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Elliott Hood


Elliott Hood represents school districts and hospitals in complex civil litigation before state, federal, and administrative tribunals. He has significant experience handling disputes involving special education, civil rights, disability and accommodation, charter schools, torts, student discipline, employment, and constitutional claims. Elliott has a strong appellate practice and often appears on behalf of clients in civil and administrative appeals before the Colorado Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, and Colorado State Board of Education.

Before joining Caplan and Earnest, Elliott was an attorney with a large Denver-based litigation firm, where he handled a variety of complex civil matters and appeared before state and federal courts across the country. He also is honored to have clerked for two incredible judges, Judge A. Bruce Jones on the Colorado District Court and Judge Robert E. Bacharach on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Court.

Before law school, Elliott taught fifth grade in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a corps member with Teach For America (TFA). During his second year of teaching, Elliott served as fifth-grade co-chair and received an excellence award for outstanding teaching and service to his school. Elliott left the classroom to become director of individual giving for TFA’s Chicago region, where he oversaw and grew a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign. He remains very involved with Teach For America and serves on TFA’s Colorado Alumni Board.

When he is not practicing law, Elliott loves spending time with his wife, Caroline, and son, Alden, having fun outdoors, cooking, and reading. Elliott is also very active in his community. Among other things, he serves on the Colorado Disability Funding Committee,  the governing board of the CBA-CLE, the Boulder Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and the Amicus Committee of the National School Boards Association.

In 2021, Elliott was named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars® list in the field of Schools & Education.


  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D.
    Magna Cum Laude
    Public Service Distinction
    Northwestern Journal of Law & Social Policy, Articles Editor
  • University of Colorado Boulder, B.A.
    With Honors Distinction

Admittances & Licenses

  • State Bar of Colorado
  • State Bar of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Professional Credentials & Activities

  • Vice Chair, Colorado Disability Funding Committee (appointed by Governor)
  • Member, Boulder Parks & Recreation Advisory Board (appointed by City Council)
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association CLE Board
  • Member, Amicus Committee, National School Boards Association
  • Board Member, Colorado Teach For America Alumni Board
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Boulder County Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association

Past Experience

  • Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP, Associate Attorney, 2015-2017
  • Judge Robert E. Bacharach, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Law Clerk, 2014-2015
  • Judge A. Bruce Jones, Denver District Court, Law Clerk, 2012-2014
  • Judge Morton Denlow, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Legal Extern, 2012
  • United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington, Summer Law Clerk, 2011
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Legal Extern, 2011
  • Teach For America, Director of Individual Giving, Chicago Region, 2007-2009
  • Clark County School District, Nevada, Teacher, Teach For America, 2004-2006
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