John Terry Melcon


Colorado Springs, Colorado

Phone: 719.448.4007

Fax: 719.635.4576

[email protected]


  • Juris Doctor, University of Virginia School of Law, 2019
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, Biola University, 2009
    • with High honors
  • Bachelor of Arts in History, The Master’s University, 2005
    • summa cum laude

John Melcon provides comprehensive counsel to educational, religious, and nonprofit organizations, guiding them through thorny labor and employment issues and helping them manage risk.

A former law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, John knows what it takes to craft compelling arguments. He has filed briefs in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, and D.C. Circuit, as well as the Colorado Supreme Court.

Prior to law school, he served as a college administrator and instructor, giving him deep insight into the private higher-education sector. He regularly writes on employment-related issues impacting religious organizations.

John received numerous awards and recognitions while attending law school including a full-tuition Karsh-Dillard Scholarship and a Blackstone Legal Fellowship. He served on the Journal of Law and Politics and was president of Virginia Law Families.

For more information on the work John does for faith-based clients, click here.

Publications & Presentations


  • Colorado’s New POWR Act: A Deep Dive
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Seminar | September 29, 2023
  • Supreme Court Update
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Seminar | September 29, 2023
  • Wedding Websites & Free Speech in the Realm of LGBTQ+ Discrimination
    Rocky Mountain Labor and Employment Relations Associations (LERA) | November 2022
  • Supreme Court Update
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Seminar | October 7, 2022
  • Religious Hiring Rights Update
    Christian Leadership Alliance Outcomes Conference | April 2022
  • It’s Time for Your State-Law Checkup
    Sherman & Howard Employment Law Webinar | January 28, 2022
  • Annual Employment Law Update
    Colorado Springs Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) | November 2021
  • Latest Developments in Legislative and Legal Matters
    MissioNexus Innovate 2021 Mission Leaders Conference | September 2021
  • Legal Environment Update
    Lockton Fall Risk Management Meeting | September 2021
  • What Every Employer Needs to Know about Workplace Accommodation Requirements
    Sherman & Howard L&E Live Seminar | June 2021