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Steve C. Briggs, Mediator & Arbitrator, Denver, Colorado.

Steve C. Briggs

Diplomate member
JAG Inc.
1601 Blake St, Suite 400
Denver, CO 80202
Tel: (303) 572-1919
Fax: (303) 571-1115
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Recognized to Colorado Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge, Special Master
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  • Practice Commenced: 2000
  • Total Mediations (as of Oct 2022): 600
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Oct 2022): 60
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Steve C. Briggs combines a 25-year career as a litigator, arbitrator, mediator, and judge with more than 12 years experience as a mediator and arbitrator at Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc. (JAG).  He has successfully resolved disputes across the broad spectrum of complex civil litigation, including claims related to personal injury, class actions, business creation and dissolution, patents, trade secrets, employment, shareholder rights, contracts, insurance, construction, condemnation, franchises, probate, and insurance.  Judge Briggs also acts as a consultant to lawyers on cases, from early neutral evaluations to appeals.  He has assisted in evaluating the merits of trials and appeals, defining the issues to address, structuring the brief, and making a persuasive oral argument, including serving as judge in mock oral arguments for lawyers with cases on appeal .  Steve has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Colorado Law School for his work as a judge and in alternative dispute resolution (ADR); been selected multiple years as a Best Lawyer in American; a Colorado Super Lawyer (top 5% of Colorado lawyers); Denver Post Top Lawyers in Colorado; a Judicial Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (top 1/2% of American lawyers); and is a charter member of the Colorado Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

Before joining JAG, Steve was a judge on the Colorado Court of Appeals.  He authored more than 600 opinions concerning Colorado and federal law, decided over1,200 more, and was twice nominated to the Colorado Supreme Court.  During this time, Judge Briggs served as a judge for mock trials for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and other organizations; gave numerous presentations on mediation; acted as an appellate settlement judge; and authored the article for the Centennial Edition of the Colorado Lawyer on the history of ADR in the Colorado Bar Association.

Steve first became interested in using ADR in 1980s and received basic and advanced training in mediation and arbitration.  He served as a volunteer mediator for non-profit organizations; as Boulder’s first contract mediator with the Colorado Office of Dispute Resolution; and as an Adjunct Professor at C.U. Law School, teaching a course in Negotiations and ADR.  He was an active member of the Arbitration and Mediation Panels of the American Arbitration Association, and was one of organization’s first mediator trainers.

Steve began his legal career as a law clerk for Chief Judge Alfred A. Arraj of the Colorado U.S. District Court, then served in the Antitrust Section of the Colorado Attorney General.  In 1978 he entered private practice with the law firm where he worked during law school, representing plaintiffs and defendants in cases that covered the field of complex civil litigation until his appointment to the Court of Appeals in 1992.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Agricultural
  • Anti-Trust
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Software
  • Sports
  • Telecommunications
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Utilities
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


Steve graduated from the University of Michigan and received a fellowship to study social psychology at the University of California, Berekeley.  He changed directions and began his legal career at CU Law School in Boulder, where he was the faculty selection as Outstanding Freshman, authored a Case Note for the Colorado Law Review, and graduated second in his class in 1975.

Memberships & Affiliations

Throughout his career Steve has been active in pro bono, civic, and bar activities.  He has served as President of the Colorado Bar Association and Chair of the Colorado State Commission on Judicial Performance.

While practicing law in Boulder, he was President of the Boulder County Bar Association and Vice-President of the Colorado Bar Association, and he received an Outstanding Voluntary Legal Services award from Boulder’s Eco-Cycle.  Since joining JAG, Steve continues to present continuing legal education programs on subjects such as ethics, mediation, and arbitration, and to write on legal topics, including his article in the July 2011 Colorado Lawyer, “Pretrial Bashor Agreements after Nunn v. Mid-Century.  He was appointed by the Denver Mayor as the first auditor of the Denver Police Intelligence files.  Steve is currently on the Board of the Colorado Judicial Institute and the Advisory Board of Colorado’s Future, and he is the CBA representative on the Colorado Reform Roundtable.

Rates Information

IN-STATE: $410 per hr

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