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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 background in civil trials and state government investigations.

In his litigation practice, Chris offers a rare perspective: an appellate attorney who’s tried more than a dozen cases, including first chairing both jury and bench trials. He’s handled matters at the US Supreme Court, the Tenth Circuit, Colorado’s appellate courts, and in other state and federal courts across the country.

Chris also defends companies and individuals facing inquiries by state governments. Prior to joining Holland & Hart, he was an assistant attorney general at the Colorado Department of Law, where he investigated and litigated a wide variety of claims on behalf of government officials and agencies. He’s also an adjunct professor of election law at DU’s Sturm College of Law. Print and broadcast media regularly turn to Chris for his legal analysis on the judiciary, constitutional law, elections, and the Colorado state government.

Previously, Chris clerked for the Honorable Roger L. Gregory on the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Client Results

Appellate Experience
  • Appealing a multimillion-dollar judgment against a municipal defendant in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action before the Tenth Circuit.

  • Defended a district court judgment in an arbitration-confirmation dispute before the Tenth Circuit.

  • Defended the denial of class certification in a multimillion-dollar dispute before the Tenth Circuit.

  • Represented organizational clients in a Title Board appeal before the Colorado Supreme Court.

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

  • Defended an appeal in a real estate matter before the Colorado Court of Appeals.

  • Defended an appeal challenging class-action certification 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.

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

Commercial Litigation
  • Trial counsel in a long-running commercial contracts dispute over third-party tort claims.

  • 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.

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

  • Regulatory counsel to several organizational clients seeking to participate in the ballot initiative process.

  • Regulatory counsel for several political committees.

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

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

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

News

Publications

Education

Bar Admissions

Recognition

  • Colorado Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, Appellate, 2022

Professional and Civic Affiliations

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