Brian P. Molzahn


Brian specializes in commercial, construction and professional liability litigation as well as appeals. As a member of the firm’s Construction & Design Practice Group and as chair of the firm’s Professional Liability Practice Group, Brian has over 17 years of experience representing business owners, public entities, developers, architects, engineers, general contractors, surveyors, subcontractors, suppliers, insurers, insurance and real estate agents/brokers as well as allied health and other various professionals in actions and arbitrations.

As the co-chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group, Brian draws upon over six years of broad and varied experience as a research staff attorney, liaison and senior law clerk for two chief justices in one of the busiest state appellate courts in the nation. That experience has translated into numerous appellate victories and favorable law for design, construction and other professionals.

Brian is often asked to share his knowledge, opinions and insights by way of larger seminar and conference presentations as well as smaller talks and roundtables. Separately, Brian has also authored several chapters within our firm’s comprehensive client reference handbook, Colorado Construction Litigation and Coverage. More recently, however, he has rewritten the subject of design professional liability as part of the 2018 edition of The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Construction Law, the preeminent construction law treatise in the state.

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2002
  • Illinois (inactive), 1994
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit


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


JD: DePaul University College of Law, 1994
BA: Wheaton College, 1990, Political Science and Economics


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Career Distinctions & Honors
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • American Jurisprudence Award Recipient
  • Staff Attorney, Illinois Appellate Court, First Judicial District
  • Senior Law Clerk to the Honorable John N. Hourihane, Chief Justice, Illinois Appellate Court, First Judicial District
  • Senior Law Clerk to the Honorable May June Theis, Chief Justice, Illinois Appellate Court, First Judicial District
Professional Associations
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
  • ALFA International
  • Layton Construction Co., Inc. v. Shaw Contract Flooring Services, Inc., 2016 COA 155
  • Stan Clauson Associates, Inc. v. Coleman Brothers Construction, LLC, 2013 COA 7
  • Martin v. Essrig, 277 P.3d 857 (Colo. App. 2012)
  • Hamon Contractors, Inc. v. Carter & Burgess, Inc., 229 P. 3d 282 (Colo. App. 2008)
  • US Fire Insurance Co. v. Sonitrol Management Corp., 192 P. 3d 543 (Colo. App. 2008)
  • Western Innovations, Inc. v. Sonitrol Corp., 187 P. 3d 1155 (Colo. App. 2008)
  • Weiss v. Waterhouse Securities, Inc., 335 III. App. 3d 875, 781 N.E.2d 1105 (2001), aff’d, 208 III. 2d 439, 804 N.E.2d 536
Articles & Publications // Presentations // Webinars
  • Speaker, “Appellate Practice Update 2016,” Colorado Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2016
  • Speaker, “Rebuilding America: Constructing the Road to Recovery,” ALFA International Construction Law Practice Group Seminar, 2012
  • Speaker, Professional Liability Defense Federation Annual Meeting & CLE Presentation, 2011
  • Author/Editor, “Colorado Construction Defect Litigation and Coverage,” Hall & Evans, 2010