Lawrence VandenBout is a trial lawyer who specializes in complex commercial business litigation, real estate and construction litigation, landlord/tenant litigation, insurance coverage litigation, and appeals. Mr. VandenBout handles every aspect of his cases from the initial demand and complaint, to discovery, pleadings, pre-trial motions, and trial.
While Mr. VandenBout has successfully tried multiple cases, he understands that many times the most efficient and effective resolution to a legal dispute occurs outside the courtroom and through the process of alternative dispute resolution. He has been successful in negotiating many favorable settlements for his clients. Mr. VandenBout also utilizes his experience to counsel and assist clients in developing strategies for minimizing the risk of becoming involved in potential legal disputes in the future.
A native of southeastern New Mexico, Mr. VandenBout attended the University of New Mexico where he graduated, cum laude, from the University’s Anderson School of Management, with a concentration in Financial Management. Thereafter, Mr. VandenBout attended the University of New Mexico School of Law where he graduated, magna cum laude, in 2013. He excelled while in law school earning numerous honors, including a Dean’s Award for his significant contributions to the law school community, a Clinical Honors Award for his outstanding work performance in the Business and Tax Law Clinic, the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in several classes for attaining the highest grade in the class, and Dean’s List.
Mr. VandenBout began his career at a preeminent civil litigation law firm in Albuquerque, NM, where his practice included litigating complex commercial business and insurance coverage disputes. In 2014, he moved to Denver and joined Tiemeier & Stich. In his off hours, he enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter. He also enjoys golf and getting out in Denver.
2013 J.D., University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, NM
2009 B.A., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
In an action filed with the Colorado Court of Appeals, Mr. VandenBout successfully argued against the reversal of a judgment he obtained in favor of his client entered by the district court who found his client, a commercial contractor, was entitled to relief from a subcontractor who failed to fully perform the services it was obligated to perform under the parties’ contract and found the services actually performed by the subcontractor were defective.
After trial on the merits, judgment was entered in favor of Mr. VandenBout’s clients on a claim of bailment. The plaintiff claimed Mr. VandenBout’s clients were liable for the loss of personal property the plaintiff had left on real property his clients purchased to operate their machine shop business. Mr. VandenBout proved liability could not be assessed against his clients because the alleged agreement to safe keep the plaintiff’s personal property was between the plaintiff and the prior owner of the real property, his clients did not have knowledge of the agreement nor did they have knowledge that the plaintiff’s personal property was allegedly located on their real property, and there was no specific purpose between his clients and the plaintiff for the bailment, which was a required element of the plaintiff’s claim under the circumstances.
After a trial on a claim of replevin, judgment was entered in favor of Mr. VandenBout’s client, an industrial farming entity. The plaintiff was seeking to replevy certain agricultural products. Mr. VandenBout established, through an admission by the plaintiff made upon cross-examination, that the plaintiff had no right to the personal property its was seeking to replevy.
Mr. VandenBout successfully defended a veterinarian at an arbitration proceeding from a breach of contract claim brought by a national veterinary radiography company by establishing, upon cross-examination of the plaintiff’s CEO, that the plaintiff suffered no damages.
After a one-day arbitration hearing, judgment was entered in favor of Mr. VandenBout’s client on all claims brought by a roofing company related to the re-roofing of a commercial warehouse. The roofing company claimed Mr. VandenBout’s client, the owner of the warehouse, breached an agreement to allow the company to re-roof the building. Mr. VandenBout successfully defended against such claims by proving the roofing company failed to get the insurance claim approved and to re-roof the building within a reasonable time as required under the agreement.
Mr. VandenBout obtained pre-trial dismissal of claims brought against his client seeking repayment of more than $200,000 in loans by establishing the plaintiff failed to meet conditions precedent to his right to demand repayment of the loans, which Mr. VandenBout also proved were not due and owing.
Mr. VandenBout successfully filed a motion for summary judgment on a fraud claim brought by the tenant of his client’s commercial building related to the condition of the roof by utilizing evidence obtained in discovery that established the claim lack legal merit.
Mr. VandenBout obtained a pre-trial declaration from the district court in favor of his client, a real estate development company, that the City of Brighton had a contractual obligation to relocate a sewer pipeline that was interfering with his client’s development of property, which the City refused to relocate prior to said court declaration.