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Jason C. Astle:
I am a Colorado native and grew up in Evergreen. My undergraduate degree was in International Political Economics at The Colorado College (class of 1994). Since then, I have seen a bit of the world. I was a law clerk in Oxford, England, a victims advocate in Durango, CO, and a Peace Corps volunteer in a small village in Cameroon, Africa. I also worked in New York City as both a clerk and a litigator, and, of course, Denver. My representation includes both plaintiffs and defendants.
I graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2006. I have clerked for two judges, one was a Justice on the Colorado Supreme Court, and the other a Federal Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York (Manhattan). As a clerk and now as an attorney, reading and summarizing cases is important to my practice. My experiences a law clerk prompted me to publish an article in the June 2007 issue of The Colorado Lawyer: Jason Astle, Tips for Effective Petitions for Certiorari, 36 Colo. Law. 6, 63 (2007). I was also recently recognized by Colorado Super Lawyers as 2013 Rising Star.
I provide clients with solutions to problems and disputes either before, during, or after a law suit has been filed. I also offer advice and representation in the areas of employment, real estate, lending, commercial litigation, real and personal property, domestic disputes, and business formation and disposition. My practice is focused primarily on litigation in both state and federal courts, but includes some transactional support. I have successfully represented clients in a variety of disputes, ranging from personal injury claims to complex class action and multi-district product liability and banking litigation.
In addition to my legal career, I am also a member of the Board of Directors of Opportunity Africa and a former member of The Jeffco Schools Foundation Board of Directors.
Opportunity Africa enables Cameroonian students to achieve their educational dreams in order to overcome poverty and improve health outcomes. To accomplish this goal, it provides educational scholarships to academically talented students in Cameroon who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Opportunity Africa has two active programs and two more in the planning phase. Its primary mission is accomplished through the Educational Scholarships. Scholarships support the academic endeavors that inspire each student—whether it’s nursing school, primary school, electronics school, graduate school, business school, or agriculture classes. The Classroom Connections program fosters cross-cultural learning opportunities between classrooms in Cameroon and classrooms in the US. They exchange letters and emails, engage in Skype video chats, and share photo essays to explore each other’s worlds. Health Education and Income generation projects are in the works.
Both organizations do amazing work and are near and dear to my heart.