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
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. Outside of court, she is frequently retained by couples seeking to resolve complex financial matters amicably, due in part to her substantial experience
resolving collaborative law cases without the need for adverse litigation. She is a trained mediator with graduate-level training in financial modeling, statistics, and market projections.
A Voice For Change
Jessica’s passion for protecting the rights of parents and children extends to our schools (and school boards), legislatures, administrative courts, city councils, and various municipal agencies, 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).
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Accolades, Appointments & Engagement
Recent accolades speak to Jessica’s skills. In 2019, she was recognized by SuperLawyers as a top Colorado education law attorney, and separately as a top Denver attorney in the field of alternate dispute resolution.
At present, she is the named plaintiff in a closely watched federal lawsuit challenging Colorado’s confidentiality statutory rules specific to child abuse investigations. Disabled herself, Jessica is an amputee and she often utilizes a variety of assistive devices to navigate her active law practice uninterrupted. It is through this very personal journey that she learned first-hand expertise critical to navigating our nation’s overwhelmed healthcare system, including but not limited to demanding enforcement of state and federal protections specific to patient care and medical billing practices.
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. 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 and her family live in Denver, with their amazingly perfect dog, Gregory Peck. 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.