Ronald M. Sandgrund
Firm: Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.
Address: 40 Inverness Drive East
Englewood, CO 80112
Membership: Professional AffiliationsThe Presidents Seminar (Boulder, CO), 2008-Present
University: State University of New York at Albany, B.A., magna cum laude, 1979, University of Colorado, J.D., 1982
Admitted: 1982, Colorado and U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
Biography: Ron Sandgrund is a well-known trial lawyer and Colorado's most prolific author of articles and books on Colorado construction and materials defect law and related insurance coverage issues. Mr. Sandgrund has extensive experience litigating construction defect, construction materials, product liability, multi-family community, class action, and insurance lawsuits, and he has argued many cases before the Colorado Court of Appeals, Colorado Supreme Court, and U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Sandgrund has received the Best Lawyers in America designation, including Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year - Construction Litigation - Denver, ” for 2013. Mr. Sandgrund files friend-of-the-court (amicus) briefs expressing homeowner-advocacy groups' views, and federal and state court opinions have referred to his writings many times.Mr. Sandgrund also lectures to the public and teaches continuing legal education and graduate courses on insurance, construction, and civil liability matters. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado School of Law, where he teaches Philosophy of Entrepreneurship, and lectures on contracts, torts, professional responsibility, trial advocacy and consumer rights. He has written many articles on these same subjects, as well as new lawyer practice guidelines and topical essays for The Colorado Lawyer and the Denver Bar Association's The Docket. Mr. Sandgrund co-authored with Scott Sullan and Leslie Tuft Residential Construction Law in Colorado, first published in 2005 and updated every two years. This book received the 2011 National Award of Professional Excellence from the Association for Continuing Education. He co-wrote a chapter on residential construction in the multi-volume treatise The Practitioner's Guide to Colorado Construction Law (Robert Benson, ed.), first published in 1999 and updated bi-annually. Mr. Sandgrund also co-authored with Scott Sullan and Leslie Tuft “Class Counsel's Professional Responsibilities, ” a chapter included in the legal ethics treatise Lawyers' Professional Liability in Colorado: Preventing Legal Malpractice and Disciplinary Actions (Michael Mihm, ed.), which is updated annually.Mr. Sandgrund has served on Colorado Bar Association committees regarding inter-professional relations, court reform and employment law. He is a member of The Colorado Lawyer's advisory board, and was appointed in 2013 to the Colorado Supreme Court's Committee on Civil Jury Instructions. He testifies frequently on behalf of homeowners before Colorado's legislature, and he has participated significantly in drafting laws affecting homeowner interests, including Colorado's Construction Defect Action Reform Act, Homeowner Protection Act and Construction Professional Liability Insurance Act. In 2010, Mr. Sandgrund testified before the Colorado legislature as an expert on construction defect insurance coverage issues in connection with the passage of House Bill 10-1394, a law he helped write and which extends insurance coverage to Colorado homeowners for construction defect damages. Mr. Sandgrund has worked as an expert witness regarding insurance policy compilation and interpretation, and insurance claims handling practices and standards; the reasonableness of class counsel attorney fees and costs; and, a construction litigator's standard of care.Mr. Sandgrund jointly wrote “When the Developer Controls the Homeowner Association Board: The Benevolent Dictator?”, a seminal article concerning multi-family development liability published in the January, 2003, The Colorado Lawyer, a Colorado law journal. Journal articles written or co-written by Mr. Sandgrund were selected in 2004-2007, 2009-2013, and 2014-2015 for republication nationwide in Thompson-Reuters' Legal Handbook for Architects, Engineers and Contractors as reflecting “cutting-edge thinking” in construction litigation.Mr. Sandgrund served as co-counsel with Scott Sullan in a class action trial resulting in a verdict on all liability issues presented to the jury, a case is believed to be the largest residential home expansive soils case ever tried to a jury, and one of the few class lawsuits ever to reach trial in Colorado. Mr. Sandgrund helped