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Christopher Jackson

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555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202

Chris is an experienced appellate advocate with a passion for law and politics.

His practice lies at the intersection of private and public law. On the private side, he represents clients in state and federal court, primarily on appellate issues. He offers a rare perspective: an appellate attorney who’s been to trial dozens of times, first-chairing both jury and bench trials. Chris knows first-hand what trial litigation is like, and he brings that experience to his appellate work. He’s successfully handled matters at the US Supreme Court, the Tenth Circuit, the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and other intermediate appellate courts across the country.

On the public side, print and broadcast media regularly turn to Chris for his legal analysis on the judiciary, constitutional law, elections, and the Colorado state government. He’s been quoted over 70 times in the last few years in a variety of outlets including The Washington Post, The Associated Press, The Denver Post, The Colorado Sun, 9News, Next With Kyle Clark, and Colorado Public Radio. He’s also an adjunct professor of election law at DU’s Sturm College of Law. Chris works with individuals, nonprofits, and for-profits as they navigate their relationship with the government.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Chris was an assistant attorney general at the Colorado Department of Law, where he represented statewide elected officials, including the Governor and Secretary of State, in constitutional litigation. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roger L. Gregory on the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Client Results

Appellate Experience
  • Amicus counsel in an appeal before the US Supreme Court involving the Electoral College.*

  • Successfully defended an appeal in a real estate matter before the Colorado Court of Appeals.*

  • Successfully defended a district court judgement in an intellectual property dispute before the Federal Circuit and the US Supreme Court.*

  • Served as appellate co-counsel in an election-law case before the Tenth Circuit.*

  • Secured a favorable ruling before the Colorado Supreme Court in an appeal involving the state’s campaign-finance laws.*

  • Amicus counsel in a series of appeals involving constitutional and family-law issues before the Colorado and Arizona appellate courts.*

  • Successfully represented organizational clients in several Title Board appeals before the Colorado Supreme Court.*

Commercial Litigation
  • Trial counsel in a jury trial involving dispute over a real-estate agreement.*

  • Trial counsel for a national franchise in a trademark dispute.*

  • Trial counsel in a series of intellectual property actions involving a medical device manufacturer.*

  • Trial counsel in multi-million dollar arbitration involving a dispute regarding the construction of an oil and natural gas facility.*

Public Law Experience
  • Served as general counsel for the campaign committee of a candidate for statewide office.*

  • Served as general counsel for the transition committee of a statewide elected official.*

  • Trial and appellate counsel in a variety of election disputes involving races for the Presidency, the U.S. Senate, and several General Assembly seats.*

  • Trial counsel in an independent ethics investigation of a public official.*

  • Regulatory counsel to a series of organizational clients seeking to participate in the ballot initiative process.*

  • Trial counsel in a First Amendment challenge to a city ordinance.*

  • Trial counsel in a dormant Commerce Clause challenge to an agency rulemaking.*



  • *Indicates a matter Chris worked on before joining Holland & Hart

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Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Appellate Practice Committee, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association Appellate Practice Subcommittee, Member
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Adjunct Professor
  • Colorado Blue Flower Fund, Board Member
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