Lance M. Sears

Top rated personal injury attorney in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Sears & Associates, P.C.
Lance M. Sears
Sears & Associates, P.C.

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Professional liability, Business litigation; view more

Licensed in Colorado since: 1975

Education: University of Colorado Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

Sears & Associates, P.C.

Two North Cascade Avenue
Suite 1250
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Visit website


As a partner with the Sears & Associates, P.C, law firm in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Lance M. Sears focuses his practice on personal injury, commercial litigation and grievance defense. Serving residents throughout Colorado, Mr. Sears provides high-quality representation for clients with legal needs related to any of the following:

·         Personal injury

·         Auto and truck accidents

·         Business disputes

·         Wrongful death

·         Ski/snowboard accidents

·         Spinal/brain injuries

A Colorado native, Mr. Sears received his Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado Law School in 1975, and the Colorado Bar Association admitted him that same year. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

With over 40 years of experience practicing law, attorney Sears has had a long and distinguished career as a lawyer. Beginning as a deputy district attorney for El Paso County, he honed his trial skills in the courtroom, and a significant portion of his practice involves litigating civil matters before federal courts. As testament to his experience as a trial lawyer, he has received numerous appointments to various legal associations and committees.

Along with his legal experience, Mr. Sears is an experienced educator and lecturer. Sought for his extensive knowledge of the law, he has delivered speeches throughout the country on a variety of legal subjects, and he has accumulated over 600 hours teaching law students and lecturing other attorneys in subjects involving trial tactics, legal ethics, personal injury law and commercial torts.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Professional liability: plaintiff, Business litigation

Focus areas

Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Wrongful death, Dram shop laws, Brain injury, Trucking accidents, Legal malpractice, Ethics & professional responsibility

  • 50% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 30% Professional liability: plaintiff
  • 20% Business litigation

