Senior of Counsel
William A. Bianco has handled a wide variety of business related litigation matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts. For several years Mr. Bianco served as a lead lawyer for the court appointed Securities Investor Protection Act Trustee for the liquidation of the largest penny stock brokerage firm in the country at the time. His work in connection with this liquidation included investigation and pursuit of ultimately successful claims against the principal of the broker/dealer for self dealing, breach of fiduciary duties, fraudulent conveyances, and liability based on alter ego status. In addition, Mr. Bianco was involved in efforts to locate and recover assets of the company’s principal and to liquidate them for the benefit of creditors of the estate. He has also worked on intellectual property litigation involving claims of unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, and patent infringement. Mr. Bianco has represented one of the nation’s largest banking institutions in cases involving investment advisors and the bank’s trust department. Also, he has been involved in a number of complex class action lawsuits in different industries.
Mr. Bianco has also devoted a substantial portion of his time to litigation of construction matters including disputes among project owners, contractors, subcontractors, materials manufacturers, and design professionals arising out of the construction of diverse industrial, commercial, and residential projects. He and the firm have represented a wide variety of public and private project owners, general contractors, design professionals, as well as suppliers of building materials and products, including pre-engineered structural elements, roofing products, and steel. Mr. Bianco has been involved in numerous project distress and failure cases and alleged design and construction defects in residential and commercial structures.
He has used a variety of alternative dispute resolution techniques to resolve litigation, in both large and relatively small disputes, on a prompt and cost-effective basis. Mr. Bianco serves on the American Arbitration Association commercial and construction panels of neutrals and has arbitrated a wide variety of cases. He is also a certified mediator and member of the panel of mediators of the FFA Bankruptcy Mediation Program.
Mr. Bianco is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation (COLTAF) and of the Denver Union Station Project Authority. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Lawyers’ Committee, Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver, and Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association. Mr. Bianco has served as chairman of the Colorado Bar Association Committee on Legal Education and Admissions and is a former member and chairman of the Law Committee of the Colorado Supreme Court Board of Law Examiners. He has also served as a Trustee of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado and as the chair of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Bianco is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and has been selected for inclusion in Colorado Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters. He was also selected by Best Lawyers as Denver Litigation - Construction "Lawyer of the Year" for 2014.
Mr. Bianco graduated from New York University in 1967 (B.A.). He received his legal education at Columbia University (J.D., 1970), where he was an articles and book reviews editor of the Columbia Law Review. After graduating from law school, Mr. Bianco worked at a New York law firm and served in the U.S. Army prior to joining DGS in 1972.
He is admitted to practice in Colorado and is a member of the Bars of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Tenth, and Federal Circuits, and U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Bianco has published articles on construction law in periodicals and has lectured on the topic.
Columbia University, J.D., 1970
New York University, B.A., 1967
Twenty-two DGS lawyers have been designated "Super Lawyers" in the 2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition published by Thomson Reuters. The annual, national listing of top attorneys in the U.S. serves as a guide for the go-to attorneys in litigation, real estate, corporate finance, energy, and environmental law, among others. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.
Forty-eight Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP attorneys have been recognized as 2014 Colorado Super Lawyers or Rising Stars, which is published by Thomson Reuters. The listing will be featured in The Denver Post and Colorado Super Lawyers.
Forty-six Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP attorneys have been recognized as 2013 Colorado Super Lawyers or Rising Stars, which is published by Thomson Reuters. The listing will be featured in The Denver Post on March 31 and in the April issues of 5280 Magazine and Colorado Super Lawyers.
Forty-five DGS attorneys were named Best Lawyers® by publisher Woodward/White, Inc. in its annual guide recognizing legal excellence.
Twenty-one Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP lawyers have been designated "Super Lawyers" in the 2012 Super Lawyers Business Edition published by Thomson Reuters.
40 Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP attorneys have been recognized as 2012 Colorado Super Lawyers or Rising Stars, which is published by Thomson Reuters. The listing will be featured in the April issues of 5280 Magazine and Colorado Super Lawyers.
