in eleven different class-action suits against some of Colorado’s major homebuilders and product suppliers. He was lead counsel for a 1,600-person class of homeowners in a successful class action tried in Douglas County, Colorado, in 1996. He also has handled hundreds of construction defect cases involving a variety of subjects, including expansive and settling soils, landslides, faulty construction materials and products, architectural and engineering design defects, and improper construction.

Scott Sullan has handled many of the largest and most important construction defect cases for Colorado homeowners since 1994. One Denver paper observed that: “some builders settled quickly after watching Sullan at work in 1996. During the trial, officials with Richmond Homes told Sullan they wanted to settle a separate class-action case he had filed on behalf of 12,300 Richmond homeowners. He tried Mission Viejo by day and negotiated with Richmond by night. In June 1996, Richmond agreed to pay Sullan’s firm $1.9 million and to spend tens of millions more to remedy problems.”

Mr. Sullan’s work led to the following news headlines in 2005:

  • “Builder Okays $39 Million End to Suit: largest settlement of construction defects lawsuit in Colorado history”
  • “Lawsuit Over Defects in Condos Resolved: D.R. Horton, the Texas-based home-building titan, has paid a record $39.5 million settlement to resolve a defective-construction lawsuit brought by condo owners”
  • “Firms Will Pay $32 Million to Settle Suit Over Windows”

From 2006 through 2013 he was selected a “Colorado Super Lawyer” based on a survey of Colorado attorneys. Scott Sullan is also named to Best Lawyers in America, 2105.

In 2007, Mr. Sullan was the only Colorado lawyer who primarily represents homeowners and homeowner associations given the highest rating from Chambers & Partners, a legal publisher that described him as “the absolute best on residential construction defects.” In 2009 alone, Mr. Sullan was instrumental in securing more than $75 million in construction defect settlements for homeowner associations.

Mr. Sullan is one of Colorado’s best-known lecturers regarding construction litigation, and he has coauthored with Ron Sandgrund and Leslie Tuft the only books dealing exclusively with Colorado construction defect litigation, the most recent edition of which book received the 2011 National Award of Professional Excellence from the Association for Continuing Legal Education. He also has coauthored with Mr. Sandgrund a chapter on a legal ethics and professional responsibility, last updated in 2011.

Mr. Sullan frequently presents continuing legal education courses to other lawyers. Mr. Sullan testifies often on behalf of homeowners before Colorado’s legislature, and he has helped draft laws affecting homeowner interests. Mr. Sullan was one of the driving forces behind House Bill 1338, the Homeowners Protection Act of 2007. He met with legislators, citizens and newspaper editors to answer their questions regarding the blanket waiver of legal rights that much of the residential building industry has been putting in home purchase contracts. House Bill 1338 limits such waivers and preserves for homeowners the basic legal rights the building industry agreed to when it lobbied for passage of the Construction Defect Action Reform Act in 2003. H.B. 1338 became Colorado law on April 20, 2007.

Mr. Sullan is married with three children. All five Sullans are avid skiers.

Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year 2018,” Litigation - Construction, Denver

AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Denver's Top Lawyers, 5280 Magazine, 2015-2016

Selected to Best Lawyers® in America, 2016 - 2019

Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year 2015,” Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Plaintiffs, Denver

Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2006 - 2019

Colorado, 1979

Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, 1979

University of Colorado, 1975, cum laude

Colorado Residential Construction Law (2nd ed. updating 2005 1st ed.) (Denver 2008), coauthored with Ron Sandgrund

Chapter 37, "Class Action Counsel's Professional Responsibilities," in Michael Mihm (ed.), Lawyers' Professional Liability in Colorado: Preventing Legal Malpractice and Disciplinary Actions (Denver, 2009 Supp), coauthored with Ronald M. Sandgrund

Chapter 14, "Residential Construction,

in Robert Benson (ed.), Practitioner's Guide to Colorado Construction Law, (Denver 2007) (replacing 1999, 2001, 2003, and 2005 editions), coauthored with Ron Sandgrund

Residential Construction Defect Litigation (Seattle 2000), coauthored with Ron Sandgrund

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

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

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

"The Homeowner Protection Act of 2007," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 36, no. 7 (2007)

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

"Homebuilder Liability for Subcontractor Negligence - Part II," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 34, no. 7 (2005)

"Homebuilder Liability for Subcontractor Negligence - Part I," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 34, no. 6 (2005)

"Statuses of Limitations and Repose in Construction Defect Cases - Part II," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 33, no.6 (2004)

"Statuses of Limitations and Repose in Construction Defect Cases - Part I," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 33, no. 5 (2004)

"The Construction Defect Action Reform Act of 2003," The Colorado Lawyer, reprinted nationally in Mealey's Litigation Reports (Construction Defects), vol. 32, no. 7 (2003) and vol. 20 (2004)

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

"The Construction Defect Action Reform Act," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 30, no. 10 (2001)

Recent Developments in Colorado Residential Construction Law, Continuing Legal Education of Colorado, 2008

"Construction Defect Litigation," CAI Fall Conference, 2004

"Construction Defect Claims in Colorado," Lorman Education Services, 2004

"Expansive Soils: Beyond the Basics," Construction Law Conference, CLE of Colorado, 2004

"Consumer Arbitration," University of Denver College of Law, 2004

"Construction Defect Action Reform Act of 2003," Colorado Municipal League, 2003

"Annual Spring Real Estate Update: Overview of Mold in Colorado," CLE in Colorado, 2003

"Construction Law and Litigation, Expansive Soils: Understanding the Risks, Litigation Strategies and Case Studies," CLE International, 2003

"Residential Construction, A Brave New World," CLE of Colorado, 2003

"New Construction Purchase Agreement: Getting Burned by the Boilerplate-Warranties, Disclaimers, Arbitration Clauses and Other Hot Spots," 19th Annual Real Estate Symposium, 2001

"From Construction Defects Through Reconstruction," CAI Fall Conference, 2000

"Sifting Through Soils Reports: How to Identify Issues Concerning Expansive Soils and Slope Stability," CLE of Colorado, 2000

"Getting the Best Results for Construction Litigants Through the Smart Use of ADR," CLE of Colorado, 1999-Present

"Colorado Construction Law," 1999

"The Real Truth About Mediation: A Mock Mediation with Commentary," CAI 1999

"Residential Construction Defects Attributable to Geologic Hazards," Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, 1998

"High Stakes Games-Construction Defect Claims," CAI Spring Conference, 1998

"Expansive Soils Cases," CAI, 1997

"Shifting Sands," 15th Annual Real Estate Symposium, 1997

"Expandable Soils: A Primer for Real Estate Lawyers," Real Estate Topical Luncheon, 1996

"The Mission Viejo Class Action: A New Perspective on Trying Mass Tort Claims," 1996

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 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 »

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 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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