Stephen Wichern

Stephen supports contractors, subcontractors, and public and private owners in the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts for infrastructure and commercial projects of all natures and sizes. Stephen also provides guidance and assistance to project management teams on a variety of issues arising during the performance of construction projects, including pursuing relief for excusable events, addressing lien claims and discharging sub-tier liens, and finalizing completion certificates and project close-out. Stephen’s passion is to leverage his breadth of knowledge and experience to represent his clients’ needs in the construction process as effectively and efficiently as possible.

 

Before law, Stephen was a structural engineer in Colorado, designing various commercial and public structures and gaining his Professional Engineer license. While supporting transportation and land development projects, he designed bridges, retaining walls and culverts, and oversaw preparation of design plans and construction services. His work in the private sector focused on mid-size vertical commercial, where he designed foundations, retaining walls, floor systems and connections.

 

Stephen joined BBG Law after seven years as Senior In-House Counsel for an international renewable energy company specializing in the development and construction of utility-scale solar, wind, and battery storage projects. This followed his time as a business litigation associate in the construction practice group of a top-100 law firm.

 

Stephen enjoys biking, hiking, snowboarding and otherwise spending time in the Rocky Mountains with his wife and three children.

Stephen Wichern, P.E., Esq.

Partner

(303) 396-5932

stephen@bbglaw.com

Representative Experience

  • Draft and negotiate construction agreements using a variety of contract vehicles for commercial projects of all natures and sizes operating under nearly all forms of project delivery, including traditional design-bid-build, design-build, EPC, and CM at risk.
  • Represent development, commercial, and construction teams in negotiating a variety of contract documents, including EPC and BOP agreements, turbine and solar panel supply agreements, equipment supply agreements, subcontracts, purchase orders, master service agreements, operating and maintenance agreements, for renewable energy projects ranging in size from $5M – $500M.
  • Support Project Management teams on a broad range of issues arising on construction projects, including pursuing claims for relief for owner-caused delay, force majeure, and other excusable events; resolving change orders disputes with project participants; lien filing and discharging sub-tier liens; addressing safety incidents, assisting in emergency response, and responding to regulatory notices and investigations; and, responding to and resolving warranty claims.

Education and Licensing

  • Juris Doctorate, University of Denver, Order of the Coif
  • Bachelors of Applied Science (Civil Engineering), Queen’s University
  • Licensed Attorney, Colorado; Licensed Professional Engineer, Colorado

Recent Speaking and Writing

  • Who’s Responsible for Project Design? Owner and Contractor Expectations Under “Design Assist” Approach, Colorado Real Estate Journal, April 2020.
  • Contracting Best Practices – Liability for Design Documents, BBG 2020 In-House Roundtable & CLE Series, October 2020.
  • Issues in Renewable Energy Contracts, BBG CLE Seminar, December 2019.