About Brad Ramming
When I was a practicing attorney, the primary focus of my practice was related to defending builders, developers, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals including architects and engineers in construction defect lawsuits. Even though I was often in the “defense” role, I was also almost always in the “prosecutorial” role because of the prevalence of competing claims and third party practices. But, I was never exclusively just on the “defense” side. I also regularly represented owners and institutional entities when they had claims that had be presented in relation to their projects. I always felt that by having both sides of the practice, my ability to represent the clients was enhanced. Plus, I don’t ever recall anyone telling me that I had to be either a defense attorney or a plaintiff attorney. To me, I was just an attorney doing what I could to help clients.
Over the course of 30 years, I was lead counsel on a number of Colorado’s largest multi-family construction defect trials, and I was regularly involved as lead counsel on Colorado’s largest construction defect lawsuits. As noted above, I also regularly assisted corporate, municipal, and private clients in prosecuting construction-related claims.
In addition to my construction law practice, I arbitrated and tried cases involving priority and foreclosure of mechanic’s liens, actions against landowners, landlord/tenant disputes, adjoining landowner disputes, premises liability actions, personal injury/wrongful death actions, and contract disputes. I always loved being a construction lawyer, but let’s face it, one can only take so many files involving whether dissimilar materials are properly joined together. So, to keep up my attention I welcomed other types of cases.
Before I began to focus on construction law, I acted as lead and co-counsel on numerous jury and court trials as well as many arbitrations under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association and the National Association of Securities Dealers.
When I was in law school, I always felt that I was going to be a litigator. To help me with that I spent a good deal of time focusing on classes and projects that would be important to trial advocacy skills—this included my participation in the Moot Court. Eventually, I ended up as a member of the Moot Court Trial Advocacy team and Moot Court Board of Governors. Throughout my career, I continued to work with young people who wanted to have a career as attorneys by regularly participating as a panelist in state-sponsored Moot Court competitions.
Additionally, I was able to help my community by serving as the Colorado Bar Association’s Representative to the Joint Legislative Statutory Revision Committee a the Capitol from 2016 through 2020. I also served as a member of the Colorado Bar Association Construction Council from 2020 through the present.
I enjoyed working with a great many people during my legal career and am looking forward to continuing to work with them and others including, I hope you in my role as a neutral.
Awards & Associations
Throughout my career, I have carried an AV Peer Review rating with Martindale Hubble. I am also proud to have been selected for the following awards:
- Superlawyer© 2010-2021 (Construction Litigation)
- Top 100 Superlawyer© 2020 & 2021
- The Best Lawyers in America© 2017-2022 (Construction Litigation)
- Top Lawyer in Colorado by 5280 Magazine 2010, 2017, 2019-2022
- Denver Bar Association
- Colorado Bar Association
- Arapahoe Bar Association
- American Arbitration Association—Construction Law Panel Member
- American Arbitration Association—Commercial Law Panel Member
- National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
- American Bar Association
- Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
- Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
What Our Clients Say
“I highly recommend Brad Ramming as a mediator. I have used Brad as a mediator in numerous cases and all cases have resulted in a settlement. Brad is always thoroughly prepared, understanding both the strengths and weaknesses of your case. In addition to addressing liability and damages issues, Brad also has valuable experience addressing insurance coverage issues. This versatility allows Brad to bring a unique skill set as a mediator.”
“Brad is an excellent, practical-minded mediator. He’s not afraid to tackle tough issues with multiple parties, and remain involved after mediation day to help broker a resolution. Brad is sought after by real estate practitioners in particular because of his familiarity with the law and his experience in practice, which is valuable to helping persuade parties to settle. If you have a difficult case, with difficult parties, and need to settle—get on Brad’s calendar!”
“The best mediators are the ones that can look a party to litigation in the eye and explain the strengths and weaknesses of their case because they have been there. That’s Brad Ramming. Mr. Ramming approaches mediation the way he approached litigation—developing a critical understanding of what is important to the parties and within the case. With his background and temperament, Mr. Ramming’s ability to mediate is second to none.”
How It Works
From the outset of the process all I can know about your case is what you tell me. In both the written materials I receive and through direct conversations with you both prior to the mediation, during the mediation and often times in post session discussions. The process involves you educating me as much as possible about the facts and circumstances of your case, the different perspectives of the parties and the goal for how best to resolve the dispute. Good advocates understand the importance of the pros and the cons of their cases. To the extent that I get an understanding of the pros and cons, it can only help. Through this exchange of information, you put me in the best place to help you.
You will have spent a great deal of time strategizing with your client(s) on the best way to present their case. Often times you will have spent a lot of time working your file, through the process of factual discovery and in consultation with experts. Many cases are about maximizing a recovery of economic interests, but not all. Some are about continuing or mending a relationship. Regardless, to the extent that you can let me know what your strategy is, the better I am able to find my place in helping you implement it.
Once we get to the mediation session, I am a firm believer in listening to the parties and their advocates discuss the facts and circumstance and legal realities of their case. That process often continues throughout the session and even beyond in certain instances. However, the process has to be a mix of an information exchange and movement towards resolution. In cases where economics are the driving force, its important for the party making the claim to have exchanged an opening demand, with justification therefor, to the those whom it seeks a response. If that first move doesn’t happen until the session begins, the process lags. Obviously, the process shouldn’t be rushed, but it also shouldn’t be stalled by lack of action.