Buck Beltzer

As a professional engineer turned construction lawyer, Buck Beltzer develops strategies to turn around troubled projects, and he steps in to help resolve any disputes which are unavoidable. Buck has won cases tried to juries, arbitration panels, and judges. These disputes have involved contract scope, schedule/delay, impacts, standard of care, and construction defects on commercial, infrastructure, and energy projects, both private and public. He has represented parties to design-bid-build, CM/GC, target price, design-build, ESCO, incentive, and P3 delivery method agreements. He’s resolved complex, multi-party, and multi-tier disputes where significant damages were at risk.


Prior to becoming a lawyer, Buck worked as a civil engineer in Colorado and North Carolina, specializing in transportation infrastructure and major interchange projects. His team designed several high-profile projects, like the University Boulevard interchange portion of Denver’s design-build TREX project and the roadway and ramp improvements for the Piedmont Triad International Airport’s FedEx handling facility in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is licensed as a professional engineer in Colorado. 


Buck holds a Bachelors of Civil Engineering from Auburn University and a Juris Doctorate from University of Denver, where he graduated Order of the Coif, was awarded several American Jurisprudence awards, co-founded the Construction Law Society, and was an Associate Editor of the Law Review.


Buck is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Nevada, and has represented clients via pro hac vice admission in Wyoming, Washington, Nevada, Kansas, Montana, California, South Dakota, Minnesota, and South Carolina.


Founding Partner

(720) 277-2113




  • Colorado
  • Nevada


  • Lead counsel for a top-10 ENR Contractor in a $20M payment and differing site condition claim. This was against a local government for a commercial building. The claim resolved favorably in mediation.
  • Lead counsel for a top-10 ENR Contractor alleging $3M in delay and disruption damages against a design-build architect. The claim resolved favorably in mediation.
  • Defended the lead engineer of a $500M design-build project against payment claims asserted by a sub-consultant on a target price agreement. He prevailed in arbitration, including an award of $1.5M in legal fees for the client.


  • Juris Doctorate at the University of Denver, Order of the Coif
  • Bachelors of Civil Engineering, Auburn University

Practice Areas

  • Heavy Civil


  • Lawyer of the Year, Colorado Construction Law and Construction Litigation, Best Lawyers, 2020
  • Top Lawyer, Construction, 5280 Magazine, 2019
  • Denver’s Top Lawyers, Construction, 5280, 2018-2019


  • Task Force Considers Alternative Green Roof Initiative. Colorado Real Estate Journal. November 2018 (co-author)
  • Best Practices in Presenting Delay Claims: Bench Trial/Arbitration/Jury Trial Construction Lawyer, expected publication Summer 2017
  • Time is Not Money – The World of No Damages for Delay Clauses. ABA Forum on Construction Law, Mid-Winter Meeting, January 2013


  • Adverse Weather and the Construction Process. Construction Briefing, Federal Publications, Inc. September 1998
  • Interpreting and Enforcing Unsigned Construction Contracts. Construction Law Notes. September 1998
  • Claims for Lost Profit. Proving and Pricing Construction Claims, Wiley Law. 1996

Speaking Engagements

  • Expensive Mistakes to Avoid When the Scope of Work Changes, 2020
  • Drafting and Enforcing Target-Price Agreements, 2019
  • Best Practices in Arbitration and Mediation, 2019


  • American Bar Association
  • DBIA board member
  • Colorado Contractors Association
  • Associated General Contractors of Colorado

Represetative Matters