Frederick B. Skillern

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Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Denver, CO

 | 410 17th Street, Suite 2440
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-534-1254
Fax: 303-220-0412
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
Attorney Profile

Attorney Frederick B. Skillern is an arbitrator and mediator at JAMS, located in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Skillern has a background in business, commercial, construction, insurance, professional liability and real property law. He has been licensed to practice law in Colorado since 1977, has extensive experience as a trial lawyer, arbitrator and mediator, and has served as an expert witness in dozens of cases involving real estate disputes.

Mr. Skillern graduated from Dartmouth College with a bachelor’s degree and earned his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School. He trained as a mediator at  Harvard Law School's Negotiation Institute and has ten years of alternative dispute resolution experience, mediating cases in private practice and now as a panelist with JAMS.

In addition to his prior experience as an attorney, Mr. Skillern served three years as a district  judge in Colorado’s 18th Judicial District and as a court-appointed commissioner real property disputes. He is active as a teacher and author for CLE of Colorado, and served for ten years as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. 

Mr. Skillern has always been an active member of Colorado’s legal community. He has served in various roles for the Colorado Bar Association and spent many years serving on the Civil Rules Committee of the Colorado Supreme Court. In 2014, he received the Colorado Bar Association's Marsh CLE Award of Excellence for his participation in continuing legal education programs for real estate attorneys.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Alternative Dispute Resolution (100%): Arbitration, Mediation

Focus Areas

Arbitration, Mediation


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

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About Frederick Skillern

Admitted: 1977, Colorado

Professional Webpage:


  • Colorado Super Lawyer Designation, 2006 - 2018
  • 2014 Marsh CLE Award of Excellence, Colorado Bar Association

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certificate, Mediation Workshop, Harvard Law School's Negotiation Institute, 40 hour training for mediators, Cambridge, Massachusetts., 2009

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Colorado Bar Association's Real Estate Section Council, Past Chair, 2005-2006
  • Court-Appointed Commissioner for Partition of real property, under C.R.S. section 38-28-105
  • Colorado's 18 Judicial District, Former District Court Judge
  • Colorado Supreme Court's Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure, 1987 to 2016
  • District Court Judge, 18th Judicial District, Colorado, 2000-2003. 
  • Colorado Bar Association's Real Estate Section Council, 1998-2006

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Author of Chapter 2 in Foreclosure Law in Colorado (CLE in Colorado, 2017), titled "Rule 120 - Due Process for the Public Trustee Foreclosure"
  • Presenter, "Case Law Update" at the annual Colorado Bar Association CLE Real Estate Symposium since 1998.
  • Author and Contributing Editor on the chapters on the law of Future Interests (Chapter 72) and Civil Judgment Execution Sales (Chapter 40) in West's COLORADO METHODS OF PRACTICE
  • Author of a chapter on Judicial Foreclosures in the 2017 edition of Colorado Real Estate Practice (CLE of Colorado, Inc.)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Denver's Sturm College of Law, teaching a class in real estate titles and finance since 2006


  • First American Title Insurance Company v. Fidelity National Title Company, 310 13.3d 272 (Colo. App. 2013)
  • Sandstrom v. Solen, 370 13.3d 669 (Colo. App. 2016)
  • Joondeph v. Hicks, 235 13.3d 303 (Colo. 2010)

Educational Background:

  • Harvard Law School's Negotiation Institute, Mediation Training, 2008
  • Dartmouth College, A.B., 1973

Industry Groups

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Realestate
Office Location for Frederick B. Skillern

410 17th Street
Suite 2440
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-534-1254

Fax: 303-220-0412

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Last Updated: 1/2/2019

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