JAMS Denver is located in Denver and serves Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West
  • Arbitration
  • Business contracts
  • Construction
  • Home Owners associations
  • Malpractice, legal and medical
  • Insurance
  • Personal injury
  • Some commissioner matters
  • Some consumer matters

Hon. David Stevens

Ret. Judge Stevens served on the 18th District bench, where he handled a civil docket for most of his time along with domestic and criminal docket management. His prior thirty plus years of experience as a lawyer focused on complex injury litigation, medical malpractice, varied civil litigation involving contracts, construction defect, and other business-related matters. He is known as an innovative, logical and pragmatic problem solver, a seasoned litigator who loved being in front of jurors and a patient and knowledgeable judge with a quick sense of humor and empathetic Midwest sensibilities and friendliness. This is evident from his active listening approach, thorough preparation and constant efforts to assure affording meaningful access to justice for all. Ever the story teller, his prospective draws on a lifetime of enthusiastic endeavors including continuous learning and teaching of medicine, evidence and trial tactics. He has a long and varied mediation and judicial history which ranges from the smallest of disputes to the most influential law and policy shaping matters.

He enjoys frequent lecturing and writing on litigation-related topics. Judge Stevens graduated from the initial class of the CBA COBALT [Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training] program. Well before being on the bench, Judge Stevens began mediating by initiating and administering the County Court mediation program in Arapahoe County.

  • Recipient of the Dillion Award of Community Service.
  • Decade long member and Chairperson of the Colorado Bar Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • Member, arbitrator/mediator and multi-year Past Chairperson of the CBA Interprofessional Committee.
  • Past President and 30 + year Board Member of the Arapahoe County Bar Association including chairperson of nearly every committee and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Arapahoe County Bar Foundation.
  • Taught College Courses in Torts and Probate.
  • Long-time Member of the State of Colorado Office of Dispute Resolution Advisory Counsel.
  • Past Board Member of the Advisory Board of the Colorado Office of Dispute Resolution.
  • Retained and testified as an expert in numerous legal malpractice matters, fee disputes and the intersection of workers’ compensation and personal injury.
  • Member of the Arapahoe County Justice Coordinating Commission.
  • Member of the Colorado Supreme Court Professionalism Council.
  • Long time author of Res Musicata a recurring column on law and music.
  • Frequent speaker on trial tactics.
  • Recurring Contributing Author to Evidence in Colorado – A Practical Guide.

JD from Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, Cum Laude and Law Review;

BA from Michigan State University.


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