Alvin M. Cohen

Alvin M. Cohen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Construction Litigation Attorney in Denver, CO

Woods Aitken LLP
 | 8055 East Tuffts Avenue, Suite 525
Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 303-267-6535
Fax: 303-606-6701
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Construction Litigation: Business (60%),
  • Government Contracts (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Alvin M. Cohen is a highly regarded attorney with Woods & Aitken, LLP in Denver, Colorado.

His practice areas include construction law and litigation, real estate litigation, commercial litigation and contract drafting and negotiations. He represents construction contractors, subcontractors and various suppliers and developers in private sector projects and in government contracts.

Mr. Cohen has earned several awards and honors that reflect his commitment to his clients and the profession of law. He is an AV Preeminent peer review rated attorney through Martindale-Hubbell, the group's highest rating. He has been named to Colorado Super Lawyers every year since 2010. Since 2009, Chambers USA has ranked Alvin Cohen one of Colorado's top construction law attorneys.

Among other honors, Mr. Cohen is a recipient of "The Civil Litigation Writing Award" from the Colorado Bar Association. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association's panel of arbitrators, and he often lectures on a variety of construction topics. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Boston University in 1979, after earning his B.A., magna cum laude, from Duke University in 1976.

About Alvin Cohen

Admitted: 1986, Colorado

Professional Webpage: https://www.woodsaitken.com/attorneys/alvin-m-cohen/

Honors/Awards:

  • Chambers USA has ranked Alvin Cohen as one of 8 of Colorado’s best lawyers in the Real Estate/Construction litigation field, 2010 - 2011
  • AV Pre-eminent peer review, by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient, "The Civil Litigation Writing Award," Colorado Bar Association

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
  • Litigation and Construction Sections, Colorado Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1979
  • Colorado, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1980 - 1985
  • Tennessee, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1997
  • Member, National Panel of Arbitrators for construction arbitration, American Arbitration Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Negligence: The Construction Claim Panacea?, 11 Colorado Lawyer 1992, November 1986
  • Let the Builder-Vendor Beware: The Demise of Caveat Emptor in Colorado, 16 Colorado Lawyer 463, March 1987
  • Let the Builder-Vendor Beware: Defenses and Damages in Home Builder Litigation, 16 Colorado Lawyer 629, April 1987
  • The Potential and Perils of Colorado Public Construction Contracting, 16 Colorado Lawyer 2131, January 1988
  • Negligence Claims in Construction Litigation, 8 The Construction Lawyer 3, March 1988
  • Landmark Changes in Colorado Construction, Law 26 Colorado Lawyer 123, June 1997
  • Colorado Public Construction Contracts, Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, 1988
  • Construction Claims and Job Profitability in Colorado, National Business Institute, 1988
  • Construction Claims and Job Profitability in Colorado, National Business Institute, 1994
  • Construction Claims and Job Profitability in Colorado, National Business Institute, 1999
  • Construction Claims and Job Profitability in Colorado, National Business Institute, 2003
  • Advanced Construction Law in Colorado, National Business Institute, 1994
  • Advanced Construction Law in Colorado, National Business Institute, 1996
  • Advanced Construction Law in Colorado, National Business Institute, 1997
  • Advanced Construction Law in Colorado, National Business Institute, 2000
  • Advanced Construction Law in Colorado, National Business Institute, 2001
  • Advanced Construction Law in Colorado, National Business Institute, 2003
  • Construction Liens in Colorado, Lorman Education Services, Inc. 1994
  • Risk Management in Construction, Lorman Education Services, Inc., 2005 - 2006
  • Construction Payment Remedies, National Business Institute, 1997
  • The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts, Lorman Education Services, Inc., 2005 - 2009
  • The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts, Lorman Education Services, Inc., 2011
  • Public Construction Contracts, Lorman Education Services, Inc., 2011

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Represented a national electrical subcontractor on a disruption claim arising out of the installation of navigational aids at DIA for the FAA. The disruption claim totaled over $1 million, and was eventually settled for approximately 75 cents on the dollar
  • Defense of a $2 million claim by an excavation contractor who asserted that its work was disrupted by unanticipated rock conditions. After separate week-long liability and damages trials, the contractor was awarded only 15% of its claim
  • Represented a subcontractor on an acceleration and disruption claim involving the purified process piping for an Intel micro processing facility in Colorado Springs, where the original claim was for $45 million. The claim was satisfactorily settled after a two week ADR "mini-trial" with Intel, the general contractor, and the three largest subcontractors, including Al's client
  • Satisfactory resolution of a $2.5 million claim by an electrical subcontractor for undisclosed underground conditions in connection with the Industrial Waste Containment Upgrade Project at DIA. Those claims included a loss caused by undisclosed lignite at the job site
  • Represented a real estate developer on a $1 million deficiency claim by the lender. Based on the jury's finding of a bad faith foreclosure bid, the lender recovered nothing
  • While at the Tennessee Valley Authority, almost all of Al's construction cases involved schedule delay or disruption claims. Those included claims involving the construction of an office complex, a flume restoration project for an historic hydroelectric plant, and several nuclear plants. Most prominent was a $20 million claim by a structural steel fabricator, and a counterclaim by the agency for defective work, where the agency was ultimately awarded $1.8 million after trial
  • Al represented a real estate developer in a lender liability claim against Mellon Bank. A five week jury trial resulted in a $64 million jury verdict in favor of the developer which, at the time, was the largest jury verdict in Colorado history. On appeal, liability was affirmed, and the damages were reduced to approximately $15 million (which was more in line with the damages requested).

Representative Clients:

  • Represented the owner of a large regional mall in connection with unanticipated settlement of the ground and consequent damage to the retail spaces
  • Represents contractors and suppliers in mechanic's lien actions, as well as developers in the defense of such actions
  • Defended two "spurious lien" cases, both of which resulted in favorable results within weeks of the liens being filed
  • Represented the owner of a large regional mall in connection with unanticipated settlement of the ground and consequent damage to the retail spaces
  • Represents homebuilders (and occasionally homeowners) in a variety of defect claims, such as expansive soils, stucco defects, roof and basement leaks, defects in finish work, etc
  • Represented the seller of a commercial lot against a buyer's claim that site development work was improperly performed. After a two week arbitration, the buyer was awarded only 15% of the claimed damages
  • Represented a blasting subcontractor on a mountain casino project, where the issues centered on whether unforeseen site conditions contributed to blast damage and impacted the project schedule
  • Defense of a claim by one of the nation's largest general contractors arising out of the design and construction of the control system for a coal gasification plant. After a two week trial before the Board of Contract Appeals, the claim was rejected in its entirety
  • Represented a partner in a real estate development against his partner, who misappropriated construction funds disbursed by the lender
  • Handled numerous disputes between co-owners of development partnerships and limited liability companies

Educational Background:

  • Duke University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1976
  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 1979
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Office Location for Alvin M. Cohen

8055 East Tuffts Avenue
Suite 525
Denver, CO 80237

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