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Steve C. Briggs, Arbitrator, Denver, Colorado.

Steve C. Briggs

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Arbitration Office of Steve C. Briggs
6500 W. Mansfield Ave. Unit 34
Denver, CO 80235
Tel: 720 810 7979
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  • Practice Commenced: 2000
  • Total Mediations (as of Feb 2023): 1000
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Feb 2023): 100
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Hon. Steve C. Briggs (Retired) has combined a legal career as a litigator, judge, mediator, and arbitrator. His work in arbitratino over the last 22 years culminaated inin his selection as Best Lawyers in America's 2023 "Lawyer of the Year in Arbitration" in Denver.  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, condemnation, franchises, probate, and insurance.  Judge Briggs has acted 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, making a persuasive oral argument, and by acting as judge in mock oral arguments.  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). He has been selected multiple years in Best Lawyers in America in Arbitration, Mediation, Commercial Litigation, Appellate Practice, and Insurance Law; a Colorado Super Lawyer (top 5% of Colorado lawyers); the Denver Post Top Lawyers in Colorado; and a Judicial Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (top 1/2% of American lawyers). Judge Briggs is a charter member of the Colorado Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He has served as President of the Colorado Bar Association and Chair of the Colorado State Commission on Judicial Performance.

Before pursuing a career in ADR, Steve was a judge on the Colorado Court of Appeals.  He authored more than 600 opinions concerning Colorado and federal law, participated in deciding over1,200 more. He 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. He authored the article for the Centennial Edition of the Colorado Lawyer on the history of ADR in the Colorado Bar Association.

Steve began his legal career as a law clerk for Chief Judge Alfred A. Arraj of the Colorado U.S. District Court. He 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. Steve represented plaintiffs and defendants in cases that covered the field of complex civil litigation until his judicial appointment in 1992. Steve first became interested in using ADR in 1980s. He received basic and advanced training in mediation and arbitration and while in private practice served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

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. In his pro bono work, he received an Outstanding Volunteer award from Boulder’s Eco-Cycle. After leaving the bench, Steve presented dozens of continuing legal education programs on subjects such as ethics, mediation, and arbitration, and wrote 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.

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