Patrick G. Compton

Partner

comptonp@ballardspahr.com
Tel 303.454.0521
Fax 303.296.3956
Denver

Patrick Compton is an experienced trial attorney with a practice focused on complex real estate and construction litigation matters, which he handles throughout the country.  In addition to his trial work, Patrick also routinely counsels clients in advance of litigation on risk avoidance and risk mitigation strategies.  

Patrick represents financial institutions, property owners, developers, general contractors, design professionals, property managers, commercial landlords, commercial tenants, and court-appointed receivers. He has tried numerous cases to verdict and has argued multiple cases on appeal. His combination of industry and trial experience gives Patrick a strong appreciation of the needs of his clients, as well as an understanding of how best to achieve their goals.

Patrick was also one of the first litigators in the nation to become a LEED® Accredited Professional.

Representative Experience

• Defended a bank through trial and appeal against a $7 million lender liability claim stemming from a failed development project. The trial resulted in dismissal of all claims against the bank and a verdict in the bank’s favor of over $9 million, with judgment upheld on appeal.

• Defended a real estate developer at trial in a partnership dispute alleging over $3 million in damages. The trial resulted in dismissal of all claims against the developer, and a judgment in the developer’s favor of over half a million dollars.

• Defended a bank through pre-trial proceedings against a $10 million lender liability claim involving a dispute over the workout of a real estate acquisition loan, with all claims resolving shortly before trial.

 • Served as lead counsel to a telecommunications conglomerate in mechanics' lien actions filed across the United States, stemming from the default of a prime contractor on significant ongoing infrastructure projects.

• Obtained dismissal on motions practice of a $5 million lender liability claim made by a guarantor involving a failed real estate development project.

• Served as lead trial counsel to a publicly-traded natural gas producer at trial in a contract dispute over development rights associated with a $1.5 billion gas-to-liquids conversion facility.  The trial resulted in an award of approximately $700,000 in favor of the natural gas producer on its counterclaim.

• Defended a real estate developer in a construction defect action alleging over $16 million in damages, resulting in a favorable settlement and dismissal of all claims against the developer shortly before trial. 

• Prosecuted contract claims on behalf of a metropolitan district over a wastewater treatment facility, where total damages claimed exceeded $50 million. Settlement resulted in that district acquiring full ownership of the facility.

• Served as lead counsel in a casualty dispute, involving the acquisition of a large multifamily property in Midland, Texas.

• Prosecuted claims on behalf of a mutual ditch company against the federal government regarding the improper imposition of FLPMA terms and conditions on a high-altitude reservoir.

• Represented a steel fabricator and its president at trial in defense of a $7 million lost profit claim stemming from a ruptured oil field storage tank. The trial resulted in dismissal of all claims against the president on directed verdict, a full defense verdict in favor of the steel fabricator, and a counterclaim judgment for the steel fabricator.

• Handled lease exit disputes across the country involving a variety of property classifications, many of which were favorably resolved prior to litigation.

• Obtained judgment through trial, motions practice, and settlement of over $150 million on behalf of various lenders.

• Successfully recovered over $250 million in commercial real estate through judicial and non-judicial foreclosure. 

Professional Activities

LEED® Accredited Professional

Recognitions and Accomplishments

Colorado Super Lawyers, 2021

Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015

Community Activities

Denver Building Owners and Managers Association, Associate Member

NAIOP Colorado, Member

Texas Exes (University of Texas Alumni Association), Member

Publications

"Brace for the Next Wave of COVID-19-Related Disputes," Colorado Real Estate Journal, February 17, 2021

"Lessons from the Great Recession: Battered but Unbroken." Colorado Real Estate Journal, May 6, 2020

"Force Majeure Provisions in the Age of COVID-19," Mile High CRE, April 27, 2020

Co-author, "Colorado Supreme Court Issues Win for Oil and Gas Industry," Ballard Spahr alert, January 16, 2019

University of Texas School of Law (J.D. 2001)

University of Texas (B.A. 1997)

Minnesota

Colorado

Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico