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James J. Arndt

James J. Arndt

Jim Arndt has left the building.  Content with what he accomplished during 37 years of practicing law, he retired at the end of 2019.

Jim still enthusiastically supports Frie, Arndt, Danborn & Thiessen.  He believes Bob Frie, Paul Danborn and Patrick Thiessen provide legal representation of the highest quality to be found anywhere.  Smart lawyers all, and he will miss them.

The firm wishes him well.


Jim is a native Coloradan. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Colorado starting in 1967 and finishing in 1971. Those years were a singularly spectacular time to attend college.

Jim enjoys a diverse work background, including working for the United States Forest Service and Holubar Mountaineering. He enjoys time with his family, mountain biking, pond kayaking, yoga, and traveling to remote areas for peace and quiet.


  • Award of Merit, Jefferson County Bar Association, “In recognition of Outstanding Contributions to the Bar Association, the Legal Profession and the Community.”
    Recipient, 2010
  • In 2005, Frie, Arndt & Danborn received the “Law Firm of the Year” award from the Denver Bar Foundation for its “extraordinary efforts and dedication to providing ‘pro bono’ legal services” to the indigent through the Metropolitan Volunteer Lawyers program.
  • Appointed Special Master in a dissolution of marriage case by the Jefferson County District Court, 2010
  • Inductee, Outstanding Lawyers of America
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Colorado School of Law Legal Aid & Defender Program, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, and annually thereafter
  • Mock Trial Judge, First Judicial Bar Association Mock Trial Competition, 1997 and annually thereafter
  • First Judicial District
  • Board of Trustees, 1995-1996 term
  • Colorado Bar AssociationBoard of Governors, two-year term 1997-1999
  • “AV” Rating from Martindale-Hubbell