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Jody Pilmer is a partner in the firm. His statewide practice focuses on appeals and probate and estate litigation. Jody is a trial-tested litigator who enjoys efficiently solving problems for clients. He has more than 20 years of broad experience.
Jody looks at every case as an opportunity to apply his skill and experience in a way that will ensure that the client’s chances of a successful outcome are maximized. He believes that there is a solution to every problem and that each case should be approached with the goal of finding the solution efficiently and effectively. Jody always works with his clients collaboratively to see a case to resolution, whether by settlement or trial. Along the way, he uses the firm’s resources and collaborative model to ensure the client is getting efficient representation and pragmatic advice.
Jody began his legal career at the Adams County District Attorney’s Office, where he quickly worked his way up the ladder. He left that office in 2007 as a Senior Deputy District Attorney, having been one of the first prosecutors assigned to the Child Victim Unit, in recognition of his ability to handle the most challenging cases in the office. Jody then spent three years exclusively and directly providing legal representation to abused and neglected children.
Before joining Wade Ash in 2015, Jody spent five years as a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Justice Section of the Colorado Office of the Attorney General, where he started and managed the Attorney General’s first Auto Theft Unit. In that capacity, Jody focused exclusively on the prosecution of complex auto theft cases involving organized crime.
During his career, Jody has tried over 70 felony cases to juries, many of which included homicide charges, sexual assault charges, and charges involving child-abuse resulting in death. Since 2015, Jody’s courtroom acumen has applied well to his focus on probate and estate litigation. Jody’s years of experience as a trial advocate have also translated well to his appellate practice. He has argued numerous cases in the Colorado Court of Appeals. Jody is a persuasive legal scholar who has helped the Court of Appeals establish new precedent through his briefing and advocacy.
Jody has repeatedly been recognized as a top performer in his field by 5280 Magazine. He regularly teaches and lectures to attorneys in his area of practice. Anecdotally, Jody is recognized among his peers, both those he has worked with and those he has had cases against, as a formidable advocate with a track record of success.
Jody and his family live in Denver. They enjoy everything Colorado has to offer.
- Appeals: Trust & Estates
- Probate and Estate Litigation
- Guardianships & Conservatorships
- Trust Administration
- Representation of Professional Fiduciaries
- Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 1999
- Texas A&M University, B.B.A. in Accounting, 1995
- Colorado Bar Association
Trust & Estate Section
Probate Trial and Procedure Committee, Prior Co-Chair
- 5280 magazine, selected to Denver’s Top Lawyers 2023
- 5280 magazine, selected to Denver’s Top Lawyers 2022
- Appealing Orders in Probate Cases: The Finality Question, Colorado Lawyer, February 2021
- Appealing Orders of the Probate Court: The Finality Conundrum, CRCP 54, and Orders Issued by Magistrates, Colorado Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Estate Planning Retreat, June 2021
- Avoiding Prepaid Litigation: Contracts to Make Wills, Prenuptial Agreements, and Divorce Decrees, Colorado Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, September 2019
- Undue Influence by Those in a Confidential and Fiduciary Relationship with the Decedent, Colorado Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, September 2019