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP announces that 20 lawyers have been designated "Super Lawyers" in the new Super Lawyers Business Edition published by Thomson Reuters. The publication will be sent in September to more than 40,000 in-house counsel, presidents, and CEOs of Fortune 1000 companies.
Thirty-eight DGS attorneys, including nearly half of the firm’s partners, were named Best Lawyers® by publisher Woodward/White, Inc. in its annual guide to legal excellence. The 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America is based on a peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys comment on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers® “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
The newly announced, 2011 edition of the Best Lawyers in America ranks Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP first in Colorado-based law practices for corporate governance and compliance law, environmental law, mergers and acquisitions law, natural resources law, oil and gas law and securities law. This year Best Lawyers recognizes 36 DGS attorneys, including 13 who have been named to the list for at least 10 years. Nearly half (46 percent) of DGS partners are recognized in the definitive guide to legal excellence, in addition to several attorneys of counsel to the firm. Best Lawyers is a peer-review survey of more than 39,000 in-house counsels and private practice attorneys.
The 2010 edition of the Best Lawyers in America ranks Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP first in Colorado-based attorneys practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, corporate governance and compliance law, environmental law, natural resources law, oil & gas law and securities law.
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, with 31 attorneys practicing in 30 fields, ranks first in Colorado in the 2009 edition of Best Lawyers in America for the practice areas of corporate and securities law and commercial litigation as well as energy, environmental, natural resources and oil and gas law. The number of DGS lawyers recognized in the definitive guide to legal excellence increased by two, and includes nearly half of the firm’s partners.
Davis Graham & Stubbs – with 29 attorneys practicing in 30 fields – ranks first in Colorado-based attorneys listed in the 2008 edition of Best Lawyers in America for the practice areas of commercial litigation, natural resources, environmental law and corporate governance and compliance law. The number of DGS lawyers recognized in the definitive guide to legal excellence increased by three, and includes half of the firm’s partners. The book, targeted for in-house counsel, is to be published in December 2007.
Davis Graham & Stubbs is offering a complimentary breakfast briefing on Thursday, March 15, 8:00-9:00 a.m. in their offices. The seminar, “Contractor Liability: How to Stay Out of Court” is co-sponsored with CRS Insurance Brokerage and Daniels Benefit Specialists and will inform contractors and subcontractors how to reduce liability risk in building projects by incorporating indemnity and arbitration clauses in their contracts and insurance policies.
URS’ Claims and Dispute Resolution Group
The “economic loss rule” provides that a party who suffers only economic harm may recover damages for that harm based only upon a contractual claim and not on a tort theory, such as negligence or strict liability. The law of torts provides a basis for recovering for personal injury or property damage.
Civil Procedure Forms
Prerequisites to Class Action. One or more members of a class may sue or be sued as representative parties on behalf of all only if: (1) The class is so numerous that joinder of all members is impracticable; (2) there are questions of law or fact common to the class; (3) the claims or defenses of the representative parties are typical of the claims or defenses of the class; and (4) the representative parties will fairly and adequately protect the interests of the class.
Thirteen lawyers at Davis Graham & Stubbs law firm have been named Super Lawyers by their peers in Colorado. Law & Politics magazine polled active Colorado lawyers for nominations to identify the best attorneys in more than 55 practice areas based on peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers involves an attorney-led research process for a diverse listing of the top lawyers from private practice, in-house counsel and the public sector in different geographic locations. Only 5 percent of the lawyers in each region are listed in Colorado Super Lawyers, co-published by Law & Politics and 5280 magazine.
West Group, from Colorado Practice Series: Civil Procedure, Forms &
The class action device is perhaps the most important tool for the conduct of certain types of litigation. The question of whether or not class certification is granted has a profound effect upon the impact or value of a lawsuit and, in some cases, on whether it will be pursued at all. Thus, many of the "procedural" issues which arise under Rule 23, such as whether or not a class is certified, the type and scope of the class, the notice required and who must bear the expense of notice, may in reality determine the outcome of the lawsuit or at least its importance to the parties.