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James J Keil Jr

Mediation Attorney at Denver, CO

5.0   14 reviews
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  • Licensed for 41 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1983
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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Mediation
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    Jim uses his experience as a litigator to help the parties reach an agreement and avoid litigation. He mediates family law cases including: property, child custody, child support, maintenance/alimony, parenting time, and attorney fee disputes.

    24 years, 800 cases

DON'T LITIGATE-MEDIATE WITH AN EXPERIENCED FAMILY LAW MEDIATOR.

    After 37 years of family law litigation, Jim now devotes his practice to mediating and arbitrating family law cases.  He uses his years of experience representing over 1,900 clients to successfully resolve disputes in mediation. Jim has mediated over 800 family law cases with a 90% success rate.  Using his 22 years of experience as a Municipal Court Judge, he arbitrates with the goal of achieving a fair and equitable result for the parties.  Jim has mediated and arbitrated a myriad of issues including decision-making and parenting time, child support, complex property division, maintenance/alimony, paternity, and the award of attorney fees and costs.  

   Jim has earned the respect of his clients, his peers, and judges. He was recognized as Lawyer of the Year in Family Law Mediation by Best Lawyers in 2021.  Jim was named by Law Week as the Barrister’s Best, People’s Choice for Best Mediator in 2019. He has been voted as one of the Best Lawyers in America in Family Law and Family Law Mediation for the past 12 years.  Jim has been named as a Colorado Super Lawyer in Family Law for 14 years and a Top 100 Colorado Super Lawyer in 2019.  Jim has received an AV Preeminent Peer Rating from Martindale Hubbell for the past 30 years and has a Superb Rating from AVVO (10/10) for the past 14 years.

