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Attorney and Counselor at Law

“I studied law in order to help people and solve problems.  I am fortunate to be able to work with a diverse set of clients on interesting and challenging issues while living Steamboat Springs."

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Professional Background

Paul Sachs began his law practice as a clerk for United States District Court Judge, Marvin Katz (Eastern District of Pennsylvania). He then practiced as an associate in the environmental law department of Davis, Graham and Stubbs in Denver. Growing tired of looking at the mountains from his office window, he moved to Steamboat Springs and joined the law firm of Sharp and Barney LLC. There he practiced for five years, principally in the areas of real estate, water, environmental and corporate law.

Paul decided a respite from the legal world was in order and accepted an offer to become the inaugural Director of the Yampa Valley Legacy Education Initiative, a non-profit corporation created to foster “place-based” education in Routt, Moffat, and East Grand counties. From this position he transitioned into work with The Orton Family Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to changing the way land use planning is done in this country. In January of 2005, Paul returned to the full-time practice of law and opened the law office of Paul Sachs, P.C.

He served on the Board of Editors of The Colorado Lawyer and has wrote the summaries of Court of Appeals decisions for that publication for 17 years. In addition to sitting on numerous local boards, he has directed the Steamboat Marathon since 1999 and co-directed the Run Rabbit Run Ultra Marathons since 2007, promoting one of his favorite activities – running in the mountains

The law office of Paul Sachs, P.C. provides a diverse set of legal services, including, real estate, land-use planning, water, homeowners association, business services, estate planning, and non-profit counseling.


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., cum laude 1990

  • Harvard University, B.A., magna cum laude 1984

Professional Associations & Community Involvement

  • Municipal Court Judge for the City of Steamboat Springs since 1994

  • Colorado Municipal Judges Association since 1994

  • President of the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Educational Excellence Commission 1995 to 2010

  • Director of the Steamboat Springs Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K since 1999​

  • Board Member and Secretary of the Emerald Mountain Partnership, 2003 - 2007

  • Board Member and Vice President of Steamboat Springs Nordic Council, 2003 - 2007

  • Board Member of Routt County United Way, 2005 - 2007

  • Board Member of the Yampa Valley Botanic Park Association, 2005 - 2007

  • Member of City of Steamboat Springs Water Commission, 2006-2007

  • Board Member and Secretary, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps since 2008

  • Board Member of Alpine Slide and Tubing since 2008

  • Board Member of Old Town Hot Springs 2014 to 2017

  • Board of Editors Member of The Colorado Lawyer, 2005-2022

  • Co-Director of Run Rabbit Run 50 & 100 Mile Ultramarathons since 2007

  • Board Member of Steamboat Symphony Orchestra since 2022

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