William Short

Partner - Litigation

Phone: 303.991.2030
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  • Perfect Vacation: Sailing the South Seas
  • Favorite Sport: Hockey
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  • Favorite Quote:
    "Energy and persistence conquer all things"

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Bill has tried cases throughout Colorado and 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 passionate about assisting clients to avoid litigation through strategic planning, risk management and effective settlement negotiations.

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

Professional Organizations:
Colorado Bar Association – Since 1983
Denver Bar Association – Since1983
Wyoming Bar Association – Since 2015
Community Associations Institute – Since 1998

Upcoming Speaking Engagements:

6/4 – Legislative and Case Law Update

9/3 – Right to Privacy—Where Does it Start and End?

12/3 – Ask the Experts!

Recent Publications by William (Bill) H. Short

A quote by an American essayist named Agnes Repplier reads: “Fair play is less characteristic of groups than of individuals.” I want to put that to rest as far as the citizens of Fairplay, Colorado, because they are a kind, generous and amazing group. I blew into Fairplay during a fierce storm, but couldn’t blowGo to Article

T’is the season for public elections and for community association annual meetings.  You probably assumed the last word in the title above to be “VOte.”  And yes, that’s one of the things we urge readers to do.  Everybody has positions, opinions, differences of opinion and even disagreements over both public policy and HOA governance.  WeGo to Article

Recurring Insurance Claim Handling Issues

Insurance is an essential part of any community association’s risk management program.  But purchasing a good policy is only the first step in the process.  Proper claims handling must occur for the association to receive the benefits of insurance.  Colorado’s Front Range experiences some of the highest hail storm frequency and severity in the country.Go to Resource

The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) released its Sunset Review for the HOA Information and Resource Office on October 15, 2019 (Report).  This article summarizes that Report and makes some observations.  Please review the Report and draw your own conclusions.  This article contains the opinions of the author, and not the opinions or positions ofGo to Article

Management of Negligence and Premises Liability Claims

Our clients frequently ask about the community’s potential legal liability for conditions and activities in the common areas or for claims asserting negligence.  This article summarizes those legal standards and some of the considerations and criteria which may affect a community’s responsibility.  The legal standards based on premises liability and general negligence concepts are well-settledGo to Resource
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