Growing up in Denver, Max Stich was attracted to the legal profession at any early age from seeing the romance of how they are portrayed in movies and on TV. It was an image that stuck with him through college and later at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, where he joined the traveling trial team, making the courtroom his home.
After graduation, he joined a firm that handled cases involving foreclosures, evictions and receiverships, thriving in the courtroom atmosphere of each trial. “I enjoyed the fight,” he says. But after a few years, Max realized that trials are an inefficient way of accomplishing a goal. So he began switching his focus to another kind of chess match, transactional law. Here, he was able to put together real estate deals based upon his litigation experience, where both sides could win. “It’s a strategy of a different kind,” he says. “And you end up having a very different relationship with your client.”
Although he still does some trial work, Max now represents clients involved in lending and secured financing, real estate development, real estate title, boundary and access disputes, construction contracts, title, and commercial and residential leasing.
2005 — J. D., University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
2001 — B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
Member: Arapahoe, Denver, and Colorado Bar Associations
Member: Thompson Marsh Inn of Court
Member: Colorado Bar Association’s Ethics Committee
Board Member: Friends of Manual High School (former)
Participant: Anti-Defamation League, Catholic-Jewish Dialogue (former)
Recipient: University of Denver, Jonathan T. Olom Trial Advocacy Scholarship
Selection: In 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, and in 2017, Mr. Stich was selected as a Colorado “Rising Star” in the areas of construction litigation and real estate law. This prestigious designation is done annually, per state, with attorney selections based on a patented multiphase selection process, and peer nominations and evaluations, combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in a state are named “Rising Stars.”
2005 – 2006: Judicial Law Clerk for Judges John P. Leopold and Gerald J. Rafferty, 18th Judicial District, Colorado
2006 – 2009: Associate Attorney, Montgomery Little Soran & Murray, P.C.
2010 – Present: Shareholder, Tiemeier & Stich, P.C.
Represented Buyer in purchase of approximately 27 acres of undeveloped property in Denver Metro Area. Purchased property was part of larger development, and transaction included updated plat, re-zone of property’ and public infrastructure work. Sales price, including public infrastructure work: $24.5 Million.
Represented Buyer in purchase of apartment buildings. Sales price: $16 Million
Represented Buyer in purchase of approximately 22 acres of undeveloped property in Denver Metro Area. Sales Price: $8 Million. After purchase represented same buyer in ground lease transaction (option to ground lease) to national developer to build a medical office building on 4 of the acres. Lease term: 55 years.
Represented Buyer in purchase of a medical office building. Sales price: $6.3 Million.
Represent Seller of 175-acre undeveloped land in Adams County, entitled property for residential and commercial uses and then enter into purchase agreements to sell portions of property to national and regional home builders.
Represented Seller in sale of raw land to national dialysis provider. Sales price: $735,000.
Represented Buyer in the purchase of a country club (purchase included real estate and all assets of the country club). Sales price withheld.
Represented Seller is sale of 8.5 acres of undeveloped land. Sale price: Sales price: $2.5 Million.
Represented Seller in sale of 320 acres of undeveloped land. Sales price: $1.75 Million.
Represented Buyer in the purchase of Car Wash (purchase included real estate and assets of the car wash). Sales price withheld.
Represented Seller in the sale of 13 acres of property, which included two abandoned buildings. Sales price: $1.285 Million.
Represented Buyer in purchase of mobile home park, including the purchase of multiple mobile homes. Sales price: $1 Million.
Represented Buyer in purchase of multi-unit apartment complex. Then represented Buyer, as Landlord, in long term lease with one Tenant. Sale price: $600,000.
Represented Buyer in purchase of 50-unit apartment complex. Sales price: $2.57 Million.
Represented Buyer in purchase of 49-unit apartment complex. Sales price: $2.97 Million.
Represented Buyer in purchase of shopping center (5 acres). Sales price: $3 Million.
Represented Seller in sale of undeveloped land. Prior to closing annexed property into municipality and negotiated final plat, development agreement. Sales price: $500,000.
Represented Landowner in ground lease of two parcel of land on a hospital campus for the development of a medical office building and associated parking facilities. Lease term: 70 years.
Represented Landowner in ground lease of existing historical building for the redevelopment of the building into affordable senior housing. Lease term: 75 years.
Represented Landlord in the lease of a 101,000 square foot office building to a single tenant.
Represented Tenant in 30,000 square foot storage lease.
Represented numerous shopping centers in lease negotiations with national and local tenants.
Represented healthcare system in all leasing activities from periodic interval, helipad, emergency room, medical office building, equipment, and hospital leases.
After a four-day bench trial, Mr. Stich obtained a $4.4 Million verdict in favor of his client and against a limited liability company and its member for breach of contract and fraud. The case arose from an asset purchase contract gone awry. The court found that not only did the company owe the debt, but that its member committed fraud, in obtaining the debt and issued the judgment personally against the individual member.
After a two-day jury trial, Mr. Stich obtained a jury verdict in favor of his client who was defending allegations of a breach of an agricultural service contract. The Plaintiff was requesting nearly $200,000 in damages. The jury dismissed all of the Plaintiff’s claims and instead returned a $12,000 verdict in favor of Mr. Stich’s client, the defendant, for unpaid rent.
Mr. Stich, representing an out-of-state real estate mortgage investor successfully moved to have a receiver appointed for the mortgage company who was servicing the client’s loans in Colorado, which totaled nearly five million dollars. Prior to the appointment of the receiver, Mr. Stich and the client determined that the servicing company had absconded nearly $200,000 of the client’s funds. Mr. Stich was able to obtain a judgment in the complete amount of loss to the client.
After a three-day jury trial, Mr. Stich successfully obtained a verdict in favor of his clients and against their real estate agent for breach of fiduciary duty. In this case, Mr. Stich’s clients retained a real estate agent to lease their property. The broker did not provide certain disclosures concerning the tenants that she obtained. The tenants breached their lease and caused damage to the homeowners’ property. The jury awarded Mr. Stich’s clients a judgment for their damages, along with the attorney fees that they incurred to remove the tenants from their property.
While representing a shopping center, Mr. Stich obtained a $2,210,000 condemnation award in Denver County.
While representing both medical practices and their doctors, Mr. Stich has negotiated and drafted corporate documents including doctor buy-ins, buy-outs, and practice mergers.
Mr. Stich has drafted and negotiated a number of independent contractor agreements and employment agreements on behalf of medical practices, doctors, and their staff.
Mr. Stich has assisted a number of physicians in retiring from their practice.