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David C. Japha

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Denver, CO

Levin Jacobson Japha, P.C.
6000 E. Evans Ave., Suite 1-210
Denver, CO 80222
Phone: 303-964-9500
Fax: 303-691-9719
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
Licensed in Colorado Since: 1984
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Administrative Law, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Appellate, Civil Litigation: Defense, Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: White Collar
Attorney Profile

Attorney David C. Japha is a partner of Levin Jacobson Japha P.C. in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Japha practices law with extraordinary passion in the areas of administrative law, business law, civil litigation, commercial litigation and criminal defense law, representing his clients' interests throughout Colorado. He handles cases involving new business formation, litigation and organization as well as domestic relations and white collar matters. He has experience in both state, federal, administrative and appellate courts.  But more than "representing clients" and "handling cases", Mr. Japha is your advocate, seeking a just and proper resolution consistent with your life.

Over the course of his 37 years in practice, Mr. Japha has developed a reputation as an accomplished litigator and negotiator. He has been involved in high-profile criminal matters in various states throughout the country and has served as an expert witness.  Mr. Japha has also been involved in many appeals, both criminal and civil in state and federal court. 

Mr. Japha became a licensed attorney in the state of Colorado in 1984 and is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He practices before all Colorado state courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. 

Mr. Japha has been selected to SuperLawyers from 2019 through the present and this year he has been selected to be a member of Premier Appellate Attorneys and Lawyers of Distinction.  In addition, Levin Jacobson Japha has been selected to BEST Lawyers in US NEWS in 2022. 

While attending law school, Mr. Japha authored an article on successor corporate liability in products liability cases for the Denver Law Review and participated in a student law office program, where he tried his first DUI case. During his third year, he argued an administrative appeal case before the U.S. Social Security Administration.

Upon receiving his law license, Mr. Japha opened his own firm with his partners at Levin Jacobson Japha P.C. and handled collection, eviction and federal criminal matters. His criminal experience resulted in appointment to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado’s Criminal Justice Act Standing Committee, where he participated in the appointment of conflict counsel in federal criminal matters.

During the COVID pandemic, Mr. Japha has maintained his practice attending trials, hearings and depositions through video interactions.  Mr. Japha is available as your advocate regardless of what is happening in the world.  Mr. Japha knows that to you, your life, and your matters are the most important things. And, based on that reality, he is here for you when you need him.

Practice Areas
  • 20%Business Litigation
  • 20%Administrative Law
  • 20%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 10%Criminal Defense
  • 10%Other
Focus Areas

Licensing, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Felony, Misdemeanor, Theft, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022

About David C. Japha

First Admitted: 1984, Colorado

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Standing Member, Criminal Justice Panel, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • Colorado, 1984


  • U.S. v. Reece, 797 F.Supp.843 (D.Colo., Jun 24, 1992) (NO.CRIM. A. 91-CR-276)
  • U.S. v. Perez, 902 F.Supp. 1318 (D.Colo., Oct 12, 1995) (NO.CIC.A. 95-CR-19-S)
  • Merrit v. Hawk, 153, F.Supp.2d 1216 (D.Colo., Jun 29, 2001) (NO.CIV.A.95-Z-2653)
  • Hale v. Morris, 725 P P.2d 26 ) Colo.App., Mar 27, 1986 (NO. 84CA0276)
  • U.S. v. Young, 45 F.3d 1405 (10th Cir.(Colo.), Jan 19, 1995) (NO. 93-1343)
  • U.S. v. Bustillos-Munoz, 235 F.3d 505, 2001 CJ C.A.R. 164 (10th Cir.(Colo.), Dec 15, 2000)
  • U.S. v. Jackson, 248 F.3d 1028, 2001 DJCAR 2210 (10th Cir.(Colo.), Apr 30, 2001) (NO.99-1475)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Author: Successor Corporate Liability in Products Liability Cases, “Effective Assistance of Counsel,” Criminal Procedure Overview, 61 Denver Law Journal 303, 1984

Educational Background

  • Graduated with a Liberal Arts Degree from Washington University in St. Louis, 1981

Industry Groups

  • Collection
  • Consumer Retail
  • Investment
  • Manufacturing
  • Real Estate
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Office Location for David C. Japha

6000 E. Evans Ave.
Suite 1-210
Denver, CO 80222

Phone: 303-964-9500

Fax: 303-691-9719

Last Updated: 7/1/2022

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