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Joe moved to Colorado from Texas in 1969. He is the oldest of 10 siblings. He graduated from Mullen High School, where he was active in Speech and Debate. He finished 3rd nationally at the National Student Congress in 1975. Joe then returned to Texas and obtained a B.B.A in Management in 1977, summa cum laude, at the University of the Incarnate Word located in San Antonio. After two years selling computers and computer services, he attended law school in Boulder at the University of Colorado, receiving a J.D. degree in 1982.
Joe was married to Jan O'Mary in 1977. They have one son, Jay, who is an attorney.
Joe has practiced law since 1982. He is a former assistant County Attorney for Jefferson County, where he primarily represented the Human Services Department. He has been continuously engaged in private practice since April 1, 1986. Joe has practiced in both State and Federal Court, and has tried approximately 100 jury trials in his career. He is very excited when challenged to solve complex problems, and relishes a fair resolution. He is equally able to settle a matter out of court, or to bring the matter to trial when required.
Joe received The Linda T. Palmieri Award, For Outstanding Service On Behalf of Children, awarded by The 1st Judicial District Bar Association, in 2009.
Travel and golf are Joe’s interests outside of the courtroom.
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I met Joe for the first time the other day, and we spoke extensively about his practice. I can say for certain that Joe is a passionate advocate for this clients. He is willing to take on difficult cases with vigor and heart.
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I endorse this lawyer. Joe is one of the finest trial attorneys I have ever encountered. I have litigated against Joe, and have also worked with him as co-counsel. Joe is pragmatic, has a wealth of knowledge, and is a tireless, ethical advocate for his clients.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|The Linda T. Palmieri Award||The First Judicial District Bar Association||2009|
|Attorney||Pickard & Associates, P.C.||1986 - Present|
|Assistant County Attorney||Jefferson County Attorney's Office||1983 - 1986|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Association of Family and Conciliation Courts||N/A||N/A|
|Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee||N/A||N/A|
|American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children||N/A||N/A|
|International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect||N/A||N/A|
|National Association of Counsel for Children||N/A||N/A|
|American Association for Justice||N/A||N/A|
|Colorado Trial Lawyers Association||N/A||N/A|
|American Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Colorado Bar Association||Vice President||2008 - 2009|
|First Judicial District Bar Association||President||2005 - 2006|
|IRM Enzminger, 209 P.3d 1163 (Colo.App.2008)||Sustained on appeal|
|Terry v. Sullivan, 58 P.3d 1098 (Colo.App.2002)||Summary Judgment successfully overturned on appeal.|
|Luenberger v. City of Golden, 990 P.2d 1145 (Colo.App.1999)||Case successfully appealed.|
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|Trial Talk (CO)||Who Are We?||2010|
|The Colorado Lawyer||The Child's Wishes in APR Proceedings: An Evidentiary Conundrum||2007|
|University of Colorado||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|Incarnate Word College||Management||B.B.A., Summa Cum Laude||1977|
|Law Enforcement Training||Testimony For Experts and Those Who Testify From Written Reports||2011|
|El Paso County Training||Forensic Child Abuse Experts; Effective Reports & Testimony||2011|
|International Conference, Honolulu, HI||Forensic Child Abuse Experts; Effective Reports & Testimony||2010|
|Continuing Legal Education||Deal or No Deal; Why Divorce Cases Don’t Settle||2010|
|Continuing Legal Education||No Reasonable Effort||2010|
|Continuing Legal Education||What is TRAILS?||2009|
|Continuing Legal Education||A Paralegal’s Guide, Preparing a Summary Judgment Motion||2009|
|Continuing Legal Education||D&N and Criminal Law: What Family Lawyers Need to Know||2009|
|Continuing Legal Education||What is TRAILS?||2008|
|Jefferson County Leadership Committee Training||Leadership Committee Training||2006|
|Continuing Legal Education||Civil Trial Practice “A View From the Trenches”||2006|
|Continuing Legal Education||Dependency and Neglect for Criminal Practitioners||2004|
|Continuing Legal Education||Colorado Children’s Records Law||1999|
|Continuing Legal Education||Colorado Children’s Records Law||1998|
|International Conference, Dublin, Ireland||Child Abuse Investigations... Putting the Pieces Together||1996|
|Continuing Legal Education||Child Abuse Investigations. . .Putting the Pieces Together||1993|
|Continuing Medical Education||Panel Presentation: Legal Responsibility and Diagnosis for Physicians in Child Abuse Cases and Repercussions||1992|
|Continuing Legal Education||§1983 Civil Rights Litigation Seminar||1990|
|Continuing Legal Education||Dependency and Neglect Seminar||1984|