Charlotte Wiessner

Member

Denver, Colorado Aspen, Colorado

Phone: 303.299.8110

Fax: 303.298.0940

cwiessner@shermanhoward.com

Education

  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 1985
  • Bachelor of Arts, academic honors, George Washington University, 1981

Charlotte brings more than 30 years of experience representing private and public owners and contractors in the construction industry with a focus on industrial, heavy highway and airport projects.

Charlotte Wiessner is a member in the firm’s Construction and Insurance Recovery practice groups. She assists clients in drafting all types of contracts, including design/engineering, construction, owner’s representative, EPC and design-build. She also assists construction clients with insurance issues.

Charlotte is a trial and appellate attorney representing clients in cases before federal and state courts and in arbitration. She is a frequent speaker for the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry. In 2014, Charlotte was named Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year – Denver” for construction law. In 2017, Charlotte was named Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year – Denver” for insurance law.

Experience

LITIGATION

  • Obtained $20 million verdict, including $9 million in punitive damages, in 13 week federal jury trial for runway contractor at Denver International Airport.
  • Successfully mediated claims in excess of $100 million on behalf of telecommunications company brought by general contractor on national cable system rebuild.
  • Successfully defended municipality in trial to the court on over thirty claims, obtained defense verdict on all claims and award of attorneys’ fees as sanction.
  • Appointed Special Assistant Attorney General to represent State of Colorado in arbitration of claims brought by highway contractor.
  • Counsel for public utility in settlement of claims arising out of conversion of nuclear power plant to gas fired.
  • Counsel for public utility in settlement of claims arising out of construction defects at city-wide chill plant.
  • Counsel for airline fuel consortium in settlement of claims for cost overruns on construction of fuel delivery system at San Francisco International Airport.
  • Counsel for municipality in settlement of claims arising out of cost sharing agreement among water right owners for maintenance costs at Standley Lake Reservoir.
  • Counsel for defense of claims brought by general contractor and design team on jail expansion project, obtaining net settlement payment to County of over $5 million on counterclaims and third-party claims against contractor’s surety and design team.
  • Successfully defended housing authority in trial to the court on $1 million claim for cost overruns and delays, obtaining dismissal of all claims after plaintiff’s case.
  • Successfully defended airline fuel consortium on claims arising out of renovations to fuel delivery system at Logan International Airport.
  • Counsel for national engineering firm in settlement of claims arising out of construction of passenger bridge at Denver International Airport.
  • Successfully arbitrated recovery action on behalf of insurance company obtaining award of approximately $1 million.

 

APPELLATE DECISIONS

  • Quigley v. Rosenthal, 327 F.3d 104 (10th Cir. 2003), cert. denied.
  • Bangert Bros. Const. Co., Inc. v. Kiewit Western Co., 310 F.3d 1278 (10th Cir. 2002).
  • Nauert v. Nava Leisure U.S.A., Inc., 211 F.3d 1278 (10th Cir. 2000) (unpublished).
  • Mehaffy, Rider, Windholz & Wilson v. Central Bank Denver, N.A., 892 P.2d 230 (Colo. 1995).
  • New Design Construction v. City of Thornton, Colorado, Colorado Court of Appeals, Case No. 10CA2212 (2012)(unpublished). cert. denied.
  • Ivan and Lisa Kaufman, Trustees v. Solaris Property Owner, LLC, Colorado Court of Appeals, Case No. 11CA 0244(2012) (unpublished).
  • PCL Construction Services, Inc. v. Protech Theatrical Services, Inc., Colorado Court of Appeals, Case No. 09CA0597 (2010)(unpublished).
  • Steven N. Hirsch, as Trustee for the Franklin Nominee Trust v. James Grant Hunt and Janie A. Hunt, Colorado Court of Appeals, Case No. 06CA1434 (2007) (unpublished).
  • Marais Gaylord, L.L.C. v. BRM Construction, Inc., 2007 WL 1839799 (Colo. App. 2007), cert. denied.
  • Buckhannon v. US West Communications, Inc., 928 P.2d 1331 (Colo. App. 1996).
  • Central Bank Denver, N.A. v. Mehaffy, Rider, Windholz & Wilson, 865 P.2d 862 (Colo. App. 1993).
  • Klancke v. Smith, 829 P.2d 464 (Colo. App. 1991).

 

CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS

  • Represented municipalities in negotiation and preparation of design and construction contracts for water treatment plant, recreation center, field house, police station, fire station, civic center and convention center.
  • Represented defense contractor in negotiation and drafting of design build contract.
  • Represented numerous airline fuel consortia in negotiation, review and preparation of construction, design and owners’ representative contracts for tank farm and jet fuel distribution facilities, including O’Hare, Logan, San Francisco, Dulles, JFK, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Jose, Sacremento, Salt Lake, Denver, Milwaukee, San Diego, Seattle, Fort Myers, Kansas City, Orange County, Nashville, Portland, Minneapolis, Houston, St. Louis, Providence, and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Publications & Presentations

PUBLICATIONS

  • Standard Construction Contract Clauses from the Perspective of the Owner, Contractor and Architect
    Colorado Bar Association CLE Seminar: Construction Law Denver | April 2004
  • The Use of Jury Consultants
    Construct! – Construction Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association, Section of Litigation  Vol. 12 Num. 2 | Spring 2003
  • Copyright Issues of Plans and Specs for Architects and Engineers
    Lorman Education Services Seminar: Construction Litigation | June 26, 2002

 

 

PRESENTATIONS

  • Broomfield Senior Living Owner LLC v. R.G. Brinkmann Company
    Annual Construction Seminar | February 2018
  • Jury Selection in the Age of Millennials
    ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference – San Francisco | May 2017
  • No Labor – an Act of God?
    Annual Construction Seminar | April 2015
  • Moderator, Plenary Program on Jury Research
    ABA Forum on the Construction Industry – Scottsdale | April 2011
  • Moderator, Experts and the eDiscovery Problem
    ABA Section of Litigation Annual Meeting – San Antonio | April 2007
  • Moderator, Reconstruction After a Disaster – Terrorism, Weather and Other Acts of God and Man
    ABA Section of Litigation Annual Meeting – New York | April 2005

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on the Construction Industry
    • Litigation Section
      • Construction Litigation Committee
        • Co-Chair
        • Former Programs Co-Chair
  • American Arbitration Association, Panel of Neutrals, Construction
  • Member, Pitkin County Bar Association
  • Former Assistant Manager, Sherman & Howard Litigation Department
  • Former Board Member, Colorado Women’s Bar Association

Highlights

  • Best Lawyers in America
    • Commercial Litigation (2013-2020)
    • Construction Law (2013-2020)
    • Insurance Law (2013-2020)
    • Litigation – Construction (2012-2020)
  • Best Lawyers in America, “Women in the Law”
  • Best Lawyers in America, “Lawyer of the Year,” Insurance Law, Denver, CO (2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America, “Lawyer of the Year,” Construction Law, Denver, CO (2014)
  • Martindale-Hubbell, Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell, “AV Rated” for 20 years
  • 5280 Magazine, “Top Lawyer”