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Scott C. Sandberg


Spencer Fane attorney Scott Sandberg

T 303.839.3723
F 303.839.3838

Scott Sandberg is a commercial litigator, focusing on the financial services, construction, and franchise industries. Scott represents clients in trials, arbitrations, appeals, and emergency injunction proceedings.

For financial services clients, Scott represents lenders and servicers in a broad array of matters including ag finance, loan recovery, lien priority, and lender liability.

In the construction industry, Scott represents contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, owners, and lenders in matters relating to construction defects, mechanics liens, bid protests and professional liability.

In the franchise arena, Scott represents franchisors in matters relating to wrongful termination/non-renewal, condemnation proceedings, intellectual property disputes, fraud, statutory violation, and breach of contract.


Financial Services

  • Enforcing ‘Material Adverse Change’ and Related Clauses in Loan Documents,” Article, Independent Report, Independent Bankers of Colorado (April/May 2021)
  • “Preserving Lender Legal Rights in Times of Crisis,” Article, Colorado Banker (May/June 2020)
  • “Avoiding and Effectively Dealing with Lender Liability Litigation During a Downturn,” Webinar Presenter for Colorado Bankers Association (April 2020)
  • “Lender Forum on PPP Loans Under the CARES Act” Presenter for Colorado Bankers Association (April 2020)
  • “Legal Issues in Ag Lending” Independent Bankers of Colorado, Agricultural Lenders School (October 2019)
  • “Emerging Risk Areas in Bank Litigation,” Presenter at Colorado Bankers Associations Annual Summit (May 2018)
  • “Ag Lending: Transactional and Litigation Issues,” Presentation to Colorado Bar Association, Financial Institutions Subsection (March 2018)
  • “Lenders Rights to Assert Claims for Defectively Constructed Collateral,” Author, Colorado Banker (January/February 2017)
  • “Have a solid foundation? Considerations for Construction Loans,” Presenter at Colorado Bankers Associations Annual Summit (May 2016)


  • “Contractor Liability for Dangerous Site Conditions Before and After Work is Complete,” Author, Colorado Construction and Design (Winter 2013)
  • “Understanding Professional Responsibility and The Legal and Insurance Implications Associated with Peer Reviews,” Presenter, American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado (May 2012)
  • “The Long Tail of Construction Defect Liability: When Does It End?,” Author, Colorado Construction & Design (Winter/Spring 2012)
  • Full circle on insurance coverage for construction defect claims,” Author Colorado Real Estate Journal (July 7, 2010)
  • “Construction Payment Issues In A Tight Economy,” Presentation to Construction Professionals (April 2009)
  • “An Engineer’s Guide to Arbitration, Mediation, and Dispute Resolution,” Presenter, American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado (April 2009)
  • “2007 Changes to AIA Documents,” Presentation to Design Professionals (August 2008)
  • “Recent Trends in Legal Developments Affecting Design Professionals,” Presentation to Design Professionals (January 2008)


  • “Controlling Risk in the Franchise Relationship,” Panel Moderator, Franchise Business Network (July 2008)
  • “What to Do if a Franchise Relationship Falls Apart,” Radio Interview, World Talk Radio (January 2008)
  • “Arbitrating and Mediating Franchise Disputes,” Colorado Bar Association, Franchise Law Subsection (March 2007)
  • “Colorado Law Concerning Pay-If-Paid Clauses,” Under Construction (Spring 2007)
  • “Managing the Termination Process in the Field,” Presenter, International Franchise Association, Annual Conference (February 2007)


  • “Disclosure, Discovery, and Beyond,” Presenter, American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado (April 2010)
  • Update on Culpable Mental States and Related Ethical and Privilege Implications in Federal Civil Litigation,” Co-Author, ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting, Denver, CO (April 23, 2010)
  • “Trade Dress: What Does It Mean?” Franchise Law Journal (Summer 2009)
  • “Protecting Your Trade Dress,” Presenter, International Franchise Association, Annual Conference (February 2008)
  • “Intellectual Property Law Update,” Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation (2003-2009)
  • “Ethical Considerations Invoked by Electronic Discovery,” Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel (December 2007)


  • University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Alumni Board of Trustees (2020-present)
  • Class of 2018, Colorado Banker’s Association Center for Bank Advocacy
  • State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors, Member (2012-2016)
  • Art Students League Denver, Board of Directors (2013-2018)
  • Growing Home, Inc., Board of Directors (2009-2013)
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates, Member and Pro Bono Counsel
  • Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre Foundation, Pro Bono Counsel


  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Litigation
    • Forum on the Construction Industry
    • Forum on Franchising
  • American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado
    • Expert Witness Certification Committee
  • Colorado Bankers Association
  • Independent Bankers of Colorado
  • Colorado Bar Association
    • Construction Committee
    • Financial Services Subsection
    • Franchise Law Subsection
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
  • IFA Franchise Business Network
  • International Franchise Association


  • Colorado Super Lawyers, 2006-2022
    • Banking Law, Intellectual Property Litigation, Construction Litigation

Contact Scott Sandberg at 303.839.3723 or ssandberg@spencerfane.com.