special counsel

Julie M.

Earnest

As in-house counsel for a construction contractor and engineer, Julie performed the following: Advised the Civil/Construction/Mining, Power, and Oil & Gas Business Units in the pursuit of infrastructure and industrial projects, negotiation of contracts, implementation of work, and dispute resolution. Drafted and negotiated contracts for domestic and international infrastructure and industrial projects valued from hundreds of thousands to those in excess of one billion dollars. Negotiated professional services agreements (engineering consulting and construction management services), design/build and construction contracts, change orders, shareholders’ agreements, LLC operating and joint venture agreements, subcontracts, equipment and real property leases, and purchase and sale agreements for assets and real property. Represented the contractor as the construction joint venture partner in the pursuit of private public partnership projects. Managed outside counsel regarding litigation (cost and schedule construction claims, OSHA citations, union grievances, personal injury claims), intellectual property law, environmental matters, federal contract provisions, creation of special purpose entities, payment disputes, and international legal matters. Consulted with engineers, managers, and executive management to communicate risks, develop practical solutions to mitigate risks, and resolve disputes. Worked with risk management in-house experts and brokers to evaluate insurance coverage.

 

For legal firms in private practice, Julie provided legal representation to owners, developers, contractors, and subcontractors in the areas of construction, real estate, corporate, and commercial transactions. Represented owners, contractors, and subcontractors in the negotiation of contracts and the resolution of breach of contract, termination, and lien claims; negotiated purchase agreements, leases, and closing documents for commercial and residential real estate deals. Assisted clients with loan financing and acquisitions through eminent domain. Negotiated and drafted documents relating to construction projects, mergers, asset acquisitions, stock purchases, loans, indemnity agreements, employment agreements, and real estate and business acquisition transactions. Performed research regarding construction litigation claims and prepared complaints. As a professional engineer and project management professional, performed structural and civil design engineering and project management tasks including scheduling and cost control. Designed structures for industrial, municipal, and transportation projects. Performed contract negotiation, contract administration, invoice control, and coordination with engineering and budgeting staff for the final design of a proposed $775 million light rail project. Responsible for the cost control and scheduling using Primavera of an engineering condition assessment of a transit authority’s infrastructure.

Legal Assistant

Kim Miller

EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS

JURIS DOCTOR

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO SCHOOL OF LAW, 2000

MASTERS OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

KELLER GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT, XXXX

MASTERS OF SCIENCE

PURDUE UNIVERSITY, 1984

BACHELORS OF SCIENCE

PURDUE UNIVERSITY, 1982

Colorado

2000

Professional Associations

Colorado Bar Association 

Public Speaking & Engagements

Panelist, BizWest’s Rocky Mountain Construction Summit 2018,

The Voice of General Construction: Current Challenges in Construction.

 

Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience

Assisted contractor in support of its $30 million delay claim in the Dispute Resolution Board proceeding related to a $204 million transportation project.

Supported contractor in the defense of a $50 million breach of contract arbitration claim related to a contract mining operation.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Training

AAA ACE 19 Case Finances: What Arbitrators Need to Know, 2019

Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators, 2019

AAA Arbitration Awards Safeguarding, Deciding and Writing Awards, 2019

AAA – Clarity in Award Writing. AAA – Case Finances for Arbitrators.

Julie’s Blog

In the News

CEO’s Talk Real Estate, Construction and COVID-19

BizWest's CEO Roundtables continue to offer the opportunity for CEO's to gather, virtually, to discuss the current state of the industries in which they represent. July 21, 2020, leaders of Boulder's real estate and construction industry came together and discuss the...

Firm Happenings

 

Let’s Talk: #Garminoutage

The Garmin outage continues to rattle users around the world as they surpass 24-hours of “server maintenance.” Here’s what we know: “We are currently experiencing an outage that affects Garmin Connect, and as a result, the Garmin Connect website and mobile app are...