Wm. David Byassee

Phone: (303) 390-0188 | Fax: (303) 390-0177 | Email: dbyassee@jacksonkelly.com
1099 18th Street, Suite 2150, Denver, CO 80202

Wm. David Byassee is Counsel at Jackson Kelly PLLC and is a resident of the Denver, Colorado, office.  He was born in 1944, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Washburn University in 1967 and received his Juris Doctor from the Washburn University School of Law in 1974. He served over 20 years in the Marine Corps and Air Force.  While in the Air Force, he served as an Air Force pilot and a Judge Advocate (JAG).  He is licensed in Colorado and is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Military Appeals and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Byassee's practice is centered on commercial litigation in both state and federal courts, and he has been involved in literally hundreds of commercial disputes.  Mr. Byassee's commercial litigation experience extends to intellectual property, including copyright, trademark and patent infringement cases; manufacturer/distributor disputes; real estate; and contract issues.  Beyond pure commercial litigation, his practice also encompasses public contracting at both the state and federal levels, employment litigation, insurance coverage, aviation and toxic torts.  He is one of the few attorneys in the country with experience in appeals of denials of security clearances.  He has been extensively involved in defending personal injury cases related to both asbestos and uranium contamination.  He has tried over 100 cases to verdict and has been involved in as many administrative hearings and arbitrations.

In addition to his commercial litigation practice, Mr. Byassee also provides both construction counseling and litigation support to owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.  He started developing his construction-related experience early in his military service career while working on government contracting in many areas, including military construction.  Mr. Byassee has lectured on numerous occasions on Colorado construction law issues as well as public — both state and federal — construction law and procedures.

Mr. Byassee belongs to the Colorado, Denver and American Bar Associations.  He is a member of the Construction Law Forum Committee of the Colorado Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Specific examples of Mr. Byassee's construction law work include:

  • Represented general contractor on a multi-million dollar delay claim
  • Represented a build-to-suit contractor and landlord in a large property destruction case relating to breaches of safety by the tenant 
  • Represented general contractor in payment bond claim in federal court
  • Advised client on construction project overruns by a mechanical contractor on various projects
  • Served as outside general counsel for a company engaged in construction which included managing risk on projects, reviewing and    negotiating contracts, breach of contract negotiations, handling mechanics liens, securing insurance, negotiating changes to Owner Controlled Insurance Programs, handling employment issues and drafting non-compete, non-disclosure and non-competition agreements
  • Advised on and prepared mechanics liens
  • Worked with clients on insurance claims preparation to ensure that the claims met the coverage criteria
  • Drafted prime contracts, subcontracts and purchase orders/task orders
Legal Experience
2002 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
2000 - 2002 Jones & Keller
1991 - 1999Freeborn & Peters
1990 - 1991 Byrne Kiely & White
1989 - 1990 Freeborn & Peters
1974J.D.Washburn University School of Law
1967 B.A.Washburn University (History)
Bar Admissions
1975 Kansas
Court Admissions
199910th Circuit Court of Appeals
1986Colorado State and Federal District Court
1976U.S. Court of Military Appeals
1975Kansas State and Federal District Courts

Professional Involvement:
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association, Construction Law Forum Committee
  • Denver Bar Association

  • Susan G. Komen For the Cure, Denver Metropolitan Affiliate, Board Member 
  • Race for the Cure
  • Pink Ribbon Foundation

Teaching and Lecturing:

Awards and Honors:
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2009
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