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Joseph M Elio

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A Colorado native, Joe has lived in the Denver area most of his life and has developed a large social and professional network.  Joe  balances family, business, public service and recreation. He believes in health- in mind, body and spirit. He enjoys snowboarding, long-boarding, traveling with his family, and perfecting his spaghetti sauce for his annual family spaghetti sauce contest.


The bulk of his practice is family and personal injury; however, with 30 years of legal experience,  he has litigated cases in the following areas:  bankruptcy, collection, contract, criminal, domestic, general commercial, insurance bad faith, personal injury, securities, landlord/tenant, civil defense and estate litigation.  He has successfully argued appellate cases before the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.




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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 35%
    30 years
  2. Family: 35%
    30 years
  3. Litigation: 10%
    30 years
  4. Wills: 10%
    30 years
  5. Business: 10%
    30 years



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Attorney endorsements

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    I endorse Joseph Elio without reservation. He is in the top echelon of Colorado attorneys. I have known him for about 20 years, first during my time as a district court judge and, for the past 9 years, as an ADR neutral. Mr. Elio provides his clients with thorough, thoughtful and insightful representation. At the same time, he treats opposing counsel with the dignity to which they are entitled. Mr. Elio is a top flight attorney: he has the highest reputation for integrity and honor.


    John Leopold Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Jeremy Richard Rosenthal

    Joe and I have co-counseled several cases together. He is honest, ethical, gets good results, and the clients like him. I will continue to refer cases to Joe and I endorse him without reservation.


    Jeremy Rosenthal Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law One

1444 Blake Street
Denver, CO, 80202


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2016
Graduated cum laude, School of BusinessUniversity of Colorado at BoulderN/A
Floyd Marks Memorial ScholarshipAdams/Broomfield County Bar AssociationN/A
“Attorney of the Year” recipientAndiamoN/A
AV Preeminent 5.0 / 5 Peer Review Rated - legal ability & ethicsMartindale HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerLaw One2013 - Present
Associate Municpal JudgeCity of Thornton1990 - Present
PartnerScheitler and Elio, P.C.1990 - 2013
AttorneyDill, Dill, Carr, Stonbraker and Hutchings1988 - 1990
Enforcement Division InvestigatorUnited States Securities and Exchange Commission1987 - 1988
Deputy District AttorneyAdams County Deputy District Attorney’s Office1984 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
St. Mark Parish Expansion CommitteeCommittee Member2014 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Broomfield/Adams Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Colorado Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Veteran’s Administration VA Benefit ProgramEvaluator2013 - 2013
St. Mark Parish CouncilPresident2012 - 2013
St. Mark Parish CouncilCounselman2010 - 2011
University of Denver Law SchoolMentor2010 - 2010
Hyland Greens East Homeowner’s AssociationPresident2009 - 2009
St. Mark’s Free Clothing BankVolunteer2004 - 2012
Nativity of Our Lord School's Principal’s Advisory CommitteeAdvisory Board2003 - 2005
Front Range Community College Charitable Contribution BoardBoard Member2000 - 2001
Hyland Greens East Homeowner’s AssociationBoard Member1995 - 2009
Thornton Planning CommissionCommission Member1989 - 1990
District 12 Five Star School’s Parent Steering CommitteeCommittee Member1988 - 1988
Adams County Democratic Fair CampaignCommittee Member1986 - 1986
Cottonwood Villa Investment CommitteeCommittee Member1984 - 1984
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Rosa Lawson v. Safeway, Inc. 878 P. 2d 127 – Colo. Court of Appeals, 3rd Div. 1994Plaintiff prevailed on all claimes
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Colorado School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of Colorado - BoulderBusiness FinanceBS - Bachelor of Science1981
Regis Jesuit High SchoolN/AN/A1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing Legal EducationVocational Evaluations in Litigation2014
PresentationCriminal Law1988
PresentationD.U.I. Enforcement1985