About

Industry Experience

Gene enjoys collaborating with successful entrepreneurs who are interested in promoting a new brand of business and deep sense of community. He would be honored to share his practical, actionable advice and common sense recommendations with your senior leadership team.

Gene Commander, arbitrator

Gene began his law practice in Iowa in 1977 before moving his family to Denver in 1981 to join a growing mid-sized insurance litigation firm. He became an owner of the business, served on its management committee, and learned many valuable lessons about the challenges of operating a law firm while building his own construction law practice.

Gene boosted his career by joining the Denver office of a regional litigation firm in 2000 to become a shareholder and leader in its rapidly growing national construction law practice group. This enabled him to expand his practice greatly by providing a unique blend of general counsel and commercial litigation services to a broad segment of the Colorado construction industry.   

polsinelli construction

In 2009, his firm merged with another to form a dynamic Am Law 100 national law firm with nearly 500 attorneys, which became known as Polsinelli. The expanded geographic footprint and diverse subject matter expertise of the combined firm positioned his construction law practice for further significant growth.

Gene served as the managing shareholder in Polsinelli’s Denver office from 2011 to 2015, while the office achieved dramatic growth in number of attorneys, breadth of legal services, revenue, and facilities. Polsinelli’s clients thrived as the firm helped to position them at the intersection of law, industry, community, and public affairs.

He stepped away from the practice of law in 2015 to form Gene Commander Inc, a commercial ADR business, where he provided customized mediation and arbitration services to hundreds of Colorado businesses and their law firms for the next five years to help them avoid the expense and uncertainty of civil litigation. Gene learned to be an effective consensus builder and problem solver through his legal and ADR experience resolving complex construction and commercial disputes in an amicable and business-like manner.

Since 2020, Gene’s business has been focused on providing proactive business advice to construction professionals and the law firms that represent them.

Gene regularly engages in professional development efforts to bolster client strategies through his ongoing education and networking. Among others, he is an associate member of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) – Colorado Chapter, which allows him to provide clients access to the latest industry financial insights and information. 

Gene’s passion for construction runs much deeper than just the satisfaction that comes from helping contractors build beautiful structures they can be proud of for a lifetime. It is fed by his belief that lifelong opportunities can be created for people when business gets done the right way; and the Colorado construction industry has proven that it can help lead the way.

Michael Gifford

President & CEO, Associated General Contractors of Colorado

Experience

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

Today

Gene focuses on helping businesses avoid or successfully resolve complex commercial disputes involving real estate, construction, law firm operations, insurance and related e-discovery matters. With more than 20 years of ADR experience as a third-party neutral, he has served as a neutral in more than 150 proceedings.

Recognition

Gene’s leadership extends beyond business and into the community. His distinguished credentials of city-building engagement include, most notably, his 2016 mayoral appointment to the Denver Urban Renewal Authority board of commissioners, and his role as chairperson of the internationally recognized Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP) and Denver Civic Ventures. In 2014, Gene received the Honorary Partner Award from DDP for exhibiting strong leadership and engagement for a period of more than 10 years.

Consensus Builder. Problem Solver.

Move your business forward with confidence and peace of mind.