Awards

Silver Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Location

The Law Office of James J. Keil Jr.
400 S. Colorado Blvd. #590
Denver, CO, 80246

Reviews

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Posted by Vito | April 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Champion of Family Law
One fact that people should realize about internet reviews is that they are not always accurate, can be misleading and unfairly critical, especially the negative ones. In family law, cases can be challenging and complex. As a client of Jim Keil for an extended period of time involving a contentious and complex case I hope my perspective of Jim Keil as an attorney may be helpful for others. As a client you need an attorney with attributes of integrity and honesty, as well as an individual that is hard working, well prepared, and extremely knowledgeable of the law. As my attorney, I have found Jim Keil to be all of those things and more. Jim’s understanding to the approach to your legal case is derived by his wealth of experience and brilliant understanding of the law. All of these important factors in my case have been demonstrated especially during trial. The best analogy of Jim Keil I can give as an attorney relates to college football. Jim is the Alabama Crimson Tide of family law. His success to win a case is not by taking for granted his talent or being complacent by previous wins. His success is achieved by all the hard work and preparation he puts forth toward each case. An opposing counsel would have to bring their “A” game each and every time if they wish to compete with Jim Keil.
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Posted by Randy | April 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pay for the best, forget the rest!
Jim Keil has been in this business a long time and knows his stuff. My divorce case was contentious and my wife had very aggressive lawyers. I am a successful professional and an easy target. Jim knows when where to push in negotiations and saved my financial future from vicious attacks! Jim also cares about his billing habits. Some firms are interested in billing as many hours as they can. Jim is careful and prudent with his billing. I would wager that my total attorney cost was half what some other firms would charge. I was referred to Jim through friends and am glad I took their advice. One friend said, "When it comes to divorce, you have to pay for the best and forget the rest!" I'm glad I listened.
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Posted by Monica | November 10, 2014
The ONLY Divorce Lawyer You Want Representing You!!!
Jim has been representing me since January 2013, after I began my divorce case with two attorneys who were ill-equipped to handle an ex-husband like mine. He stepped in and quickly took control of a very complicated divorce. In his 31 years of practice, Jim told me he has never known a more vindictive ex-husband than mine. Although my ex has filed countless extensive motions, Jim has won every important motion in my divorce case. He is extremely thorough and very well-spoken in the courtroom, was superb in cross-examining my ex-husband, and prepared me very well for the witness stand. . He is extremely knowledgeable in divorce law, very trustworthy and guided me in how to move forward as quickly as possible in my divorce. He is well-known at the Jefferson County Courthouse, as well. I am most grateful for his expertise in all the court battles he has won for me. I wouldn't hesitate for a minute to highly recommend Jim to you. You won't be disappointed and you would never want him on the other side of the courtroom representing your ex.
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Posted by Jeff | April 4, 2014
Review of Jim Keil
I was a disillusioned divorced Dad when I hired Jim Keil. Because of the incompetence of the first attorney I had hired for my divorce, and my own ignorance to my rights and the entire process, I was saddled with what everyone I had spoken to said was the WORST child support and parenting agreement (for a Dad) anyone had ever heard of. I had divorced an attorney and felt trapped in the court's initial decision, thinking that I had no recourse and was stuck with the unfair and unreasonable financial and parenting plan agreement for life. After expressing the constant frustration of the arrangement to my therapist, it was suggested that I call Jim Keil. I felt, even though Jim was more expensive than the first attorney I had hired, the recommendation from my therapist was so effusive that I had to give it a shot. Well, the old saying "you get what you pay for" came into play right then. Hiring Jim was the best move I could have made in retrospect, I just wish I knew about him when I first needed a lawyer. Jim took my case, recognized the unfairness of the divorce settlement, and went to work on my behalf. For the first time, I felt that I had someone advocating for me who understood my position, knew the law, and who had the experience to handle it appropriately. Jim's professionalism and personality gave me confidence. He also spoke in "real" terms, so I could understand them, instead of the "lawyer speak" I'd been flummoxed by throughout the court process. He devised out a plan of action and kept me informed as to that plan every step of the way. Still, confidence and understanding doesn't necessarily win cases or change bad initial rulings. Jim's organization, preparation, and court savvy came through during the court hearing to review the child support agreement. He stated our case and why it wasn't fair or reasonable, brought out past court rulings that supported our position, and aggressively yet professionally questioned many of the positions the other side took during testimony. The judge saw it our way, and we won decisions on every important area of the dispute. Jim got the monthly child support payment dropped significantly, my share of the percentage I owe for education and medical costs dropped to a reasonable level, and got me right to claim one of my daughters as a deduction on my taxes. He made a bad situation much more fair and livable for me, which was exactly what I was hoping for when I hired him. I couldn't be happier that I hired Jim Keil.
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Posted by Wendy | March 8, 2013
For Difficult Cases - Keil Focuses on What is Important
My experience with Jim Keil involved a difficult divorce including child custody issues as well as significant financial challenges. While Keil does have high hourly rates, his experience and litigation expertise are exceptional. He will be open and honest even during the most difficult discussions, but allow you the opportunity to make the best choices that will impact you long-term.
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Posted by Perry | December 7, 2012
Difficult Custody Battle
