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.
The majority of Jessica's practice focuses on high-conflict litigation specific to family law. To date, she has represented clients in more than 200 contested matters. She also frequently represents couples seeking to resolve complex financial matters outside of court, with substantial experience amicably resolving collaborative law cases. She is a trained mediator with graduate-level training in financial modeling, statistics, and market projections.
Jessica successfully champions diverse client matters outside of court, testifying before legislatures and city councils, and appearing before executive and municipal agencies to advocate on behalf of the protection of individual rights within our judicial, legislative, and administrative systems.
In 2019, Jessica was recognized by SuperLawyers as a top Colorado education law attorney. She is a staunch defender of free speech and due process rights in our schools and on our college campuses. She represents students facing expulsion hearings and criminal law investigations. In addition, she advocates on behalf of disabled students and staff to formalize and enforce protections (IEP/504/ADA/EEOC) critical to preserving equitable educational access.
Disabled herself, Jessica is an amputee and she requires a variety of assistive devices to navigate her active law practice uninterrupted. She now utilizes expertise garnered through her journey to help clients navigate today's overwhelming healthcare system, including but not limited to enforcement of state and federal protections specific to patient care and medical billing practices.
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).
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Prior to commencing her law career, Jessica honed her communication and negotiation skills at all levels of government and media. She 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. Attended on a full-tuition public interest scholarship.
M.A., Government, emphasis on higher education policy, awarded with honors, Johns Hopkins University. Commentary editor of The Johns Hopkins Journal of American Politics.
Fellowship, Georgetown University, Institute on Political Journalism.
Fellowship, Charles University of the Czech Republic's European Journalism Institute; focus on conflict journalism and coverage of terrorist acts.
Fellowship, Washington Center For Politics & Journalism, hosted by CNN's Washington bureau.
University of the Dutch Antilles, Curacao, hosted through Erasmus (Holland). Intensive month-long study of international law and European Union law.
University of Colorado, B.S., with honors, in Broadcast Journalism/Political Science. Awarded several merit and leadership scholarships.
Jessica is a tireless advocate for families seeking emergency and longterm mental health services for kids and teens. In 2019, she was appointed by Governor Jared Polis to serve on the Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force's subcommittee on juvenile mental health.
Jessica lends her time to a diverse array of national, state and local issue campaigns, for which she has voiced commercials and authored editorial commentary. In 2018, Jessica served as an educational expert and advisor on higher education reform to a successful statewide candidate campaign, and she appeared in commercials and through debates as a 2012 spokeswoman for Colorado's groundbreaking marijuana legalization initiative.
In addition, Jessica serves (or has served) in the following leadership capabilities:
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 and her family live in Denver. She is an obsessive traveler, having visited every U.S. State and an even 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.