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Douglas I Richards

Douglas I Richards

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About Me

Doug began his legal career at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston, Texas.  During his time as an Assistant District Attorney, he tried nearly 70 criminal jury trials, ranging from DUI, assault and simple drug possession to murder, armed robbery, sexual assaults of adults and children and kidnapping.  Doug was quickly identified as a rising star and was described by judges, attorneys and jurors as a knowledgeable, skilled and fierce advocate.  Doug’s comfort level in the courtroom earned him fast promotions and a reputation for successfully implementing new ideas in technology to advance his case in court.

One of Doug’s promotions included being asked to join the Vehicular Crimes Division.  As a member, police officers and investigators routinely called Doug with questions about fatality crashes where intoxication or negligence were at issue.  Doug responded to the scene of dozens of crashes, most occurring in the middle of the night.  At the scene, Doug directed officers and crash investigators through collecting and preserving evidence, drafting search warrants, and preparing the case for court.  Doug handled many of these cases from the crash scene through verdict.  In addition to working investigations, Doug was responsible for training prosecutors and police officers.  For his efforts, Doug received awards of recognition from Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 2007 and 2008.  There are only a few criminal defense attorneys in the country who have this experience.

In 2008, Doug left the district attorney’s office and accepted the prestigious position of Assistant United States Attorney.  As a federal prosecutor, Doug was responsible for investigating and prosecuting international criminal travel networks and drug trafficking organizations, to fighting public corruption, white-collar crime and cases involving national security.  Doug successfully tried numerous criminal jury trials as an Assistant United States Attorney.

Doug’s prosecutorial experience allows him to quickly identify issues that a client or organization may face.  He has personally drafted hundreds of search and arrest warrants, reviewed and corrected those drafted by his peers, and trained junior prosecutors in the art of drafting a successful, airtight warrant.  This experience has given Doug the ability to quickly identify deficiencies, inaccuracies and mischaracterizations in such documents.

Doug is admitted to practice in all Colorado and Texas state courts.  He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for Colorado and the Western District of Texas, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.


Languages Spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    10 years



Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Douglas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Nathan Lee Johnson

    Doug is a tireless attorney with a genuine zeal for criminal defense. His passion for his work is evident in the way he conducts himself inside and outside of the courtroom. Doug is an outstanding advocate.


    Nathan Johnson DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

360 South Garfield Street
6th Floor
Denver, CO, 80209


TXNot Eligible to Practice - Administrative200409/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2015
10 Best Attorneys for ColoradoAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2015
Rising Stars: White Collar Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers2015
Top 10 Under 40National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
10 Best Attorneys for the State of ColoradoAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2014
Top 40 under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2014
Rising Stars: White Collar Criminal DefenseSuperLawyers2014
Top 10 Attorney Under Age 40National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Inc.2013
Rising StarSuperLawyers2012
FBI Director's AwardFederal Bureau of Investigation / Robert Mueller, Director2010
Award of RecognitionMothers Against Drunk Driving2009
Outstanding Contribution to Traffic SafetyHarris County District Attorney2008
Award of AppreciationHarris County District Attorney2008
Award of RecognitionMothers Against Drunk Driving2008
Trial DogHarris County District Attorney2005
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney & CounselorLaw Office of Douglas Richards, PC2010 - Present
Assistant United States AttorneyUnited States Attorney's Office2008 - 2010
Assistant District AttorneyHarris County District Attorney's Office2004 - 2008
Legal InternHarris County District Attorney's Office2002 - 2004
Legal InternMagistrate Judge Nancy K. Johnson2002 - 2002
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2010 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - 2013
Denver Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
National Association of Assistant United States AttorneysMember2008 - 2010
Texas District and County Attorneys AssociationMember2004 - 2010
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State of Colorado v. J.G.Case dismissed; record sealed
State of Colorado v. M.V.Case dismissed (self-defense); record sealed
United States v. TaylorMultiple counts dismissed; client entered plea to reduced charge and received "time served" sentence. Permitted to return to Australia while on supervised release.
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Publication NameTitleDate
CCDB DUI Trial NotebookThe State's Case & Prosecutorial Misconduct2015
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)JD - Juris Doctor2004
Rollins CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
US Law Shield SeminarWhat Power Does A Police Officer Have To Search, Detain Or Arrest You In Your Car or Home2014
US Law Shield SeminarColorado Deadly Force Laws2014
US Law Shield Gun Law SeminarWhat Power Does A Police Officer Have To Search, Detain or Arrest You In Your Car Or Home?2014
US Law Shield Gun Law SeminarLegally Justified Use of Deadly Force2014
Knowing the Law of Deadly Force - When Can I Shoot?Colorado Firearms Case Law Update2014
Prosecuting the Drug Impaired DriverDUID2008
Houston Police Department Accident Investigation SchoolAccident Reconstruction2008
Prosecutor Trial Skills CourseProsecutor Trial Skills2007
Prosecuting DWI's for DummiesDUI2007
MADD Take Back The WheelDUI2007
Criminal Concerns for Civil Process ServersProcess Serving2007
Criminal Concerns for Civil Process ServersProcess Serving2006