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John F. “Jack” Peters

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Jack Peters is an attorney in Caplan & Earnest’s Education Law section, where he counsels and advises school districts and other clients on complying with state and federal laws, operational issues, and risk management. When disputes cannot be avoided, Jack is a strong advocate for his clients in lawsuits and regulatory investigations. Jack was a middle school teacher in Colorado prior to earning his law degree and he takes pride in supporting educators.

Jack regularly advises his clients on a variety of legal and operational issues including student privacy and contracting with vendors under FERPA and Colorado law, special education under the IDEA, section 504, and the ECEA, and state and federal civil rights laws such as the ADA, Titles VI and IX, and CADA. He also counsels on areas such as open meetings and open records laws, employment, student speech, searches, and discipline, and school board duties, policies and procedures.

Jack works with his clients to proactively identify and address problems to avoid disputes, but when necessary he brings to bear his significant litigation and advocacy experience. He has tried over fifty civil and criminal cases to juries and has represented clients in appeals, arbitrations, mediations, and before numerous state and federal regulatory agencies and boards. He reaches cost-saving settlements when appropriate and fights hard for his clients when litigation is required. He has represented clients in several high-profile lawsuits covered in the media.

Jack also has substantial experience leading internal investigations and designing and implementating compliance programs. He regularly creates and gives trainings, revises policies and practices, and makes recommendations for appropriate remedial actions.

Before joining Caplan & Earnest, Jack was a Deputy District Attorney for six years at the District Attorney’s Office in Boulder. During his tenure there, he handled the Office’s appellate and complex legal work and argued before the Colorado Supreme Court. He frequently trained other prosecutors and law enforcement officers and gained extensive experience directing investigations. He also tried dozens of cases to juries, ranging from DUIs to economic crimes and violent felonies.

Jack next spent several years in private practice in the Denver office of a regional law firm that has offices in six states. While there, he defended clients in a wide range of civil litigation and appellate matters in both state and federal court, including claims against public entities, constitutional claims, commercial disputes, professional liability and discrimination claims, and class actions. Jack also represented clients before regulatory boards and agencies, managed internal investigations, and oversaw the implementation of compliance programs.

Jack earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Vermont Law School, where he was one of the top students in his class and was the senior articles editor for the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. Jack was a member of the Board of Directors of the Boulder County Bar Association and is a member of the Boulder and Colorado bar associations, the Faculty of Federal Advocates, and the Colorado and National School Board Associations. He speaks conversational French, Italian, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.

Jack lives in Boulder with his wife and three children.

Education

  • Vermont Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
    • Ranked in top 5% of class
    • Senior Articles Editor, Vermont Journal of Environmental Law
  • The University of Chicago, B.A.

Professional Credentials & Memberships

  • Member, Board of Directors, Boulder County Bar Association, 2017-2020
  • Member, Boulder County Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • Member, Colorado Association of School Boards
  • Member, National School Board Association

Previous Experience

  • Associate Attorney, Hall & Evans, LLC
  • Deputy District Attorney, 20th Judicial District of Colorado (Boulder County)
  • Summer Associate, Nixon Peabody, LLP, Shanghai
  • Summer Intern, Justice Denise Johnson, Vermont Supreme Court
  • Middle School Teacher, Logan School for Creative Learning, Denver
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