Matthew J. Ninneman


Mr. Ninneman’s practice focuses on complex commercial and construction litigation emphasizing legal representation of owners, general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, and suppliers. In addition to litigating, Mr. Ninneman advises design professionals and construction entities on risk management, contract drafting and negotiation, licensing, dispute resolution, and project delivery systems.

Mr. Ninneman is a frequent author on issues concerning construction claims, contract drafting, design licensure, liability mitigation, and current issues that arise in the construction industry. He is the co-author and contributing editor of “Hard Hat Case Notes,” a quarterly article in the Construction Lawyer, published by The American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction law. He is also co-author of the ABA Forum’s books; “Fundamentals of Construction Law;” “Construction Subcontracting;” and “Construction Law: State and Local Projects.” Mr. Ninneman also lectures at various construction events and seminars on construction claims, contract drafting, liability mitigation, and current construction industry issues.

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


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


JD: William Mitchell College of Law, 2002
BA: University of Minnesota, 1999, History and Political Science


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Career Distinctions & Honors
  • The Best Lawyers in America®; Litigation – Construction, 2020
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, Construction Litigation, 2017-2019
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, “Rising Star,” Construction Litigation, 2016
  • First Place Recipient of Nathan Burken Memorial Competition on Copyright Law
  • Recipient of the Law School Public Service Award
  • Commendations from Wisconsin Governor and State Senator for receiving Nathan Burken Award
  • Namaste Solar Elec., Inc. v. HB Solar of S. California, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118797 (D. Colo. Aug. 26, 2014)
  • Zehren and Associates, Inc. v. Braebum Real Estate Development, LLC, 2009 U.S. Dsit. LEXIS 601 (D. Colo., Jan. 7, 2009)
  • Phase One Landscapes, Inc. v. M. Julia Hook, 2007 Bankr. LEXIS 3954 (10th Cir., Dec. 3, 2007)
Professional Associations
  • Colorado Bar Association
    • CBA Young Lawyers Division, Executive Board Member, 2005-2010
    • Litigation Section
    • Construction Section Committee, Executive Council, 2018-present
  • Denver Bar Association
    • Community Action Network Committee
  • American Bar Association
    • ABA Forum on Construction Law
      • Steering Committee, Subcommittee on Presentations, and Working Group for Division 3 – Design
      • Division 2 – Contract Documents
      • Committee on Special Programing and Education, Liaison
      • Distance Learning Subcommittee
  • Association of General Contractors of Colorado, Professional Associate
Articles & Publications // Presentations // Webinars
  • Author, “New 50-State Survey of Licensed Design Professional’s Stamping and Sealing Obligations,” Under Construction, ABA Forum on Construction Law’s Newsletter, 2018
  • Co-Author/Co-Editor, “50-State Survey of Licensed Design Professional Stamping and Sealing Obligations,” ABA Forum on Construction Law, Division 3, 2018
  • Speaker, “On the Defense,” Construction Law Institute Conference, April 2018
  • Co-Author, “The 2017 A201 Deskbook,” ABA Forum on Construction Law, 2017
  • Co-Author, “State and Local Construction Projects: An Attorney’s Handbook,” ABA Forum on Construction Law, Chapter 12 – Design Services and Design Issues, 2017
  • Panelist, “Construction Administration 101,” Housing Colorado NOW! Annual Conference, October 2017
  • Author, “The Times They Are A Changin’,” Law Week Colorado, September 2017
  • Speaker, “Agreements between Owner, Architect and Contractor,” AIA Document Workshop, December 2016
