Terry was raised in the New York City area. He received an undergraduate degree in international affairs from George Washington University in 1982 and a law degree from the University of Denver in 1986. After law school, Terry represented architects and engineers, as well as large developers and homebuilders, in numerous lawsuits involving multimillion-dollar residential and commercial projects. After spending several years representing a variety of private trade associations, including large housing and pharmaceutical interests, Terry joined the Denver office of Zurich Insurance Group, a global insurance company. While at Zurich, he served as litigation counsel on a variety of matters involving single-family and multi-unit residential projects. In 2002, Terry and Darrell Damschen formed Murray & Damschen, P.C. in Lakewood, Colorado. Terry has represented hundreds of homeowners in construction defect lawsuits and arbitrations involving structural, building envelope and mold-related damage. He has handled hundreds of structural warranty claims on behalf of Colorado homeowners. Terry has also represented many property purchasers in nondisclosure disputes involving structural, moisture intrusion and other issues. In addition to his construction-related practice, Terry has represented many clients in a wide variety of business and insurance-related matters. Terry is admitted to practice in both state and federal courts in Colorado, being admitted the Colorado Bar in 1986 and to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado in 1988. In 30 years of practice, he has served as counsel of record in numerous reported cases including: Jardel Enterprises, Inc. v. Triconsultants, 770 P. 2d 1301 (Colo. App.1988); May v. Women’s Bank, N.A., 807P.2d 1145 (Colo. 1991); Leetz v. Amica Mutual Ins. Co., 839 P. 2d 511 (Colo. App. 1992); East Lakewood Sanitation Dist. v. District Court, 842 P.2d 233 (Colo. 1992); Johnson v. Amsted Industries, Inc., 830 P. 2d 1141 (Colo. App. 1992); Hartley v. Department Of Corrections, 937 P. 2d 913 (Colo. App. 1997); Stephens v. Colaiannia, 942 P. 2d 1374 (Colo. App. 1997); Colorado Manufactured Housing Assoc. v. City of Salida, 977 F. Supp. 1080 (Colo. 1997); Continental Western Ins. Co. v. Jim’s Hardwood Floor Co., 12 P. 3d 824 (Colo. App. 2000); and Martin v. Hauck (In re Hauck), 489 B.R. 208 (Bankr. D. Colo. 2013). Terry lives with his two teenage daughters in Evergreen, Colorado. His interests include hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, skiing and cooking.
While my office in in the Lakewood/Golden area, I live in Bennett, Colorado. My practice focuses on litigation of all types, including construction defects, personal injury, contract disputes, and insurance matters. I have represented both plaintiffs and defendants and have litigated cases through arbitration and in all levels of Colorado courts from county courts up to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. I was raised in the small town of Plains, Montana located in the mountains of western Montana. I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology - Social and Criminal Justice from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, in 1990 and attended the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota obtaining a Juris Doctorate Degree cum laude in May of 1993. I passed the Colorado Bar Examination and was admitted to practice in Colorado in October of 1993 and was also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado in 1993. In 1998 I was admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. I have practiced extensively in both State and Federal Trial Courts in Colorado and have argued appeals before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. From 1993 through 2001, I worked extensively in the area of civil rights law, pursuing claims before Colorado State administrative bodies and in United States District Court for the District of Colorado related to violations of employee's civil rights, including race and gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and disability discrimination. In approximately 1999 I began representing homeowners pursuing claims related to construction defects. My firm, Murray & Damschen, P.C., was formed in March of 2002 to focus on representing home owners and homeowner associations (HOAs) regarding all kinds of construction defect matters including, but not limited to, damages from expansive soils, structural defects and damages, drainage defects, builder's failure to follow engineering recommendations or industry standards, water infiltration, mold, and defective building envelope systems. The firm also handles cases involving real estate transactions in which a seller has failed to disclose known defects and damages. Through my years of practice I have also handled numerous personal injury cases, including injuries resulting from automobile accidents, premises liability, negligent security and medical malpractice. I and my firm have worked extensively on insurance-related claims, including bad faith breach of insurance contracts. These cases have involved varying disputes from health care coverage to fire damage to businesses. I have represented the interests of many individuals and businesses in contract disputes, collection matters and other litigation. I have also represented both landlords and tenants in various disputes. In addition to my civil litigation practice with Murray & Damschen, P.C., I also accept cases as a Mediator. In January of 2007 I completed 40 hours of Continuing Legal Education training in the theory and practice of mediation. Since that time I have gained experience providing mediation service through various local volunteer agencies. While I mediate all levels of disputes, I offer services at a significantly lower fee schedule in smaller cases in order to encourage parties to mediate cases that may not otherwise be mediated. I am a Christian and attend Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Byers, Colorado.
Thoughtful, courteous, caring, and realistic
Terry and Darrell were great. They really know their way around a situation like ours. We were constantly updated with the status of our case and they provided extremely insightful advice while leading us in a realistic direction. Highly recommend!
