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Joe Pickard

Criminal defense Attorney at Littleton, CO

4.8   22 reviews
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  • Licensed for 41 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1982
    Active No misconduct found

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About Joe

Learn Joe’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Domestic Violence, Drug violations, DUI, Homicides, Juvenile offenses, Sex offenses, Theft and Property crimes, Weapons and firearm matters.

  2. Divorce and separation
    All types of Divorces. High-Asset Divorces. Dividing Business and Land Assets.

  3. Personal injury
    Car Accidents. Construction Accidents. Catastrophic Injury Cases. Nursing Home Abuse. Wrongful Death. Trucking Accident. Workers Compensation.

  4. Family
    The skilled, compassionate family law attorneys at Pickard Law recognize that divorce, paternity, or child custody matters can be emotionally trying for all involved.

  5. Medical malpractice
    Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other healthcare professional injuries a patient through negligence or omission. This action or lack of action can result in an improper diagnosis, care, medication, or management.See my website for details


Joe moved to Colorado from Texas in 1969. He is the oldest of 10 siblings. He graduated from Mullen High School, where he was active in Speech and Debate. He finished 3rd nationally at the National Student Congress in 1975. Joe then returned to Texas and obtained a B.B.A in Management in 1977, summa cum laude, at the University of the Incarnate Word located in San Antonio. After two years selling computers and computer services, he attended law school in Boulder at the University of Colorado, receiving a J.D. degree in 1982.

Joe was married to Jan O'Mary in 1977. They have one son, Jay, who is an attorney.

Joe has practiced law since 1982. He is a former assistant County Attorney for Jefferson County, where he primarily represented the Human Services Department. He has been continuously engaged in private practice since April 1, 1986. Joe has practiced in both State and Federal Court, and has tried approximately 100 jury trials in his career. He is very excited when challenged to solve complex problems, and relishes a fair resolution. He is equally able to settle a matter out of court, or to bring the matter to trial when required.

Joe received The Linda T. Palmieri Award, For Outstanding Service On Behalf of Children, awarded by The 1st Judicial District Bar Association, in 2009, and the Award of Merit in 2017. He is also AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a Super Lawyer (2018 & 2019), and 10.0 Superb Rated Lawyer by .

Travel and golf are Joe’s interests outside of the courtroom.