This is my 4th time using Jim as my Lawyer. You need not look anywhere else this guy is amazing! Jim was put in an interesting spot as my girlfriend had missed her hearing on the parenting time and decision making for her child. Thus the courts awarded the father sole decision making and adopted his parenting plan. Jim was able to get the courts to re open the case, and get 75% of the attorneys fees awarded back to us. Jim was able to not only get joint decision making returned to us but also got a stipulation added to major decisions that greatly favor my girlfriend. These types of cases are very stressful and Jim did a great job of handling a VERY demanding case and overall getting us the parenting plan we wanted and some great stipulations. All while fighting an uphill battle against an already ordered case. He and his paralegal Susan are amazing.
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Posted by Suzanne | August 12, 2012
Jim's expertise made all the difference
Mr. Keil was hired to represent me in a difficult divorce case. He had to navigate challenging circumstances including mental health, criminal charges, children's welfare and complicated personal asset division. I found Mr. Keil and his office staff to be very knowledgable about many aspects of Colorado law. He was able to represent my wishes and balance that with a sensible plan and took the appropriate time to explain the process to me, answer all my questions and really listen to my concerns. There were many opportunities for Jim to get flustered or frustrated with the opposing counsel and he handled the circumstances professionally and with a high level of integrity. That was very improtant to me. He offered thoughtful solutions and recommended other professionals that have been competent and professional in their roles. I felt that his billing was explained thoroughly and he billed fairly. I found his paralegal to be extraordinarily responsive and helpful. I would highly recommend Jim to anyone looking for an experienced, honest lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2012
Very professional, knowledgable, reliable and responsible
My divorce case has been in a couple of aspects unique and complicated. Jim was able to handle every aspect with great integrity and clarity. He has been very reliable and supportive in my matter. He is very realistic with a great portion of common sense. He was truly representing my interests which the outcome of my case can only confirm.
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Posted by Perry | September 26, 2011
Traffic Incident Representation
I was facing a DUR, driving under restraint, and careless driving involving an accident. These are very serious accusations in the state of Colorado. Jim took over from the second I hired him and not only provided much needed knowledge, he also instilled a sense of comfort I needed to get me through to the court date. At court time Jim took over the entire process and was able to work with the District Attorney to get the entire case dismissed. Jim's knowledge and compassion for law is a rare combination and I am very grateful to have had the honor to have met and worked with him. William Perry Langer III
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Posted by Danny | October 7, 2010
Are there enough stars for Jim Keil....I think not
Jim was brought on as counsel in a custody battle with my son's mom that began when she decided I could no longer have visitation with my young autistic son. With Jim's help I filed for an APR. I was then served with a ridiculous restraining order as revenge for filing the APR. Due to Jim's ability and legal prowess my wife and I were able to get the restraining order dismissed, regain visitation with my son, and we were ultimately awarded primary custodial care as well as sole decision making by the courts. I have no doubt that this was all due to the fact that I had retained Jim Keil and his staff. Jim was insightful, professional, and had an intricate knowledge of the inner workings at the Jefferson county courthouse. His ability to analyze my situation and create a winning strategy to apply in the courtroom was nothing short of amazing and was responsible for garnering us the results we we able to achieve. He truly is an incredibly gifted lawyer and a credit to his profession.
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Posted by Catherine | August 14, 2010
High integrity, compassion, and knowledge of law
Jim Keil is an uncommon mix of intellect, knowledge, trustworthiness, and compassion. While this is a special combination for a human being, it is even more noteworthy for a family law attorney to possess all of these characteristics. My case was particularly complex, even for a seasoned attorney like Jim. However, I appreciated Jim's honesty, humanity, and flexibility in "getting the job done". My profession requires that I interface with a number of attorneys, and I can say from experience that Jim is in the highest tier when it comes to performance, and he is one of the finest human beings to walk the face of the earth. He works with a great paralegal and has a supportive office staff, as well.
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Posted by Andrew | July 12, 2010
Awesome job/Best representation
Jim is part of the Super Lawyers of Colorado. He knows the law and is the best at writting to the courts. Easy to work with and a results driven professional.
Posted by Frank | July 5, 2010
A truly great lawyer's lawyer
Jim Keil is as fine an attorney as I can imagine anyone could find. He is intelligent, very knowledgeable, aggressive in protecting his clients' rights, highly skilled in his area of practice, honest, and fair. His support staff is top notch. Communication is flawless. He took a case that I had been represented by a prior attorney on that was a mess, and worked tirelessly to clean it up. I had total peace of mind thru out the entire process that everything that could be done was being done effectively. Everything pleading (court paper) he filed was excellent. In my 25 years litigation experience I worked with and against many hundreds, if not thousands of different attorneys. I handled cases against some of the most powerful corporations in the world. I cannot remember a single one of their best attorneys that was as good at what they did as Jim is at what he does.
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Posted by Randyr | May 8, 2010
Beeson Case
Jim;s professionalism, knowldege and commitement to my case was excellent. Wihout his assistance and great comunication skills my case would nt have been resolved quickly and at a much greater cost.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Co-Owner
  • Denver Mediation Experts
  • 2021 - Present
  • Municipal Judge-Part time
  • Columbine Valley and Bowmar
  • 1998 - 2020
  • Owner
  • Law Office of James J. Keil Jr.
  • 1986 - 2021
  • Associate Attorney
  • Fox & Porter
  • 1983 - 1985
  • Law Clerk
  • Madden & Strate
  • 1981 - 1983
  • Law Clerk
  • Maurice F. Fox
  • 1981 - 1983
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Education

