Member Profile: Hon. John P. Leopold (Ret.)

Hon. John P. Leopold (Ret.)
410 17th Street
Suite 2440
Denver, CO 80202
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Tel: (303) 534-1254
Fax: (303) 534-1255

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ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Arbitration; Early Neutral Evaluation; Med-Arb; Fact Finding; Discovery Referee; Mini-Trial Judge; Special Master; Insurance Umpire


Hon. John P. Leopold (Ret.) has substantive case experience in the following areas...

Business Dissolution
Civil Rights
Contract Disputes
Debt Collections
Divorce (High Asset)
Elder Abuse
Eminent Domain
Family Businesses
Legal Malpractice
Libel & Slander
Local Govt./Municipalities
Nursing Homes
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Professional Fees
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Property Damage
Real Estate
Shareholder Disputes
Trusts / Estates
Wrongful Death



Hon. John P. Leopold (Ret.) served as a District Judge for 19 years, and as Chief Judge for 4 years, in Colorado’s 18th Judicial District, the largest district (in terms of population) in the state. Prior to his appointment, he was a private practitioner, representing a wide range of individuals in civil, domestic, probate, juvenile, and criminal matters.

Since joining JAMS in 2010, Judge Leopold has mediated and arbitrated a variety of complex matters involving many types of law, including medical malpractice, business litigation, personal injury, insurance coverage, and contracts (commercial and personal).


  • Chief Judge, Colorado’s 18th Judicial District, 2002-2006
  • District Judge, 18th Judicial District, 1987-2006
  • Private Practice of Law, 1974-1987
  • J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 1974
  • B.A., Colby College, Waterville, ME, 1968
  • United States Air Force, 1968-1972

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Received Alumni Professionalism Law Star Award, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, October 2013
  • Received Martin P. Miller Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arapahoe County (Colorado) Bar Association, January 2012
  • Received 1999 Judicial Excellence Award from the Colorado Chapter, American Board of Trial Advocates; 2001 Outstanding Judicial Officer Award from the Colorado Judicial Branch; Lifetime Membership, Colorado Association of Community Corrections Board
  • Colorado Bar Foundation Trustee, 2015-present
  • President, Colorado District Judges Association (1998); Vice President, Colorado Trial Judges Association (1998); President, Arapahoe County Bar Association (1985-1986); Fellow, Academy of Court Appointed Masters
  • Master, Thompson G. Marsh Inn, American Inn of Court
  • Member: Colorado, Arapahoe County, and Colorado Women’s Bar Associations
  • Frequent presenter at CLE programs for Continuing Education in Colorado, Inc. (Colorado Bar Association); Colorado Judicial Branch; Colorado Women’s Bar Association; Arapahoe County Bar Association
  • Member, University of Denver Sturm College of Law Alumni Council (Chair: 2008-2010); Co-Chair, Council's Bar Passage Committee


Mediation: $325.hour Arbitration/Special Master/Private Judge: $400./hour
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