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Civil Litigation

Burnham law is a Civil litigation firm
serving Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and all of Colorado.

We listen. We think.
You win.

Our highest-level civil law attorneys are here to navigate you through the legal process effectively, strategically, and efficiently to increase your chances of winning.

We are made up of skilled advocates who practice in all areas of dispute resolution, including trial and appellate litigation, arbitration, mediation and regulatory proceedings.

 

We’re the unfair advantage. When the world is unjust, hire us.
Sharp. Strategic. Efficient.
  • We listen carefully

    We advise clients of the risks and benefits of various strategic approaches, identifying the best options for accomplishing our clients’ goals, and then zealously advocating for those goals.

  • Knowing the Colorado Court System

    We know when and how to be proactive with aggressive strategies to achieve favorable outcomes for our clients.

  • Resolution

    Our team of sophisticated attorneys and paralegals have experience managing complex cases, performing legal and investigative research, negotiating impressive settlements, and trying cases. We’ll put our experience to work for you.

Be strong and face what’s in front of you.

We listen. We think. You win.

Appeals

If you believe your case resulted in an unfair verdict, you have the right to appeal the decision. The attorneys at Burnham Law have a profound understanding of the appellate process.  They can help you to evaluate the outcome of your case and determine the merits of filing for an appeal or find the right approach in defending an appeal filed against you. Our attorneys are experienced in the appellate process and apply that experience to passionately advocate for you at the appellate level.

The work of an appeals lawyer is drastically different from the work of a trial lawyer. The attorneys at Burnham Law have extensive experience preparing appellate briefs and presenting persuasive legal arguments to the Colorado appellate courts.

Should you decide to appeal a decision, or should you need to defend an appeal, we will work with you to prepare an effective, cost-efficient appellate strategy for the Colorado Court of Appeals and/or the Colorado Supreme Court and represent you throughout the proceedings.

Unlike jury trials, where facts are considered and determined, appellate hearings focus entirely on interpretations of law. A successful appellate lawyer must have an expert understanding of the law, excellent legal research and writing skills, and exceptional ability to use oral argument to persuade a panel of judges to accept a particular interpretation of the law.

Breach of contract

Underlying nearly every transaction is a contract, an agreement.  Contracts do not necessarily need to be in writing; breach of contract claims can arise from written or oral agreements.  When contract disputes arise from the relationships formed by these agreements, it is critically important to understand your contractual rights and obligations.

Burnham Law can help you work through complicated contract negotiations as well as breach and enforcement actions, protecting your rights and reputation.  We are skilled litigators and we take pride in our rigorous trial preparation as well as our courtroom acumen.  We have successfully represented clients in jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations involving a broad range of business disputes, including not only breach of contract actions but also related equitable actions including unjust enrichment and promissory estoppel.

Our attorneys can help assess your claims or defenses and guide you in making decisions that consider the benefit of litigation in the context of your business objectives.

Burnham Law attorneys have been focused on Colorado construction law and the litigation of construction-related claims for over 15 years. Our attorneys have extensive experience litigating and trying construction cases before courts, arbitrators, and juries. 

We represent every participant in the construction process, including individual owners, homeowners’ associations (HOA), developers, general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, and material suppliers. Perhaps the most important service we provide our clients is assistance in contract drafting and negotiation. The terms of the contract are the law of the case. We advise our clients regarding critical provisions such as “pay-if-paid” risk allocation, termination for convenience, indemnification, limitations on change order compensation, consequential damages, and mediation and arbitration dispute resolution procedures. We equip our clients with the tools necessary to be successful in the event of a dispute. 

When a contract dispute arises, we aggressively advocate for our clients while keeping an eye on the bottom line. We have extensive experience litigating payment claims such as mechanic’s lien claims, surety claims, payment and performance bond claims, unjust enrichment claims, claims for civil theft, C.R.S. § 18-4-405, and violation of the Contractor’s Trust Fund Statute, C.R.S. § 38-22-127, often obtaining three times the amount claimed and attorney fees. We navigate complicated government contract disputes and pursue Public Works Act claims, Miller Act claims, and requests for equitable adjustments. We also litigate all manner of contract claims including scope of work/change order disputes, delay and acceleration claims, claims for liquidated and consequential damages, and wrongful or improper termination.

Cannabis Law

Starting and operating a business in the cannabis industry is full of opportunities and risks. A common risk is litigation. Because of complicated federal legalization issues, cannabis litigation poses very specific challenges that Burnham Law attorneys can help you to navigate including business and partner disputes, breach of contract, landlord/tenant disputes, civil racketeering, copyright and trademark disputes, as well as cannabis license violations and revocations.

Our trial attorneys have a proven track record in resolving all types of business disputes, representing clients as plaintiffs and defendants in civil, commercial, and complex commercial litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels.

