Sweetbaum Sands Anderson PC is a leading commercial, insurance and real estate litigation and transactional law firm in the Rocky Mountain West providing legal services across a wide spectrum of practice areas.
The firm's practice is as varied as its clients, and the firm's shareholders have extensive experience within their specialties. In the litigation arena, the attorneys of Sweetbaum Sands practice in all areas of commercial law including, litigation of corporate, commercial, insurance defense, bad faith defense, real estate, construction defect, mechanic's lien and title insurance claims, as well as disputes involving commercial loan defaults, foreclosures, receiverships and enforcement of homeowner association liens. The firm's attorneys represent clients on land, office, retail, restaurant and mixed-use income producing and development projects, working with private and public sector parties, and providing services for real estate acquisitions and sales, development, zoning and land use, loans and financing transactions, commercial leasing, property management and real estate brokerage, construction agreements, LLC and entity formation documents, and asset based transactions. Whether a litigation or transactional matter, the attorneys of Sweetbaum Sands strive to provide clients with viable, economic and responsive solutions to their legal needs. Sweetbaum Sands is proud that each of its senior shareholders has an "AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5" rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available, and has consistently had its shareholders listed among the Super Lawyers in Colorado for each year since such designation began. Sweetbaum Sands was recognized by U.S.News & World Report and Best Lawyers as a 2011-2012 Best Law Firm for Commercial Litigation - Real Estate Litigation, and was designated as a Best Law Firm for Insurance Law by U.S.News & World Report and Best Lawyers for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.
1125 17th Street, Suite 2100
Denver CO 80202
Real Estate Transactions and Litigation
In the Real Estate Transactional practice group, our attorneys have extensive knowledge and experience in real estate acquisitions and dispositions, financing, leasing, development, and zoning and land use matters involving land, office, retail, restaurant and mixed-use income producing and development projects, as well as single and multi-family residential properties, including condominium and common interest communities. Our attorneys represent and work with private and public sector stakeholders, developers, lenders, tenants, architects, builders and general contractors, providing insight and guidance through the myriad of issues intrinsic to a successful real estate project or transaction. We negotiate annexation, zoning, development and economic incentive agreements, we advise on the creation and use of special districts, manage the application of permits and other entitlements, negotiate leases and purchase and sale agreements, and monitor and manage use restrictions and other covenants, conditions and restrictions to enable our clients to maximize the value and opportunity of their commercial real estate assets.
Alan D. Sweetbaum is the founding shareholder of the law firm of Sweetbaum Sands Anderson PC. He founded the law firm in 1994 and has grown the practice from two lawyers to its present size. Mr. Sweetbaum has been practicing law continuously since 1983. He practices in the area of commercial and civil litigation and specializes in handling all types of litigation affecting real estate. Mr. Sweetbaum also handles bankruptcy, foreclosure, receivership, quiet title actions, construction defect and mechanic's lien litigation and title insurance litigation, including defense of bad faith claims. He represents individuals and companies both large and small. He has handled numerous appeals in Federal and State courts, many of which are published opinions having significant consequences in the business arena. Mr. Sweetbaum lectures frequently on various real estate, title insurance and litigation issues. He is frequently asked to be an expert witness on various legal matters. For many years Mr. Sweetbaum was the host of several radio shows on KOA radio and KTLK radio in Denver. He is an "AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5" rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell and has had the honor of being selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers for every year since its inception in 2006, reflecting a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Mr. Sweetbaum was also selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 and 2014 in the field of Commercial Litigation.
Admission To Practice:
-U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
-U.S Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
-District of Columbia
University of Denver College of Law, J.D. 1983
-Associate Editor, Denver Law Journal
-Staff, Administrative Law Journal
-Order of St. Ives (top 10% of class)
Syracuse University, B.A. 1978
University of Denver College of Law
Brad Ramming practices in the firm's litigation department and is the firm's principal shareholder responsible for client matters involving construction oriented litigation. In addition, Mr. Ramming has extensive experience respresenting defendants in toxic tort litigation, including cases involving, mold, asbestos, radioactive materials and other contaminants alleged to have caused bodily injury and death.
Mr. Ramming's construction law practice is related to the defense of builders, developers, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals, including architects and engineers, in construction related lawsuits. Mr. Ramming is regularly involved as lead counsel on Colorado's largest and most complex multi-family construction defect trials. In addition, Mr. Ramming also assists business and individual clients in evaluating and prosecuting construction related claims.
Mr. Ramming has arbitrated and tried cases involving the priority and foreclosure of mechanic's liens, actions against landowners, single family construction defects, commercial construction contract disputes and insurance bad faith. He has 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.
