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About me

I am dedicated to providing high quality criminal defense to clients in Colorado.  I have spent the bulk of my career in criminal law.  First as a prosecutor for the County of Riverside where I gained thousands of hours of courtroom experience, including trials.  Now as a private criminal defense attorney fighting to ensure all defendants' rights are protected and respected.  Our firm philosophy is for individual representation and not case volume.

When I'm not representing clients, I enjoy spending time outdoors with good friends and family.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 24%
    9 years
  2. Domestic Violence: 24%
  3. DUI & DWI: 24%
  4. Family: 23%
  5. Expungement: 5%



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    I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer. Laurie has been among the best that I've had the privilege to train and mentor. As a California lawyer, I can say that Colorado's gain is my loss.


    Ted Lee Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

  • Peter John Marek

    As a former assistant deputy District Attorney she has a huge advantage over other criminal defense attorneys. "They know that she knows what they know". Knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in her pro bono contributions. Client reviews are stellar READ THEM! Do yourself a favor if you are in or near Denver and schedule a consultation.


    Peter Marek Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Offices of Laurie A. Schmidt

600 Grant Street Ste 201
Denver, CO, 80203


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2014
10 BestAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2014
Certificate of CommendationRiverside District Attorney2010
Certificate of CommendationRiverside District Attorney2010
Certificate of CommendationRiverside District Attorney2009
Certificate of CommendationRiverside District Attorney2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal attorneyLaw Offices of Laurie A. Schmidt2012 - Present
Of CounselThe Lee Law Group2012 - 2012
Deputy District AttorneyRiverside County District Attorneys Office2008 - 2012
AttorneyLee, Bazzo, & Nishi, LLP2006 - 2008
Law ClerkOrange County District Attorney Office2005 - 2005
Certified law StudentChildren's Rights Center2004 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College for DUI DefenseAffiliate Member2014 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationAffiliate Member2013 - Present
Colorado Criminal Defense BarAffiliate Member2012 - Present
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationAffiliate Member2012 - Present
North Orange County Bar AssociationAffiliate Member2012 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. JDdismissal
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Publication nameTitleDate
AVVOColorado DUI Penalties2013
Environmental Rights ReportDeforestation on Indigenous Lands2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National College for DUI DefenseDUI defenseintensive summer session curriculum2014
Whittier College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of NebraskaFinanceBS - Bachelor of Science1999
Instituto Tecnologico Y De Estudios Superiores De Monterrey, Mazatlan, MexicoSpanish and Latin American StudiesCertificate1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Ask An AttorneyLegal Advice with Laurie Schmidt2014
Moderated by JackFMAsk a Lawyer with Laurie Schmidt2013
Mock trail CompetitionPresenting Your Case In Court2012
Vender MeetingAssisting developmentally disabled persons through the criminal court process2011
Navigating the Judicial System For the Family AdvocateDevelopmentally challenged adults in criminal courts2011