John C. Haas
John’s practice covers a wide-breadth of family law issues including not only dissolution of marriage and allocation of parental rights issues but also marital agreements, child relocation, common law marriage and same-sex relationships. John is an experienced trial attorney and has settled and tried cases in all areas of family law.
John’s background in business and civil law allows him to bring pragmatic and analytical problem-solving skills to his matters, when needed. John’s empathetic approach and emphasis on limiting the financial and emotional damage that can accompany family law matters brings a sense of calm and appreciation from his clients. John encourages parties and opposing attorneys to consider unique and client-specific solutions to problems; rather than simply applying a cookie-cutter approach to parties’ issues.
John’s practice emphasizes professionals of all types including business owners, management and sales persons, attorneys, physicians, pilots, professional athletes and the like. John is well-regarded by other attorneys and judges for his thorough preparation, legal and negotiating skills, and his firm but respectful interaction with others in even highly adversarial matters.
- University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado
- J.D. – 05/1994
- University of Colorado, Boulder
- B.S. – 1986
- Honors: Golden Key National Honor Society
- Honors: Order of Omega National Honor Society
- Major: Finance and Marketing
- Super Lawyer, Family Law, 2015-2020
- Martindale-Hubbell “AV Preeminent”
- Avvo rated “10”
- Executive Council, Family Law Section: Colorado Bar Association, 2014-2018
- Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Case of the Year Finalist, 2003, for Thi Ho v. Le Cuong Kim, $4.8 million jury verdict on claims of clergy sexual assault, defamation and outrageous conduct.
- Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver, “100 Hour Club” Award, 1995-1996
- In re Marriage of Runge, 415 P.3d 884 (Colo. App. 2018)
Recent Presentations and Authorships
- Annual Case Law Update – Family Law, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Spring Update, 2020
- Maintenance, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Basic Skills, 2020
- My Client Gathered Great Evidence, But Did They Do So Impermissibly? Family Law Institute, 2019
- Electronic Evidence: Privacy Interests, Gathering and Use, Colorado Bar Association, Spring Update, 2017
- Electronic Evidence: Spoliation, Preservation and Admissibility, Boulder Bar Association, 2017
- Restrictions on Allocations of Parental Responsibilities and Civil Protection Orders, Family Law Bench Bar Book, 2016
- Spoliation of Evidence II – Now What Do I Do?, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2016
- Annual Case Law Update – Family Law, Boulder Bar Association, 2016
- Spoliation of Evidence I, Family Law Institute, 2015
- Supreme Court Chief Justice Directives, Colorado Bar Association, Spring Update, 2015
- Fundamentals of Client Representation – Pleadings, Family Law Institute, 2013
Represented a physician in a complex divorce from physician-spouse that involved issues of medical practice and commercial property valuations and parenting issues. John was able to obtain a favorable financial settlement by the use of highly-qualified experts and obtained for his client a fair parenting plan that met his client’s goals and the parties’ child’s best interests.
Represented a closely-held business owner in a complex divorce involving valuation experts, successfully protecting the business trade-secrets and records from spouse’s dissemination and allowing his client to retain sole control of his business entity.
Represented multiple professional athletes in matters in which his clients’ incomes exceeded the highest levels contemplated by the support statutes to resolutions which avoided the opposing parties’ over-reaching financial claims.
Represented airline pilots in dissolution of marriage actions where the long-term viability of the pilots’ pension plans were uncertain and structured creative financial settlements that maximized the value of the pension, and thus the marital estate, to both parties’ benefit.
- U.S. District Court District of Colorado