Jerry Schemmel, J.D.Attorney
Jerry comes to the practice of law and to our law firm with the best possible qualifications: proven character and courage under fire, along with a tremendous intellect and elite communication skills.
Jerry is nationally known for his God-given skills, intellect, and bravery. He is best known as a world-class communicator as the play-by-play announcer for the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Rockies. Jerry is also widely admired for his heroic actions following the fiery crash of United Flight 232, when after surviving the crash Jerry ran back into the wreckage to save a child.
A longtime Denver based attorney and radio and TV broadcaster, Jerry is also the creator and host of the syndicated radio show, “Amazing Americans.”
Jerry spent a decade broadcasting Colorado Rockies games, on both radio and TV. He was the broadcast voice of the Denver Nuggets for 18 seasons, from 1992 to 2010, also working both radio and television. Prior to the Nuggets, he spent two seasons as a broadcaster for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He practiced law, for four years, in Topeka, KS, then spent a year as the Deputy Commissioner and Legal Counsel for the Continental Basketball Association.
Jerry is the author of the book, Chosen To Live, which chronicles his survival of the crash of United Airlines Flight 232 in Sioux City, IA in 1989 and its subsequent effects on his life. He is also the author of The Extravagant Gift, an evangelistic outreach booklet. He has also been featured on several national programs, including an extended feature piece on ESPN in 2009.
In addition to completing three marathons and nine triathlons, Jerry twice rode a bicycle across the United States, as a fundraiser for two Denver area charities. In June of 2015, he successfully completed the Race Across America, as part of a two-man cycling relay team, covering 3,000 miles in seven and a half days, to win the overall two-person relay division. A documentary about the effort, called Godspeed, was released in the fall of 2016. In September, 2017, Jerry set the official age group record in the Race Across Colorado, a 468 mile bicycle race from the Utah/Colorado border to the Kansas border. In the summer of 2018, he was part of a two-person cycling relay team that completed all four directions across Colorado, breaking the two-person record in all four races.
Jerry spent one season (2009) as the Head Baseball Coach at Metro State College of Denver, after being a volunteer assistant at the school for two years. He has also been a volunteer assistant at Colorado Christian University.
Jerry earned a law degree in 1985 from Washburn University, after receiving his undergraduate degree from the school in 1982. He also played baseball at Washburn and later was an assistant coach at the school for three years.
Jerry grew up in Madison, SD and now resides in Littleton, CO with his wife Diane. They have two adult children, Maggie and Ryan.