John C. Clune

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John Clune joined the firm in 2013, continuing his practice in sexual abuse victim representation and Title IX litigation.

John started his career as a criminal prosecutor in the mountains of Colorado and served as Chief Deputy District Attorney for Eagle County.  While in the District Attorney's office, John served as trial counsel for the landmark skier homicide conviction of People v. Nathan Hall.  After leaving the prosecutors’ office, John spent several years in a litigation based practice primarily focused on felony criminal defense and family law matters.

In recent years John has focused a substantial amount of his practice on representation of students and families on campus rape/Title IX matters, and adds this expertise to the firm’s existing Title IX litigation group of Baine Kerr, Kim Hult and Chris Ford.  John has additionally represented clients in a number of high-profile cases including the sexual assault civil matter against Kobe Bryant, the civil lawsuit against MLB player Johan Santana, and several actions against schools for Title IX violations.  John’s cases have been featured on many national news outlets including 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, the Wall Street Journal, ESPN, and the New York Times and is a regular speaker on navigating media coverage of high profile litigation.

In 2009, John co-founded and served as the first legal director for the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, a pro-bono non-profit organization dedicated to the enforcement of the rights of crime victims and currently serves on the Board of RMvlc.


  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 1996

  • University of Iowa, BA, 1992

Bar Admissions / Clerkships

  • Colorado

  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

  • U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships / Awards

  • Colorado Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

  • Boulder Bar Association

  • National Crime Victim Bar Association