Farbes, Jr., Hubert A.

Forty years of handling the region’s most complicated infrastructure issues and disputes. Accomplished construction litigator who understands all sides of complex projects. Collaborates with a talented team to effectively resolve litigation matters.

There are few large infrastructure projects in the Denver region where Hubert Farbes hasn’t played a role. He draws on this significant experience to provide strategic counsel to clients on pre-litigation strategy and dispute resolution mechanics for construction, regulatory and natural resource matters, so clients can focus on what is most important—seeing their projects through to timely completion. Hubert understands not only the legal challenges but also the administrative and logistical roadblocks in dealing with local, regional and state governments. He devises solutions through comprehensive contracting, permitting and compliance strategies to secure consistent contractor/subcontractor performance and rigorous pursuit of timely completion. 

Hubert works on some of the nation's most challenging development and land use topics—public-private partnership developments, resolution of environmental impediments to redevelopment, and commercial construction defects dispute resolution. Hubert is one of a handful of attorneys in the country to secure a FUDS (Formerly Used Defense Site) cost recovery judgment against the United States in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. With more than 100-plus litigated matters, he has expansive civil trial experience in multiple state courts, U.S. District Courts and the Court of Federal Claims.

An aggressive advocate for his clients in the courtroom, this passion extends to his service to the underserved as well. Hubert serves as chair of Brownstein’s pro bono committee, which guides and implements the firm’s pro bono strategy.

Practices & Industries
Public Project Development

Hubert has a range of experience as counsel to both the competitors for and the agency managers of public-private partnership (P3) initiatives in California and Colorado, and is uniquely qualified to assist the development of P3 project concessions models including Design-Build (“DB”) and Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain (“DBFOM”) for revenue-producing public infrastructure. Hubert served as counsel to DB developers of the Denver International Airport terminal and concourse, the E-470 Public Highway (Denver metro beltway), and the T-REX Project (Denver’s primary highway-light-rail corridor), and represented the City and Port of Long Beach, California in formulation of DBFOM enterprises (redevelopment of the Long Beach Civic Center Complex, and zero-emissions transport systems, respectively).

Private Project Development

Hubert serves as contract formation and dispute management counsel for many of the region’s major private developers. He currently represents the master developer for Denver’s former Stapleton Airport site, the developer partnership for DBFOM renovation and re-development of the historic Union Station structure in downtown Denver, the Master developer for the “new town” development at Sterling Ranch, and a variety of other private development entities in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and southern California.

FUDS/BRAC Redevelopment

Hubert is one of a handful of attorneys in the country to secure a FUDS (Formerly Used Defense Site) cost recovery judgment against the United States in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims; and he has represented a series of private developers in asserting and resolving such claims in U.S. District Courts in multiple jurisdictions. He has recently represented, or currently represents clients in multi-million dollar environmental remediation and cost recovery matters in Colorado and Florida.

Representative Matters
  • Counsel to Serratoga Falls, LLC, which is owned by a local private equity company, and an individual executive in defense of seventeen claims brought in the Division One Water Court in Greeley, Colorado, which sought over $750,000 in damages, disgorgement of profits, and injunctions preventing water use and property development in a 500-home subdivision in Larimer County. Our team defended against Plaintiffs’ claims brought and filed a counterclaim to obtain court permission to underground an open ditch running through the property. After a seven-day bench trial, the Court dismissed all of Plaintiffs’ seventeen claims, approved the proposed underground pipeline, and awarded attorneys’ fees and costs jointly and severally against Plaintiffs and their attorney.

  • Successfully arbitrated a construction design dispute for a large, privately held real estate development group in Denver. A defective boiler system design in a new Denver luxury apartment complex forced our client to perform extensive remedial work and incur revenue losses throughout 2017 and 2018. Our client was awarded damages for every category of its claims including nearly all of its out-of-pocket costs, concessions expenditures and, as the prevailing party, will recover all or a significant portion of its incurred attorneys’ fees. Expected net recovery is in excess of $1.1M.

  • Negotiated execution of $60 million initial cost-plus GMP agreement for construction and renovation of casino.

  • Negotiated execution of $16 million EPC agreement for construction of solar array supporting petroleum extraction field.

  • Represented Forest City Enterprises in successful appeals (Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court) regarding master developer liability in Colorado.

  • Represented the Port of Long Beach, CA and the City of Long Beach, CA, in DBFOM procurement proposals (zero-emissions container movement system, Long Beach Civic Center).

  • Counseled on contract formation, design and construction claims resolution, and litigated cases related to the Denver International Airport Terminal and Concourse C Project, Colorado’s Jefferson County Government Center Project, the Black Hawk Casino by Hyatt Project, the Denver Convention Center Hotel Project, the Ray Nixon Power Plant (Colorado Springs, CO), and the $240 million Denver Convention Center Hotel Project.

  • Represented construction contractors for Colorado's $1.8 billion T-REX highway and light rail expansion project, as well as for the state’s $845 million E-470 Public Highway Project, the $425 million Northwest Parkway Public Highway Project, and the (ongoing) $1.1 billion Central 70 Project for expansion and reconstruction of I-70 through Central and East Denver.

  • Represented private property owners in successful cost recovery claims against U.S. Dept. of Defense for remediation of contamination conditions of Formerly Used Defense Sites in the US District Courts and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

News & Events

Board of Directors, Hart Center for Public Service

Board of Directors, (Secretary, 2013-14, Chairman, 2016-20), Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network (RMPBS)

Board of Directors, (Chairman, 2009 - 2014) Denver Health and Hospital Authority

Emeritus Board Member, Center of the American West at University of Colorado

Board of Directors (President, 2006-2011), Stapleton Foundation

Former President, Denver Bar Association

Former Three-Term Member, Board of Governors, Colorado Bar Association

Former Trustee, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Former Two-term Member and President, Denver Board of Water Commissioners

Former Two-term Member and Chair, Colorado Board of Parks and Outdoor Recreation

Former Board Member, Grinnell College Alumni Association


Publications & Presentations
  • J.D., 1972, Yale Law School
  • B.A., 1969, with honors, Grinnell College
  • Colorado
  • Supreme Court of Connecticut
  • Supreme Court of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Boards of Contract Appeals for the United States Military Services and Departments of Interior and Energy Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals Colorado

Law Week Colorado, Top Litigators, 2019

Executive Committee, Mayor Michael Hancock's Denver GO Bond Process, 2017

Best Lawyers in America, Colorado Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Construction, 2016

Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2021

5280 Top Lawyers, Construction Law, 2015-2017

Chambers USA, 2008-2020

Colorado Super Lawyers

Law Week Colorado, Top Litigators, 2019

Co-Chair, Mayor John Hickenlooper's Infrastructure Priorities Task Force Executive Committee, 2006-2007

Governor Elect Bill Ritter's Transition Team, Colorado Department of Natural Resources, 2006

Governor Bill Ritter's Business Advisory Council, 2007-2008

Co-chair, Mayor John Hickenlooper’s Transition Team for Denver Public Works, 2003

Co-chair, Design and Construction Committee, Denver’s Justice Center Task Force, 2004

Chair, Governor Roy Romer’s Fatherhood Initiative, 1999-2000


American Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

National Association of Bar Presidents

Sam Cary Bar Association