Our attorneys can walk you through the licensing process and help you secure all necessary state and local licenses. Sometimes a jurisdiction’s licensing process requires a hearing on an application. We are prepared to advocate for you and help you obtain a license even when an agency seeks to deny your application. Let us help you set your business up for success by ensuring you obtain all necessary state and local licenses.

Tort Claims

A tort is a civil wrong made against a person, entity, or property.  Whether defending a tort claim or filing a claim against someone who has harmed you or your business, taking control of the litigation early and being strategic is critical.  In business litigation in particular, the lines between contract litigation and tort litigation can sometimes be murky.  In cases that involve intentional torts or other wrongful acts, we will help you decide on the best trial strategy and work to prepare your case to ensure that your rights and your reputation are protected.

Burnham Law has experience with a broad range of tort claims, including: Negligence, Defamation, Abuse of Process, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Civil Theft, Conversion, Fraud, Contractor Fraud, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress (outrageous conduct), Invasion of Privacy, Deceptive Trade Practices, Malicious Prosecution, False Imprisonment, Trespass and Assault and Battery.

Business Litigation

This type of litigation involves disputes arising out of commercial and business relationships, including an establishment’s claims against another company, governmental entity, or other groups of individuals. The issues are typically complex, rendering an attorney’s understanding of the client’s business a predictable indicator of the case’s outcome.

Types of business disputes can include: breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, trade secret disputes, regulatory investigations, insurance disputes, post-closing disputes, and partnership disputes.

If you or your business is being sued, or if you’ve been wronged and need to take legal action, you’ll want lawyers with courtroom experience who know how to represent your case. Our attorneys can help assess your claims or defenses and guide you in making decisions that consider the benefit of litigation in the context of your business objectives. Contact us today to learn more.

Real Estate

Our attorneys are exceptionally well versed in Colorado property and real estate law, with experience litigating all phases of property and real estate disputes, including mediating, arbitrating, and trying cases on behalf of our clients.  If you believe your property has been impacted or you are faced with defending property or real estate claims in Colorado, we can help you prepare for negotiations or a trial, providing case strategy and preparation to resolve your case as efficiently as possible.

Burnham Law has experience with a broad range of property and real estate disputes, including: Quiet Title Actions, Partition Actions, Contract Disputes, Forcible Entry and Detainer (eviction), Trespass and Nuisance, Landlord-Tenant, Adverse Possession, Zoning and Easement Disputes, Governmental Takings, Commercial Real Estate, Covenants, Appealing Land Use Decisions, Mortgage Fraud, Title Claims, and Constructive Trusts.

Appeals

Appeals

If you believe your case resulted in an unfair verdict, you have the right to appeal the decision. The attorneys at Burnham Law have a profound understanding of the appellate process.  They can help you to evaluate the outcome of your case and determine the merits of filing for an appeal or find the right approach in defending an appeal filed against you. Our attorneys are experienced in the appellate process and apply that experience to passionately advocate for you at the appellate level.

The work of an appeals lawyer is drastically different from the work of a trial lawyer. The attorneys at Burnham Law have extensive experience preparing appellate briefs and presenting persuasive legal arguments to the Colorado appellate courts.

Should you decide to appeal a decision, or should you need to defend an appeal, we will work with you to prepare an effective, cost-efficient appellate strategy for the Colorado Court of Appeals and/or the Colorado Supreme Court and represent you throughout the proceedings.

Unlike jury trials, where facts are considered and determined, appellate hearings focus entirely on interpretations of law. A successful appellate lawyer must have an expert understanding of the law, excellent legal research and writing skills, and exceptional ability to use oral argument to persuade a panel of judges to accept a particular interpretation of the law.

Breach of contract

Breach of contract

Underlying nearly every transaction is a contract, an agreement.  Contracts do not necessarily need to be in writing; breach of contract claims can arise from written or oral agreements.  When contract disputes arise from the relationships formed by these agreements, it is critically important to understand your contractual rights and obligations.

Burnham Law can help you work through complicated contract negotiations as well as breach and enforcement actions, protecting your rights and reputation.  We are skilled litigators and we take pride in our rigorous trial preparation as well as our courtroom acumen.  We have successfully represented clients in jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations involving a broad range of business disputes, including not only breach of contract actions but also related equitable actions including unjust enrichment and promissory estoppel.

Our attorneys can help assess your claims or defenses and guide you in making decisions that consider the benefit of litigation in the context of your business objectives.

Construction Law

Burnham Law attorneys have been focused on Colorado construction law and the litigation of construction-related claims for over 15 years. Our attorneys have extensive experience litigating and trying construction cases before courts, arbitrators, and juries. 

