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John Magnus Scorsine

Criminal defense Attorney at Colorado Springs, CO

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About John

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Focus is on significant criminal defense -- white collar (i.e. False Claims) and grave felonies (Class 1 and 2).

    37 years

  2. Government contracts
    Focus is on contracting and procurement within the Federal system. Matters include eligibility, SBA programs, bid/proposal development, bid protests, and claims. Defense of adverse contract actions. Teaming and related matters. Regulatory complaince with ITAR, FOCI, and lobbying. FAR/DFAR impacts on intellectual property.

    30 years

  3. Military law
    Defense of administrative and UCMJ actions.

    30 years

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    Serve as fractional general counsel to several small businesses; general business law on a project basis.

    37 years

  5. Litigation
    As required and related to other practice areas.

    37 years

  6. Government
    Federal regulations related to security clearances for persons and facilities; Export regulations; Colorado Special District Law;

    30 years


Mr. Scorsine is an attorney and the founder of the Kanthaka Group. His practice concentrates on assisting small and mid-sized businesses develop the potential of federal government contracting; military justice; major felony defense; and, national security programs.

Most recently, Mr. Scorsine was "of counsel" with Maceau Law and earlier was "of counsel" with Holland and Hart, LLP, where he concentrated his practice in government contracting. He has negotiated contracts and other agreements within both governmental and private sectors and is knowledgeable of FAR and DFARS, as well as having experience in SBIR and STTR programs.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Mr. Scorsine was Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel for 21st Century Systems, Inc. 21CSI is a research and development technology company that focused on solutions for decision support systems to the Department of Defense.

Previously, he was a senior associate with DFI-International, where he served as the lead contractor/program manager on-site at U.S. Northern Command and was the subject matter expert on the law of Defense Support to Civilian Authorities. For eight years prior to that position, Mr. Scorsine was the Plans, Operations and Military Support Officer (POMSO) for the Wyoming National Guard.

John has served as a Board member for both governmental, profit and non-profit organizations. Mr. Scorsine's other community activities involve service as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT-I)
Mr. Scorsine holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a Juris Doctorate, the later from the University of Wyoming. He recently completed the requirements for a Master's of Art degree from the University of Sunderland (UK) in the field of Buddhist Studies. His original research included in depth interviews with leaders of the Tibetan Government in Exile to include His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Concentrations in Practice:

Government Contracting, SBIR/STTR

National Security, ITAR/EAR

Felony Criminal Defense (Civilian and Military Justice)
Emergency Management - Fire, EMS, First Responder Liability

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Licensed for 38 years
State CO
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 01/13/2023
State NE
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 01/19/2023
State WY
Status Active
Acquired 1984
Updated 01/05/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Posted by Irma | August 22, 2017
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Quit Claim Deed
I met with Mr. John Scorsine to discuss the Quit Claim Deed process for the state of Colorado. Mr. Scorsine informed me it was a very easy process to complete, a process I myself could do (to help save me and my family money). To ensure the legality of the entire process I chose to hire Mr. Scorsine. Mr. Scorsine was very thorough and ensured I understood the steps that would take place and set honest expectations. Mr. Scorsine made the entire Quit Claim Deed process very stress free. I will definitely recommend Mr. Scorsine to my friends, family, and colleagues.
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Posted by Edward | June 18, 2013
Committed, friend to military personnel.
Mr. Scorsine was sincerely vested in my case. He went above and beyond to see me through a decisive victory, making me free and clear. I couldn't have been more pleased and grateful for his services. He is a friend to veterans and willing to go the extra mile for those he represents.
Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2013
Very Knowledgeable in Government Security Clearance Matters
Originally, I chose to hire John based on his extensive experience involving security clearance adjudication. I required John's services in two separate, related instances: one involving a Federal hearing, the other involving a written response proclaiming my trustworthiness for a DoD agency. Both instances occurred during my clearance application as a result of previous drug use, a misdemeanor, and an improperly disclosed petty offense. John prepared my defense with documentation, references, and other material to mitigate any questionable items concerning my character. Before the hearing, John prepared me on what to expect (worst and best case) and how to respond. During the hearing, he presented my character in a positive light and helped me remain calm, as a hearing is highly stressful. Throughout both processes, he represented me far better than I would have been able to represent myself. Ultimately, John's professionalism, hard work, and experience directly contributed to favorable adjudication in both situations.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Maceau Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney/Owner
  • Kanthaka Group
  • 2013 - Present
  • Volunteer Firefighter and EMT
  • Various EMS Organizations
  • 1976 - Present
  • Partner
  • ArcherBay
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Knighthorse Solutions, Inc.
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Of Counsel
  • Holland and Hart, LLP
  • 2008 - 2009
  • General Counsel
  • 21st Century Systems
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Senior Associate
  • DFI International
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Plans Operations and Military Support Officer
  • Wyoming National Guard
  • 1995 - 2003
  • Staff Judge Advocate
  • U.S. Army Reserves/CO & WY National Guard
  • 1991 - 2012
  • Owner
  • Scorsine Law Office
  • 1984 - 1998
  • Intern
  • US Attorney for Wyoming
  • 1983 - 1984
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  • University of Sunderland
  • M.A.
  • 2008
  • University of Wyoming College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1980