negotiate Colorado's largest homebuilder construction defect related settlement on behalf of more than 12, 300 homeowners, and also reached a $32.5 million settlement on behalf of the owners of more than 12, 000 homes with defective and leaking windows.Mr. Sandgrund was managing partner of his law firm from 1990 until late 2007, became “Of Counsel” to the firm in October 2007, and continues in that capacity today with Burg Simpson. He remains involved in select legal briefing, appellate work, and insurance coverage matters, as well as developing case strategies. Mr. Sandgrund resides with his wife, Cheryl, in Boulder, where, if he is not attending to his practice, he usually is found on a tennis or racquetball, court, or on a hiking, skiing, or mountain biking trail (or in his orthopedic surgeon's office). Honors & AccoladesSelected 2012-14 Colorado Super LawyerSelected 2012-14 Best Lawyers in America (19th, 20th, 21st editions)Finalist for 2013 William Richey Short Fiction AwardSelected 2013 Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Litigation-Construction: Denver (20th Ed.)2011 National Award of Professional Excellence (Association for Continuing Education)Assigned AV preeminent rating, Martindale-Hubbell (1990-present) Teaching PositionsAdjunct Professor, University of Colorado School of Law Lectures & SeminarsGuest Lecturer, University of Colorado Law School, 2012-present (Torts, Consumer Empowerment, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and Legal Entrepreneurship)Guest Lecturer, Franklin L Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, 2007-2009 Residential Construction Defect Law Update: 2013, Continuing Legal Education of Colorado, 2013 Recent Case Law and The Anatomy of a Construction Defect Lawsuit, 2012 Continuing Legal Education of Colorado, 2012 Recent Case Law and The Anatomy of a Construction Defect Lawsuit, Colorado Bar Association and Continuing Legal Education, 2011 Residential Construction Law: Construction Defect and Insurance Law Update and Trends, Continuing Legal Education of Colorado, 2010 Residential Construction Law: Expert Testimony, Useful Life and Extrapolation Evidence, and Liability Insurance, Continuing Legal Education of Colorado, 2008 Residential Construction Law in Colorado, Continuing Legal Education of Colorado, 2005 How to Litigate Claims of Undisclosed Defects in Real Estate Transactions in Colorado: Liability Insurance Coverage for Misrepresentation and Nondisclosure Claims, National Business Institute, 2003 When the Developer Controls the Homeowner Association Board: The Benevolent Capitalist?, Community Associations Institute Convention, 2001 Colorado Construction Law and Liability Insurance Coverage Issues Arising from Faulty Construction, Continuing Legal Education of Colorado, 1999 Minimizing the Risk of Loss to the Survey Professional, Professional Land Surveyors of Denver, 1995 Insurer's Reservation of Its Rights, United States Fidelity & Guaranty Insurance Company, 1994 Tort Liability and Liability Insurance, Boulder County Developmental Disabilities Center, 1988-1991 Practical and Evidentiary Comments on the Use of a Biomechanical Engineer in the Defense of Personal Injury Claims, Otis Elevator Company (United Technologies), 1998 Publications & MediaResidential Construction Law in Colorado, (CLE-CBA, Denver 2015, 5th ed.), coauthored with Scott Sullan and Leslie Tuft. First published in 2005, this guide is updated every two years, with the next edition due in early 2016. This book won the national 2011 Award of Professional Excellence given by the Association for Continuing Legal Education. Residential Construction, Chapter 14 in the Practitioner's Guide to Colorado Construction Law (Robert Benson, ed. 2015, updating 1992-2013 editions, CLE in Colo., Inc., Denver 2013), coauthored with Scott Sullan and Leslie Tuft Class Action Counsel's Professional Responsibilities, Chapter 37 in Lawyers' Professional Liability in Colorado: Preventing Legal Malpractice and Disciplinary Actions, (Michael T. Mihm ed., CLE in Colo., Inc., Denver, 2014), co-authored with Scott F. Sullan and Leslie TuftResidential Construction Defect Litigation (Seattle 2000), coauthored with Scott Sullan The InQuiring Lawyer Dialogue: Does Popular Culture Influence Lawyers, Judges, and Juries? Part I 44 Colo. Law 55 (January 2015)Part II 44 Colo. Law 63 (February 2015)Part III 44 Colo. Law 51 (March 2015)Part IV 44 Colo. Law 35 (April 2015) Homebuilders vs. Homeowners: Threats to Shift an Already Tilted Playing Field More in Favor of Homebuilders, The Trial Lawyer, Winter 2015 edition, coauthored with Jennifer Seidman. Unique Construction Defect Damages