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Kate Strauss


Kate Strauss joined Cotney Construction Law in 2020.

Kate specializes in construction law, including contract negotiation and litigation. Her litigation cases address issues such as construction defect, delays and scheduling impact claims, and other contract entitlement questions. Her clients include general contractors, design professionals, subcontractors and specialty trades, and material suppliers.

She is a 2019 Colorado Super Lawyer and was recognized as a Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star in from 2015-2017. Kate is a professional member of the American Subcontractors Association of Colorado, for which she co-chairs the Women in Construction Committee. She is also active in the Colorado and American Bar Associations and serves on the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee.


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, cum laude, 2006
  • Pennsylvania State University, 2001


  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit


  • Colorado Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2015-2017

Selected Professional and Civic Activities

  • Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
  • Claims Litigation Management Alliance
  • American Subcontractors Association of Colorado
  • Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, Colorado Chapter Board


  • “Points on Pot: Considerations for Construction Professionals Building in Colorado”, American Subcontractors Association Colorado, 2019
  • “Proper Use of Inference, Extrapolation, and Allocation in Property Claims”, Claims Litigation Management (CLM) National Conference, 2019
  • “A Growing Dilemma: A Lawyer’s Ethical Obligations in the World of Weed”, Victor O. Schinnerer Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys (AMIA), 2019
  • “Hurdles & High jumps: Hot Topics in Construction Defect Claims & Litigation”, Envista Forensics North American Webinar Series, 2019
  • “Basics of Mechanic’s Liens for Construction Professionals”, Tradecraft Industries, 2019
  • “Closing the Gap with the Inexperienced & Unqualified Workforce”, CLM Construction Conference, 2018
  • “Joint Representation 2.0: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You”, Colorado Bar Association Ethics 7.0 Course, 2018
  • “Negotiation Skills: A Values Based Approach to Communication”, DIRTT Partner Camp, 2018
  • “Impacts of Qualified Workforce Issues on Risk Management in Your Business”, American Subcontractors Association Colorado, Legal Summit, 2018
  • “Contract Risk Management”, American Subcontractors Association Colorado, 2018
  • “The Ethics Revue Starring the Law Club”, Panelist for Colorado Bar Association Course, 2017-2019
  • “DORA and Board Reporting for Architects”, Client Presentation, 2017
  • “Ethical Considerations for Associate Lawyers”, Colorado Bar Association Ethics 7.0 Course, 2017
  • “Demonstrative Exhibits: Simplifying Complex Evidence”, Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Annual Conference, 2015
  • “Independent Contractor or Employee? Municipal Contracting and the Fair Labor Standards Act”, Colorado Municipal League, 2010


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