Gene Commander

After more than 35 years of experience as an attorney representing clients from virtually every sector of the real estate development and construction industries, Gene Commander established his commercial mediation and arbitration firm in 2015 to leverage his combined professional experience as a client advocate and third-party neutral. Gene provides innovative mediation and arbitration services to businesses involved in alternative dispute resolution proceedings administered privately and through the American Arbitration Association.

Gene previously served as the Denver office managing partner for Polsinelli PC, a Kansas City-based Am Law 100 national law firm, where his practice focused on the representation of project owners, general contractors, design-builders and construction managers, with many of his clients listed in Engineering News-Record’s “Top 400 Contractors.”

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During his legal career, Gene handled complex litigation and arbitration before state and federal courts, arbitration panels, government agencies and a variety of alternative dispute resolution forums. His experience includes United States litigation and arbitration arising from international business transactions and projects located in Canada, Honduras and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.


Today, Gene focuses on helping businesses avoid or successfully resolve commercial disputes involving real estate, construction, insurance and related E-discovery matters. With more than 20 years of alternative dispute resolution experience as a third-party neutral, he has been involved in more than 120 proceedings.


Gene’s professional accomplishments have been recognized by Engineering News-Record as the ENR Mountain States 2015 Legacy Award recipient and by The Best Lawyers in America as the 2016 Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Denver. Gene has also been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for construction law (2005-2016), Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business in real estate (2014-2015) and Denver Business Journal’s “Power Book” finalists for the legal profession (2008 and 2011).


Gene’s leadership extends beyond business and into the community. His distinguished resume of engagement and achievement includes, most notably, his 2016 mayoral appointment to the Denver Urban Renewal Authority board of commissioners, his role as Chairperson of Downtown Denver Partnership and Denver Civic Ventures, and his service as a board member of Associated General Contractors of Colorado. Gene received the 2014 Honorary Partner Award from the Downtown Denver Partnership.

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