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Kathryn Thurman James

Estate planning Attorney at Castle Rock, CO

4.7   9 reviews

also known as Kathryn T. James, Katie James

  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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About Kathryn

Learn Kathryn’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, general Estate Planning

    17 years

  2. Real estate
    Contracts to Buy and Sell, Leases, Deeds, Easements, Foreclosures

    17 years

  3. Probate
    Estate Administration, Trust Administration, Guardianships, Conservatorships

    17 years

  4. Business
    Entity Formation and Representation, Contracts, Licensing

  5. Land use and zoning
    Subdivisions, Zoning Changes, Parcel Splits, Condominium Creation

    17 years

 I seek to serve clients with honest, effective, and straightforward representation.  I enjoy getting to know my clients and working with them to meet their goals.


Folkestad Fazekas Barrick & Patoile, PC
18 South Wilcox Stree, Ste 200
Castle Rock, CO, 80104-1909


4.7 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
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Posted by Mark | September 8, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Not a review, just wanted to say hey
Sorry to be completely random but I was talking to a friend recently who I went to college with at UK back in 1994. He asked me if I remember anyone from UK and I said yes, I remember a girl named Katie Thurman. He said, let’s look her up. Long story short, I think that girl is you. Again, super random but if you’re that Katie, just wanted to say hey. Hope all is well with you. And if you’re not that Katie, my bad, but hope you’re good too.
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Posted by david | December 3, 2014
Saved my a** in a big way.
I feel beyond lucky to have had Katie James on our side when an "overly litigious" (I'm trying to be kind per the review guidelines) neighbor attempted to put a complete halt to an emergency sewage line repair unfortunately situated on easement between our properties. Her quick response and direct involvement with the scenario allowed our contractor team to complete the work in as timely a manner as possible for the benefit of our family. Her direct, yet kind and professional, demeanor got the issue settled while also saving what remained of our tenuous relationship with our neighbor. I can't recommend Katie strongly enough. Too bad there's not a choice for a "6 Star" rating on the scale above. Thanks again very much.
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Posted by Angela | December 1, 2014
Estate/Will/Real Estate Transaction
Katie James has been my attorney since 2012. She helped me resolve my mom's estate. Write a will for myself after my divorce and to purchase a 1/4 share Condo in the mountains. I have have found Katie to be knowledgable responsive and helpful in all situations. She is by far the most responsive attorney I've worked with.
Posted by Taylor | August 9, 2014
Excellent Attorney for Wills!
Kathryn helped us devise a will so quickly and easily. She did such a thorough job. Kathryn is so experienced and organized, so she made this process easy for us and in fact, enjoyable. We have children, so completing a will has been something that we have needed and wanted to do for a long time. We feel so happy and confident now that we have a will. Thank you, Kathryn!
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Posted by Michael | August 5, 2014
Excellent details and balanced explanations!
Ms. James has provided me legal advice and service for years. Her calm approach and willingness to help explain how decisions will impact my planning have always been an asset. We will continue to rely upon the advice and efficiency provided by Kathryn.
Posted by Ronda | July 30, 2014
Estate planning
Kathryn did an excellent job with our estate planning! We were very unfamiliar with the process and she really helped explain the options and made us feel comfortable along the way. I would highly recommend her to other families looking for an estate planning lawyer!
Posted by David | July 26, 2014
Helpful and knowledgeable
Katie helped my wife and I plan, prepare, and execute our will and trust. I highly recommend her as she is not only incredibly knowledgeable, but friendly and helpful to a fault.
Posted by KJG | July 24, 2014
Excellent Estate Planning and Business Formation Lawyer
Attorney Kathryn T. James has done both my estate planning and business formation documents. She also helped my family successfully appeal an unreasonable property tax and managed to get the county in question to settle after making a solid case for going before the state board. In all these situations, Kathryn demonstrates the ability to take issues that are complicated for lay people and explains them in a way that is easy to understand. She is extremely knowledgeable of the law, thorough, and detailed while remaining friendly and approachable. I always feel comfortable asking her questions, some of them multiple times! Kathryn is patient, clear, and always affirming. I am completely satisfied with Kathryn’s professionalism, efficiency, support, and legal expertise. I would not hesitate to recommend her services.
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Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2014
Katie assisted me with preparation of a rent to purchase contract. It started with me asking questions about if she actually had done this before. Promised me that she had. Then i was told that i should have paid for the call where is was verifying she could do the work. When basic terms for the purchase contract were discussed it was very clear she did not have any experience and in fact the renters representative gave me better advice. I negotiated most tems with them and told Katie what to put in the contracts and how to structure them. She totally misrepresented her experience. things like its not legal to sign a purchase contract but delay the purchase date up to a year. she was wrong on this and several other things. i could have tolerated this but for an attorney with 7 years of experience to bill out at $300 per hour is completely out of line. Notice that before becoming a lawyer she was in the hotel business. Maybe some day after you learn your trade but someone younger than 40 with 7 years of experience, this is crazy. Combine lack of knowledge, because you only know what you know, with a billing rate of someone with 20 to 30 years of experience, give me a break. I got so i could not ask any questions because i was charged for every 5 minutes of discussion. In our initial conversation i was told a less expensive admin person would do most of the work which was not the case.
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AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Folkestad Fazekas Barrick & Patoile, PC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Administrative Hearing Officer
  • Town of Grand Lake
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney/Owner
  • Kathryn T. James Law Office, LLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Associate
  • Noriyuki & Parker, P.C.
  • 2007 - 2008
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  • University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2006
  • University of Kentucky
  • B.A.
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Roxborough Village Metropolitan District Amended Service Plan
  • Approved by BOCC


  • Douglas/Elbert County Bar Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Trusts and Estates Section; Real Estate Section
  • 2007 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Clients Choice Award for Estate Planning
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Best of the Best Law Practice
  • Colorado Community Newspapers
  • 2012
  • Order of St. Ives
  • University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
  • 2006
  • Scholastic Excellence Award
  • University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
  • 2004
  • Member
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1998
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  • Legal Blog at Folkestad Fazekas Barrick & Patoile, P.C.
  • Contributor
  • 2014
  • Gorelick, Destruction of Evidence
  • Research Assistant
  • 2007
  • Wigmore on Evidence
  • Research Assistant
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar
  • Stages of Life and Estate Planning
  • 2015
  • Local Seminar
  • Estate Planning, Minor Children and Intestacy
  • 2014
  • Local Seminars
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2013

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Real estate Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Katie for several years. We have worked together on some real estate and probate matters. She is very thorough, insightful, knowledgeable, able to grasp new concepts and apply the client's fact pattern to the law - thus providing the best available outcome for the client. She regularly expresses her concerns for her clients - not just another day in the office. I can highly recommend Katie for all of her practice areas."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katie is thorough and professional attorney. She provides clients with excellent representation while also being cost conscious."
Real estate Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ms. James is professional and courteous in her relationships with other attorneys. She has a strong knowledge base in her practice areas and works hard to help clients meet their goals."
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Castle Rock Estate planning Lawyer Kathryn Thurman James
Kathryn Thurman James
Estate planning Attorney
Castle Rock, CO
Licensed for 17 years