Attorneys Joel M. Spector Special Counsel

Mr. Spector’s practice emphasizes eminent domain, land use, and real estate litigation. Since entering private practice in 2005, Mr. Spector has been engaged in all stages of litigation concerning real property interests. In addition to working on eminent domain litigation in trial and appellate courts, Mr. Spector has written legal briefs and conducted oral arguments on property rights issues at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits. He has also written multiple briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court on various legal issues related to eminent domain litigation, and developed the legal arguments that the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately adopted in a recent eminent domain decision. In addition, Mr. Spector represents landowners involved in property disputes with their neighbors and local governments.

Mr. Spector also has experience litigating constitutional issues relating to the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, federal jurisdiction, the Equal Protection Clause, and the doctrine of enumerated powers. Mr. Spector has conducted television and radio interviews concerning property rights and constitutional issues. He has also worked as a contributing author on a zoning and land use planning treatise.

Originally from Michigan, Mr. Spector attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he made the Dean’s List and graduated in 2000. He then attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where he graduated with the distinction of the Order of St. Ives in 2005.

Mr. Spector is licensed to practice law in Colorado state courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Ninth Circuit, and Tenth Circuit, and in the United States Supreme Court.