Christopher M. Jackson
Christopher M. Jackson


Phone: 303.299.8416

Fax: 303.298.0940

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Legal Secretary

Donna Fouts

Areas of Emphasis

Litigation, Trials & Appeals


Public Law


  • 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 member at Sherman & Howard and an adjunct professor of election law at DU’s Sturm College of Law.

Chris’s practice lies at the intersection of public and private law. On the public side, print and broadcast media regularly turn to him 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, The Colorado Sun, 9News, Next With Kyle Clark, and Colorado Public Radio. In his practice, Chris channels his passion for politics to work with candidates, nonprofits, and for-profits as they navigate their relationship with the government.

On the private side, Chris represents clients in state and federal court on a wide range of issues, including business torts, intellectual property, securities, and antitrust issues. He has particular expertise in handling the Firm’s appellate matters and is regularly consulted by attorneys throughout the Mountain West on appellate issues.

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

Representative Matters


  • 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 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
  • Adjunct Professor of Election Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Roger L. Gregory, US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2011-2012)
  • Appellate Practice and Government Practice Subcommittees of the Colorado Bar Association
  • Admitted in Virginia, 2011 (inactive); District of Columbia, 2013; Colorado, 2016.
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
    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

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

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

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



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