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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.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    4 years

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Eytan Nielsen LLC

3200 Cherry Creek South Drive
Suite 720
Denver, CO, 80209


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Colorado Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Top 50 Women Colorado Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Listed Under White-Collar Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America2015
Top 50 Women Colorado Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Listed Under White-Collar Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America2014
Listed Under White-Collar Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America2013
Colorado Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Colorado Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Colorado Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Colorado Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerEytan Nielsen LLC2015 - Present
PartnerReilly Pozner LLP2007 - 2011
Deputy State Public DefenderColorado Public Defender's Office1997 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Colorado Jury System Standing CommitteeMember2005 - 2007
Colorado Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar AssociationFormer Board MemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Colorado School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of California - Los AngelesN/AB.S., magna cum laude1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
University of Colorado School of LawCharacter & Fitness in the Bar Admission Process2014
.Using Technology and Demonstratives in the Courtroom2010