  • Program Coordinator, “The Construction Lawyer’s Bucket List,” ABA Forum on Construction Law, Plenary 2 0 When Bad Things Happen to Good People – Defending Design Professionals in Disciplinary Proceedings, 2015
  • Co-Author/Co-Editor, “50-State Survey of Firm Licensure Requirements for Architectural and Engineering Firms,” ABA Forum on Construction Law, Division 3, 2015
  • Lecturer, “Fundamentals of Construction Contracts – Understanding the Issues in Colorado,” Warranties and Guarantees in Construction, Lorman Education Services, 2013, 2014
  • Co-Author, “Construction Subcontracting – A Comprehensive Practical and Legal Guide,” ABA Forum on Construction Law, Chapter 21 – Subconsulting Design Contracts and Design Issues, 2014
  • Co-Author, “Fundamentals of Construction Law,” 2nd ED., ABA Forum on Construction Law, Chapter 2 – Design, 2013
  • Co-Author, “Hard Hat Case Notes, ” The Construction Lawyer, ABA Forum on construction Law’s national publication, 2013-present
  • Lecturer, “Assignment of Contracts to Lenders,” ABA Forum on Construction Law, Division 2 and 3 Fall Forum 2013
  • Program Coordinator, “Surfing the Next Wave: The Future of Construction Law and Practice,” ABA Forum on Construction Law, Plenary 9 – The Trial Time Machine: Where We Are Going Tomorrow and How to Plan for it – The Future of Preserving, Finding, and Presenting Construction Project Data at Trial, Annual Meeting 2013
  • Program Chair/ Moderator, “Boston’s Big Dig, Designing for Success,” ABA Forum on Construction Law, Fall Meeting 2012
  • Author/Lecturer, “On the Defense – ‘Mitigating Exposure in Construction Defect Litigation,” Knott Laboratory, 2012 Claims Seminar
  • Contributing Editor, “The Construction Lawyer,” ABA Forum on Construction law national publication, 2011-present
  • Author/Lecturer, “Avoiding Liability for the Design Professional,” CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2011
  • Program Coordinator, “The Age of Turbulence: Managing Money Issues in Construction,” ABA Forum on Construction Law, Annual Meeting 2010
  • Contributing author, “2008-2009 Construction Law Update: Case Law & Legislation Affecting the Construction Industry,” ABA Forum on Construction Law – Division 10 Legislation and Environment, 2009
  • Program Coordinator, “Coverages, Disputes and Tactics for Survival: Critical Insurance and Litigation Issues and Insights,” ABA Forum on Construction Law, Mid-Winter Form 2009
  • Cited Authority, “False Claims in Construction Contracts-Federal, State and Local,” Sink, Charles M. and Krista L. Pages, ABA Forum on Construction law, p. 268, 2009
  • Contributing Author, “2007-2008 Construction law Update: Case Law & Legislation Affecting the Construction Industry,” ABA Forum on Construction Law – Division 10, Legislation and Environment, 2008
  • Contributing Author, “Recent Legislation Affecting the Construction Industry,” The Construction lawyer, Vol. 27, No. 4, 2004
  • Co-Author, “Building code Adoption, Compliance and Enforcement,” CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2007
  • Program Chair/Moderator “Avoiding Mistakes In All the Right Places,” Colorado Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Seminar, University of Colorado Law School, 2007
  • Research Contributor, “Sale of Goods: Reading and Applying the Code,” Chomsky & Kunz, West Group, 2002
  • Research Contributor, “Click-Through Agreements: Strategies for Avoiding Disputes on Validity of Assent,” 57 Bus. Law. 401, 401 n.*, 2001
  • Author, “‘Time Out That’s My Move’ – Applying Copyright Law to Athletic Maneuvers,” American Society Of Composers, Artists And Publishers (ASCAP), 2002
Business & Community Service
  • Lorman Education Services and CLE in Colorado, Inc., Faculty Member, 2010-present
  • First Descent, Fundraising Coordinator, 2009-present
  • Re-Discovery, Officer of Board of Directors, 2015-present
Professional Experience

Prior to joining Hall & Evans, Mr. Ninneman was a Partner at Godin & Baity, LLC.

Other Activities

Mr. Ninneman enjoys spending time with his wife, daughters, and son (and 2 dogs). His interest include Hiking, skiing, fishing, camping, and photography.