Jim Folkestad has been practicing law in Douglas County for more than 40 years.

Starting as a general practitioner and deputy district attorney, his practice for the past several decades has been concentrated in the field of real estate matters with a particular specialization in land use matters in Douglas, Elbert and Arapahoe Counties, including subdivision and zoning, and municipal annexation.

Mr. Folkestad also practices in the area of general special district representation, including formation, inclusion into and exclusion from special districts, including, metropolitan, water, sanitation and fire protection districts.

“Folkestad Fazekas Barrick & Patoile, PC is an incredible law firm with a reputation as a pillar in the Douglas County community for over 40 years’. Their attorneys & staff have the same level of sophistication & legal expertise as large downtown law firms but without all the big firm politics.” —Client Review

As an active community participant, he has been deeply involved in the civic and governmental affairs of the Town of Castle Rock, and Douglas County. He brings this wealth of practical experience into the resolution of complex governmental issues.

Mr. Folkestad is past president of the Douglas-Elbert County Bar Association, has served as a Deputy District Attorney for the Eighteen Judicial District, Town Attorney for Larkspur and Monument, Colorado, and Chairman of the First Town of Castle Rock Charter Commission. He currently serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Castle Rock Economic Development Council and as a representative from the Council to the Douglas County Business Alliance comprised of major business organizations throughout the county, representing the interests of the Douglas County business community at the State level. He is general counsel to special districts.

Mr. Folkestad has achieved the highest-possible ranking in the Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating system: AV-Preeminent Lawyer.

Practice Areas

Zoning, Planning and Land Use, Subdivisions, Special DistrictsReal EstateMunicipal Law, Local Government Law, Public Construction Law, Government Relations, Local Government Contracts, Land Acquisitions, and Real Estate Contracts.

Colorado Bar Association Certificate of Professionalism

State of Colorado Governors Award for Contributions to Smart Growth and Development

Co-Chair Castle Rock Economic Development Council

Member, Douglas County Business Alliance

Member, Governmental Issues Committee of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce

Member, Town of Castle Rock Community Leadership Group


U.S. District Court, Colorado

Douglas-Elbert County Bar Association (Charter Member, President 1980-1981)

Colorado Bar Association

American Bar Association

Westminster College (B.A., 1965)

University of Utah (J.D., 1968)

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