Colorado Appeals Attorneys
Attorney H.J. “Jay” Ledbetter

H.J. “Jay” Ledbetter

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Practice Areas:

  • Appellate Writing and Advocacy
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Attorney Ethics
  • Expert Witness on attorney ethics, billing practices and law office management


Mr. Ledbetter is a wartime veteran.  He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict. He was chosen to be a team member of a special operations team to go into Laos, North Vietnam and Cambodia to rescue the American POWs. Mr. Ledbetter then joined the Army, and although he was qualified as a JAGC lawyer, he chose to go into combat commands as an infantry officer. He served in the Infantry as well as Special Forces.

Mr. Ledbetter is a trained mediator and arbitrator, who is available to assist parties in resolving their disputes in a far less contentious setting.

Mr. Ledbetter currently has a number of cases on appeal, which are on the cutting-edge of the law.


  • Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
    • J.D.
  • Baylor University College of Arts and Sciences (Geology)
    • B.S.
    • Major: Geology

Bar Admission

  • Texas, 1976
  • Colorado, 1986
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1977

Published Works

  • Colorado Appellate Law and Practice, Thomson Reuters, 3rd Edition, 2018

Representative Cases

  • People ex rel. E.S, 49 P.3d.1221, 2002, Colorado Ct.App.

Classes & Seminars

  • Ethics - Exposures and inoculations - 2016, CLS, 2016
  • Ethics - Update 2017, CLS, 2017

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Judge Hoffman Trial Advocacy Cup, Jessup Int'l Law Competition, Advocate's Cup at DU , 2002 to Present
  • Judge for Colorado Mock Trial state championships, 2003 to Present

Professional Associations

  • Colorado Bar Association, Member, 1986 to Present
  • Texas Bar Association, Member, 1977 to Present

Ancillary Businesses

  • Management of high-value trust

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Delta Theta Phi

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Arbitration / Mediation, Colorado Bar Association, 2018