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     I attempt to obtain results which exceed expectations for every client.  I approach each case with an eye towards resolution, but I am always prepared to litigate if necessary.  I have been involved in many high conflict custody cases and have dealt with many complex financial issues during my 32 years as a lawyer.  I am very aggressive in pursuing and protecting my client's rights.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
    33 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Family: 40%
    33 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 10%
    33 years, 1 thousand cases



Hourly ($325-400/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

14 total 

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  • Christopher L Griffith

    As a divorce mediator I see the approaches of many family law attorneys and Mr. Keil is simply one of the best. He provides not only wise counsel to his clients but also strong advocacy when necessary. Mr. Keil provides his clients with what they need to hear rather than what they may want to hear. His experience in family law is extensive and he is a "straight shooter" with his clients. I highly recommend Jim Keil if you are looking for a strong family law attorney.


    Christopher Griffith Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

550 S. Wadsworth #260
Lakewood, CO, 80226

The Law Office of James J. Keil Jr.

550 S. Wadsworth Blvd. #260
Lakewood, CO, 80226



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
A/V PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2016
Colorado Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2016
Best Law Firms in AmericaU.S. News and World Report2016
Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News and World Report2016
Best Law Firms in AmericaU.S. News and World Report2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News and World Report2015
Colorado Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
A/V PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2015
A/V PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2014
Colorado Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Best Law Firms in AmericaU.S. News ad World Report2014
Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News and World Report2014
Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News and World Report2013
Colorado Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
A/V Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Colorado Super LawyerSuper Lawyer/5280 Magazine2012
A/V Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News and World Report2012
A/V Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Colorado Super LawyerSuper Lawyer/5280 Magazine2011
Colorado Super LawyerSuper Lawyer/5280 Magazine2010
A/V Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
A/V Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
A/V Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
A/V Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2007
A/V Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2006
A/V Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2005
Summa Cum LaudeArizona State University1976
A/V Peer Review Rating 2000-2004Martindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Municipal JudgeColumbine Valley and Bowmar1998 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of James J. Keil Jr.1986 - Present
Associate AttorneyFox & Porter1983 - 1985
Law ClerkMadden & Strate1981 - 1983
Law ClerkMaurice F. Fox1981 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Colorado Municipal Judges AssociationMember2005 - Present
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1992 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
First Judicial District Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Family Law Section, Colorado Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Burning Tree Homeowners AssociationPresident1995 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re the Marriage of Talbott, 43 P.3d 734 (Colo. App. 2002)Overturned Trial Court ruling
In re the Marriage of Talbott, 02 CA 2039Affirmed Trial Court ruling
In re the Marriage of Davies, 03 CA 997Affirmed Trial Court ruling
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Colorado LawyerThe Modification of a Denial of Spousal Maintenance at Permanent Orders2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Colorado School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Arizona State UniversityBusiness administration/ EconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
First Judicial District Bar AssociationThe Efficacy of Using Contempt to Enforce Domestic Relations Orders2010
Family Law ConferencePost Secondary Education After Chalat2007
First Judicial District Bar AssociationEnforcing Domestic Relations Orders Through Contempt2006
First Judicial District Bar AssociationContempt: Pointers and Pitfalls2006