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McDermott Law Firm
John McDermott

303 N. Seventh Street
Canon City CO 81212
(719) 275-4126

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Alt. Phone: (800) 850-0050


The McDermott Law Firm is a progressive, client-oriented and full service law firm comprised of a fully experienced and highly rated attorney, legal assistants and support personnel who work together as a team to further its clients' interests. Our staff takes pride in providing personal and efficient service to our many individual, business and governmental clients. 

We have the resources, education and experience necessary to provide high quality legal services in multiple areas of law throughout our Canon City, Florence, Salida, Buena Vista, Westcliffe and entire Southern Colorado practice area.

Denver Metropolitan and Northern Colorado personal injury and other clients are usually also represented by Shawn E. McDermott, who is of counsel to the firm. In addition, any work necessary in the Denver area for the firm's clients in other areas of law can be performed through his Denver office.

About John McDermott:-

JOHN A. McDERMOTT has practiced law in Canon City since 1973.  He is a lawyer who is widely respected throughout his Canon City, Fremont County and Southern Colorado practice area, as well as throughout Colorado and nationally. He is rated in the highest category available by his peers.  

John is engaged in the general practice of law and civil litigation with emphasis in the following areas of law: automobile accidents, personal injuries, wrongful death, estate planning and probate, employment law, and local government and special district law. He has spoken to professional groups on insurance law, employment law and law office management topics, and has also published articles concerning employment and discrimination law.

John is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), and is a past member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, a statewide association of trial lawyers who represent plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases.

John is a former vice-president of the Colorado Bar Association and has served on the Board of Governors and as Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee of that statewide organization of Colorado lawyers. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and of The Florida Bar, and has been selected to appear in Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in America.

John is a past president of the Eleventh Judicial District Bar Association (Fremont County, Chaffee County, Custer County and Park County), and is currently a member of the Eleventh Judicial District Nominating Commission for the appointment of new judges. He has also served as both the City Attorney for the City of Canon City and as the Fremont County Attorney.

John is a past Chair of the Fremont Community Foundation. He is a past member of the Fremont RE-1 School Board, serving as president from 1977 to 1981. He is a past president of the Royal Gorge Lions Club.

Prior to moving to Canon City, John served as a Captain in the U.S. Army in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. He served as a deputy staff judge advocate at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico and as post judge advocate at Seneca Army Depot in upstate New York. 

After graduating from law school, and prior to entry into active duty with the U.S. Army, John was the judicial clerk for Chief Judge Woodie A. Liles of the Florida Court of Appeals (Second District) in Lakeland, Florida.

He is a graduate of the University of Florida, completing his undergraduate work in 1966 and receiving his Juris Doctor from the College of Law, with Honors, in 1968. John served as an executive editor of the University of Florida Law Review and became a member of the scholarship society Phi Kappa Phi and of the leadership fraternity Omicron Delta Kappa while in law school.

During his over 35 years of practicing law, John has attended literally hundreds of continuing legal education courses in Colorado and nationally in the following areas:

  • Administrative Law
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Civil Litigation
  • Condemnation
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Employment Law (speaker)
  • Environmental Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Federal Practice
  • Government Contracting
  • Governmental Immunity Act
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Insurance Law (speaker)
  • Law Office Management (speaker)
  • Local Government Law
  • National College of Advocacy, Reno, Nevada
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Open Records Act
  • Pension Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Property Taxation
  • Public Meetings Law
  • Real Property Law
  • Special District Law
  • Subrogation
  • TABOR
  • Taxation
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Water Law
  • Wills
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Wrongful Death Law
  • Zoning and Land Use

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