Christopher M. Jackson
Christopher M. Jackson

Member

Phone: 303.299.8416

Fax: 303.298.0940

cjackson@shermanhoward.com

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Legal Secretary

Donna Fouts
303.299.8154

Areas of Emphasis

Litigation, Trials & Appeals

Appellate

Public Law

Education

  • Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 2011
    • Editor-in-Chief, Michigan Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, magna cum laude, Princeton University, 2007

Chris Jackson is a litigator whose practice lies at the intersection of public and private law.

On the public side, print and broadcast media regularly turn to Chris for his legal analysis on the judiciary, elections, constitutional law, and the Colorado state government.  He has been quoted over 50 times in the last couple of years in a variety of outlets including The Washington Post, The Associated Press, The Denver Post, 9News, Next With Kyle Clark, Colorado Public Radio, and KOA Radio.  In his practice, Chris channels his passion for politics to work with candidates, nonprofits, for-profits, and private individuals as they navigate their relationship with the government.  He has represented clients on matters involving elections and campaign finance, government investigations, ethics issues, open records requests, the First Amendment, and the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, among others.

On the private side, Chris represents clients in state and federal court on a wide range of issues, including business torts, intellectual property, securities, insurance agreements, and antitrust claims.  His uses his experience with the media to address the public-relations issues that often arise in litigation and works with clients to manage both legal and non-legal risk.  He has particular expertise in handling the Firm’s appellate matters and is regularly consulted by attorneys throughout the Mountain West on appellate issues.

Before joining the firm, Chris served in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office where he represented the state’s senior public officials. He also clerked for the Honorable Roger L. Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

You can follow Chris on Twitter @COAppeals and get public-law updates by signing up for his News Now newsletter.

Representative Matters

Commercial

  • Trial counsel in multi-billion dollar class action asserting antitrust claims against several pharmaceutical manufacturers.
  • Trial counsel in shareholder derivative suit asserting a variety of claims against large technology company and its officers and directors arising out of the company’s initial public offering.
  • Trial counsel in a series of intellectual property actions involving a medical device manufacturer.
  • Trial counsel in multi-million dollar arbitration involving a dispute regarding the construction of an oil and natural gas facility.

Public Law

  • Trial and appellate counsel in a variety of election disputes involving races for the Presidency, the US Senate, and several General Assembly seats.
  • Counsel in an independent ethics investigation of a public official.
  • Regulatory counsel to company seeking to participate in the ballot initiative process.
  • Trial and appellate counsel in a First Amendment challenge to a Colorado election law.
  • Trial and appellate counsel in a constitutional challenge regarding the Electoral College.
  • Trial counsel in a dormant Commerce Clause challenge to an agency rulemaking.

Appellate

  • Appellate counsel in an intellectual property dispute before the Federal Circuit and US Supreme Court.
  • Appellate counsel in an election-law case before the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
  • Appellate counsel in a campaign-finance matter before the Colorado Supreme Court.
  • Appellate counsel in a matter involving a dispute over a real-estate agreement before the Colorado Court of Appeals.
  • Appellate counsel defending a TABOR challenge to state law before the Colorado Court of Appeals.
Professional Activities
  • Admitted Virginia, 2011 (inactive); District of Columbia, 2013; Colorado, 2016
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Roger L. Gregory, US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2011-2012
  • Member, American, Colorado, and Denver Bar Associations, Appellate Practice and Government Practice Subcommittees
  • Member, Colorado and Denver County Democratic Party
  • Board Member, Denver Tennis Club
  • Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Award
Publications and Presentations

Recent Media

  • State Supreme Court Delivers Decision on MMJ Use During Probation
    Law Week Colorado
    November 26, 2019
  • Interview on “Red Flag” bill
    Next with Kyle Clark
    February 20, 2019
  • “Federal judge allows Masterpiece Cakeshop baker’s lawsuit against Colorado to proceed”
    Colorado Springs Gazette
    January 7, 2019
  • Interview on TABOR lawsuit
    9News
    November 21, 2018
  • Interview on election night results
    KOA Radio
    November 11, 2018
  • Interview about the ballot
    Next with Kyle Clark
    October 30, 2018
  • Interview on Proposition 112 and Amendment 74
    Next with Kyle Clark
    October 26, 2018
  • “Who’s paying for those political ads?  Dark money is tough to track in Colorado”
    Colorado Sun
    October 16, 2018
  • “US Supreme Court hands victory to Colorado baker in landmark clash over religion, civil rights”
    Denver Post
    June 4, 2018
  • “Colorado Supreme Court knocks US Rep. Lamborn off ballot”
    Associated Press
    April 23, 2018
  • Court to Weigh if one Parent has the Right to use Frozen Embryos if the Other Objects
    Washington Post
    January 9, 2018
  • “New Appointee on Colorado’s Supreme Court”
    Colorado Matters
    December 15, 2017
  • “A look at Colorado’s Allison Eid”
    Denver Post
    September 19, 2017
  • Interview on US Supreme Court Cases
    Colorado Public Radio
    June 26, 2017

 

Recent Publications

  • Colorado Election Law Update
    Colo. Lawyer, at 52

    August 2017
  • Campaign Finance Law in Colorado
    Colo. Lawyer, at 35

    June 2017
  •  Colorado Supreme Court Continues to Evolve on School Vouchers and Standing
    Colo. Lawyer, at 21

    January 2016
  •  Reasonable Persons, Reasonable Circumstances
    50 San Diego L. Rev. 651

    2013
  •  Tort, Moral Luck, and Blame
    60 Clev. St. L. Rev. 57

    2012
  • J.D.B. v. North Carolina and the Reasonable Person
    110 Mich. L. Rev. First Impressions 9

    2011
  •  When a Company Confesses
    109 Mich. L. Rev. 387

    2010

 

Recent Presentations

  • What is Speech and Who May Speak?
    Sturm College of Law Civil Rights Summit
    February 15, 2019
  •  Colorado at the Supreme Court
    ABA Appellate Practice Committee
    March 6, 2018
  • Election Law in Colorado
    Denver Bar Association
    September 27, 2017
  • Money in Politics
    League of Women Voters
    August 28, 2017
  • Appellate Practice in Colorado
    Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
    April 12, 2017
  • Colorado’s New Law on the Attorney-Client Privilege
    Colorado Law Institute 20th Annual Conference on Ethics
    December 4, 2015