Benton J. Barton


Benton Barton is a talented, hardworking trial lawyer who is brought in to assist clients whenever and wherever they need him. Benton’s practice focuses on disputes and accidents arising from design, construction, and environmental projects. He has taken to trial many significant high-exposure cases, and his appellate efforts have generated new and notable law.

In addition to serving on its management team and chairing its Construction & Design practice group, Benton is the firm’s contact partner for leading design firms, product suppliers and insurers. His attention to detail and zealous efforts have been applied with success in design, construction, environmental and personal injury matters of the highest complexity in Colorado, and also in Arizona, Connecticut, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. Parties also regularly hire Benton to help them resolve disputes through the American Arbitration Association’s National Panel of Construction Arbitrators, where he has presided over fifty matters.

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1999
  • Texas, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


Denver Office
1001 17th Street
Suite 300
Denver, CO 80202


JD: University of Texas School of Law, 1992

BA: Austin College, 1989


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Career Distinctions & Honors
  • The Best Lawyers in America®; Construction Law; Arbitration; and Litigation – Construction
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, Professional Liability Defense; Construction Law
  • American Arbitration Association, Construction Law Arbitrator
  • Stan Clauson Associates, Inc. v. Coleman Brothers Construction, LLC, 297 P.3d 1042 (Colo. App. 2013)
  • Hamon Contractors, Inc. v. Carter & Burgess, Inc., 229 P.3d 282 (Colo. App. 2009)
  • Tyler Car & Truck Ctr. v. Empire Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 2 S.W.3d 482 (Tex.App. – Tyler 1999)
  • Chasewood Oaks Condo. Homeowners Ass’n, Inc. v. Amatek Holdings, Inc., 977 S.W.2d 840 (Tex.App. – Fort Worth 1998)
  • Andrade Garcia v. Columbia Med. Ctr. of Sherman, 996 F.Supp. 605 (E.D. Tex. 1998)
  • National Indus. Sand Ass’n v. Gibson, 897 S.W.2d 769 (Tex. 1995)
  • Doe v. Rains Co. Ind. School Dist., 76 F.3d 666 (5th Cir. 1996)
  • Tarrant Co. Hosp. District v. Curry, 907 S.W.2d 445 (Tex. 1995)
  • Doe v. Rains Co. Ind. School Dist., 66 F.3d 1402 (5th Cir. 1995)
  • Humphreys v. Caldwell, 888 S.W.2d 469 (Tex. 1994)
  • Humphreys v. Caldwell, 881 S.W.2d 940 (Tex.App. – Corpus Christi 1994)
  • Smith v. L.D. Burns Drilling Co., 852 S.W.2d 40 (Tex.App. – Waco 1993)
Professional Associations
  • ALFA International: Construction Practice Group (Past Chair) Board Member
  • American Bar Association – Forum on Construction Law (Div. 3/Design)
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
  • DRI
  • Colorado Bar Foundation, Fellow
Articles // Publications // Presentations // Webinars
  • Speaker, “Is the Worst Really Over? Designing New Opportunities in 2021,” Design Professional Risk Seminar, 2021
  • Speaker, “CLAIM Is A Five-Letter Word: What Happens When It Happens to You?” Van Oppen & Co. 2 Risk Control Seminar, 2021
  • Speaker, “Designing Your Contracts to Handle Curveballs So You Can Play Moneyball, not Dodgeball,” Van Oppen & Co. 2 Risk Control Seminar, 2019
  • Speaker, “Trump Cards: How the President’s Policies are Impacting Projects,” Burns & McDonnell In-House EPC CLE, 2018
  • Program Chair, “Leaving It Better Than You Found It: How to Lead, Inspire and Improve in Business and Law,” ALFA International, 2018
  • Speaker, “Public-Private Partnerships,” Beazley Design Professionals, 2017
  • Author/Speaker, “Catastrophic Litigation: Lessons from Defending Headline Cases,” ALFA International, 2015
  • Author/Editor, “Colorado Construction Defect Litigation and Coverage,” 2010 (Book)
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