John Duke has a small-town, down-home lawyer approach with big-city acumen and trial experience. With a career spanning more than 40 years, John provides valuable guidance to clients in addressing their legal needs, both in and outside the courtroom.

It is that depth of experience as a trial lawyer paired with a personal commitment to his clients that allows John to pinpoint risks and provide solutions before they become a problem. As Global Co-Chair of the firm's Real Estate Litigation group, and a key member of the U.S. Construction and Engineering practice, John advises clients on the full sweep of litigation challenges. His clients include major construction companies, sports organizations, real estate developers, resorts, banks, and other business interests.

With a multi-faceted perspective in serving major local, regional, and national companies, John utilizes a thinking-around-corners approach to effectively advise clients on contract disputes, real estate and construction challenges, business torts, and sports and banking industry matters.

An active member of the community, John has served with many charitable organizations, including as chairman of the March of Dimes Annual Gala, as a member of the board of trustees of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and the El Pomar Foundation's Awards of Excellence Commission, as a member of Colorado Springs Economic Development Council Advisory Board, as president of the board of Ronald McDonald children's charities of Southern Colorado, and as president of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board. John is also a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), the renowned invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests throughout the world.

As a tribute to his philanthropic commitment, the Colorado Springs Business Journal named John as an individual who has had a significant and positive impact in Colorado Springs.

Awards and recognitions


Business Commercial Litigation
Colorado Springs Style Top Attorneys 2020


BTI Client Service All-Star
BTI Consulting Group


Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


Colorado Lawyer of the Year
Law Week

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1995

B.B.A., Loyola University Maryland, 1992

Bar admissions and qualifications


New York

Representative experience

Represented a rapidly growing specialty value retailer in its US$190m IPO, US$465m secondary offering, US$250m secondary offering, and US$330m secondary offering.*

Represented restaurant operator and franchisor in its US$170m IPO.*

Represented a designer and retailer of technical athletic apparel in its US$375m IPO.*

Represented a leading provider of technology-enabled talent management solutions in its acquisition by a Fortune 20 company for a transaction value of US$1.3bn.*

Represented a leading consumer packaged goods company in the US$360m carve-out divestiture of its seafood business and the US$275m carve-out divestiture of its soup and infant feeding business.*

Represented a Bermuda-based P&C company in the establishment of a three-party joint venture to develop and market a technology-enabled platform for insurance product development and distribution.

Represented a global manufacturer and distributor of high-performance and building materials in the sale of its North American distribution business.*

Represented a leading healthcare commercialization company in its acquisition of a molecular diagnostics company.*

Represented a leading natural and organic food company in its first manufacturing facility.*

Represented a leading operator and manager of radiation oncology centers in its merger with a private-equity owned radiation oncology provider.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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