Jonathan S. Willett was born and raised in New York City. He attended college in Colorado, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of Colorado in 1982. After graduation, Mr. Willett returned to New York City to work as a writer, but found himself longing for the Colorado Mountains. In 1983, he enrolled in the University of Denver College of Law.
At the University of Denver College of Law, Mr. Willett was the Articles Editor of the Denver University Law Review. Mr. Willett published a Note, Evolving Standards for Duty of Fair Representation Cases Under Section 301, 62 Den. U. L. Rev. 627 (1985). Mr. Willett graduated from the College of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 1986.
Mr. Willett was employed as an attorney in the Appellate Division of the Colorado State Public Defender in Denver from 1986 to 1989. In 1989, Mr. Willett became a trial deputy with the Jefferson County trial office of the Colorado State Public Defender located in Golden, Colorado.
In mid 1992, he then began working for the law firm of Chalat & Company. Mr. Willett became a sole proprietor in 1994. As a private attorney, Mr. Willett has handled medical and legal malpractice cases, civil rights cases, family matters including child custody, employment cases, personal injury matters, ski litigation, and every type of criminal case ranging from the death penalty to white collar crime and juvenile delinquency. Mr. Willett has been attorney of record in over 60 jury trials and 125 appeals. Mr. Willett appears as counsel of record in 25 published opinions of the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Willett has lectured on a variety of criminal law, appellate practice, trial advocacy and juvenile law topics, publishing written materials as well. Mr. Willett has been accepted as an expert witness in criminal law at least fifteen times. Mr. Willett is admitted to practice in all Courts in the State of Colorado and the State of New York, as well as the United States District Court for Colorado, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
When he is not working, Mr. Willett enjoys spending time with his family and staying active by skiing, snowboarding, cycling, running and playing frisbee.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated Since 2000||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Top 100||Top 100 Trial Lawyers||2015|
|Sole Practitioner||Law Offices of Jonathan S. Willett||2005 - Present|
|Partner||Willett & Mestas, LLC Denver||2000 - 2005|
|Partner||Adkins, Smart, Willett & Mestas||2000 - 2000|
|Sole Practictioner||Law Offices of Jonathan S. Willett||1993 - 2000|
|Attorney||Chalat and Co., P.C.||1992 - 1993|
|Attorney||Colorado State Public Defender's Office||1989 - 1992|
|Attorney||Colorado State Public Defender's Office (Appellate Division)||1986 - 1989|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|CJA Panel Attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit||Panel Attorney||2007 - Present|
|CJA Panel Attorney for the United States District Court of Colorado||CJA Panel Attorney||1995 - Present|
|American Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Colorado Criminal Defense Bar||Similar Transactions in Child Sexual Assault Cases||1989|
|Den. U.L. Rev.||Evolving Standards of Duty of Fair Representation Under Section 301||1985|
|University of Denver Sturm College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1986|
|University of Colorado||Philosophy||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1982|
|The Criminal Trial from Start to Finish||Criminal Trial||2008|
|Post-conviction remedies seminar||Post-conviction remedies||2002|
|Legal Writing||Legal Writing||2001|
|Juvenile Justice in Colorado||Juvenile Justice||1998|
|Juvenile Delinquency||Juvenile Delinquency||1991|
|Child Sex Assault||Child Sex Assault||1989|