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4.8 / 5.0
  22 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Joe is an excellent attorney. He got the best results and more with my situation. I would 100% recommend Joe. He is knowledgeable, professional and VERY experienced.
Posted by Amanda | February 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
An "unwinnable" case no one wanted...
I have been nothing but pleased with Joe and his entire staff. My first call into this office, Joe took my call directly and I could immediatly tell he was an attorney sincerely vested in his clients and thier cases. He has a level of humanity and integrity that is frankly hard to find in the field. He agreed to take on, what I was repeatedly told by nearly everyone, was an "unwinnable" case agianst The Department of Human Sevices over a TRAILS finding. Joe and his staff were so incredibly responsive, efficient and thorough in their assistance and handling of my case. Having them on my side to handle all the legalize, I knew that I was in the best of legal hands possible in a part of the law way over most people's heads. For the first time in years, I could focus just on LIVING. Our TRAILS appeal, that won an Administrative Law Judges ruling in our favor back in 2018, was overturned CDHS themeslves (because they can do that!) and went all the way to th Colorado Court of Appeals where it was unaimously reversed again by all three judges, back to the ALJ initial decision. Our case was also a precident setting, published opinion! I could not have done it without Joe's hard working team! Thank you Joe!!
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Joe has it all!
Words cannot describe the care, patience, understanding and quality of work performed by Joe and his team. He was able to deal with a very difficult family dynamic and he kept his sense of humor and never lost patience. He really knows how to handle people and made what was a very emotionally difficult situation just a little better by his thoughtful and caring manner. I really don't think another firm would have stuck with us and brought our matter to resolution. He is a skilled attorney and I count myself fortunate to have had him on my side.
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Posted by Kathi | August 28, 2014
Joe Pickard saved the day!
Joe and his staff were incredible and made me feel totally at ease and comfortable with everything they were doing for me. Everything was done right and they really saved the day for me.
Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2014
Outstanding Client Service!
Joe Pickard and his firm recently helped me through a long and contentious divorce. It was by far the most difficult period in my life, but Joe and his team helped to manage the process and kept me focused on our overall objectives. We chose an effective mediator and avoided a costly trial. In fact, Joe developed a number of strategies that helped to save me money during the settlement process. If you are going through a divorce, it is vital that you choose an attorney with whom you can develop an effective relationship during this difficult period in your life. I found Joe to be very effective and efficient, but it was his qualities of honesty, empathy, fairness, integrity and loyalty that were key to making the relationship work. He was truly my trusted advisor and protected my interests, (legal, fiduciary, emotional and spiritual)! Thank you Joe, KayAnn and the entire team at Pickard and Associates!
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2013
Great team!
Joe and his team helped me work seamlessly through a very difficult situation. They were responsive, patient and the advice and guidance was impeckable. Thanks for a great job!
Posted by Donna | January 8, 2013
If you found yourself led to Joe Pickard, call yourself blessed
I cannot recommend Joe Pickard and his dear staff highly enough. If you ask him to represent you, you are going to find yourself truly blessed. If you have come to that point in your life situation where you need an attorney, Joe will stand by you and do far more for you than to just get you through it. Perhaps, your divorce case is amicable and easy to resolve, but perhaps what took you to this painful decision was having no choice but to seek freedom from a kind of prison. The issues in my marriage became a nightmare during the divorce. Even when you know freedom will come eventually , it may turn darker and more contentious than you think you can survive--- even when you are grounded in an unshakable faith in the goodness of God. Joe has a unique and remarkable gift to encourage that is truly God-given. He is a joy and a light to all around him! And he has a spirit of excellence! He will be a friend when you need one. You will be impacted for life in the best possible way; Joe deserves high honor for his heart, his passion for people in need, his integrity, and the lasting hope he will release into your life. God bless Joe Pickard!
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Posted by Roger | October 26, 2011
Excellent service and advise
Joe and his staff guided me thru the divorce process providing excellent knowledge, advise and support. The entire staff made this life changing event bearable. I am glad I was referred to Joe to handle my case.
Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2011
Training Services Provided by Joe Pickard
Joe Pickard provided training for Leadership Jefferson County regarding the defense perspective during their training on justice and the courts in May. He was clear, balanced and engaging. He highlighted the ethics all defense counsel should demonstrate. Joe Pickard also provided training to police expert witnesses in June. Again, he provided an excellent training experience. It should be noted that Joe provided all of this with no compensation. He made a very strong impression.
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Posted by Rex | June 6, 2011
Integrity and Clarity
I have known Joe Pickard for nearly 30 years, and I have found him to be above reproach in his personal integrity and straightforward way of handling my legal questions. He is clear in his communications and prompt. He seeks to understand a client's needs and excels in his dedication to competence and the law.
