James S. Neu

About James

Jim Neu represents a wide range of local governments and businesses and handles many corporatereal estate, land use and transactional matters.  Jim is the City Attorney for the City of Rifle and the Town Attorney for the Town of Palisade and the Town of Collbran.  Jim is also General Counsel for Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority, West Glenwood Springs Sanitation District, Spring Valley Sanitation District and Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative.  Jim is also general counsel for many local corporations.

Jim is active in the community professionally and personally by representing non-profits on a pro bono basis or being on the board of directors.  Jim currently sits on the board of directors of Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association and Carbondale Mountain Fair.  Jim involves himself in many civic activities and spends his free time in the outdoors of Western Colorado mountain biking, skiing and hiking, or inside homebrewing beer and learning to play the mandolin.


  • University of Colorado at Boulder (B.A., Political Science, 1992)
  • Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College (J.D., 1996)

Professional Affiliations

  • Oregon Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Idaho Bar Association
  • Ninth Judicial District Bar Association

Professional Experience

  • Shareholder/Partner, Karp Neu Hanlon, P.C., Glenwood Springs, Colorado February 2010-Present. Areas of concentration: Municipal, Special District, Real Estate and Land Use, and General Corporate Law
  • Shareholder/Partner, Leavenworth & Karp, P.C., Glenwood Springs, Colorado, 2003-January, 2010
  • Associate, Leavenworth & Karp, P.C., Glenwood Springs, Colorado, February 2000-2002
  • Admitted to Idaho State Bar, 2000
  • Associate, Beattie & Chadwick, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, 1998-2000
  • Admitted to Colorado State Bar, 1998
  • Assistant Attorney General, Territory of Guam, Agana, Guam, 1996-1998
  • Admitted to Oregon State Bar, 1996
  • Research Assistant, Northwest Water Law and Policy Project, Portland, Oregon, 1995-1996
  • Intern, United Nations Environment Program, Nairobi, Kenya, 1994

Honors & Awards

  • Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College – Certificate of Environmental and Natural Resource Law, 1996
  • Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College – Cornelius Honor Society, 1996
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