Thomas R. Sharp, Esq. – Of Counsel

Tom Sharp received his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Denver in 1969, and has practiced law in Steamboat Springs for more than 48 years, focusing on real property, business, banking, special district law, estate planning, and water law. He has served as past President of the Routt County Bar Association, as a past Vice-President of the Colorado Bar Association, and as a past Chairman of the Water Section of the CBA. He was a director for 20 years, and past Chairman, of the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority. He has been a director for 41 years of the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District, and has served as both Vice-chairman and Chairman of such District. He served a 3-year term as a member of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. He served as a director of the Colorado River Water Conservation District from 2001 to 2014, including 2 years as President of the District. Tom was elected three times to the Re-2 School Board in Routt County. He has been a director of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation since 2013. He was an active director of Yampa Valley Bank from 2000 to 2015 and is currently an emeritus director of that Bank. Prior to 2000, Tom served as a director of the United Bank of Steamboat Springs, Intrawest Bank of Steamboat Springs, and as a community director of Norwest Bank of Steamboat Springs. Tom was elected as a Life Fellow of both the Colorado Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation. He is married to Sandy Sharp, and has four grown children.


Melinda H. Sherman, Esq.

Melinda Sherman received her law degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 1992, was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1992 and the Colorado bar in 1993. Melinda has practiced law in Steamboat Springs for almost 20 years, focusing in the areas of real property, business, banking, special district, zoning, municipal, home owner associations, estate planning, and water law. Her practice involves representing local clients as well as clients nationwide. She worked as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Steamboat Springs from 1993 to 1998. Melinda actively supports the Steamboat Springs community and dedicates her time to many community service organizations. She served as past Commissioner on the City of Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission. She currently serves as a board member on the Board of Directors of the Tread of Pioneers Museum, the Routt County Humane Society, Impact 100 Steering Committee, and The Foundation, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. She is a member of the Routt County, Northwest Colorado, the Colorado, and the Illinois State Bar Associations. Melinda is married to general contractor and master carpenter, Jon Sherman, and has two children. In her time away from the office Melinda enjoys the challenge and competition of training for and running road races.


Gary S. Engle, Esq.

Mr. Engle received his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1976 and practiced law in Phoenix, Arizona, from 1976 until 1998. Mr. Engle relocated to Steamboat Springs, Colorado in 1996. Mr. Engle has served as President of the Routt County Bar Association and has twice been nominated to fill judicial openings in the 14th Judicial District. He is married to Susan M. Engle and has three grown children.


Elizabeth H. Hinchman, Esq.

Elizabeth Hope Hinchman is an Associate Attorney with Sharp, Sherman & Engle, LLC, where she practices in transactional matters and civil litigation. Elizabeth is admitted to the Colorado Bar.


Brent Demmitt

At Sharp, Sherman & Engle, Brent primarily practices in litigation. His focus on the real estate industry has given him considerable experience handling a diverse assortment of purchase agreement disputes, disclosure disputes, construction disputes, evictions, and mechanics’ lien claims. Brent has litigated breach of contract, oil and gas leases, premises liability, and general business disputes. When such matters arise, Brent’s clients benefit from his ability to succinctly identify and assess the key legal issues, his creative settlement strategies, and from his honest case assessments. In cases where full-blown litigation is required, his no-nonsense approach minimizes histrionics and maximizes efficiency. Brent is admitted to practice in both Colorado and Arizona.


Bryce Hinchman

Bryce K. Hinchman, Esq.

Bryce Hinchman is a transactional attorney at Sharp, Sherman & Engle, LLC who specializes in real property, water law, conservation easements, commercial transactions, business formation, and various other fields in the legal profession.