Sears & Associates, P.C.
2 N Cascade Ave Ste 1250
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 471-1984 www.searsassociates.com
Lance Michael Sears is a past President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, a statewide professional association of Colorado lawyers who practice civil trial law. After service as President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association from 19881989, Lance was elected to represent Colorado as a member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) for six years.
BIOGRAPHY Lance was raised in Boulder, Colorado and received both his undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) and his law degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder. From 1975 to 1979, he was Deputy District Attorney in El Paso County (Colorado Springs), where he learned trial law on a daily basis in the courtroom. His practice since then has concentrated on civil trial law.
A significant amount of Lance’s practice is in Federal Court, and in 1992, the judges of the Federal Court in Colorado appointed him to the Federal Court Advisory Committee, where he worked with his fellow lawyers and the federal judges to make federal trial practice more efficient and cost effective. In 2002, Lance was elected as the President of the Faculty of Federal Advocates (the trial lawyers who practice in Federal Court) for the Federal District Court of Colorado.
From 20012006, Lance was Chair of the Colorado State Judicial Performance Commission, which evaluates the performances of the justices of the Colorado Supreme Court and the judges of the Colorado Court of Appeals for purposes of making recommendations regarding their retention by the voters of Colorado.
Lance has lectured in over forty states and at national forums, and all over Colorado, on subjects involving trial skills and tactics, personal injury law, commercial torts, and legal ethics. He is certified as a Diplomate of Trial Advocacy by the National College of Advocacy, a prestigious achievement reached only after a lawyer has accumulated over 600 hours of teaching and lecturing to other lawyers, and is on the faculty and Board of Trustees of the National College of Advocacy.
Since 1982, Lance has also been on the Colorado Bar Ethics Committee, the committee that writes ethics opinions to guide Colorado lawyers in ethical standards. Lance is an advocate representing lawyer/respondents before the Colorado Grievance Committee. Lance has over thirty-five years of trial experience. In 2003, Mr. Sears was named a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers (ISOB), a prestigious international organization with only approximately 600 members throughout the English-speaking world. He was appointed State Chair of the ISOB for the state of Colorado in 2006 to present and was elected to the Board of Governors of the ISOB and has served in that position since 2008.
Lance is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Colorado and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as before the United States Supreme Court.
Be sure to read Lance’s piece Why Contingency Fees Allow Greater Access to the Courts from The Rocky Mountain News, as well.and Estates).
CURRENT EMPLOYMENT POSITION(S): Partner
YEAR FORMED PRESENT PARTNERSHIP: 1991
AREAS OF PRACTICE: Personal Injury Commercial Litigation Grievance Defense
LITIGATION PERCENTAGE: 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
BAR ADMISSIONS Colorado, 1975 U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1975 U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1979 U.S. Supreme Court, 1979
EDUCATION University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado, 1975 J.D. University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado B.A. Honors: Magna Cum Laude Major: History/English
CLASSES / SEMINARS / TRIAL COLLEGES TAUGHT 2017 AAJ Annual Convention “Authors and Advocates” July 2017 in Boston, MA 2017 AAJ Winter Convention “Expert Witnesses: How to Research and Use Experts in Litigation” February 2017 in Austin, TX 2016 AAJ Education “Developing a Trial Theme Using the Jury Bias Model” 2016, Scottsdale, AZ 2016 Western Trial Lawyers Ski Seminar “Case Evaluation: Theming from Day One” February 2016 Steamboat Springs, CO 2016 Blockbuster Seminar CTLA “Understanding and Overcoming Jury Bias Concepts for Inclusion in Developing a Case Theme” January 2016 Denver, CO 2015 AAJ Winter Convention “Case Evaluation and Theming in Complex Personal Injury Cases” February 2015 Palm Springs, CA APITLA National Interstate Trucking