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Legal Services

Municipal and Local Government Law

  • General Counsel
  • Contracts
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Municipal Court Matters
  • Special District Formation
  • Liquor and Marijuana Business Licensing

Business/Corporate Law

  • Entity Formation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Business Purchase and Sale Transactions
  • Contract Creation, Negotiation, and Disputes
  • Dissolution of Entities

Homeowners Associations

  • Representation of Associations and their Boards of Directors
  • HOA Formation in Development Phase
  • Amendment of Existing Governing Documents
  • Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act and Other Legal Compliance Matters
  • Assessment Issues and Collections
  • Rules and Regulations
  • HOA Policies

Land Use and Zoning

  • Annexation
  • Zoning and Planned Unit Development (PUD) Approvals
  • Variances
  • Negotiating and Drafting Annexation and Development Agreements, PUD Documents, and Related Agreements
  • Subdivisions and Lot Line Adjustments
  • Representation before Planning Commissions, Town Councils and the Board of County Commissioners


Real Estate

  • Purchase and Sales Transactions
  • Landlord/Tenant Matters


Ed Sands

Principal Attorney

Ed Sands has over 35 years’ experience representing clients across Western Colorado. He formerly practiced law with Steve Carter, who also served as a Garfield County Judge. Recently, Ed was Of Counsel to the Law Firm of Garfield & Hecht, P.C. based in Aspen, Colorado.
The Sands Law Office is a full service law firm. Over the years Ed has represented a number of area local governments including the Towns of Eagle, Palisade, De Beque, Collbran, Parachute, Dinosaur, Rangely, the City of Fruita, the City of Rifle, as well as the Western Eagle Metropolitan Recreation District, De Beque Fire Protection District, and the Grand Valley Fire Protection District. He formerly served as the New Castle Municipal Judge.
Ed successfully argued a case before the Colorado Supreme Court, reversing the Court of Appeals and establishing new law in Colorado concerning municipal occupation taxes. (Town of Eagle v. Schiebe, 10 P. 3rd 648 (Colo. 2000))
In addition, Ed handles a wide array of matters for individuals, businesses and homeowner’s associations. Ed is committed to devoting the time, effort and care necessary to solve clients’ legal problems at competitive billing rates. He will offer practical advice and solutions to serve your needs.

Member, Colorado Bar Association
Member, 9th Judicial District Bar Association
Member, Municipal Attorneys Section, Colorado Municipal League
Member, and former Vice President, Alpine Legal Services

Duke University, Durham, NC, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and History,
University of Nebraska, College of Law, Lincoln, NE, Juris Doctor
• Honors and Activities: Member, Allen Moot Court Board
• Recipient of the Law Student Division/ABA Silver Key Award for Meritorious Service
• Vice President, Student Bar Association
• Finalist, Junior Round Moot Court Competition
• Member, Law School Curriculum Committee

• Colorado
• Nebraska (Inactive)
• United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
• United States District Court (Colorado)
• United States District Court (Nebraska)

“Quasi-Judicial Proceedings,” Course Material, Colorado Municipal League 62nd Annual Conference, Municipal Attorney’s Section, Vail, Colorado.


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