Jody Harper Alderman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Eminent Domain Attorney in Denver, CO

Alderman Bernstein LLC
 | 101 University Boulevard, Suite 350
Denver, CO 80206
Phone: 866-959-7174
Fax: 720-293-4712
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Eminent Domain (50%),
  • Real Estate: Business (50%)
Attorney Profile

Jody Harper Alderman is a member of Alderman Bernstein LLC in Denver, Colorado. Devoting her practice to real estate law, she handles transactions as well as litigation for clients in the Denver metropolitan area and all over Colorado in matters involving real estate contracts, eminent domain, lease and easement negotiations, due diligence, closings, contract disputes, Rule 105 proceedings, quiet title actions and Rule 106 appeals regarding land use decisions, and probate litigation.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in 1991, Jody earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Colorado Law School in 1994. While in law school, she was editor-in-chief of the Colorado Law Review, was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and won the American Jurisprudence Award for Constitutional Law.

Admitted to practice in Colorado, Jody is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. In addition to her practice, she is an active member of the Real Estate Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, including the Eminent Domain subcommittee of the Real Estate Law Section. She is also a member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW).

Jody has presented many continuing legal education classes and seminars on eminent domain law and other legal topics. Since 2007, she has been listed annually in The Best Lawyers in America* in the category of eminent domain and condemnation law, and she also has been given an AV Preeminent** rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Jody is active in her community, including her service on the board of directors of the Tennyson Center for Children at Colorado Christian Home and the Board of Trustees of Holy Family High School.

*The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

**AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Eminent Domain (50%)

Real Estate (50%)


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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020

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About Jody Alderman

Admitted: 1994, Colorado

Professional Webpage:


  • Best Lawyers in America for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2007 - Present.
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated, 1999 - Present.
  • Golden Key National Honor Society, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.
  •  American Jurisprudence Award, Constitutional Law, University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado.
  • Order of the Coif, University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Council of Real Estate Section of Colorado Bar Association, Member, 2015-2018.
  • CREW-Denver, Commercial Real Estate Women, 2007 - Present.
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association.
  • Denver Bar Association.
  • Colorado Bar Association.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1997.
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1994.
  • Colorado, 1994.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Tennyson Center for Children at Colorado Christian Home, Board of Directors, 2007 - 2014 (Chair of the Board, 2010 - 2012); 2016 - Present (Current Chair of the Board).
  • Holy Family High School, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Tennyson Center for Children at Colorado Christian Home, Denver Dinner Fundraising Committee, 1999 - 2010.
  • Tennyson Center for Children at Colorado Christian Home, Chair, Denver Dinner Fundraising Committee, 2009 - 2010.
  • Tennyson Center for Children at Colorado Christian Home, Chair, Denver Dinner Fundraising Committee, 2000 - 2002.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, Hardship Acquisitions: What Are They and When Are They Available?, CLE International Seminar, 2010.
  • Speaker, When a Condemnation Case Is Abandoned: Estoppel, Damages Claims and Other Interesting Issues, CLE International Seminar, 2009.
  • Speaker, What's New in Eminent Domain: An Update on Case Law and New Legislation in Colorado and Around the Country, CLE International Seminar, 2008.
  • Speaker, Evidence for the Litigation Paralegal in Colorado, IPE Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 1998.
  • Speaker, Land Preservation and Open Space as the Highest and Best Use of Property--Reasonable Market Value, Resolving Conflicts Between Legal Principles and Appraisal Methodology, Eminent Domain, CLE International, 2000.
  • Speaker, Land Use Planning and Eminent Domain in Colorado, NBI Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2001.
  • Speaker, Getting Successful Results in Colorado Eminent Domain Actions, NBI Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2002.
  • Speaker, Understanding Special Benefits, Eminent Domain, CLE International Seminar, 2004.
  • Speaker, Effective Legal Writing, CLE International Seminar, 2004.
  • Speaker, Can Your Broken Appraisal be Fixed?, 22nd Annual ALI-ABA Course of Study on Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, 2005.
  • Speaker, Cutting Edge Issues in Just Compensation, Panel Discussion, 22nd Annual ALI-ABA Course of Study on Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, 2005.
  • Speaker, Damages Issues- What you Need to Know, Eminent Domain, CLE International Seminar, 2005.
  • Speaker, Ethics- Issues Facing the Eminent Domain Professional, CLE International Seminar, 2007.
  • Speaker, Condemnor: Working with Clients and Suggestions for a Case Plan , ALI-ABA Condemnation 101 Seminar, 2011.  
  • Law Review: University of Colorado, 1992 - 1994
  • Law Review: Editor in Chief, University of Colorado, 1993 - 1994
  • Competing Condemnations- Prior Public Use Doctrine, Balancing Competing Condemnation Interests, Dominant Eminent Domain (Co-Author).


  • Regional Transportation District v. 750 West 48th Ave., LLC, 357 P.3d 179 (Colo. 2015)
  • Farmland Industries, Inc. v. Colorado & Eastern R. Co., 944 F.Supp. 1492 (D. Colo. 1996)
  • City of Grand Junction v. City and County of Denver, 960 P.2d 675 (Colo. 1998)
  • C-470 Joint Venture v. Trizec Colorado, Inc, 176 F.3d 1289 (10th Cir. 1999)
  • E-470 Public Highway Authority v. Revenig, 91 P.3d 1038 (Colo. 2004)
  • Department of Transportation v. First Place, LLC, 148 P.3d 261 (Colo. App. 2006)
  • School District No. 12 v. Security Life of Denver Ins. Co., 185 P.3d 781 (Colo. 2008)

Educational Background:

  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Viginia, USA, B.A., 1991
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Office Location for Jody Harper Alderman

101 University Boulevard
Suite 350
Denver, CO 80206

Phone: 866-959-7174

Fax: 720-293-4712

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