John L. Skari, Jr. is a
Philadelphia area native
and a graduate of
the University of Colorado
Law School, where his coursework
focused on litigation practice,
real estate, corporate and
tax law. Prior to joining
the firm as an Associate
Attorney, John was employed
by Zakhem Law as a
Law Clerk. John works with
clients to identify and
implement a plan of representation
that will quickly and comprehensively
address their needs. John’s
practical approach to problem
solving for clients results
in cost-effective and responsive
Johnís achievements for his clients include:
(U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2012). Briefed and argued successfully defended an appeal concerning the application of 11th Amendment sovereign immunity resulting in the affirmation of the trial courtís ruling that Johnís clientís 1st Amendment claim could proceed against the Colorado Department of Corrections.
(Jefferson County District Court 2012). In a collections action, the court dismissed all claims against Johnís client and ordered the Plaintiffs to pay all of the clientís costs. Johnís client won the case on motions to dismiss without incurring any discovery costs or the expense of trial.
(Arapahoe County District Court 2012). Settled professional negligence claims against licensed real estate broker for nuisance value avoiding trial.
(Douglas County District Court 2012). Brought mechanicsí lien foreclosure and breach of contract action on behalf of subcontractor. A successful mediation resulted in Johnís client being the only party out of 5 recovering its damages.
(U.S. Tax Court 2010) Drafted and filed Petition to the U.S. Tax Court on behalf of group investors under audit by the IRS as a result of claiming a disputed charitable deduction among other issues. Negotiated successful settlement of the Tax Court case allowing Johnís clients to retain deduction.
(Weld County District Court 2010). Tried personal injury action to resolution obtaining jury verdict in favor of Johnís client who was awarded compensatory and punitive damages.
(Westminster Municipal Court, 2009). Johnís client was acquitted of domestic violence assault and harassment charges at trial.
John has qualified various non-profit organizations for tax-exemption by preparing and filing 1023 and 1024 applications, including 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(6) and Type I supporting organizations and provides ongoing non-profit corporate counsel.
John has negotiated deferred judgment plea arrangements to a variety of criminal charges resulting in the dismissal of all charges and allowing clients to seal their records upon completion of the terms of the deferred judgment.
John counsels various businesses regarding protecting their intellectual property and has obtained several trademarks and service marks and enforced the same against potential infringers.
Articles / Presentations
CLE Presentation with Judge Christine Arguello and Magistrate Judge Boyd N. Boland Ė Handling Civil and Criminal Cases with Pro Se Litigants in U.S. District Court, Perspectives from Bench and Bar (June 28, 2012)
University of Colorado School of Law Panelist Ė Small firm practice (2011)
University of Colorado School of Law Panelist Ė Making the most of your summer internship (2010)
Areas of Experience
- Civil Litigation
- Commercial / Business
- Tax Litigation
- Non-Profit Formation and Tax Exemption
- Personal Injury
- Real Estate
- Intellectual Property
Community Involvement / Memberships
- Colorado Bar Association
- Denver Bar Association
- Faculty of Federal Advocates
- Conversant in Spanish
- Travel, hiking, river rafting and fly fishing
- Philadelphia sports teams
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