Dennis Bartlett

Dennis Bartlett
Special Counsel

Phone: 303-796-2626
Direct: 720-493-3196


Printable Profile

Mr. Bartlett is a civil litigation/trial attorney with 35 + years of experience. He is Martindale Hubbell AV-Preeminent rated, has been selected as a Colorado Super Lawyer from 2017 – 2021, and is also a CLSA Top Construction Lawyers Fellow. Mr. Bartlett’s practice emphasizes fidelity and surety law, construction, insurance, commercial litigation, creditor’s rights, and general business representation.


University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., Accounting, cum laude, 1980

University of Notre Dame, J.D., cum laude, 1985

Editorial Board, Notre Dame Law Review, 1985

Practice Areas

(Emphasis in) commercial litigation with experience in mediations, arbitrations, trials, and appeals. Mr. Bartlett also regularly advises clients on contract and general business matters. In addition to handling cases and appeals in all Colorado courts, Mr. Bartlett has handled litigation matters throughout the Intermountain West and as far away as Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands).

Areas of Expertise

Mr. Bartlett specializes in Commercial Litigation; Fidelity & Surety Law; Construction Litigation; Insurance Coverage Disputes; Agriculture Law; and Creditors’ Rights.

Sample of Reported Cases
  • Alexander v. Anstine, 152 P.3d 497 (Colo. 2007)
  • D.I.C. v. St. Paul Companies, 634 F.Supp.2d 1213 (D. Colo. 2008)
  • Auto-Owners Ins. Co. v. High Country Coatings, Inc, 261 F.Supp.3d 1129 (D.Colo. 2017)
  • Auto-Owners Ins. Co v. High Country Coatings, Inc., 388 F.Supp.3d 1328 (D.Colo. 2019)
  • Gen. Life Ins. v. A.A.A. Waterproofing, Inc., 911 P.2d 684 (Colo. 1995)
  • Constitution Assoc. v. New Hampshire Ins. Co., 930 P.2d 556 (Colo. 1996)
  • In Re Damrow Cattle Co. Inc., 300 B.R. 479 (Bankr. D. NE 2003)
  • In Re Allen, 607 Fed.Appx. 840 (10th Cir. 2015)
  • Commodity Futures Trading Com’n v. Delay, 2006 WL 1072158 and 2006 WL 1041726 (D. NE 2006)
Representative Speaking Engagements
  • Surety Claims Institute: Green Building and the Risks For Contract Bond Sureties
  • ABA Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, “The Surety’s Indemnity Agreement Law & Practice,” January 2002
  • National Bond Claims Association Meeting. “Getting and Keeping the Home Court Advantage – A Review of Choice of Law and Forum Selection Rules for the Fidelity and Surety Practitioner,” October 2000
  • National Business Institute, “Construction Payment Remedies In Colorado” Denver, Colorado 2000
  • National Auctioneers Association Convention. “Primer on Contract Law for Auctioneers,” Grand Rapids, Michigan 1999
  • National Business Institute, “Colorado Construction Law: What Do You Do When . . .?,” Denver, Colorado 1999
  • National Bond Claims Association Meeting. “Alter Ego And Adverse Domination – Concepts Which May Put The Insured Squarely Between A Rock and A Hard Place,” September 1997
  • ABA Fidelity and Surety Law Committee – Mid-Winter Meeting, “The Producing  Agent’s Obligations and Risks in Contract Suretyship:  How the Agent Manages Those Risks,” January, 1994
  • “The Insured’s Misstatements, Mistakes, and Omissions in the Application: The Insurer’s Rights, Options and Dilemma,” presented at Madden’s Retreat, Brainard, Minnesota, 1993
Professional Activities
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • ABA Forum Committee on Construction & Litigation
    • Section of Tort and Insurance Practice
    • Fidelity & Surety Law Committee
  • National Bond Claims Association
  • Rocky Mountain Surety Association
  • Defense Research Institute – Fidelity & Surety Law Division
  • CLSA Top Construction Lawyers Fellow
Bar Admissions

Admitted to practice law in all state courts in Colorado, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado.

Samples of Selected Publications
  • Editor: The Contract Bond Surety’s Equitable Subrogation Rights (ABA 2013)
  • Author: New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, Chapter 142, Reclamation and Environmental Bonds (2014)
  • Contributing Author to Klinger, Judd & Bachrach: The Surety’s Indemnity Agreement Law & Practice (ABA 2002)
  • Contributing Author of Colorado Chapter to Schor: Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Law, (Wolter Kluwer, 2021 Ed. & Yearly Updates)
  • Contributing C0-Author, Colorado Chapter to: Dodd and Findlay, State-By-State Guide to Construction Contracts and Claims (Wolter Kluwer, 2013 Ed. & Yearly Updates)