We represent every participant in the construction process, including individual owners, homeowners’ associations (HOA), developers, general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, and material suppliers. Perhaps the most important service we provide our clients is assistance in contract drafting and negotiation. The terms of the contract are the law of the case. We advise our clients regarding critical provisions such as “pay-if-paid” risk allocation, termination for convenience, indemnification, limitations on change order compensation, consequential damages, and mediation and arbitration dispute resolution procedures. We equip our clients with the tools necessary to be successful in the event of a dispute. 

When a contract dispute arises, we aggressively advocate for our clients while keeping an eye on the bottom line. We have extensive experience litigating payment claims such as mechanic’s lien claims, surety claims, payment and performance bond claims, unjust enrichment claims, claims for civil theft, C.R.S. § 18-4-405, and violation of the Contractor’s Trust Fund Statute, C.R.S. § 38-22-127, often obtaining three times the amount claimed and attorney fees. We navigate complicated government contract disputes and pursue Public Works Act claims, Miller Act claims, and requests for equitable adjustments. We also litigate all manner of contract claims including scope of work/change order disputes, delay and acceleration claims, claims for liquidated and consequential damages, and wrongful or improper termination.

Cannabis Law

Cannabis Law

Starting and operating a business in the cannabis industry is full of opportunities and risks. A common risk is litigation. Because of complicated federal legalization issues, cannabis litigation poses very specific challenges that Burnham Law attorneys can help you to navigate including business and partner disputes, breach of contract, landlord/tenant disputes, civil racketeering, copyright and trademark disputes, as well as cannabis license violations and revocations.

Our trial attorneys have a proven track record in resolving all types of business disputes, representing clients as plaintiffs and defendants in civil, commercial, and complex commercial litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels.

Our attorneys can walk you through the licensing process and help you secure all necessary state and local licenses. Sometimes a jurisdiction’s licensing process requires a hearing on an application. We are prepared to advocate for you and help you obtain a license even when an agency seeks to deny your application. Let us help you set your business up for success by ensuring you obtain all necessary state and local licenses.

Tort Claims

Tort Claims

A tort is a civil wrong made against a person, entity, or property.  Whether defending a tort claim or filing a claim against someone who has harmed you or your business, taking control of the litigation early and being strategic is critical.  In business litigation in particular, the lines between contract litigation and tort litigation can sometimes be murky.  In cases that involve intentional torts or other wrongful acts, we will help you decide on the best trial strategy and work to prepare your case to ensure that your rights and your reputation are protected.

Burnham Law has experience with a broad range of tort claims, including: Negligence, Defamation, Abuse of Process, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Civil Theft, Conversion, Fraud, Contractor Fraud, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress (outrageous conduct), Invasion of Privacy, Deceptive Trade Practices, Malicious Prosecution, False Imprisonment, Trespass and Assault and Battery.

Business litigation

Business Litigation

This type of litigation involves disputes arising out of commercial and business relationships, including an establishment’s claims against another company, governmental entity, or other groups of individuals. The issues are typically complex, rendering an attorney’s understanding of the client’s business a predictable indicator of the case’s outcome.

Types of business disputes can include: breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, trade secret disputes, regulatory investigations, insurance disputes, post-closing disputes, and partnership disputes.

If you or your business is being sued, or if you’ve been wronged and need to take legal action, you’ll want lawyers with courtroom experience who know how to represent your case. Our attorneys can help assess your claims or defenses and guide you in making decisions that consider the benefit of litigation in the context of your business objectives. Contact us today to learn more.

Real Estate

Real Estate

Our attorneys are exceptionally well versed in Colorado property and real estate law, with experience litigating all phases of property and real estate disputes, including mediating, arbitrating, and trying cases on behalf of our clients.  If you believe your property has been impacted or you are faced with defending property or real estate claims in Colorado, we can help you prepare for negotiations or a trial, providing case strategy and preparation to resolve your case as efficiently as possible.

Burnham Law has experience with a broad range of property and real estate disputes, including: Quiet Title Actions, Partition Actions, Contract Disputes, Forcible Entry and Detainer (eviction), Trespass and Nuisance, Landlord-Tenant, Adverse Possession, Zoning and Easement Disputes, Governmental Takings, Commercial Real Estate, Covenants, Appealing Land Use Decisions, Mortgage Fraud, Title Claims, and Constructive Trusts.

Comprehensive representation throughout all aspects of civil law.
Persistent advocacy. Strategic planning.

Trial and appellate litigation. Negotiation. Arbitration. Mediation.

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we win.

We follow our own path and vision to achieve success for our clients. Our reputation is built on our actions, and those actions originate from forward-thinking strategies that have taken years to develop.

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Malicious Prosecution and Abuse of Process

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Partition Actions

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Defamation

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Appeals

If your legal case resulted in an unjust outcome due to a legal error, you may...

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What is Negligence?

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