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John Palmer Waters

John Palmer Waters

Practice areas:

Family, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Separation

About Me

Hi, I live and work downtown. However, when not helping clients, I enjoy fly-fishing, cycling and weightlifting. I go to church at St. John's Cathedral on Sundays. I love the Broncos! I try to keep things simple during the non-working hours, so that I'm fresh and ready to go during the week. I love being in court, whether it's in front of a judge or a jury. I truly want to help my clients achieve their goals; that's what I'm most passionate about. Thanks, John.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2007

  1. Family: 34%
    8 years, 200 cases
  2. Divorce & Separation: 33%
    8 years, 75 cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 33%
    8 years, 75 cases



Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

22 total 

  • David Littman

    I have gotten to know John Waters through consultation with him in cases where we represent similar interests. He is a very skilled and competent litigator who will work tirelessly on behalf of his clients to achieve the very best outcome for them. I have had an opportunity to see the outcome of his efforts on appeal as well as in the courtroom. He will provide very diligent advocacy should you elect to retain him.


    David Littman Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Scott Hayden Robinson

    I endorse this lawyer. John is vary capable, and cares for his clients, never hesitating to go the extra mile for them. He is a credit to the profession.


    Scott Robinson Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of John Waters

1435 Larimer Street, Suite #301
in "historic" Larimer Square
Denver, CO, 80202



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
"A+" rating (Five out of 5 stars)Better Business Bureau2015
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top ContributorAvvo2015
One of 100 Best Trial Lawyers in Colorado (Criminal Defense)National Trial Lawyers2014
Top ContributorAvvo2014
"A" rating, no complaintsBetter Business Bureau2014
Certificate of Merit, Federal Administrative LawThomas M. Cooley2005

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Owner/AttorneyLaw Office of John Waters2008 - Present
Law Clerk for Hon. Calvin OsterhavenEaton County, Michigan2005 - 2005

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Distinguished CounselNation's Top One Percent2015 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationOne of 100 Best Trial Lawyers in Colorado (Criminal Defense)2014 - Present
United States District Court for District of ColoradoAttorney2010 - Present
Colorado Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/A2008 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Colorado Bar FoundationCriminal Law Section2007 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
10 CA 0597 In re the Parental Responsibilities of D.L.G., a Child, Mattika Farmer, Appellee, and Concerning Daniel GrahamAffirmed.
People v. Roberto Esquivel (13 CR 45) Kit CarsonNot guilty on all counts!
Sondra Stinston and Keith Stinson (13 DR 1523) AdamsSuccessful.

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of ColoradoEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1988

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Adult Education"Kitchen-table Budget"1995