John S. Zakhem

Phone: (303) 390-0351 | Fax: (303) 390-0177 | Email:
1099 18th Street, Suite 2150, Denver, CO 80202

John S. Zakhem is a Member in the Denver office of Jackson Kelly PLLC. Mr. Zakhem is a member of the Commercial Law Practice group where he focuses on the representation of business and real estate owners in the areas of labor and commercial litigation, corporate and business law, real estate development and finance, government affairs election law and campaign finance, professional/medical practices, mergers and acquisitions and private-placement securities offerings.

In addition to his commercial litigation practice, Mr. Zakhem also provides both construction counseling and litigation support to owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.

Mr. Zakhem's significant representations include: 

  • Representing national developer in the financing, construction and optimization of multiple assisted living center projects
  • Representing general contractor on a multi-million dollar delay claim
  • Representing non-profit against Internal Revenue Service for unlawful taxpayer information disclosure
  • Defending presidential staff volunteer in suit brought by the ACLU through appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court
  • State and federal litigation on Colorado Open Records/Freedom of Information Acts; recent oral argument before Colorado Supreme Court
  • Representing landowners in legal opposition to enclave annexation and associated non-profit, grassroots lobbying activities
  • Representing multi-family real estate investment firm in private placement securities offering and multiple portfolio acquisition transactions

A 1998 graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Mr. Zakhem is an active member of Denver's legal community. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers® magazine in the practice area of of business law since 2009 and by The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice area of Government Relations since 2011. He was a member of the Colorado Statesman's inaugural class of 50 for the Future. Mr. Zakhem has been honored by appointments from two Colorado governors, the State Senate President and two Denver mayors to serve on various commissions and boards over the past 15 years.

Legal Experience
2014 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
2008 - 2014 Zakhem Law, LLC
1998 - 2008Doyle Zakhem Suhre & Lilly, LLC
1998J.D. University of Denver Sturm College of Law
1993B.S.Georgetown University (Foreign Service)
Bar Admissions
Court Admissions
2010U.S. Tax Court
2005U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
2005U.S. Supreme Court
1999U.S. District Court District of Colorado
1998Supreme Court of Colorado

Teaching and Lecturing:
  • Adjunct Professor of Election Law and Campaign Finance, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, 2008-present
  • Go it on Your Own, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Business Law Society, presented annually
  • Political Legal Practice Opportunities, University of Colorado Law School, 2006
  • Election Law 101, Continuing Legal Education Presentation, 2006
  • 527s and the Future of Colorado Elections, 2004-09

Writings and Publications:

Awards and Honors:
  • Named in Colorado Super Lawyers® in the area of Business/Corporate Law, 2015-2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Government Relations Practice, 2011-2018
  • Named a Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2009-2011
  • Named in Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2012-2014
  • William Randolph Hearst Senate Youth Scholarship
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America


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