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Craig S. Nuss

Craig S. Nuss


Craig S. Nuss, the co-practice group leader of the Construction Defects department at Burg Simpson. His department has achieved Tier 1 status by US News and World Report (the highest-ranking available). Mr. Nuss is a Colorado native born in Brush in 1960.  He obtained his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1982 and graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 1988. Mr. Nuss begin his legal career the following year with a large Denver insurance defense firm focusing on construction defect and personal injury claims.  His career is now focused on representing homeowners and homeowner associations in construction defect cases.

In the past three decades, Mr. Nuss has handled more than 70 civil jury trials in Colorado state and federal courts. He has taught many education courses on construction defects and trial tactics.

Mr. Nuss’s distinguished credentials include being recognized by Martindale-Hubbell with top Preeminent® AV rating and being a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a prestigious and invitation-only international trial lawyer organization. He has also been selected by his peers as a Colorado Super Lawyer® every year since 2007. Additionally, Mr. Nuss has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, National Trial Lawyers Top 100, and 5280 Magazine as one of Denver’s Top Lawyers.   Mr. Nuss is currently serving as a trustee of the Colorado Bar Foundation which is the charitable arm of the Colorado Bar Association

Honors & Accolades

  • 5280 Magazine Top Lawyer, 2016 – 2024
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Civil Plaintiff, 2014-2017, 2020
  • Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2007 – 2024
  • Selected to Best Lawyers® in America, 2019-2024
  • Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year,” Construction Law – Denver, 2023
  • AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient, David Bernard Foundation Aviation Law Award
  • Treasurer, Phi Alpha Delta, 1986

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1989
  • Colorado, 1988
  • Arizona, 2017
  • New Mexico, 2017
  • Texas


  • J.D., University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado, 1988
    Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, 1986
    David Bernard Foundation Aviation Law Award, 1988
  • B.S., University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 1982 (Business Administration)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Member, 2003-Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member, 1988-Present
  • Arapahoe Bar Association, Member, 1995-Present

Publications & Media

  • 2019 – 2021 Short Information and Promotional Videos

      • Municipal Ordinances and Construction Defects
      • Construction Defect Statute of Limitations and Statute of Repose
      • Meet our Attorneys – Craig Nuss, Construction Defects Shareholder
      • How Do I File a Construction Defect Claim in Colorado? – What is the CDARA Process?
      • Colorado Deadlines for Construction Defect Lawsuits – Statute of Limitation & Statute of Repose
  • Editor in Chief, University of Denver School of Law Transportation Law Journal, 1987

Lectures & Seminars

  • “How to Litigate Your First Civil Trial in Colorado,” National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education, 2004
  • “Defending Minor Impact Cases,” Colorado Claims Association, 1999

Teaching Positions

  • Trial Academy Instructor, Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009
  • Trial Academy Instructor, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), August 1999