Joseph M. Elio, Esq.

Mr. Elio, a Colorado native, has a diverse background in law with an emphasis in litigation, developed through experience as a Deputy District Attorney, as a United States Securities and Exchange Enforcement Attorney, and an Associate Municipal judge. Although he believes it is always in the best interest of the client to negotiate resolution through mediation and other settlement vehicles, he has extensive litigation experience in the event that settlement is unsuccessful. He has litigated cases in the following areas of law: bankruptcy, collection, contract, criminal, family, general commercial, insurance bad faith, personal injury, securities, landlord/tenant and estate litigation.  He has argued appellate cases before the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.


  • Regis Jesuit High School
  • University of Colorado at Boulder, B.S., Business Finance
  • University of Colorado at Boulder, J.D., Doctorate of Law

Professional experience:

  • 1984 to 1987: Adams County Deputy District Attorney’s Office
  • 1987 to 1988: United States Securities and Exchange Commission,   Enforcement Division
  • 1988 to 1990: Dill, Dill, Carr, Stonebraker and Hutchings
  • 1990 to 2013: Scheitler and Elio, P.C.
  • 1990 to 2019: Associate Municipal Judge, Thornton, Colorado
  • 2014 to Present: Law One

Honors and awards:

  • Graduated cum laude from the business school at the University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Recipient of the Floyd Marks Memorial Scholarship
  • Recipient of the “Attorney of the Year” from Andiamo
  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbel, the highest rating possible in both the areas of ethics and legal ability, based on confidential surveys from other attorneys and judges that have participated in litigation with Mr. Elio.
  • Selected as a “Super Lawyer” in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and 2020, awarded to only the top five percent of attorneys
  • Denver Post “Best Lawyers” 2015 and 2016
  • Nominated as “Top Ten Family Law Lawyers” in Colorado by The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys in 2017
  • Superlawyers 2020


  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Broomfield/Adams Bar Association


  • 1985: Adams County Sheriff’s Department, D.U.I. Enforcement
  • 1988: Denver Police Protective Association regarding criminal law
  • 2014: Broomfield/Adams Bar Associations: Vocational Evaluations in Litigation
  • 2015-2020: Mock trial panelist, regional tournament
  • 2020: BNI Estate Administration
  • 2021: Keller Williams – Estate Administration
  • 2021: BNI Intestate Succession

Civic and charitable organizations:

  • 1984: Cottonwood Villa Investment Committee
  • 1986: Adams County Democratic Fair Campaign Committee
  • 1988: District 12 Five Star School’s Parent Steering Committee
  • 1989-1990: Thornton Planning Commission
  • 2003-2005: Nativity of Our Lord School Principal’s Advisory Committee
  • 2000-2001: Front Range Community College Charitable Contribution Board
  • 1995-2009: Hyland Greens East Homeowner’s Association (President 2009)
  • 2010: Mentor, University of Denver Law School
  • 2010-Present: St. Mark Parish Council (President 2012, 2013)
  • 2004-2012: St. Mark’s Free Clothing Bank
  • 2013: Evaluator, Veteran’s Administration VA Benefit Program
  • 2014: St. Mark Parish Expansion Committee
  • 2016-Present: Samaritan House Women’s outreach/emergency relief program