Jack D. Robinson
Shareholder
robinson@sprlaw.net

Mr. Robinson is a partner and co-founder of Spies, Powers & Robinson. His primary practice areas are Special Education and Disability Law, Construction Litigation, Complex Commercial Litigation, Appellate Advocacy, Insurance Coverage, and First and Third-Party Insurance Defense.

Mr. Robinson has developed a reputation as a strong legal advocate for the rights of children with disabilities. He is a frequent lecturer throughout Colorado on the application and construction of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Mr. Robinson has represented clients in numerous due process proceedings, appeals, civil actions, mediation, and Federal Complaints.  Mr. Robinson is currently pursuing a case before the Unites States Supreme Court, Endrew F. v. Douglas County Sch. Dist., that seeks to clarify and improve the rights of children with disabilities to a free and appropriate public education.

Mr. Robinson’s commercial litigation practice focuses upon contract disputes, non-competition agreements, trade secrets and amusement park/premises liability. He also has an active appellate practice and has appeared before the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on numerous occasions.

Mr. Robinson has developed an expertise in the area of complex insurance coverage analysis. In cultivating this specialty, Mr. Robinson has supervised claim investigations, taken Examinations Under Oath, authored coverage opinions and advised in all manners of insurance claim determinations. Mr. Robinson’s insurance coverage expertise involves questions regarding construction defect, personal and advertising injury liability, employee dishonesty, business interruption, excess and umbrella coverage, and complex property coverage issues. This experience encompasses service as a consulting expert and the post-litigation defense of claim denials with attendant allegations of bad faith. Mr. Robinson is a frequent lecturer on these topics throughout the insurance industry.

Areas of Practice

Special Education Law and Disability Discrimination

Construction Litigation
Complex Commercial Litigation
Appellate Advocacy
Insurance Coverage
First and Third Party Insurance Defense
Amusement Park Liability

 

Education

J.D., University of Denver College of Law

B.A., University of Colorado

Admissions and Professional Affiliations

Admitted to all Colorado State Courts
Admitted to U.S. District Court Colorado
Admitted to 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court
Member, Colorado and Denver Bar Associations
Member, Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
Member, Defense Research Institute
Member, Colorado Counsel of Special Education Lawyers

Member, Counsel of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

Faculty of Federal Advocates

Master, American Inns of Court, Judge William E. Doyle Inn

Special Education Cases

Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE 1, Case No. 15-827, U.S. Supreme Court

Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE 1, 798 F. 3d 1329 (10th Cir. 2015)

Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE 1, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 128659 (D. Colo. Sept. 15, 2014)

Douglas County School District RE 1, Case No. EA2012-0006 (Due Process Hearing)

Zachary G. v. Sch. Dist. No. 1 for the City & Cnty. of Denver, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138323 (D. Colo. Oct. 5, 2016)

L.S v. Calhan Sch. Dist. RJ-1, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16923 (D. Colo. Feb. 11, 2016)

C.S. v. Platte Canyon Sch. Dist. No. 1, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134450 (D. Colo. May 19, 2014)

A.B. v. Adams-Arapahoe 28J Sch. Dist., 831 F.Supp. 2d 1226 (D.Colo. 2011)

Thompson R2-J Sch. Dist. v. Luke P., 540 F.3d 1143 (10th Cir. 2008)

Thompson R2-J Sch. Dist. v. Luke P., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47043 (D. Colo. June 27, 2007)

Chase v. Mesa County Valley Sch. Dist. No. 51, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84671 (D. Colo. Sept. 17, 2009)

Rost v. Steamboat Springs RE-2 Sch. Dist., 511 F.3d 1114 (10th Cir. 2008)

Rost v. Steamboat Springs Re-2 Sch. Dist., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82041 (D. Colo. Nov. 9, 2006)

Thompson R2-J School District, Case No. EA2008-0002 (Administrative Appeal)

Thompson R2-J School District, Case No. L2007-118 (Due Process Hearing)

School Dist. No. 1, City and County of Denver, L2008-102 (Due Process Hearing)

Thompson R-2J School District, Case No. ED2005-013 (Administrative Appeal)

Thompson R-2J School District, 43 IDELR 240 (SEA CO), Case No. L2005:102 (Due Process Hearing)

Douglas County School District RE-1, 35 IDELR 295 (SEA CO), Case No. L2001:124 (Due Process Hearing)

Thompson R-2J School District, Case No. ED2002-003 (Administrative Appeal)

Thompson R-2J School District, Case No. L2001:123 (Due Process Hearing)

Jefferson County School District R-1, Case No. L99:129 (Due Process Hearing)

