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Catherine Swan

Business Advisor, Construction Professional & Attorney

(2A) Our People CES SideCatherine resides with her family in a little house with a big yard in North Routt County. She is a rancher at heart. In addition to her passion for helping business succeed, she enjoys horses, backpacking, skiing and other outdoor pursuits. Catherine also volunteers for school, youth and church activities.

Catherine was a strategic business partner for many aspects of corporate operations during her tenure as in-house counsel for a major heavy and industrial construction contractor. Her experience includes domestic and international Engineer-Procure-Construct (EPC), Design-Build and General Construction projects for power, mining, oil/gas/chemical, maintenance/general services, renewable energy, cement, commercial electrical, agricultural and water pipeline markets.

Catherine’s practice has two distinct components – construction law serving contractors, engineers, designers, owners and developers nationwide; and, helping Northwest Colorado individuals and businesses grow and thrive.

  • Areas of Practice:

  • Bar Admissions:

    Colorado, 2000

  • Education:

    College of Law, Chicago, Illinois 2000

    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence


    Valparaiso University, College of Engineering, Valparaiso, Indiana, 1991

    B.S.C.E., Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering

  • Professional Associations and Memberships:

    American Bar Association

    Colorado Bar Association

    Northwest Colorado Bar Association

    Association of Corporate Counsel

    Design Build Institute of America

    Ignite Steamboat

    W.I.N. Steamboat, Women in Networking

    Yampa Valley Community Foundation IMPACT100

    Ethics Committee, Yampa Valley Medical Center

    Routt County Commissioners, Extension Advisory Board

    Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, Affiliate Partnership Council

  • Publications and Presentations:

    Best Practices in Construction Litigation Case Management: the In-House Counsel Perspective, American Bar Association Construction Forum Webinar, November 13, 2012


    Infrastructure from the Ground Up: Civil Engineering Works for Lawyer, Chapter 6, Power Generation, American Bar Association Construction Forum Book (Final Proof Editor), September, 2012


    Career Transitions – Views from the Inside, American Bar Association Construction Forum Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 27, 2012


    Dealing with Tension Between Business Goals and Legal Protection, Construction SuperConference, San Francisco, CA, December 15, 2011


    Building New Energy Infrastructure—Lessons Learned from Troubled Projects, Construction SuperConference, San Francisco, California, December 11, 2008


    Power Industry Trends—Near Term: Business Issues—Capital Costs and Contracting Strategies, Electric Power Conference & Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois, May 1, 2007


    In addition, while serving as in-house counsel for one of the world’s largest construction organizations, Catherine presented and published many works for internal groups on various topics including: contract management; preparation, mitigation and resolution of claims and disputes; confidentiality; liens; and, purchase orders and subcontracting.

  • Prior Experience:

    Elevation Law Group, PC, Steamboat Springs, Colorado                 2012-2013


    Holloway, Brabec & Karet, PC, Steamboat Springs, Colorado     2011-2012


    TIC Holdings, Inc., Steamboat Springs, Colorado                2001-2011

    Corporate Counsel

    (TIC Holdings merged with Kiewit Corporation in 2008.)

    Projects included: Coal, Gas, Combined Cycle, Cogeneration, Simple Cycle, Peaking, AQCS, Solar, Wind, Hydroelectric and Geothermal Green Power; Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants; Refineries and Oil Fields; Food Processing Facilities; Chemical Processing Facilities; Mining; Manufacturing; Defense and Correctional; Multi-Family Residential and Condominium; and, Other Commercial, Industrial and Heavy Construction Projects featuring Allowances, Incentives, Lump Sum, Cost Plus, Guaranteed Maximum Price, Target Price and Blended Compensation Systems

    Federal Aviation Administration, Des Plaines, Illinois   1991-2001

    Civil Engineer

    Projects included: Commercial Construction; Transportation; Navigational Aids; Radar Facilities; Communication Facilities; and Airport Traffic Control Towers

To reach Catherine, please call 970.879.1572 or contact her here. She looks forward to working with you!