Conference “Overcoming Jury Bias in Trucking Cases” June 2014 St. Louis, MO 2014 AAJ Education’s Skiing with the Stars Seminar “Professionalism and Civility in Depositions: Taking on the Rambo Litigator” March 2014 Deer Valley, UT 2014 AAJ Education’s Skiing with the Stars Seminar “What we know about Jurors can help you win your next case” March 2014 Deer Valley, UT 2014 AAJ Winter Convention“ Understanding the Role of Bias in the Discovery Stage” February 2014 New Orleans, LA “Case Themes, Case Theories, Case Images ”, AAJ 2013 Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA July 20 23, 2013 “Synthesizing the Reptile, Rules of the Road and OJB”, New Jersey Association for Justice’s Boardwalk Seminar 2013, Atlantic City, NJ, April 17 19, 2013 “Understanding the Role of Bias in Discovery and Trial” AAJ’s Mid-Winter Convention, Miami, FL, February 9 13, 2013 “Understanding the Role of Bias in Discovery” CTLA’s Blockbuster13, Denver, CO, January 10-11, 2013 “ Building Your Civil Trial Skills” seminar NBI, Colorado Springs, CO, Dec 14, 2012 “Understanding the Role of Bias in Discovery” Arizona Association for Justice, Scottsdale, AZ, October 26 27, 2012 “Obstructionist Deposition Tactics” Utah Association for Justice, Salt Lake City, UT,October 4-5, 2012. “Understanding the Role of Bias in Discovery,” AAJ Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, July 2012 “Understanding the Role of Bias in Discovery,” The Jury Bias Model 2TM: The Start of the Revolution Applying the Principles from Discovery to Closing, Las Vegas, NV, March 29-31, 2012 “Deposing the Expert and Handling the Obstructionist Lawyer in Depositions,” Advanced Depositions College, AAJ, New Orleans, January 2012. “Using PowerPoint Questioning for Time Limited Voir Dire and to Set up Challenges for Cause,” Mass Torts, April 2011 “Rules of Marketing,” American Association for Justice, New York City, July 2011 “Understanding the Role of Bias in Discovery.” American Association for Justice, Winter, January 2010 “Deposing the Corporate Designee,”American Association for Justice, 2010 “Microexpressions and Body Language,” American Association for Justice, 2010 “Accessing the Reptilian Brain through Rules and Codes,” Florida Justice Association Winter Ski CLE Seminar, December 14, 2009. “Accessing the Reptilian Brain through Rules and Codes,” Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Sidney T. Marable Advanced Trial Advocacy Conference, November 7, 2009. “How to Handle Rambo Litigator Tactics During Depositions: The Law and Strategy”, SeminarWeb program, March 31, 2009 “How Madison Avenue Influences Jurors” or “Persuasion Through Marketing and Branding”, Psychology of Persuasion: How Is the Economy Impacting Your Jury?, American Association for Justice, March 13-14, 2009 “Dealing with the Rambo Litigator”, Advanced Depositions College, American Association for Justice, January 2009 “Developing a Trial Theme Through Discovery Using The Jury Bias Model”, Florida Justice Association, December 12-16, 2008 “Developing a Trial Theme Through Discovery Using The Jury Bias Model” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, August 2008 “Personal Responsibility & Victimization”, American Association for Justice, Philadelphia, PA, July 11-15, 2008 “Jury Selection”, Medical Seminar, Steamboat, CO, Feb. 29 Mar. 2, 2008 “Using Depositions to Overcome Jury Bias” Advanced Depositions College, American Association for Justice, January 10-14, 2008 Overcoming Jury Bias Persuasion Las Vegas, NV November 16-17, 2007 Advanced Depositions College New Orleans, LA January 2007 Advocacy Track: “Dealing with the Rambo Litigator” 2007 Winter Convention Miami, FL February 2007 Jazz Fest: “Litigating Auto Collision Cases: Slaying the Insurance Beast”, 2007 Advocacy Track: Developing Your Case Theme Through Discovery 2007 Annual Convention Chicago, IL July 2007 Advanced Depositions College Denver, CO March 2006 Advocacy Track: Panel: “How to Uncover and Prevail on a Challenge for Cause” 2006 Annual Convention Seattle, WA July 2006 Psychology of Persuasion: “What You Need to Know to Win for Your Client” Atlanta, GA September 2006 Overcoming Juror Bias College Part II: “The Ten Commandments” Denver, CO October, 2006 Depositions, Trial Advocacy College, New Orleans, LA January 2005 Jazz Fest: Litigating Auto Collision Cases Seminar New Orleans, LA April 2005 2005 Annual Convention Toronto, Canada July 2005 Overcoming Juror Bias Part I: The Five Juror Perceptions and Beliefs Atlanta, GA October 2005 “Theming Your Case” Weekend With the Stars New York, NY