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Stephen A. Brunette


Biography


Licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.


Stephen A. Brunette is a lawyer and legal author.  His practice emphasis is on Probate litigation, Guardianship, Conservatorship, Appeals, Consumer Protection, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation and Arbitration).  He has served pro bono on the Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight of the American Bar Association, the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Board of Trustees of the Forensic Sciences Foundation, the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board, and as Amicus counsel to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy.  He has several legal publications, and has organized and conducted several CLE programs for national and state organizations.


Experience


Colorado Springs, CO

2014 - Present


Solo practice emphasizing probate litigation, guardianship, conservatorship, consumer protection, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution.


Gasper Law Group, PLLC

Colorado Springs, CO

2010 - 2014


Civil and criminal appeals, consumer protection, real estate, probate and loan servicer litigation in state and federal courts.


Stephen A. Brunette, Attorney & Counselor at Law

Colorado Springs, CO

1996 - 2010


General practice emphasizing appeals, real property, and probate litigation.  Pro bono service on national boards and panels in legal publishing and forensic sciences.  Of counsel to Tegtmeier, Frank & Jones, 2000 - 2003.


Shepard's/McGraw-Hill

Colorado Springs, CO

1986 - 1996


Legal editor, in-house author, sponsoring editor of litigation and trial practice publications, publishing emphasis on use of expert and scientific evidence in civil and criminal litigation.


Young & White

Omaha, NE

1985 - 1986


Associate attorney, complex commercial and construction litigation in various state and federal courts.


Stephen A. Brunette, Attorney & Counselor at Law

Lincoln, NE 

1981 - 1985


General civil practice, primarily representing plaintiffs in personal injury litigation.


Education


J.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Law (1980)


M.A. (Psychology), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Law & Psychology Program (1986)


Certificate in Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Interdisciplinary program focused on administrative theory and process, public budgeting and finance, policy analysis, and program evaluation. (1980)


B.A., Cum Laude (Psychology), University of Colorado-Boulder (1973)


Selected Professional Training

Summer Mortgage Conference, Foreclosure Echo: Addressing the Ongoing Consequences of the Foreclosure Crisis, National Consumer Law Center (2015)


Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, National Consumer Law Center (2014)


Fundamentals of Mediation (40 hour training for Basic Certification as Mediator), Anne Michelle McKenna, McKenna, Inc. (2011)


Construction Industry Arbitrator Training, American Arbitration Association (1997)


Mediation Skills and Settlement Conference Advocacy: The Art of Facilitating Settlement, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law (1996)


Arbitration Case Preparation and Presentation, American Arbitration Association (1996)


Professional Associations

American Bar Association

Section Membership: Dispute Resolution (1994 - 1999); Health Law Forum (1993 - 1995); Litigation (1993 - 1997); Natural Resources, Energy, & Environmental Law (1990 - 1993); Science and Technology (1989 - 2000), Chair, Behavioral Science Committee (1996 – 1999, 2008 - 2010), Standing Committee on Scientific Evidence (1989 - 1995); Tort & Insurance Practice (1993 - 1997); Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight (1999 - 2003); Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries (2001 - 2003, 2008 - 2010); International Law (2008 - 2010).

ABA Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight

Oversee publications and publishing policy, procedures and practices of American Bar Association (1999-2003). 


American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Director (2001 - 2004). Trustee, Forensic Sciences Foundation (1995-2003; Vice-chair, 1997-1998; Secretary, 1998-1999; Chair, Education Committee (1997-1998, 1999-2003 ), Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (1997-2003); Professional Oversight Task Force (1994-1997). Jurisprudence Section: Fellow (1996- 2005), Chair (1997-1999), Secretary (1996-1997), Member (1994-1996), Program Chair (1995), Program Co-chair (1994, 1996), Provisional Member (1989-1994). Jurisprudence Section Harold A. Feder Award Winner (2001).

Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board

At Large Member of a Board established by the AAFS, and funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), for the purpose of creating standards to accredit entities that certify individual forensic practitioners in various areas of specialization. (1997-2003). Participating certification entities presently include: American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT), American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO), Forensic Toxicology Certification Board (FTCB), American Board of Medico-Legal Death Investigation (ABMDI), American Board of Forensic Document Examiners (ABFDE), Association of Forensic Document Examiners (AFDE), International Association for Identification (IAI), American Board of Criminalistics (ABC), International Association of Forensic Engineering Specialties (IAFES). Affiliate entities include American Board of Forensic Pathology (ABFP), National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and NIJ.

Forensic Sciences Foundation

Trustee, and Chair of Education Committee, of non-profit Foundation dedicated to education and research in forensic sciences. Sponsored FSF funding for Summit Conference, supra; sponsored and administer Emerging Forensic Scientist Award competition.  (1995 - 2003).