James C. Hackstaff

James C. Hackstaff

Practice Areas:

Alternative Energy Transactions, Business Formation, International Business Law and Transactions, International Taxation, Taxation, Commercial Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Asset Protection, Real Estate Development, Real Estate, Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations, Public Policy, Election and Campaign Finance.


Mr. Hackstaff began practicing law in 1983. He became a partner in Jensen Byrne Parsons Ruh and Tilton P.C. in 1991. Mr. Hackstaff then co-founded the predecessor to Hale Hackstaff Tymkovich, LLP in 1993 which grew to a 21-lawyer firm. He formed his current practice, Hackstaff Gessler LLC (Hackstaff Law Group, LLC when his partner was elected Colorado Secretary of State) in 2004. The firm now consists of 10 lawyers, 5 of whom spend a significant portion of their time on wind and solar energy agreements, frequently representing landowners in wind energy lease/option agreements, more often than not from the Landowner’s side.

Mr. Hackstaff is currently working on numerous renewable energy projects with landowners, developers, lenders and investors. His practice areas also include domestic and international commercial transactions, and entity selection, formation, operation and dissolution. A focus of his practice is the tax consequences and concerns that surround renewable energy projects, and business and investment decisions. He also assists individuals with estate planning, probate, asset protection, real estate purchase, sale and financing, nonprofit and charitable organizations.

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Hackstaff practiced as a Certified Public Accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell, CPAs (now KPMG) and was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Colorado Society of CPAs. His concentration during his employment with Peat Marwick Mitchell was in the banking, oil and gas, real estate and charitable entity areas.


University of Colorado, B.S. Accounting, 1979 with honors, (with a concentration in Finance); Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1983 (with a concentration in Taxation).



Professional Memberships:

Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, American Wind Energy Association, Colorado Renewable Energy Society.


AV Preeminent

AV Rated by his peers (Martindale Hubbell). CPA 1982 – passed first attempt.

Over his career Mr. Hackstaff has presented numerous lectures and training seminars on a variety of topics, including Renewable Energy, Estate Planning, Estate Tax and Retirement Planning, Entity Formation, Operation and Dissolution, Income Tax Planning, Business Planning, and Asset Protection.

Mr. Hackstaff has served on numerous committees and councils of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce as well as other volunteer organizations. He received the Chamber of Commerce’s highest volunteer award in 1991. He served for five years on its Board of Directors and is currently serving on its Public Affairs Council.

Mr. Hackstaff was recently appointed by the Colorado Speaker of the House to the Permitting and Siting of Electric Transmission Facilities Task Force which is currently reviewing Colorado’s Transmission Regulations. The task force was created by S.B. 11-045, and is comprised of 17 members, all representing different stakeholder groups who have an interest in the transmission siting and permitting process in Colorado.

Mr. Hackstaff is currently a member (formerly the Chairman) of the Corporate Board of the Cancer League of Colorado. He has chaired two golf tournaments, successfully raising money for cancer research.

Previous publications include:

August, 2009. Prepared for the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office, 2008 Solar Innovation Grant (with Bradley Haight and Ann West).

Developer’s Checklist Prepared for Bureau of Land Management Wind Energy Applications, August 31-September 1, 2010.

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