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Derek Andrew Samuelson
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Derek Andrew Samuelson

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI / DWI

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1999

  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
  2. DUI / DWI: 30%

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

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

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Troy D Krenning

    Derek is one the best in Northern Colorado. His expertise in the criminal law is second to none. He fights hard for his clients and does not blink during confrontation. One of the few "true" defense lawyers in the Fort Collins area. I highly recommend Derek.

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    Troy Krenning Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

417 West Mountain Avenue
Fort Collins, CO, 80521

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
COActive199908/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyer2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Attorney of the YearColorado State Public Defender2008
The Order of St. IvesUniversity of Denver Sturm College of Law1999
Law ReviewUniversity of Denver Sturm College of Law1998

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Trial LawyerSamuelson Law PC2009 - Present
Trial AttorneyColorado State Public Defender's Office1999 - 2009

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
South Carolina Commission of Indigent DefenseFaculty2013 - 2013
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Arizona Public Defender AssociationFaculty2012 - 2012
Oklahoma Indigent Defense SystemFaculty2011 - 2011
National Legal Aid and Defender AssociationFaculty2011 - 2011
National Legal Aid and Defender AssociationAdvisory Board2011 - 2011
Criminal Justice ActPanel Member2010 - Present
Larimer County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Colorado Alternate Defense CounselLawyer2009 - Present
Southern Center for Human RightsFaculty2008 - 2013
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersFaculty2008 - Present
Weld County Criminal Justice Advisory BoardMember2004 - 2006
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)Trends in DUI Discovery2013
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Rap SheetCase Dismissal Doesn’t Equal A Clean Record2012

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver Sturm College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of VermontPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
University of QueenslandPolitical ScienceUnknownN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Larimer County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Series, Ft. Collins, COJury Deselection that Works … and Doesn't Alienate Your Judge (with District Court Judge Thomas French)2013
Capital Voir Dire Training, Myrtle Beach, SCCapital Voir Dire2013
Capital Voir Dire Seminar: Theories and Intense Practice, CU Law School, Boulder, COCapital Voir Dire2013
Capital Voir Dire Seminar: Theories and Intense Practice, CU Law School, Boulder, COCapital Voir Dire2012
Arizona Public Defender Association, Colorado Method of Capital Voir Dire, Tempe, AZColorado Method2012
Oklahoma Indigent Defense System - Federal Grant Training, Norman, OklahomaDeath Penalty Jury Selection2011
National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Life in the Balance, Annual National Conference, Orlando, FLColorado Method of Death Penalty Jury Selection2011
Capital Voir Dire Seminar: Theories and Intense Practice, CU Law School, Boulder, COCapital Voir Dire2011
Capital Voir Dire Training: Theories and Intense Practice, CU Law School, Boulder, COCapital Voir Dire2010
ADC Death Penalty Mitigation Program, Denver, COMitigation Themes2010
ADC Death Penalty Mitigation Program, Denver, COTying Trauma to the Colorado Method: Application of Theory to Practice2010
Courts in the Community Workshop (with Judge Dave Furman, Colorado Court of Appeals)Courts in the Community2009
Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference, Broomfield, COProper File Documentation (with Tamara Brady, Chief Trial Deputy, Colorado State Public Defender)2009
Capital Voir Dire Training: Theories and Intense Program, CU Law School, Boulder, COCapital Voir Dire2009
Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference, Crested Butte, COOverview of the Colorado Method of Capital Jury Selection (with Doug Wilson, Colorado State Public Defender)2008
Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference, Crested Butte, COCross-Examining the Snitch Witness2008
Capital Voir Dire Training: Theories and Intense Training, CU Law School, Boulder, COCapital Voir Dire2008
Weld County Chamber of Commerce Panel Discussion SeriesCriminal Justice Panel Discussion (with Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck and Weld County District Court Judge Marcelo Kopkow)2006
University of Northern ColoradoThe Role of the Prosecutor vs. Defense Counsel (with Chief Deputy Weld County District Attorney Zeke Knox)2005
Public Defender Annual Conference, Breckenridge, COSane Nurses and Debunking Medical Mythology in Sex Assault Cases (with Deputy State Public Defenders Jamie Roth and Sheryl Uhlmann)2004
Colorado State Public Defender Lecture Series, Denver, COLecturer, Defending the DUI2004