In law school, Mr. Ramming was a member of the Moot Court Trial Advocacy team and Moot Court Board of Governors. He continues to work with young adults by regularly participating as a panelist in state sponsored Moot Court competitions. He is rated "AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5" by Martindale Hubbell, and was recognized and honored for inclusion in "Super Lawyers" by Law and Politics Magazine in 2009 and 2010. Mr. Ramming has also been published in "The Colorado Lawyer." Mr. Ramming regularly participates as a lecturer at construction law conferences, both in Colorado and in other areas of the Country, and has spoken at conferences sponsored by various organizations including the American Bar Association and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
Admission to Practice:
Admitted to Colorado Bar 1993
Admitted to United States District Court for the District of Colorado 1995
Admitted 10th Circuit Court of Appeals 2004
Oklahoma City University, J.D. 1992
University of Oklahoma, B.A. 1989
Oklahoma City University
Carolyn Abrahams is a Shareholder with the law firm of Sweetbaum Sands Anderson PC and has been regularly practicing law since 1983, with a concentration in the areas of real estate and commercial transactions. Mrs. Abrahams was elected the Managing Shareholder for the firm in October, 2010 and served in that capacity through May, 2012.
Practice Areas include,
-real estate acquisitions and dispositions;
-development, zoning and land use;
-loans and financing transactions;
-commercial and residential property management;
-real estate brokerage;
-LLC and entity formation; and
-commercial asset based transactions.
Transactions involve land, office, retail, restaurant and mixed-use income producing and development projects, working with private and public sector parties, as well as single and multi-family residential properties, including condominium and common interest communities.
University of Denver School of Law
Geoffrey P. Anderson joined Sweetbaum Sands Anderson PC as a Shareholder in January, 2011 and continues to practice in the areas of real estate and commercial litigation and real estate transactions representing individuals, and companies both large and small. Mr. Anderson has extensive experience in complex civil litigation including commercial contracts, real estate title matters, quiet title actions, title insurance (including defense of bad faith claims), construction defect and mechanics' lien litigation, mined land reclamation issues and enforcement of security interests. He has developed a particular emphasis and expertise in the areas of road and access law Mr. Anderson has represented clients on appellate matters before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the Colorado Supreme Court and the Colorado Court of Appeals. Mr. Anderson has also practiced in the areas of bankruptcy, debtor-creditor relations, and foreclosures, and served as a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee in 1986-1987.
University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, J.D. 1985
Colorado State University, Denver, Colorado, B.S. 1979
Admission to Practice:
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado,1986
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1988
University of Denver
Jon F. Sands is a Shareholder of Sweetbaum Sands Anderson PC. Mr. Sands practices in the area of civil litigation including trials, appeals and arbitrations. His particular areas of emphasis include insurance coverage, bad faith defense, insurance defense, professional liability defense, construction defect, title insurance and real estate, unfair competition and trade secret protection, and general commercial litigation. Mr. Sands is an AV Preeminent (5.0 out of 5) rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell. He has been lead trial counsel in numerous jury and bench trials throughout the state of Colorado, and has an extensive appellate practice. Mr. Sands teaches courses on insurance law and trial presentation, and is a frequent lecturer for continuing education courses involving insurance bad faith, real estate litigation and general litigation. Mr. Sands has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers by Law and Politics Magazine for every year since its inception in 2006, reflecting a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Mr. Sands has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 and 2014 in the fields of Insurance Law and Commercial Litigation.
Admission to Practice:
Licensed by Colorado Supreme Court October, 1980
Admitted to practice before all Colorado state courts; The United States District Court for the District of Colorado; The United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals; and The United States Court of Federal Claims
University of Colorado School of Law. J.D., 1980
University of Colorado, B.S. Journalism, 1976. Graduated with honors.
University of Colorado School of Law
Joshua D. McMahon joined Sweetbaum Sands Anderson PC in April, 2011 and is a Shareholder practicing primarily in the areas of commercial and real estate litigation. Mr. McMahon's particular areas of experience include real estate title disputes, quiet title actions, title insurance, water, environmental, natural resources and mining. Mr. McMahon has represented clients before the Colorado, State and Federal Courts and on appellate matters before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the Colorado Court of Appeals.
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, J.D. 2005
Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri, B.S.ed, cum laude 2001
Admission to Practice:
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit & Tenth Circuit
University of Nebraska
Thomas L. DeVine, Jr. is a Shareholder and member of the firm's civil litigation group. Since joining Sweetbaum Sands in April, 2010, Mr. DeVine has focused his practice on the representation of clients in all types of commercial and real estate litigation, with an emphasis on representation of contractors, subcontractors and others in the construction related industries. Mr. DeVine's practice is based upon extensive courtroom experience, representing clients and handling trials in Colorado State and Federal Courts, including appellate matters before the Colorado Court of Appeals, Colorado Supreme Court, and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. DeVine has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in construction litigation since 2009, awarded to only 5% of Colorado attorneys under age 40 and has a Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbel.
Admitted to Practice:
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
University of Denver, J.D. 2004
Board of Editors, Denver University Law Review 2002-2004
University of Colorado, B.A., Political Science, 2000
University of Denver
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