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By David M. McLain The 2020 Colorado legislative session started on Wednesday, January 8th.  It seems like there will be plenty of issues this year to which home builders will want to pay close attention.  On January 13th, Senators Fenberg, Foote, and Jackson sponsored SB 20-093, known as the “Consumer and Employee Dispute Resolution Fairness Act.”   For certain consumer and employment arbitrations, the act: Prohibits the waiver of standards for and challenges for evident partiality…
I am pleased to have been invited to serve on the Executive Council and Faculty for this year’s CLM Claims College – School of Construction, which will be held at the Marriott Baltimore Waterfront from Wednesday, September 4, 2019 through Saturday, September 7, 2019. As a result of my service I am able to offer scholarships (registration fee only) to industry professionals (insurance – risk, adjusters, claims, etc. and corporate) interested in attending. Please e-mail me by…
Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell, LLC, has an immediate opening for a full time Office Clerk/Receptionist. The position requires a candidate who will enthusiastically welcome the opportunity to learn new skills and energetically assist other staff members and attorneys as a team player. The right candidate must have a professional and courteous demeanor. Office experience a plus. Skills and qualifications: Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook Able to work independently Self-motivated Highly organized Solid…
The purpose of this whitepaper is to bring attention to a trend in K-12 and municipal construction contracts, which expands the time periods for law suits against construction professionals. Introduction and Background Under Colorado statute, the period of time within which a legal action for construction defects may be brought against a construction professional in Colorado is two years from when the claimant (or its predecessor in interest) discovers or in the exercise of reasonable…
Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell is pleased to announce that Steve Heisdorffer has joined the firm as Special Counsel.  Steve joins the firm after having been a partner at Godin & Baity, LLC for the last twenty-five years.  Mr. Heisdorffer represents construction professionals in construction defect disputes and advises them regarding risk mitigation and transfer. Mr. Heisdorffer is an experienced trial lawyer that has tried commercial disputes and construction defect cases in arbitration forums and courts…
With the 2019 Colorado legislative session well underway, the construction industry is waiting with bated breath to see what the Democrat controlled legislature might do with respect to construction defect legislation.  In recent years, having a split legislature has prevented any attempts to roll back positive changes in the law, either from the legislature or Colorado courts, that have been hailed by the construction community. This year, odds are good that we will see at…
On March 6, 2018, Judge Edward Moss of Adams County issued a noteworthy, if bizarre, order concluding that construction excavators and earthmovers are uniquely subject to a three year statute of limitations. By way of background, in Colorado, per C.R.S. § 13-80-104, those furnishing the design, planning, supervision, inspection, construction, or observation of construction of any improvement to real property (“Construction Professionals”) are subject to the two year statute of limitations as set forth in…
I am honored to have been invited to speak at the Mortgage Bankers Association Condominium Lending Workshop 2018.  I will be participating as a panelist on the Condo Defect Panel: The CO Perspective, along with Nate Santillanes, CRIS, Director – Risk Management, CoBiz Insurance and moderated by Katie Fritch, Bank Officer – UW Support Manager, Flagstar Bank. Come learn what’s new in condo lending. Back by Popular Demand… MBA’s Condominium Lending Workshop is back!  We…
I recently had the opportunity to write an article for Colorado Builder Magazine, a snippet of which appears here. Since the 1990’s, construction defect litigation has focused on condominiums and townhomes. By representing homeowner associations instead of individual owners, plaintiffs’ attorneys can more easily aggregate claims, thereby increasing exponentially the claimed damages. *     *     * In a new twist, the Latitude at Vista Ridge Homeowners Association in Erie filed a construction defect…