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Meet James Townsend

James Townsend is an entrepreneurial attorney with a wealth of experience in successfully managing and strategically growing law practices. In 2004, he co-authored a transformative Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Colorado Supreme Court, leading to a significant change in the legal standard for grandparent visitation in Colorado.

Having graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law, James honed his expertise through intensive trial and litigation experience while working for the Colorado Office of the Public Defender. Since then, he has delved into diverse legal areas, including civil litigation, criminal defense, estate planning and probate, personal injury, and family law.

James’s remarkable talent and dedication have earned him prestigious roles as the Director of Operations and Chief Operating Officer at two leading family law and civil litigation firms in Colorado. His contributions to the legal community have been recognized through published articles for both the El Paso County and Colorado Bar Associations.

In 2017, James’s exceptional commitment to his profession was honored when he was named the Professional of the Year by the Douglas and Elbert County Bar Association. Furthermore, his passion for community engagement has seen him serve as an Ambassador for the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce and on the Town Council for Castle Rock. Currently James serves as a board member on two private boards of directors.

Not only is James an outstanding legal professional, but he also boasts a global perspective, having lived abroad in Mexico and Brazil. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, he is adept at serving clients from diverse backgrounds.

In his spare time, James finds solace in his hobbies. An avid guitarist and skateboarder, he knows how to strike the perfect balance between tenacity in the courtroom and creative release outside of it. Family holds a special place in James’s heart, and he cherishes spending quality time with his wife and five children.

James' Awards & Accolades

Top Ranking Attorney

American Association of Attorney Advocates
2021

Top 10 Attorney

Best of the Best Attorneys
2021

10 Best

American Institute of Legal Counsel
2021

10 best

American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
2021, 2020, 2019

Top 10 Attorney

Attorney and Practice Magazine
2021, 2020, 2019, 2018

10 Best Law Firms

American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
2019

Top 10 Family Law Attorney

Attorney and Practice Magazine
2019

10 Best Family Law Attorneys

American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
2018

Premier 100 Trial Attorneys for Colorado

National Academy of Jurisprudence
2018

Top Ten Family Law Attorneys

American Jurist Institute
2018, 2017

Top 100 Lawyers

The National Advocates
2018, 2017, 2016

A+ Rating

Better Business Bureau
2017, 2016, 2015

Top 40 Under 40

The National Advocates
2017, 2016

10 Best Attorneys

American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
2017

10 Best Client Satisfaction 3 Years

American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
2017

Top 10 Attorney Award

National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
2017

2017 Professional of the Year

Douglas/Elbert County Bar Association
2017

Top 100 Lawyers Executive Committee

The National Advocates
2017

10 Best In Client Satisfaction

American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
2016, 2015

Lead Counsel Rating

Lead Counsel
2015