John H. Birkeland Updated:10/2015

John Birkeland is a Member of Sherman & Howard’s Tax/Probate Department. He has more than 40 years of experience in representing individual and business taxpayers in transactional tax planning and IRS disputes. He has published extensively in the areas of real estate tax planning and the taxation of small- and medium-sized business entities. He is also an expert on the Colorado and Federal tax law relating to Conservation Easements. John is a past president of the Tax Section of the Colorado Bar Association and of the Denver Tax Association.

Areas of Emphasis


  • LL.M. Taxation, New York University, 1973
  • Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, University of Iowa College of Law, 1968
    • Order of the Coif
    • Editor, University of Iowa Law Review
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Iowa, 1966

Professional Activities

  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Past Chairman, Section of Taxation
  • Past President, Metro Denver Executive Club
  • Past Trustee, Board of Trustees, Denver Botanic Gardens

Contact John H. Birkeland


Contact John H. Birkeland

Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
633 17th St
Ste 3000
Denver, CO  80202-3622
Phone: (303) 299-8225
Fax: (303) 298-0940

Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Colorado