About

Professional Achievements

Gene has provided legal and ADR (alternative dispute resolution) services to privately held and family-owned businesses from virtually every segment of the construction and real estate development industries. Many of his construction clients were listed in Engineering News-Record’s “Top 400 Contractors.” They were responsible for the design, construction, and delivery of a wide variety of residential, commercial, health care, industrial, and infrastructure projects that have contributed greatly to the built environment in Colorado.

Clients routinely retained him to provide strategic advice to their senior executives and board of directors, and to handle complex construction and commercial disputes before state and federal judges, arbitrators, government agencies, and alternative dispute resolution forums. His experience includes U.S. litigation and arbitration proceedings arising from international construction projects and business transactions based in Great Britain, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Gene is a Fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators, an internationally recognized invitation-only association of commercial arbitrators. The American Arbitration Association has included him on its roster of approved arbitrators and mediators for the past 25 years.

In 2019, Gene was recognized by Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected guide to the legal profession, as Denver’s Lawyer of the Year in the field of arbitration.

In addition to the recognition Gene received in 2019, Best Lawyers also recognized him as Denver’s Lawyer of the Year in the field of construction law in 2016.

Gene’s unique legal, ADR, and industry experience has allowed him to study not only the accomplishments but also the inadvertent missteps of countless construction professionals. He has learned many valuable lessons that he would like to share with the next generation of Colorado entrepreneurs to help them avoid the unfortunate consequences that many of their peers have had to overcome only at great expense.

Gene’s specialized educational background, lifelong curiosity, and diverse professional experience have allowed him to gain a broad understanding of the business world.

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Practicing attorney in local, regional, and Am Law 100 national law firms with ownership, management, and construction practice group leadership responsibilities.

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Mediator and arbitrator in more than 200 complex construction and commercial disputes administered privately and by the American Arbitration Association with amounts in controversy totaling $40 million in one case.

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Board member with leadership responsibilities for charitable, nonprofit, industry, and quasi-governmental foundations, organizations, and associations.

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Mentor to diverse groups of business owners, leaders, and young professionals who are interested in learning about rewarding careers in the legal, arbitration, mediation, construction, and real estate development industries.

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Owner’s representative during the design and construction of more than 200,000 square feet of new and repurposed commercial office space for his law firms and nonprofit interests.

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.

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