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Hon. Elizabeth A. Weishaupl (Ret.)

Hon. Elizabeth A. Weishaupl (Ret.)

General Biography
Practice Areas
Civil Rights
Environmental Law
Family Law
Personal Injury Torts
Professional Liability
Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
Background and Education

Hon. Elizabeth A. Weishaupl (Ret.) joined JAMS in Denver following over 14 years of distinguished service to the 18th Judicial District of Colorado. This populous district comprises the southern suburbs of Denver, as well as Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. While serving on the bench, Judge Weishaupl presided over civil, domestic, criminal and probate dockets, including hundreds of jury trials and trials to the court and thousands of motions hearings.

Prior to her appointment to the court, Judge Weishaupl served as an assistant United States attorney for the District of Colorado. In this position, she litigated almost every aspect of federal civil law, including employment, civil rights, sexual harassment and gender discrimination, age discrimination, national origin discrimination and disability discrimination. She also handled personal injury, medical malpractice, prison, general contract and environmental litigation.

Judge Weishaupl understands the unique pressure and stress that litigation can impose on all parties. An active listener, she believes that every person has a right to be heard and that this forms the basis for successful settlements.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

As a judge and advocate, Judge Weishaupl has extensive experience handling litigation in the following areas:

  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Dissolution of Small Businesses
  • Employment
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Family Law
  • First Amendment Issues
  • HOA and Special District Issues
  • Malpractice and Professional Liability
  • Personal Injury

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Member, American, Colorado, and Arapahoe County Bar Associations
  • Member, Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Founding Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member and Past President, Sonia Sotomayor Inn of Court, Min Yasui Inn of Court, Marsh Inn of Court and Doyle Inn of Court
  • Faculty Member, National Association of Trial Advocacy, 1998–2023
  • Member, Colorado Judicial Institute Board
  • Frequent speaker on ethics, evidence, professionalism, jury selection and trial practice, depositions, and discovery issues and remedies

Background and Education

  • District Court Judge, 18thJudicial District of Colorado, 2008–2023
  • Assistant United States Attorney, District of Colorado, 2001–2008
  • Assistant Attorney General, State of Colorado, 1995–2001
    • First Assistant Attorney General
      • Lead for general civil litigation, including many personal injury, premises liability and constitutional tort matters
    • Public Official’s Unit
      • Represented elected/appointed state officials, employment litigation, and civil rights and First Amendment cases arising from Colorado law and the referendum process
    • Education Unit
      • Handled employment litigation and general advice for the state college system, state contracting matters and environmental cleanup matters
    • Associate, Private Practice, 1990–1995
      • Personal injury, premises liability and professional negligence
    • Law Clerk to the Honorable Howard Kirshbaum, 1989–1990
    • J.D., University of Denver College of Law, 1989
    • B.A., History, University of Denver, 1986
    • Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance, Lamont School of Music, 1985


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