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.
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.
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.
Leadership & Community Engagement
Gene’s leadership roles extend outside his law firm experience as highlighted by his involvement in the Colorado construction industry and Denver business community.
He has a long history of engagement with the Associated General Contractors of Colorado, a nationally recognized state chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. Gene co-founded its annual Executive Leadership Academy while serving as an AGC/C board member, and he has been a frequent instructor and contributor to the curriculum for the training program since its inception in 2013.
AGC/A introduced its Culture of CARE initiative in 2020, which AGC/C and Gene Commander Inc fully endorse. It challenges all AGC/A construction industry members to take visible steps to ensure that their workplaces and jobsites are free from harassment, hazing, and bullying.
Gene has earned awards and accolades for his engagement and leadership in the fields of construction, real estate development, urban planning, and city building.
Mayoral appointment to the board of commissioners for the Denver Urban Renewal Authority in 2016.
Engineering News-Record’s Mountain States Legacy Award in 2015 for his dedication to the Colorado construction industry.
Downtown Denver Partnership’s Honorary Partner Award in 2014 for his dedication to the Denver business community. DDP is an internationally recognized business association that actively promotes the diverse interests of the central business district in downtown Denver.
Gene has served as a board member for the Construction Education Foundation of Colorado ever since he helped ACG/C reorganize and empower the charitable organization in 2018. Gene was thrilled to help transform the Colorado construction industry’s workforce development initiatives by making a long-term corporate financial commitment to the Foundation in 2021 to become one of its cornerstone supporting sponsors.
He whole-heartedly supports CEF’s commitment to grow its already successful skilled workforce development programs for high school and college students, veterans, and unemployed adults who are interested in rewarding construction careers.
He has served as an instructor for undergraduate, MBA, and law students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado, and in the Colleges of Business and Law at the University of Denver.
As a Colorado entrepreneur, Gene is an avid proponent of CEF’s mission:
… to recruit, develop, and serve students of the construction industry by promoting innovative educational pathways to rewarding careers in an inclusive, highly skilled and prosperous construction workforce.
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