Stephen A. Hess


Colorado Springs, Colorado Denver, Colorado Albuquerque, New Mexico

Phone: 719.448.4042

Fax: 719.635.4576


  • Juris Doctor, University of Colorado School of Law, 1987
    • Articles Editor, University of Colorado Law Review
  • Master of Arts, emphasis in Philosophy of Science and Mathematical Logic, Rice University, 1985
  • Bachelor of Arts, Franklin and Marshall College, 1982

Stephen Hess is a member in Sherman & Howard’s Construction industry practice group. His construction and real property practice focuses on construction and real property contracts and the litigation of construction and real property disputes before trial and appellate courts, administrative tribunals, and arbitration panels. In addition, Stephen serves as general outside counsel to a number of construction and real property-related businesses, including developers, general contractors, design professionals, and large subcontractors.

Stephen is also heavily involved in Olympic and International Sports Law.  He serves as outside counsel to nine National Governing Bodies recognized by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee.  In that capacity, he advises NGBs with respect to business, sports law, and international federation issues; he also represents NGBs in a wide variety of arbitration and litigation matters.


  • Represents parties to construction contracts involving a wide variety of matters, from modest claims to multi-million dollar breach of contract, defective construction and termination actions.
  • Represents elite and Olympic athletes and National Governing Bodies in disputes involving Olympic and international competition.

Publications & Presentations




  • Editor, Construction Briefings
    West, Thomson/Reuters company | 2006 – 2008
  • Editor, The Construction Lawyer
    American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry | 2012-2015; Associate Editor, 2008-2012
  • Executive Editor, Design Professional and Construction Manager Law
    ABA  Forum on the Construction Industry | 2007
  • Editor, Colorado Methods of Practice
     West/Thomson Reuters | 2015-present
  • Author, Colorado Civil Litigation Handbook
    With annual revisions; West, a Thomson/Reuters Company | 2004
  • Colorado Civil Rules Annotated (co-author with Sheila Hyatt)
    (two vols.) 4th ed. and annual supplements; West, a Thomson/Reuters company | 2005
  • Colorado Handbook on Courtroom Evidence (co-author with Sheila Hyatt)
  • 2004 and annual revisions West, a Thomson/Reuters company | 2004
  • Author, Chapters 3 and 10 of R. Benson, ed., Colorado Construction Law
    CLE in Colorado, Inc. | 2008
  • Author, three chapters in Construction Law textbook for law students
    published by American Bar Association
  • Author, more than two dozen law review articles on construction law and other topics in national construction law journals and treatises.
  • Author and presenter, numerous papers, presentations, and programs both nationally and within Colorado on wide variety of litigation topics and construction law topics.



  • Public-Private Partnerships
    Annual Colorado Construction Seminar | March 2020
  • Colorado Trust Fund Statute
    Construction Seminar | March 2019
  • Trust Fund Violations on Construction Projects
    Construction Seminar | October 2017
  • Introduction to Construction Law
    American Bar Association Annual Meeting, New York City, NY | August 2017
  • Developments in Construction Lending
    Annual Construction Seminar | October 2015
  • Noncomplying Change Orders
    Sherman & Howard Construction Webinar | September 2015
  • New Take on Differing Site Conditions and Pre-Bid Investigations
    Annual Colorado Construction Seminar | February 2015

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Adjunct Professor, (Construction Law) University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Chairman, Appeals Tribunal (formerly FIBT Court of Arbitration), Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation)
  • Ethics Committee, Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation)
  • American Arbitration Association
    • National Roster of Construction Arbitrators
    • Arbitrator, National Panel of Construction Arbitrators
  • Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers
  • Colorado Lottery Commission
    • Former Chair
    • Former Vice Chair


  • Best Lawyers In America, Colorado Springs
    • Construction Law (2013-2022)
    • Litigation: Construction (2013-2022)
  • Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation, Colorado (2017-2021)
  • Chambers USA, Recognized Practitioner, Sports Law, National (2016-2021)
  • The American College of Construction Lawyers, Fellow (2018)
  • Law Week Colorado, “Barrister’s Best,” Sports Lawyer (2014, 2018)
  • International Who’s Who, Construction