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Jess A. Dance



Jess Dance is a counsel in the firm’s Commercial Litigation group. His practice focuses on franchise, products liability, consumer protection, and other complex commercial litigation. He frequently litigates cases in state and federal court related to trade secrets, Lanham Act claims, trademark and trade dress infringement, and covenants not to compete. Jess is also involved in a variety of pro bono matters.

Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Jess was an Assistant Attorney General with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office where he gained substantial litigation experience representing state agencies in state and federal court. While there, Jess successfully litigated numerous constitutional cases, habeas corpus actions, and cases involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Religious Land Use and Institutional Persons Act (RLUIPA).

Professional Recognition

  • Named a "Colorado Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2014
  • Co-Recipient of Perkins Coie's "Pro Bono Leadership Award," 2012
  • Co-Recipient of Colorado Lawyer Committee’s "Team of the Year Award," 2012

Professional Leadership

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • National Association of Attorneys General - Trial Practice Academy

Related Employment

  • Office of the Attorney General, Civil Litigation & Employment Law Section, Denver, Assistant Attorney General, 2004 - 2008
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., Research Assistant, 2001 - 2004
  • Knudsen, Berkheimer, Richardson & Endacott, Lincoln, NE, Summer Associate, 2002


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 2004
    Senior Editor, Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy
  • Truman State University, B.A., History, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2001

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court