Dru Nielsen is a partner at Reilly Pozner LLP. She focuses her practice on criminal litigation. In her ten years as a deputy state public defender, she handled thousands of felony cases in courts across Colorado—including charges of first degree murder, attempted murder, sexual assault, aggravated robbery, economic crimes, conspiracy, child abuse and kidnapping. Because of her experience, she supervised ten other felony attorneys. Dru's practice also includes representing students in University disciplinary hearings.
Dru has been recognized by her peers for her work in criminal defense and has been listed in Colorado Super Lawyers® since 2010 and in 2014 was listed in the "Top 50 Women Lawyers" by the publication. She has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® edition under the specialty of White-Collar Criminal Defense since 2013. Dru is also rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell® which is a reflection of her professional excellence, high ethical standards and legal ability.
She was on the board of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and has lectured to hundreds of criminal defense attorneys on subjects like trial tactics and procedure. She also served on the Colorado Jury System Standing Committee, which is charged with implementing the Supreme Court’s recommendations on jury reform.
Licensed since 1997
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Colorado Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Top 50 Women Colorado Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Listed Under White-Collar Criminal Defense||Best Lawyers in America||2015|
|Top 50 Women Colorado Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Listed Under White-Collar Criminal Defense||Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|Listed Under White-Collar Criminal Defense||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Colorado Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Colorado Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|Colorado Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2011|
|Colorado Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2010|
|Partner||Eytan Nielsen LLC||2015 - Present|
|Partner||Reilly Pozner LLP||2007 - 2011|
|Deputy State Public Defender||Colorado Public Defender's Office||1997 - 2007|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Colorado Jury System Standing Committee||Member||2005 - 2007|
|Colorado Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association||Former Board Member||N/A|
|University of Colorado School of Law||N/A||J.D.||1997|
|University of California, Los Angeles||N/A||B.S., magna cum laude||1994|
|University of Colorado School of Law||Character & Fitness in the Bar Admission Process||2014|
|.||Using Technology and Demonstratives in the Courtroom||2010|