Jack W. Berryhill

Jack’s practice focuses on litigation, negotiation, and mediation of complex family law issues. His practice also covers complex commercial and business litigation.

He is a former district court judge in the First Judicial District (2000-2014) where he handled civil, criminal, and family law cases for Jefferson and Gilpin counties and was a judge on the Multi-District Litigation Panel. Currently, Jack serves as the Municipal Judge for Central City. Additionally, he serves as a panel arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association.

Jack is frequently appointed as a retired judge to perform judicial duties and conduct private trials under C.R.S. §13-3-111 and C.R.C.P. 122.

Before Jack was appointed to the bench, he was a civil and commercial litigator in private practice for 25 years.

Jack speaks five languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Dutch.


  • J.D., University of Colorado Law School
    • Managing Editor, University of Colorado Law Review
  • B.A., Trinity College, University of Dublin
  • B.A., Colorado College, magna cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa Boettcher Foundation Scholar

Areas Of Practice

Experienced, forward-thinking advocates who go beyond the expected for clients in dispute prevention and resolution.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Municipal Judge, Central City
  • The Cactus Club
  • Central City Opera House Association, Honorary Director
  • Denver Athletic Club
  • National Western Stock Show Association
  • Private Pilot
  • Rocky Mountain Map Society
  • William E. Doyle Inn of Court

Articles and Presentations

  • Panelist, “Use of Civil Claims When Title 14 Comes Up Short,” CBA’s Family Law Institute Seminar, August 2023
  • Panelist, “Mediation Ethics,” CBA’s ADR Conference on Resolution and Democracy, October 2022
  • Presenter, “Third-Party Discovery in Arbitration: What Authority Do Arbitrators Have to Order Nonparties to Provide Discovery and to Participate in Hearings?”
    Colorado Bar Association’s 2022 Litigator’s Summit, October 2022
  • Presenter, “So You’re a Lawyer and Testifying Expert: Can You Opine on the Law?” Lawyers Public Information Foundation’s 34th Annual Family Law Seminar, October 2019 (Cannes, France)
  • Presenter, “How Common are Common-Law Marriages?”
    Lawyers Public Information Foundation’s 33rd Annual Family Law Seminar, October 2018 (Dubrovnik, Croatia)
  • Presenter, “The Challenge of Admitting Digital Evidence: Emails, Voicemails, Texts, Photos, Videos, Social Media Posts, and Websites,” Lawyers Public Information Foundation’s 33rd Annual Family Law Seminar, October 2018 (Dubrovnik, Croatia)
  • Presenter, “Who Gets Custody of Electronic Data?” Lawyers Public Information Foundation’s 32nd Annual Family Law Seminar, October 2017 (Vancouver, Canada)

Awards and Honors

  • Benchmark Litigation: Local Litigation Star – General Commercial Litigation, 2020 – 2024
  • Best Lawyers®: Family Law, Family Law Arbitration, and Family Law Mediation, 2023 – 2024
  • Law Week Colorado “Barrister’s Best” Best Arbitrator 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV® Preeminent™ (highest) – Judicial Edition


  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit


  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish