Matthew A. Court 



Matthew A. Court



Matthew A. Court focuses his practice on special districts law, litigation, employment law, and representing Colorado charter schools. Mr. Court works with special districts and charter schools in a variety of areas, including contract drafting, transactional matters, state and federal statutory compliance issues, and employment matters. In Mr. Court’s litigation practice, he represents businesses and individuals in a wide range of commercial and private disputes. Mr. Court also works closely with large and small businesses on an array of employment issues, including wage and hour issues, employment discrimination claims, drug and alcohol testing, termination issues and compliance with federal statutes, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

While at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Mr. Court served as the Comments Editor of the Denver University Law Review and participated in the Student Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Court spent his second year as a student attorney in the Civil Rights Clinical program where he worked with a litigation team to conduct significant amounts of discovery, including client interviewing and counseling; drafting federal court motions; drafting requests for production and interrogatories; and conducting depositions.

Prior to joining Ireland Stapleton, Mr. Court served as a judicial extern for Douglas County Judge Nancy Hopf, assisting with Judge Hopf’s civil, criminal and domestic dockets. Prior to law school, Mr. Court taught mathematics and language arts at James Wood Middle School in Winchester, Virginia, where he also served as head of the school’s mathematics department.

Presentations & Publications

  • Best Practices for Hiring and Terminating Employees, Colorado League of Charter Schools (February 2018)
  • Offer Letters and Termination Procedures: Best Practices for Your Charter School, Colorado League of Charters Schools (March 2017)
  • Contract Drafting for Charter Schools, Charter Schools Seminar Co-organized by Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, P.C. and HUB International Insurance Services (July 2016)
  • Interviewing for Success and Conducting Background Checks, Colorado League of Charter Schools (May 2016)
  • Comments Editor, Denver University Law Review
  • Co-Author, “New Laws Impacting Park and Recreation Departments” (July 2014)
  • Co-Author, “Ambulance Membership Programs: Ensuring Compliance with the Social Security Act,” SDA News (May, 2014)
  • Co-Lecturer, Top 10 Mistakes Supervisors Make That Lead to Discrimination & Harassment Complaints, Colorado League of Charter Schools (February 2014)
  • Co-Lecturer, Employer Insurance Mandate Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Colorado Parks and Recreation Association (June 2013)
  • Co-Lecturer, Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act and How it Impacts Your Ranch’s Personnel Decisions, Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association (March 2013)
  • Co-Lecturer, Employment Law 101, Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association (November 2012)
  • Author, “Berry & Murphy, P.C. v. Carolina Casualty Insurance Co.: Malpractice Liability Insurance in the Tenth Circuit,” 88 Denv. U.L. Rev. 443 (2011)


  • Member, Colorado League of Charter Schools Attorney Network
  • Member, Special Districts Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association

Personal Interests

Mr. Court enjoys running, hiking and cheering for the Los Angeles Dodgers

Contact Info

Practice Areas


  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law J.D., Order of St. Ives, 2012
  • George Mason University MEd, Education Leadership, 2008
  • Elmira College B.S., Education, magna cum laude, 2004

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient, Academic Excellence
    Award, Labor Law
  • Recipient, Howard Jenkins, Jr.
    Award in Labor Law
  • Recipient, Bruce B. Johnson
    Memorial Scholarship
  • Recipient, Jonathan L. Olom
    Trial Advocacy Fund Scholarship


  • Admitted to practice in Colorado