Getting Contractors Paid: Colorado Law of Liens and Claims

January 2018
Getting Contractors Paid: Colorado Law of Liens and Claims
Program PLUS Book
Program Description:
There are many facets to the construction industry involving people with a variety of different skills. All involved must do their job and perform well for a project to be successful. And in the end, all participants want to be paid for their contribution to the project. The basic supporting concept of mechanics’ liens in Colorado is that the contractors, subcontractors, and others involved in the construction of a project that enhance the value of the real property should be paid for their efforts. With these principles in mind, “Getting Contractors Paid: Colorado Law of Liens and Claims” will provide you with the information you need for filing mechanics’ liens in Colorado. All program attendees receive the brand new Fifth Edition of Liens and Claims in Colorado.
The Fifth Edition of Liens and Claims in Colorado provides an outline and much detailed information about the application of the law of liens and claims. The book covers the ins and outs of mechanics’ liens, and also provides discussion of bankruptcy issues, unique remedies, public works projects, special liens such as liens on ditches, and more.
CBA-CLE Publications to Watch For:
Environmental Regulation of Colorado Real Property, ZEROCB16B
Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Construction Law, ZPGCCL15B

8:30 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am
Presented by Gilbert Egle, Esq., Program Chair
9:10 am
Mechanics’ Liens – Basic Process and Procedures
Presented by Timothy W. Gordon, Esq.
The mechanics’ lien process will be explored in this segment, including who can file a lien, timing the lien filing, notice requirements, lien amount, priority and ranking, and more.
10:00 am
Unique Remedies – Preliminary Lien Notice (Trapping Lien); Disburser’s Notice and Trust Fund Statute
Presented by Jean C. Arnold, Esq.
This segment will explore unique remedies for curing liens. The preliminary lien notice will be discussed, as will the trapping lien, disburser’s notice, and the implications of the trust fund statute.
10:50 am
11:05 am
Public Works Projects/Verified Claims and Bonds
Presented by Scott Havn, Esq.
The Colorado Public Works Act provides financial security to subcontractors and suppliers on public projects in the State of Colorado. This segment will discuss the Colorado Public Works Act and how it facilitates reimbursement for subcontractors and suppliers.
12:00 pm
Lunch On Your Own
1:15 pm
Lien Foreclosure Process
Presented by Jean C. Arnold, Esq. and Scott Havn, Esq.
This segment will detail the process for foreclosing on liens, including the foreclosure timeline, parties to the foreclosure action, joining parties and consolidating actions, the foreclosure proceeding, arbitration, and more.
2:05 pm
Bankruptcy/Banking & Lender View
Presented by Terry Ehrlich, Esq., and Jean C. Arnold, Esq.
Bankruptcy considerations with mechanics’ liens are discussed in this segment, including resolution of mechanics’ liens if the contractor files bankruptcy, what is considered property of the bankruptcy estate, the automatic stay, and more.
2:55 pm
3:10 pm
Defenses: Payment/Waiver/Release/Bonds/Notices of Non-Liability; Oil and Gas Liens/Ditches
Panel Discussion Moderated by Gilbert Egle, Esq.
Panel: Jean C. Arnold, Esq., Scott Havn, Esq., Timothy W. Gordon, Esq., and Terry Ehrlich, Esq.
This panel discussion will explore some of the finer points of mechanics’ lien law, including defenses, oil and gas liens, and ditch liens. Experienced practitioners will discuss how to handle these niche situations.
4:00 pm
Location Information
CLECI Large Classroom
1900 Grant Street, Suite 300
Denver, CO 80203
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Registration Fees
Non Member $558.00
CBA Member $508.00
New Lawyer Edge Partner $254.00
CLE ELITE Pass Holder w/ printed book $179.00
CLE Basic Pass Holder w/ printed book $179.00
  • General Credits: 6.00
  • Ethics Credits: 0.00
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Start Date - End Date
January 18, 2018
Start Time - End Time
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Event Location
CLECI Large Classroom
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