Denver has one of the hottest housing markets in the country and a construction boom that has lasted for years. Given the number of projects and the money involved, it’s no surprise that Front Range firms have emerged as regional and even national leaders in the areas of construction law and litigation. We talked to attorneys from a couple of top-tier firms in the field to find out what sets them apart and the big trends in construction law.
Part of the Team
Woods Aitken doesn’t like to boast, says Kory George, adding the firm’s Midwestern heritage — it was founded in Nebraska nearly a century ago — might be why they’re hesitant to brag about their accomplishments.
“We try to let other people do that,” said George, a member of the firm’s management committee and co-chair of its construction law group. Woods Aitken was named a Tier 1 firm in construction law and construction litigation on the 2020 Best Law Firms list.
It has about 35 attorneys across its Denver; Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska; and Washington, D.C. offices. Around a third of them practice construction law exclusively or almost exclusively, including the firm’s entire Denver office, according to George. He said the bulk of the firm’s clients are contractors or specialty subcontractors, many of which are family-owned, which pairs well with the firm’s “entrepreneurial culture.”
“They’re risk-takers and they’re doers,” he said of the group’s clients.
Becoming a trusted part of a client’s team is important to the firm.
“The thing that I think we’re most proud of is when we get invited to be a trusted — not only legal — but also a business advisor for our clients,” George said. “When anybody on their team can call anybody on our team, and we can be responsive and meet the different needs that arise day to day, week to week — that’s what get us most excited,” he said.