James E. Ringenberg


Caring, Competent, Experienced

Those are three words by which Jim Ringenberg would like to be known. Jim graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ball State University in 1974 and received his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in 1977. After practicing for several years in Michigan, he and his wife moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in 1980, where he has practiced continuously since that time. They have five grown children and a growing brood of grandchildren.

Jim’s primary areas of practice have been in business and commercial law, with particular emphasis in multiple aspects of real estate, banking, financial transactions and creditors’ rights in bankruptcy. Whether it’s drafting contracts, enforcing them or assisting with the complex needs of business and planning in competitive environments, he enjoys helping those seeking experienced assistance in their businesses and personal needs, including planning, protecting or in the sometimes virtually unavoidable struggles of litigation.

His experience, spanning more than four decades of practice, not only includes representing institutions and businesses, but also individuals whose needs may include Estate Planning, Probate and Trusts.

Jim believes in giving back as he has richly received. This includes, for example, establishing and assisting charitable foundations, teaching law and government in major Chinese universities for nearly 20 years and assisting with the needs of Chinese orphans. He co-founded and continues to teach and mentor through the Legacy Project, which seeks to assist younger men become living legacies for the benefit of future generations. His hobbies include regular cycling on Northern Colorado’s biking trails, spending time in the pristine mountains of Colorado and wildlife photography.

In fulfilling client needs, Jim believes in the motto, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” For Jim, those are more than words, they are actions to live by and share.


Banking & Finance Law
Business & Commercial Law
Business Organizations
Real Estate Law
Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning


Jim has been chairman of the Fort Collins/Loveland Christian Businessmen's Committee for roughly 30 years. He has also served as chairman of the board of several charitable corporations. Jim is a co-founder and advisor to Face the Challenge, a nonprofit corporation which provides medical care and surgery to children in third-world countries. He has traveled extensively in China in connection with Face the Challenge and seeks to link medical and scientific resources from the U.S. with those who are in the greatest need of care. He is involved in assisting international educational institutions and charitable organizations in China and their counterparts in the United States.


Michigan, 1977
Colorado, 1980
U.S. Federal Court, 1980


Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., 1977
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1974
B.A., Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa


  • Larimer County Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association