William Short

Partner - Litigation

Phone: 303.991.2030
Bill Short brings great depth and breadth to the dispute resolution process in the community association and business arenas. His skills come from 40 years of experience in a variety of disputes and settings. He has tried over 150 lawsuits and arbitrations in Colorado and Wyoming. He has argued appellate cases in the Colorado and Wyoming Supreme Courts, the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He approaches litigation like sailing across the Atlantic – which he has done- with preparation, perseverance and by confronting challenges head on. Bill is also dedicated and passionate about educating and assisting clients to avoid litigation and reduce conflict through strategic planning, wise risk management and effective negotiating.

B.A., University of Vermont – 1979
Juris Doctorate, Emory University School of Law – 1982

Professional Organizations:
Colorado Bar Association – Since 1983
Denver Bar Association – Since 1983
Wyoming Bar Association – Since 2015
Community Associations Institute – Since 1998

Upcoming Speaking Engagements:


10/05 Harassment – What is it and When is it Actionable?

Recent Publications by William (Bill) H. Short

The Colorado Supreme Court recently issued a decision that significantly impacts common interest communities’ need to enforce contracts by filing a lawsuit or an arbitration proceeding.  This decision affects the timing considerations of when such proceedings must be filed. The deadlines measuring when lawsuits must be filed are known as “statutes of limitation”.  They varyGoGo to Resource

The Business Judgment Rule

The Colorado Court of Appeals recently issued a decision confirming that a board of directors that reasonably interprets a validly adopted rule or regulation of the association is protected from liability.  The crux of the decision is this: If claims alleging rule violations by a board of directors or nonprofit corporation do not involve allegationsGo to Resource

Public Adjusters and Community Associations

Community associations frequently incur significant and complicated insurance claims.  The Colorado Front Range is notorious for intense hailstorms and the resulting roof loss claims.  The process to document and submit a claim to the insurer to receive all appropriate insurance proceeds is known as “claim adjustment”.  Claim adjustment can be time-consuming and complicated.  Many associationsGo to Resource


We all hope to avoid conflict and to resolve disputes informally before they go to court.  That is why associations are required to have written dispute resolution policies.  But sometimes, a lawsuit is unavoidable.  If you are a manager or board member for an association that has been sued, there are a number of importantGo to Resource

Painting and Planning in the Pandemic

I painted a lot when I was young.  Mind you, I had neither the time, nor the talent for artistic painting; I painted houses, boats, and swimming pools for money.  The pandemic has us all doing more do-it-yourself home projects.  I was painting recently (not for money, but to avoid going stir-crazy).  It was rewardingGo to Resource
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