James F. Fosnaught

About James

James grew up in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and went on to attend the University of Maryland for his undergraduate studies. After graduating college with a degree in Political Science, James became a professional chef.

In 1993, James enlisted in the United State Navy, serving in support of the conflicts in Bosnia and Somalia.  After his military service, James worked for a private foundation instructing high school students before moving West to attend the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where he received his J.D. in 1999.

James then worked as the Executive Chef for the Vermejo Ranch in Raton, NM.  James returned to Colorado in 2000, moving to the Roaring Fork Valley to begin his legal career. James leads up the litigation practice for Karp Neu Hanlon and strives to provide value and creative solutions to the firm’s clients.

James is also actively involved in the community, including formerly chairing Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Commission, serving as President of the Glenwood Springs Sunset Rotary and serving on the Board of Directors of several non-profits. James resides in downtown Glenwood Springs with his family, where he enjoys fishing, skiing, biking and generally taking in the beauty of the Colorado mountains.


  • University of Maryland (B.A. 1991)
  • University of Denver College of Law (J.D. 1999)

Professional Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Ninth Judicial District Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, admitted 2001
  • Colorado State Bar, admitted 2000

Professional Experience

  • Shareholder/Partner, Karp Neu Hanlon, P.C., Glenwood Springs, Colorado, February 2010-Present. Areas of concentration: Civil Litigation and Appeals, Construction, Real Estate and Business
  • Shareholder/Partner, Leavenworth & Karp, P.C., Glenwood Springs, Colorado, 2007-January, 2010
  • Shareholder, James F. Fosnaught, P.C., Glenwood Springs, Colorado, 2004-2007
  • Associate, Wright & Adger, LLP, Aspen, Colorado, 2000-2004
  • Graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 2002 National Session


  • The City of Golden’s Application for Surface Water Rights: A Kayak Course, Instream Flow, Dilution, or What? (Co-authored with Amy Beatie) 2 U.Denv. Water L. Rev. 273 (1999)

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of The T. Peter Craven Distinguished Lawyer Award. The Award is presented annually to a Ninth Judicial District Bar Association member who exemplifies the qualities of public service, bar involvement, and professionalism, 2023
  • Glenwood Post Independent Local’s Choice Silver Award – Best Local Attorney, 2014
  • Articles Editor, University of Denver Water Law Review, 1998-1999
  • Honorable Discharge, U.S. Navy, 1995
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