Jessica K. Peck
An award-winning litigator and crisis communications strategist, Jessica is licensed to practice law before all Colorado state courts, the Federal District Court of Colorado, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Family Law Litigation & Collaborative Law
At the core of Jessica's practice: kids and parents. To date, she has represented clients in more than 200 contested litigation matters with appearances before family courts, juvenile courts, administrative hearings, and boards of education.
Jessica is also a certified mediator seasoned in collaborative law matters, with graduate level training in financial modeling, with a sustained interest in forensic evaluation.
A Voice For Change
Jessica’s passion for protecting the rights of parents and children extends to our legislatures, state and local agencies, administrative courts, and city councils, where she is well respected for championing diverse reform agendas. Against the backdrop of Colorado's youth suicide epidemic and the nation's ongoing efforts to reverse the tide of mass opioid addiction, Jessica is knowledgeable about all aspects of involuntary (M-1) patient holds and practical considerations specific to substance abuse and mental health treatment plans (both court-ordered plans and those crafted through voluntary stipulation).
At present, she is the named plaintiff in a closely watched federal lawsuit challenging Colorado’s statutory rules specific to child abuse investigations.
See our practice areas here.
Accolades & Appointments
In 2019, SuperLawyers named Jessica a top Colorado education law practitioner and ADR expert.
Also in 2019, Jessica was appointed by Colorado Governor Jared Polis to serve on the Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force's subcommittee on juvenile mental health,a prestigious body bringing together 25 of the state’s top mental and behavioral health advocates to engage in a 24-month agenda to reform mental health access, services and protections in rural and urban regions alike.
As a former journalist and U.S. Senate press secretary, Jessica enjoys diagnosing public policy challenges and finding sophisticated, long-term solutions. She has lent her name to a diverse array of national, state and local issue and candidate campaigns (even running for the Colorado Senate herself).
In 2018, Jessica served as an educational expert and advisor on higher education reform to a successful statewide candidate campaign.
In 2012, she appeared in commercials and through debates as a spokeswoman for Colorado's groundbreaking marijuana legalization initiative.
Other Civic Leadership
Other past notable civil leadership positions include the following:
U.S. Civil Rights Commission's Colorado Advisory Committee, Chair, sub-committee on educational due process;
U.S. State Department/One World Denver: Mentor on transparency-related issues to emerging leaders from Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe;
Front Range Director, Colorado Property Rights Coalition;
Executive Director, Campus Accountability Project.
Jessica began her career as reporter for Gannett, then she moved onto Washington, D.C., where she served as a U.S. Senate Press Secretary. As a syndicated columnist over recent years, her analysis has been featured by The Denver Post, Human Events, and Huffington Post, among others. At the cutting edge of multiple areas of national legal and policy debate today, Jessica's commentary and analysis are often featured by local and national media. See our media page here. You can view journal articles and academic publications here.
Education & Fellowships
Juris Doctor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law (full tuition, public interest scholarship)
M.A., Government, Johns Hopkins University
University of Colorado, B.S., Broadcast Journalism/Political Science.
Jessica has also held fellowships at a variety of prestigious international institutions, including but not limited to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.
Jessica and her family live in Denver, with their amazingly perfect dog, Gregory Peck. Jessica is an obsessive
traveler, having visited every U.S. State and a greater number of countries around the globe.
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
Colorado Bar Association
Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee
Arapahoe County & Denver County Family Law Bar(s)
Jessica has presented on diverse legal issues at seminars and CLE's across Colorado, with topics including, but not limited to, family law, campaign finance reform, marijuana decriminalization, educational due process, and crisis media strategy.