  • University of Colorado
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Arizona State University
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Marriage of Harmer, 20CA612
  • Affirmed the Trial Court Order
  • In re N.J.C., 467 P.3d 1209 (Colo.App.2019)
  • Affirmed Trial Court Ruling
  • In re Marriage of Weekes, 459 P.3d 1216 (Colo.App.2020)
  • Affirmed in part/Reversed in part
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Associations

  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • First Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Family Law Section, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • Best Family Law Mediators in America
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Lawyer of the Year, Family Law Mediation, Denver
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Best Family Law Mediators in America
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyers in America in Family Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Best Family Law Mediators in America
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America in Family Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Best Law Firms in America
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Barristers Best, People's Choice - Best Mediator
  • Law Week Colorado
  • 2019
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Colorado
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Best Family Law Mediators in America
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Best Law Firms in America
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America in Family Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America in Family Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Law Firms in America
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Colorado Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Best Law Firms In America
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America in Family Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Law Firms in America
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America in Family Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America in Family Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Best Law Firms in America
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America in Family Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Best Law Firms in America
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America in Family Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyer/5280 Magazine
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America in Family Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyer/5280 Magazine
  • 2011
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyer/5280 Magazine
  • 2010
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Arizona State University
  • 1976
  • A/V Peer Preeminent Rating 2000-2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Publications

  • 2021 Domestic Relations Bench Bar Book
  • Attorney Fees in Domestic Relations Cases
  • 2021
  • The Colorado Lawyer
  • The Modification of a Denial of Spousal Maintenance at Permanent Orders
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Luncheon
  • The Arbitration Process in Domestic Relations Case under Title 13
  • 2021
  • Advanced Family Law Conference
  • Attorney Fees: Reasonable Minds Can Differ About Lodestar
  • 2020
  • MDIC Luncheon
  • The Intersection of PRE Work and Criminal Law
  • 2017
  • First Judicial District Bar Association
  • The Efficacy of Using Contempt to Enforce Domestic Relations Orders
  • 2010
  • Family Law Conference
  • Post Secondary Education After Chalat
  • 2007
  • First Judicial District Bar Association
  • Enforcing Domestic Relations Orders Through Contempt
  • 2006
  • First Judicial District Bar Association
  • Contempt: Pointers and Pitfalls
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (4)
Endorse James
Family Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. For many years, I have worked with Jim Keil as opposing counsel, and as a mediator, assisting him in resolving contentious cases. Jim is skilled, articulate, and compassionate. He serves his clients' legal needs masterfully. It is my pleasure to endorse him!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer without hesitation. I had the pleasure of working with Jim on a highly contention dissolution matter recently and sincerely appreciated his approach to advocacy. He was a zealous advocate but his calm disposition and even temper ensured that our clients were able to reach a settlement and avoid the unnecessary financial and emotional expense of trial. A true professional."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Family Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jim is the hidden gem of family law attorneys. He is simply one of the best in the state."
Family Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Keil constantly provides excellent legal advice that not only benefit the asker of the question, but also fellow attorneys. Even though I have been an attorney for 23 years and even a judge and magistrate, I learn new aspects about the law from him every day."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Jim Keil to be as tought of a family law attorney as there is. He is well respected in the legal community, and a very skilled courtroom technician. He is a zealous advocate for his client and absolutely first-rate attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jim -- and worked with him -- for a number of years. I find him to be the consummate competent professional. Not only does he understand case law and use it to the benefit of his clients, he is ethical, courageous, and willing to take the tough cases into the courtroom. Perhaps one of his greatest qualities is hiw willingness to listen and develop strategies to help those in need meet their goals. Jim is just one a handful of attorneys I would trust to handle matters of great importance in a family law courtroom."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jim Keil. Jim is consistently one of the very best in his field. I have been opposing counsel on a number of domestic relations matters against Jim, and he is always very dedicated to the cause of his client, and practices with top-notch skill and professionalism."
Family Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is a very intelligent, experienced, and successful litigator, trial attorney and problem solver. He is very knowledgeable about case law and the rules of civil procedure, and has a keen mind for trial strategy. I have litigated cases against Jim and recently had the pleasure of working with him as co-counsel on a case. I have been greatly impressed with Jim's dedication to his client, his knowledge of the law, his work ethic and his thorough preparation methods, in addition to his attention to detail. I have consulted with Jim on complex legal issues and often refer cases to him if I am unavailable. Jim is fair and reasonable while being a zealous advocate for his clients. He is as adept at settling a case as he is at trying a case, which puts his clients in the best position possible."
Family Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Highly skilled lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend James J. Keil, Jr. as a family law attorney. He is a lawyer of the highest integrity. He has a strong work ethic, great legal acumen and significant trial skills. He is a reasonable and fair lawyer who will make every effort to settle a case. I have litigated cases with him as opposing counsel, had the opportunity to co-counsel cases with him on occasion and serve as a mediator for him and his clients on several occasions. In each instance, I have observed his considerable legal skills. I endorse JIm to anyone seeking a high caliber divorce lawyer."
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Denver Mediation Lawyer James J Keil Jr
James J Keil Jr
Mediation Attorney
Denver, CO
Licensed for 41 years
Virtual consultation available