Mitigation Issues, The Colorado Lawyer, col. 44, no. 2 (February 2015), coauthored with Jennifer Seidman TCD and Colorado Pool: The Boogeyman Lurks, Vol. 43, No. 4, The Colorado Lawyer, pp. 43-50 (April, 2014). Greystone and Insurance Coverage for 'Get To' and 'Rip and Tear' Expenses, The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 41, no. 3, (2012) Deconstructing Construction Defect Fault Allocation and Damages Apportionment-Parts I and II, The Colorado Lawyer, coauthored with Jennifer Seidman, vol. 40, nos. 11 and 12 (2011) House Bill 10-1394: New Law Governing Insurance Coverage for Construction Defect Claims, The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 39, no. 8 (2010), coauthored with Scott Sullan Shoddy Work, Negligent Construction and Reconciling the Irreconcilable Under CGL Policies, The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 38, no. 11 (2009) coauthored with Harmon Graves and Leslie Tuft Recovering 'Actual Damages' Under Colorado's Construction Defect Action Reform Act, Parts I and II, The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 38, nos. 5 and 6 (2009), coauthored with Mari Perczak and Leslie Tuft Crossing the Separation of Powers Threshold: Legislative and Regulatory Control of Expert Witness Testimony, The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 37, no. 5 (2008) coauthored with Leslie Tuft and Jennifer Seidman Useful Life Evidence in Construction Defect Cases, The Construction Lawyer, (Amer. Bar Assoc. Forum on the Construction Industry), vol. 27, no. 3 (2007), coauthored with Scott Sullan The Homeowner Protection Act of 2007, The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 36, no. 7 (2007), coauthored with Scott Sullan and Jennifer Seidman Liability Insurance Coverage for Breach of Contract Damages, The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 36, no. 2 (2007), coauthored with Leslie Tuft Another Perspective on Extrapolation Evidence, Mealey's Litigation Report: Construction Defects, vol. 7, no. 4 (2006), coauthored with Scott Sullan Yacht Club II: Charting the Shoals of the Economic Loss Rule, Trial Talk, (August-September, 2005) Theories of Homebuilder Loability for Subcontractor Negligence - Parts I and II, The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 34, nos. 6 and 7 (2005), coauthored with Scott Sullan and Joseph Smith Statuses of Limitations and Repose in Construction Defects Cases - Parts I and II, The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 33, nos. 5 and 6 (2005), coauthored with Scott Sullan The Construction Defect Actions Reform Act of 2003, The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 32, no. 7 (2004), coauthored with Scott Sullan The Construction Defect Action Reform Act, The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 30, no. 10 (2001), coauthored with Scott Sullan and Marci Achenbach The Inquiring Lawyer, a periodic article series for The Colorado Lawyer, discussing cutting-edge and edgy issues for lawyers of all stripes (2014-present) A Dialogue Between Generations, a seven-part article series discussing topics of mutual concern for new and experienced lawyers, The Colorado Lawyer, (November-December, 2012; January-June, 2013) Your First Expert Witness - Parts I and II, The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 40, nos. 5 and 6 (2011) Your First Deposition, The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 36, no. 11 (2007) (Your First Year) All I Really Needed to Know I Learned as a New Associate, The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 33, no. 7, 2004 Duty to Disclose Latent Defects When Selling a Home, National Business Institute (2003) When the Developer Controls the Homeowner Association Board: The Benevolent Dictator?, The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 31, no. 1 (2002), coauthored with Joseph Smith Colorado Construction Law: Liability Insurance Coverage Issues Arising from Faulty Construction, Continuing Legal Education of Colorado (1999) The Insurer's Unreasonable Failure to Defend: Enough to Prove Bad Faith?, The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 23, no. 5 (1994) The Lost or Missing Insurance Policy, The Colorado Lawyer, vol.22, no. 6 (1993) Effects of Violation of C.R.S. 11-43-101 on Out of State Savings and Loan, The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 16, no. 2 (1987), cowritten with Scott Sullan Explaining the Homeowner Protection Act of 2007, Common Interests Magazine, vol. 25, no. 8 (2007) The Construction Defect Action Reform Act, Common Interests Magazine, vol. 19, no. 8 (2001)The Docket, Denver Bar Association, Contributor, 2004-Present