Briggs

Former Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Steve C. Briggs combines a career of more than 40 years as a trial lawyer, arbitrator, mediator, and judge, with over 17 of those years as a mediator and arbitrator with the Judicial Arbiter Group. He also consults with lawyers on cases covering the broad range of complex civil litigation, from early neutral evaluations to preparation for appeals and oral arguments. While with the Judicial Arbiter Group, he has served as President of the Colorado Bar Association; been included for many years in the listings of Best Lawyers in America, Colorado Super Lawyers, and Top Attorneys in Colorado; received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Colorado for his work as a judge and in alternative dispute resolution; been inducted as a Judicial Fellow into the Litigation Counsel of American (top ½% of American trial lawyers); and served as Chair of the Colorado Judicial Performance Commission.
 
On the Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Briggs authored more than 600 opinions concerning Colorado and federal law and was twice nominated to the Colorado Supreme Court. During this time he also judged mock trials for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and other organizations and gave numerous presentations on mediation and arbitration. Briggs became interested in alternative dispute resolution in the 1980s while in private practice in complex civil litigation, and received basic and advanced training in both mediation and arbitration. He served as Boulder County’s first contract mediator with the Colorado Office of Dispute Resolution and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado Law School, teaching Negotiations and ADR. Briggs was also an active member of the Arbitration and Mediation Panels of the American Arbitration Association, and he was one of its first mediator trainers.

Career Highlights 
The Best Lawyers in America© (Arbitration, Mediation, Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law).
Colorado Super Lawyers (top 5% of Colorado lawyers)
Top Attorneys in Colorado, as published in the Denver Post
Joined JAG as an arbiter in 2000
Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Colorado Law School
Judge, Colorado Court of Appeals
Private Practice, Complex Civil Litigation, Boulder, CO
Colorado Attorney General's Office, Antitrust Division
Law Clerk, Chief Judge Alfred Arraj, U.S. District Court, Colorado
Faculty Selection, Outstanding Freshman, University of Colorado School of Law
Community and Professional Activities 
Chair, Colorado State Commission on Judicial Performance
President and Vice-President, Colorado Bar Association
Charter Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (CO Chapter)
Board of Directors, Colorado Judicial Institute
Initiative Process Drafting Subcommittee, Building A Better Colorado
Advisory Board, Colorado’s Future
Colorado Bar Association Representative, Colorado Reform Roundtable
Colorado Bar Association Representative, Referendum C & D Steering Committee
President, Boulder County Bar Association
Board of Trustees, Colorado Legal Aid Foundation
Outstanding Voluntary Legal Services Award, Boulder Eco-Cycle
Judicial Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Articles, Publications & Lectures 

Representative Articles

  • “The Colorado Reform Roundtable, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Statement of Agreement,” 41 Colo. Law. 15 (May 2012)
  • “Pretrial Bashor Agreements after Nunn v. Mid-Century,” 40 Colorado Lawyer 53 (July 2011)
  • “The CBA, TABOR, and the Judicial Funding Crisis,” CBA President’s Message to Members, 33 Colo. Law. 65 (August, 2004)
  • “The Shadow Side of the Right to Vote: The Ballot Initiative,” CBA President’s Message to Members, 33 Colo. Law. 47 (November 2004)
  • “The Myth and the Mischief of Zealous Advocacy,” CBA President’s Message To Members, 34 Colo. Law. 33 (January 2005)
  • “ADR in Colorado: Past and Present,” Centennial Issue of Colorado Lawyer, 26 Colo. Law. 103 (June 1997)
  • “Amending Indictments in Colorado, Rule 6.8, Colorado Rules of Criminal Procedure,” 6 Colo. Lawyer 765 (May 1977)
  • “Application of the ‘Service Connection’ Standard Since Relford – Codification or Confusion?” Case Note, 45 U. Colo. L. Rev. 249 (1973)

Representative Lectures

  • CLE Speaker & Panelist, “Introduction to Arbitration”, Colorado Statewide ADR Conference, October 24, 2008
  • CLE Speaker, “Mediating Medical Malpractice Cases”, Colorado Bar Association, August 27, 2008
  • CLE Speaker, “How To Handle Lawyers in Mediation,” CBA Mediation Training, January 20, 2007
  • D.U. Law School Presentation, “Arbitration: Legal Framework and Current Issues,” April 11, 2006
Fun Facts 
Rowed a raft on a private trip through the Grand Canyon and survived!
One of the last American tourists in Srinigar, in the Kashmir Valley in India, leaving by boat before dawn when rioting broke out in 1988
Spends parts of summer weekends proving it is appropriate that golf spelled backwards is “flog”
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  • No Domestic Matters

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