James B. Powers

James B. Powers

Englewood, Colorado

Mr. Powers is a founding principal of Harris, Karstaedt, Jamison & Powers, P.C. He is a Denver native and has practiced in the Denver metropolitan area his entire career. He has practiced in the areas of litigation, including multi-district complex civil litigation involving commercial aircraft disasters, premises liability for insureds and self-insureds, commercial contract and real estate litigation and leasing negotiations, and defense of professional liability litigation including doctors, lawyers, accountants and construction design professionals. Since 1992, he has practiced in the area of construction litigation and has focused his practice primarily on the defense interests of developers, general contractors and subcontractors in complex litigation regarding alleged construction defects in commercial properties, single family residence and large multi-family condominium/town home development projects. Mr. Powers represents large commercial insurance carriers in the defense of fraud and suspicious claims as well as bad faith matters. Mr. Powers also has an extensive commercial practice including commercial paper negotiation and transaction of monies, instruments and real property and attendant commercial litigation.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Commercial Practice and Litigation
  • Complex Construction Litigation
  • Examinations Under Oath
  • Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Self-Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Special Investigations

Certified Legal Specialties

  • AV, Preeminent - Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Martindale-Hubbell(R) - AV Preeminent - Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence 2016 | James B. Powers

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1981
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1981


  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa
    • J.D. - 1981
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
    • B.A. - 1978
    • Major: Political Science; English; and Cultural Anthropology

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 Colorado Super Lawyer
  • 2017 Colorado Super Lawyer
  • 2016 Colorado Super Lawyer
  • 2015 Colorado Super Lawyer
  • 2014 Colorado Super Lawyer
  • 2013 Colorado Super Lawyer
  • 2012 Colorado Super Lawyer
  • 2011 Colorado Super Lawyer
  • 2010 Colorado Super Lawyer
  • 2009 Colorado Super Lawyer
  • 2008 Colorado Super Lawyer
  • 2007 Colorado Super Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
CBA | Est. in 1897 | Colorado Bar Association Member Firm