December 2005 “Preparing an Effective Direct and Cross Exam”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2004 “Selecting a Jury in the Age of Jury Bias and Lawyer Bashing”, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 2004 “Overcoming Juror Bias Part II: The Ten Commandments” Santa Fe, NM October 2004 “Grievance Prosecutors”, Colorado District Attorneys Conference, 2003 “Making Facts Come Alive with Exhibits in Opening”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2003 “Compelling use of Modern Themes in your Low Impact Cases”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2003 “Theming Your Case: A Methodology”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2003 “Overcoming Jury Bias College” Scottsdale, AZ February 2003 Auto Cases Seminar During Jazz Fest New Orleans, LA May 2003 Advocacy Track: Panel: “Opening Statement: Making Facts Come Alive with Exhibits in Opening” 2003 Annual Convention San Francisco, CA July 2003 Overcoming Juror Bias College Atlanta, GA October 2003 “The New Millennium Client”, Kansas Trial Lawyers, 2002 “Theming Your Case”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2002 “Using and Applying Focus Group Results”, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2002 “Daubert is not only for Defendants: What Every Plaintiff’s Lawyer Must Know”, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2002 “Using Persuasive Themes at Trial”, National Continuing Legal Education Conference, 2002 “Ethics for Plaintiffs Lawyers”, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2001 “The Keys to a Successful Direct Examination”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2001 “Using Daubert and Its Progeny as a Sword”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2001 “Daubert is not only for Defendants: What Every Plaintiff’s Lawyer Must Know”, National College of Advocacy, 2001 “Law Firm Management: The 10 Principles to Success”, PESI Absolute Litigators Conference, 2001 “Deposing the Expert Witness”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2001 “Developing a Trial Theme: A Concise Methodology for Every Case”, National CLE Conference, 2001 “What Every Plaintiff’s Lawyer Needs to Know About Avoiding Malpractice and Grievances”, Kansas Trial Lawyers, 2000 “What to do if you Receive a Grievance Complaint”, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2000 “Preparing your Client for Her Deposition”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2000 “The Law & Art of the Opening Statement”, Ultimate Trial Advocacy College, 1993 “Preparing the Client for Deposition”, Association of Trial Lawyers, 1993 “Evaluating and Presenting Closed Head Injury Cases”, National College of Advocacy, 1993
HONORS & AWARDS Avvo Superb 10.0 Rated Martindale-Hubbell A/V Rated International Society of Barristers Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum Million Dollar Advocates Forum Super Lawyers, 2007 Present National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Best Lawyers in America, 2014 Present Trial Lawyers Board of Regents, 2015 Litigator Award Winner ATLA Citation of Excellence, 1990
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS Faculty of Federal Advocates, 2002 President National College of Advocacy, 1995 Present Board of Trustees National College of Advocacy, 1992 Certified Diplomat Colorado State Judicial Qualification Commission, 1997 2006 Member/Chair International Society of Barristers, 2003 Present Fellow Belli Society, 2004 Present Member Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1979 Present Member Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1990 1996 Board of Governors Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1988 1990 State Delegate Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1991 ATLA PAC ViceChair Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1993 1994 CoChair Peoples’ Law School Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 1982 Present Board of Directors Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 1988 1989 President Western Trial Lawyers Association Charter Member Western Trial Lawyers Association, 1998 Present Board of Directors American Bar Association, 1979 Present Member Colorado Bar Association, 1975 Present Member Colorado Bar Association, 1983 Present Ethics Committee El Paso County Bar Association, 1975 Present Member District of Colorado Federal Civil Justice Advisory Committee, 1991 1995 District of Colorado Federal Court Vacancy Commission, 1998 Fourth Judicial District Judicial Qualification Commission, 1994 2001