Michael Zehner has focused his interests, both academic and professional, within the construction law field. Michael grew up working for his father’s heavy civil construction company, eventually filling a project management position where he participated in and directed work for large energy and infrastructure clients. This background and continued passion for the industry allow him to swiftly gain a firm practical understanding of the underlying facts of construction disputes. Michael brings a strong skill set of drafting agreements, motions, briefs, and pleadings to his litigation practice, while his extensive contract drafting, review, and management experience benefit clients for the life of their construction projects.
Michael currently serves the Colorado Contractors Association as a member of the Associate Council. He also is a lecturer at the University of Colorado’s College of Engineering & Applied Science, where he co-teaches a graduate-level course on the legal aspects of construction.
Prior to joining BBG, Michael was a construction attorney at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP. During law school, Michael was the president of the Construction & Real Estate Law Association, and he was a law clerk at a local boutique construction law firm and a legal intern with Summit Materials, Inc.
- Successfully obtained (and collected) six-figure verdict, plus trebled damages, in arbitration involving a construction project supplier’s breach of contract, civil theft, fraud, and conversion.
- Successfully obtained six-figure verdict, plus trebled damages, in bench trial involving a violation of Colorado’s construction Trust Fund Statute on a real estate development project.
- Negotiated settlement of multi-million dollar litigation on behalf of equipment supplier involving allegedly defective mechanical equipment.
- Drafted successful motion to dismiss client from real estate development dispute in Colorado District Court.
- Negotiated execution of $360 million cost-plus GMP agreement for new construction of conference center.
- Negotiated execution of $60 million cost-plus GMP agreement for construction and renovation of casino.
- Negotiated execution of $39.9 million cost-plus GMP agreement for new construction of hotel.
- Negotiated execution of $16 million EPC agreement for construction of solar array supporting petroleum extraction field.