El Paso County School District, Case No. 2005:503 (Federal Complaint)

Adams County School District 50, Case No. ED2001-03 (Administrative Appeal)

Adams County School District 50, Case No. 200:545 (Federal Complaint)

Classes/Seminars Taught

CLE Presenter, Colorado Special Education Law, National Business Institute (Oct. 2012)

CLE Presenter, Understanding Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism in Colorado, Lorman Education Services (Dec. 2007)

CLE Presenter, Discipline, School Safety Seminar, Colorado Bar Association CLE (Feb. 2006)

CLE Presenter, Eligibility Determination and Planning Under the IDEA, Understanding Individuals with Asperger’s or High-Functioning Autism, Lorman Education Services (Dec. 2005)

CLE Presenter, Construction Defects and Insurance Coverage in Colorado, Lorman Education Services (May 2004)

CLE Presenter, Discipline of Students with Special Needs, Discipline of Students with Special Needs in Colorado, Lorman Education Services (April 2003)

CLE Presenter, Special Education, School Law Issues in Colorado, National Business Institute (Mar. 2003)

CLE Presenter, Evaluations and Re-Evaluations, Procedural Safeguards, Mediation and Due Process, and Most Common Mistakes, Special Education Law in Colorado, Professional Development Network (2002)

CLE Presenter, Special Education Law Update, Ethics, and Protecting the Rights of Children with Special Needs, Colorado Special Education Law (Oct. 2002)

CLE Presenter, Divulging School Records: What is Confidential, What is Not; Student Rights: Harassment, Expulsions, Suspensions, School Law in Colorado, National Business Institute (Oct. 2002)

CLE Presenter, Evaluations and Re-Evaluations, Procedural Safeguards, and Most Common Mistakes, Special Education Law for the New Millennium in Colorado, Professional Development Network (2001)

CLE Presenter, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); Student Suspension and Expulsion, School Law in Colorado, National Business Institute (Mar. 2000)

Panel Speaker, Colorado Department of Education Annual Legal Conference (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2013)

Panel Speaker, Ingredients for Assuring Educational Success: Confidentiality, Communication About Child and Family Status, and Access to Records, Second Annual Spring Forum for the Educational Success of Children and Youth in Child Welfare and the Division of Youth Corrections (April, 2006)

Community Involvement and Affiliations

Board Member, Temple Micah

Recognition, Colorado 2006 Super Lawyer

Former Member, Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee

Honorary Board Member, Autism Society of Colorado

Former President and Board Member, Colorado Advisory Network

Former Board Member, Arc of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties

Publications & Published Cases

Constitution Associates: Approval of the Use of Anticipatory Declaratory Judgment Actions, 26 Colorado Lawyer 93 (Aug. 1997)

Jefferson County Sch. Dist. R-1 v. Elizabeth E., 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 26608 (10th Cir. Dec. 28, 2012) – Amicus Curae Brief on behalf of Elizabeth E.

Koenig v. PurCo Fleet Servs., 285 P.3d 979 (Colo. 2012)

A.B. v. Adams-Arapahoe 28J Sch. Dist., 831 F.Supp. 2d 1226 (D.Colo. 2011)

PurCo Fleet Servs. v. Koenig, 240 P.3d 435 (Colo. Ct. App. 2010)

Thompson R2-J Sch. Dist. v. Luke P., 540 F.3d 1143 (10th Cir. 2008)

Rost v. Steamboat Springs RE-2 Sch. Dist., 511 F.3d 1114 (10th Cir. 2008)

Wausau Business Insurance Company v. US Motels Management, Inc., 341 F.Supp.2d 1180 (D.Colo. 2004)

Kruse v. McKenna, 178 P.3d 1198 (Colo. 2008)

Showpiece Homes Corp. v. Assurance Company of America, 38 P.3d 47 (Colo. 2001)

First Interstate Bank v. Tanktech, Inc., 864 P.2d 116 (Colo. 1993)

AMCO Ins. Co. v. Sills, 166 P.3d 274 (Colo. App. 2007)

McKenna v. Oliver, 159 P.3d 697 (Colo. App. 2006)

Globe Indemnity Co. v. Travelers Indemnity Company of Illinois, 98 P.3d 971 (Colo. App. 2004)

Novell v. American Guarantee and Liability Insurance Co., 15 P.3d 775 (Colo. App. 1999)

Hewitt v. Pitkin County Bank & Trust Co., 931 P.2d 456 (Colo. App. 1995)

MacMillan v. Bruce, 900 P.2d 131 (Colo. App. 1995)