First Admitted: 1975, Colorado

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Belli Society, Member, 2004 – Present
  • Fourth Judicial District Judicial Qualification Commission, 1994 – 2001
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, State Delegate, 1988 – 1990
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 1982 – Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1979
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 1998 – Present
  • National College of Advocacy, Board of Trustees, 1995 – Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Ethics Committee, 1983 – Present
  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow, 2003 – Present
  • District of Colorado Federal Court Vacancy Commission, 1998
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Board of Governors, 1990 – 1996
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Co–Chair Peoples’ Law School, 1993 – 1994
  • Colorado, 1975
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association, Charter Member
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates, President, 2002
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member, 1975 – Present
  • Colorado State Judicial Qualification Commission, Member/Chair, 1997 – 2006
  • District of Colorado Federal Civil Justice Advisory Committee, 1991 – 1995
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, 1979 – Present
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Past President 
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, ATLA PAC Vice–Chair, 1991
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1975
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, President, 1988 – 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1979 – Present
  • National College of Advocacy, Certified Diplomat, 1992
  • El Paso County Bar Association, Member, 1975 – Present
  • ATLA Citation of Excellence, 1990
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • “Preparing an Effective Direct and Cross Exam”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2004
  • “Understanding the Role of Bias in Discovery” CTLA’s Blockbuster13, Denver, CO, January 10-11, 2013
  • “Selecting a Jury in the Age of Jury Bias and Lawyer Bashing”, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 2004
  • “ Building Your Civil Trial Skills” seminar NBI, Colorado Springs, CO, Dec 14, 2012
  • “Overcoming Juror Bias Part II: The Ten Commandments” – Santa Fe, NM – October 2004
  • “Understanding the Role of Bias in Discovery” Arizona Association for Justice, Scottsdale, AZ, October 26 – 27, 2012
  • “Grievance Prosecutors”, Colorado District Attorneys Conference, 2003
  • “Obstructionist Deposition Tactics” Utah Association for Justice, Salt Lake City, UT,October 4-5, 2012
  • “Making Facts Come Alive with Exhibits in Opening”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2003
  • “Understanding the Role of Bias in Discovery,” AAJ Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, July 2012
  • “Compelling use of Modern Themes in your Low Impact Cases”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2003
  • “Understanding the Role of Bias in Discovery,” The Jury Bias Model 2TM: The Start of the Revolution – Applying the Principles from Discovery to Closing, Las Vegas, NV, March 29-31, 2012
  • “Theming Your Case: A Methodology”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2003
  • “Deposing the Expert and Handling the Obstructionist Lawyer in Depositions,” Advanced Depositions College, AAJ, New Orleans, January 2012
  • “Overcoming Jury Bias College” – Scottsdale, AZ – February 2003
  • “Using PowerPoint Questioning for Time Limited Voir Dire and to Set up Challenges for Cause,” Mass Torts, April 2011
  • “Rules of Marketing,” American Association for Justice, New York City, July 2011
  • Auto Cases Seminar During Jazz Fest – New Orleans, LA – May 2003
  • “Understanding the Role of Bias in Discovery.” American Association for Justice, Winter, January 2010
  • Advocacy Track: Panel: “Opening Statement: Making Facts Come Alive with Exhibits in Opening” – 2003 Annual Convention – San Francisco, CA – July 2003
  • “Deposing the Corporate Designee,”American Association for Justice, 2010
  • Overcoming Juror Bias College – Atlanta, GA – October 2003
  • “Microexpressions and Body Language,” American Association for Justice, 2010
  • “The New Millennium Client”, Kansas Trial Lawyers, 2002
  • “Accessing the Reptilian Brain through Rules and Codes,” Florida Justice Association Winter Ski CLE Seminar, December 14, 2009
  • “Theming Your Case”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2002
  • “Accessing the Reptilian Brain through Rules and Codes,” Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Sidney T. Marable Advanced Trial Advocacy Conference, November 7, 2009
  • “Using and Applying Focus Group Results”, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2002
  • “How to Handle Rambo Litigator Tactics During Depositions: The Law and Strategy”, SeminarWeb program, March 31, 2009
  • “Daubert is not only for Defendants: What Every Plaintiff’s Lawyer Must Know”, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2002
  • “Using Persuasive Themes at Trial”, National Continuing Legal Education Conference, 2002
  • “How Madison Avenue Influences Jurors” or “Persuasion Through Marketing and Branding”, Psychology of Persuasion: How Is the Economy Impacting Your Jury?, American Association for Justice, March 13-14, 2009
  • “Ethics for Plaintiffs Lawyers”, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2001
  • “Dealing with the Rambo Litigator”, Advanced Depositions College, American Association for Justice, January 2009
  • “The Keys to a Successful Direct Examination”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2001
  • “Developing a Trial Theme Through Discovery Using The Jury Bias Model”, Florida Justice Association, December 12-16, 2008
  • “Using Daubert and Its Progeny as a Sword”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2001
  • Advanced Depositions College – New Orleans, LA – January 2007
  • “Daubert is not only for Defendants: What Every Plaintiff’s Lawyer Must Know”, National College of Advocacy, 2001
  • Advocacy Track: “Dealing with the Rambo Litigator” – 2007 Winter Convention – Miami, FL – February 2007
  • “Law Firm Management: The 10 Principles to Success”, PESI Absolute Litigators Conference, 2001
  • Jazz Fest: “Litigating Auto Collision Cases: Slaying the Insurance Beast”, 2007
  • “Deposing the Expert Witness”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2001
  • Advocacy Track: Developing Your Case Theme Through Discovery – 2007 Annual Convention – Chicago, IL – July 2007
  • “Developing a Trial Theme: A Concise Methodology for Every Case”, National CLE Conference, 2001
  • Advanced Depositions College – Denver, CO – March 2006
  • “What Every Plaintiff’s Lawyer Needs to Know About Avoiding Malpractice and Grievances”, Kansas Trial Lawyers, 2000
  • Advocacy Track: Panel: “How to Uncover and Prevail on a Challenge for Cause” – 2006
  • “Case Themes, Case Theories, Case Images ”, AAJ 2013 Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA July 20 – 23, 2013
  • “What to do if you Receive a Grievance Complaint”, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2000
  • Annual Convention – Seattle, WA – July 2006
  • “Developing a Trial Theme Through Discovery Using The Jury Bias Model” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, August 2008
  • “Preparing your Client for Her Deposition”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2000
  • Psychology of Persuasion: “What You Need to Know to Win for Your Client” – Atlanta, GA – September 2006
  • “Personal Responsibility & Victimization”, American Association for Justice, Philadelphia, PA, July 11-15, 2008
  • “The Law & Art of the Opening Statement”, Ultimate Trial Advocacy College, 1993
  • Overcoming Juror Bias College Part II: “The Ten Commandments” – Denver, CO – October, 2006
  • “Jury Selection”, Medical Seminar, Steamboat, CO, Feb. 29 – Mar. 2, 2008
  • “Preparing the Client for Deposition”, Association of Trial Lawyers, 1993
  • Depositions, Trial Advocacy College, New Orleans, LA – January 2005
  • Jazz Fest: Litigating Auto Collision Cases Seminar – New Orleans, LA – April 2005
  • “Using Depositions to Overcome Jury Bias” Advanced Depositions College, American Association for Justice, January 10-14, 2008
  • “Evaluating and Presenting Closed Head Injury Cases”, National College of Advocacy, 1993
  • 2005 Annual Convention – Toronto, Canada – July 2005
  • Overcoming Jury Bias – Persuasion – Las Vegas, NV – November 16-17, 2007
  • Overcoming Juror Bias Part I: The Five Juror Perceptions and Beliefs – Atlanta, GA – October 2005
  • “Synthesizing the Reptile, Rules of the Road and OJB”, New Jersey Association for Justice’s Boardwalk Seminar 2013, Atlantic City, NJ, April 17 – 19, 2013
  • “Theming Your Case” – Weekend With the Stars – New York, NY – December 2005
  • “Understanding the Role of Bias in Discovery and Trial” AAJ’s Mid-Winter Convention, Miami, FL, February 9 – 13, 2013
Educational Background:
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, B.A., Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Major: History/English

Office location for Lance M. Sears

Two North Cascade Avenue
Suite 1250
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Phone: 719-471-1984


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