Legal Cases

  • State v. Baker
  • Acquitals on Attempt Counts and Hung Jury on Murder Count


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Wyoming State Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • El Paso County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • 2002
  • Wyoming Pro Bono Award
  • Wyoming State Bar
  • 1988
  • Various Awards (MSM-2, OVSM, ARCOM)
  • United States Army
  • N/A
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  • Proceedings of ASEAN Buddhist Communities Contributing to World Peace and Environmental Sustainability
  • The Time is Right For Forming the Peacekeepers of ASEAN
  • 2016
  • Proceedings of the 2015 UNDV Conference
  • Buddhist Perspectives on Transnational Restorative Justice.
  • 2015
  • Proceedings of the 2014 UNDV Conference
  • Reconciliation and Postbellum Restoration – The Buddhist Perspective
  • 2014
  • International Lay Buddhist Forum
  • Buddhist Chaplains and Other Mythical Creatures
  • 2012
  • International Association of Buddhist Universities
  • Buddhist Practice within an Environment of Concrete and Steel (Prisoner Rights and RLUIPA)
  • 2011
  • (Editor) A Comparative Law Study
  • Military Justice in the United Mexican States
  • 2010
  • Colorado Springs Business Journal
  • A Different Toy Story
  • 2009
  • Colorado Springs Business Journal
  • Big Brother is Watching
  • 2009
  • Colorado Springs Business Journal
  • Serve America
  • 2009
  • Colorado Springs Business Journal
  • SBA Rule Changes for Women-owned Small Business
  • 2008
  • Colorado Real Estate Journal
  • Government as Your Tenant
  • 2008
  • Colorado Springs Business Journal
  • Who is that Worker?
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • 2016 State EMS Conference
  • There's a HIPAA-potamus in the Room
  • 2016
  • 2015 IABU/UNDV Conference
  • Buddhist Perspectives on Transnational Restorative Justice
  • 2015
  • Buddhism in the Mekong Region
  • How Long can a Buddhist Tread Water: Buddhist Leadership in Climate Change
  • 2015
  • 2014 State EMS Conference
  • Hey, Don't Resuscitate Me!
  • 2014
  • 2014 UNDV Conference
  • Reconciliation and Postbellum Restoration – The Buddhist Perspective
  • 2014
  • AMR Traning Academy
  • EMS: Law and Ethics
  • 2013
  • The Legal Mumbo Jumbo
  • Now for the Fine Print
  • 2013
  • 2013 Trauma and Critical Care Conference
  • Ethics in EMS
  • 2013
  • AMR Training Academy
  • EMS: Law and Ethics
  • 2012
  • National SBIR Conference
  • Technical Data Rights
  • 2009
  • UCCS SBIR Seminar
  • SBIR and Government Contracts
  • 2008
  • Colorado Space Round-up
  • Legislative Update Panel
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
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"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 25
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Colorado Springs Criminal defense Lawyer John Magnus Scorsine
John Magnus Scorsine
Criminal defense Attorney
Colorado Springs, CO
Licensed for 38 years
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