Excellent and Effective Legal Representation
When searching for legal representation we wanted to hire a firm that had the following traits; legal expertise and knowledge to guide us through the matters in question; honesty; professionalism; superior courtroom skills; competency; timeliness; and charge reasonable fees. We are pleased to state that Murray and Damschen exceeded our every expectation. Terry Murray and Darrell Damschen have represented us in several matters over several years, including one, which resulted in a trial in District Court and then in Appellate Court; we prevailed spectacularly in both courts. Murray and Damschen’s firm may be small but they are not intimidated by the ‘800–pound gorillas’ in the industry – as they successfully demonstrated in our case. From the outset, Murray and Damschen understood the legal principals involved and we were given sound advice, which advice was backed up by their thorough legal research carried out in preparation for the Court trials. They did not leave anything to chance; always having multiple arguments to justify our position. They met all deadlines in a timely manner. Terry Murray argued our case before the District Court judge and we were particularly impressed with his courtroom skills. Having prepared and researched the matter thoroughly, his cross-examination strategy was methodical, detailed and carried out with surgical precision. The defendant’s attorneys threw everything including the kitchen sink to counter our case, however, the team of Murray and Damschen successfully cut through all the counter arguments like a hot knife through butter. The bonus is that their services are great value for money too, and both the Courts agreed, they awarded us 100% of the legal costs presented. We recommend Murray and Damschen unreservedly – we would much rather have them on our team than go up against them.
Prompt, Professional, Curteous
We used the services of Murray and Damschen PC with Darrell Damschen as our attorney in a dispute over improperly installed siding on our home. We had tried to resolve the issue for quite some time on our own. When Darrell became involved he swiftly picked up where we had left off and expedited our case professionally; winning our case. We would definitely use Mr. Damschen again and highly recommend him to others as well.
Very Professional, Effective and Available
Terry Murray was beyond supportive, knowledge and always available to give professional advice. We couldn't have had a better experience for the tough situation that we were in. I would highly recommend Terry Murray to family and friends.
Exceptional Team in every aspect
I feel very lucky that when I called this firm, Terry Murray immediately took my call and met me that day at my home to hear my case. Both Terry and Darrell are extremely professional - even when dealing w/ other attorneys who weren't, which I witnessed numerous times. They constantly kept me in the loop as to what was happening or what could happen. They always took my calls and were well prepared for depositions, court dates, etc. Both are very well versed in the legal maneuverings, precedents, & timelines and I never once felt I was not in good hands. When you are in a year long case and talking to them numerous times a week, you get a very good sense of the type of individuals they are. They are both very honest and caring people and I never questioned their competence and integrity. Most of my contact was with Terry and there were multiple times that I wasn't handling events well, and he'd talk me off the ledge. He never got annoyed and was never too busy for my momentary breakdown. And the end result was positive!
Great service, and very professional and friendly.
I hired Murray and Damschen for a construction project that went very bad. That was the best thing I could have done. They worked diligently on my case throughout the ordeal. They did a great job!! They certainly went above and beyond their duty to solve this case in my favor. Terry Murray is a man of his word. He was always punctual and always there to answer questions. Not once did I feel that he didn't have the time to explain the legal process to me, and answered all questions in detail. His partners Daryl and Bonnie Damschen are great!! My wife and I felt as if we were friends, not just a client. Murray and Damschen comes highly recommended. Much more that 5 stars, more like 10 stars.
Legal Consultation: Beyond Expectations
Mr. Damschen provided us with very timely and effective legal consultation that suited our needs better than we could have expected. I was hesitant to engage the service of a lawyer, however, this experience has shown us that a skilled professional will more likely save time and money than a less skilled one. This is true because it typically takes a skilled person less time to get the proper results. Mr. Damschen communicates very well and provided us with a very straight forward solution to our issue. I would really have to stretch to find any negative aspect of our experience.
High Quality & Professional Service
Murray & Damschen were hired by our church to provide counsel and assistance in obtaining real estate property that had gone into repossession. Murray & Damschen did an amazing job in finding all of the necessary information and then in assisting in the purchase of the property at public auction. They handled every detail and answered all of our questions with knowledge and courtesy. They persevered in obtaining specific details that allowed the transactions to be successful. I highly recommend Murray and Damschen and have done so to friends and business associates.
Absolute Excellence !!!
Our company has retained Darrell Damschen for many, many years because he is that good. He provides excellent advice, wonderful customer service, and he is a comfortable force in a courtroom, should that be necessary. He is personable, precise and extremely thorough is his preparation, covering all facets so as present his case in the brightest light possible for his client. We look forward to many more years retaining his counsel.
Knowledgeable, responsive, fair, and honest
I work with a lot of attorneys in my business and this firm is one of the best I have experienced. I use them for all of my personal business and refer them to my clients. I enjoy working with them as they are responsive, run their business fairly and honestly, and very knowledgable of the process. Give them a call and you won't be disappointed.
I and my co-plaintiff are very appreciative of the professional services received from both attorneys Murray and Damschen. Our case was carefully reviewed upon initial contact, and executed in a very timely manner. Our lawsuit was extremely technical, requiring extensive research and endless contacts. Due to the sensitive nature of the lawsuit, all collected data required concise information. These fantastic attorneys easily met our expectations, including their constant contact with us. I would highly recommend this firm. They are committed to their profession and customer service. A job well done and a big THANK YOU!!!!
Murray & Damschen, P.C.
1726 Cole Blvd Suite 240
Lakewood, CO 80401
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