Daniel M. St. John II

Daniel M. St. John II

Fort Collins, Colorado

Mr. St. John became an attorney because of his interest in understanding the rules that govern our society and in translating legal complexities and nuances into understandable and useful knowledge. With this as a driving force, he takes the foreignness out of the law and explains the law and how it applies to his clients. Following a two-year term as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Stephen E. Howard of the Larimer County District Court, he joined Wick & Trautwein in August 2015. While clerking, Dan worked on a wide array of civil disputes involving contracts, real property, and businesses; municipal and administrative law; civil and criminal appeals; and adoptions and juvenile relinquishment cases. Dan brings his experience and passion to advising business on formation and planning issues and to individuals contemplating real estate transactions, as well as to representing clients in myriad civil disputes.

During law school, Dan worked in a variety of legal settings. He wrote draft opinions as an intern for the Colorado Court of Appeals. He created an immigration reform policy proposal for a state senator and did both trial and appellate work in criminal law. And, while working for a mid-sized Denver firm, he got his first exposure to the intricacies of civil litigation. Finally, as an intern for Buckley Air Force Base's legal office, he reviewed proposals submitted by small businesses in response to federal government work solicitations to ensure that the proposal conformed with federal acquisition rules.

Dan also took advantage of the academic and extracurricular activities at the Sturm College of Law. He was on the executive board of both the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy and the Denver University Law Review. Because of his excellent legal writing skills, he was hired as a teaching assistant to help first-year law students with legal research and writing. He also founded the Space Law Society and lead DU's Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court team to the semi-finals in the North American regional competition.

When not practicing law, Dan enjoys astronomy, hiking, camping, playing golf badly, and learning to fly fish. As a native of Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Dan is an avid skier who eagerly awaits the first flakes of falling snow each year.

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Adoptions and Juvenile Relinquishments
  • Appeals
  • Business Formation and Development
  • Contracts
  • Civil Litigation
  • Government Contracts
  • Landlord-Tenant Law
  • Municipal & Government Law
  • Real Estate Transactions

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2013
  • Wyoming, 2016


  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, Colorado
    • J.D. - 2013
    • Honors: Captain and North American Semi-Finalist, Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition
    • Honors: Scholastic Excellence Awards for Highest Grade in Legal Ethics, Criminal Law, International Law and the Use of Force
    • Honors: Outstanding Professionalism
    • Honors: Outstanding Academic
    • Law Journal: Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, Online Editor in Chief
    • Law Review: Denver University Law Review, Tenth Circuit Survey Editor
  • University of Southern California
    • B.A. cum laude - 2008
    • Honors: Trombone Squad Leader: The Spirit of Troy Trojan Marching Band
    • Honors: Dean’s List and Presidential Scholarship for Academic Merit
    • Major: Economics and International Relations

Published Works

  • The Trouble with Westphalia in Space: The State-Centric Liability Regime, 40 Denver Journal of International Law and Policy 686 (2012)
  • Recognizing Tribal Judgments in Federal Courts through the Lens of Comity, 89 Denver University Law Review 523 (2012)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Larimer County Bar Association
  • Larimer County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division

Past Employment Positions

  • Judicial Law Clerk, Eighth Judicial District Court, Fort Collins, Colorado, 2013 to 2015

Pro Bono Activities

  • Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast
  • The Law Club