Posted by Julie | May 23, 2011
Positive experience!
Kerry Simpson (on staff of Pickard & Associates) and Joe Pickard helped us with a very difficult situation involving our grandson and our need to have visitation rights because of the involvement of social services with our daughter and him. We were extremely involved in our grandson's life from his birth and had custody of him twice during his first 3 years of life. We wanted to ensure that he would be able to keep contact with us, as our daughter's mental health issues sometimes cause her to threaten to withhold him. It is unusual for grandparents to be granted these rights, but Joe and Kerry were able to negotiate this successfully for us. Thankfully, most of the time, our daughter is willing to let us see him more than the once a month (2 consecutive days, 2 consecutive nights) that we were able to get, but when she isn't, the court order is a blessing. Joe and his whole staff were wonderful at explaining the "system", the laws pertaining to visitation rights, putting together what was needed to present our case, and in addressing all our many concerns. They also demonstrated huge empathy, which I believe doesn't always happen with attorneys. We see Joe in the grocery store sometimes, and he treats us like family. So nice! My daughter is also utilizing their services in a car accident suit which has resulted in her inability to continue in her occupation. She also is so confident and comfortable with the firm.
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Posted by Jonas | May 11, 2011
Profile of a First Rate Professional
Joe Pickard represented me in an important business matter. I found his counsel to be pungently practical, counselor-wise, and alert to my and the defendant's circumstances. He gets to the point by virtue of analyzing a problem succinctly and then creating a wise conclusion. I recommend him as an attorney of the first order who is able to deal on all fronts with strength and sagacity.
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Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2011
Brad & Deb
Joe & his staff went way beyond what we & everyone else thought possible.They took great care in researching, & organising facts. They have a great christian attitude, and concern for their We well continue to recommend them. Choosing Joe Pickard and Associates will be great be your best choice.
Posted by keith | May 8, 2011
Toughest divorce ever
I started a divorce suit in June of 2006 with one of the so-called best divorce lawyers in Colorado. He was not up to the task of handling my wife's ex-husband/lawyer. Her ex/lawyer was obsessed with winning this case. I fired my first lawyer in November 2006 due to lack of performance. I hired Joe Pickard the same day. Joe was better than any lawyer that I have ever met. He was always there for me with wisdom and good advice. The case ended a year later and I can say my ex got basicly nothing because of Joe. You can not do better than Joe Pickard for your lawyer and I do not like lawyers,usually.
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Posted by Stacey | May 5, 2011
Amazing firm!
I hired Joe and his firm in a time of huge distress in my life. He was compassionate and was able to help me make decisions according to the law not out of my emotions. He is honest and forthcoming which helped me see things more clearly. He fought for me, for my rights, and what was right for my children. He knew it was going to be a battle but he stood his ground and would not settle or back down from what we both knew was right. Joe and his associates attended every court date and hearing with smiles on their faces. It was always pleasant instead of being so stressful. After our case was closed, Joe and his firm kept in close contact with us wanting to know how things were going. When I got remarried and my husband wanted to adopt my kids, Joe and Kerry were there to walk us through each step of the process. They celebrated with us at the decision and final adoption! Pickard and Associates will always be close to our hearts.
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Posted by Bridget | May 4, 2011
Joe Pickard - Outstanding Attorney
Joe Pickard operates with honesty and integrity, two words that are not always associated with his profession. His work is thorough, diligent, aggressive, yet fair. I would recommend his services implicitly.
Posted by Jay | May 3, 2011
A Solid Attorney and a Wonderful Law Firm
Joe Pickard is the founder of Pickard & Associates, P.C. During my divorce case, I worked with a different attorney from the law firm so I didn't interact with Joe on a regular basis (please see my review for Justin Ross). However for a few reasons, I wanted to submit this review. At the very beginning of my case, Joe took the time to come in and meet me personally. His warm handshake and sincere words helped calm the fears I had at the start of a very difficult divorce. He also worked closely with my attorney throughout the case, offering advice and guidance. My other feedback for Joe is about the wonderful team he has pulled together. Everyone, from the first person I met when walking through the door, to other attorneys, to the paralegals that supported my case, went out of their way to answer my questions and to take care of my needs. Simply put, they exceeded my expectations for customer care and attention. And I appreciated it.
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Posted by Evelyn | May 3, 2011
Legal Integrity
Joe Pickard sets the standards of credibility and integrity. It was apparent he earned the respect of the judge who heard our divorce case. When my ex-husband fought tenaciously to keep all of "his" retirement, my attorney was proactive in protecting me. However caddy the opposing attorney became, Kerry Simpson always responded respectfully. Joe's firm is proof that one can fight for justice without compromising ethics. It is comforting to know when I am going through the emotional pain they are watching out for me!
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2011
HOA Collections
Pickard Law has done a fantastic job collecting back dues for our HOA!
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2011
Improved my settlement by 60%
I had reached a wall in negotiations with the claims service that was handling my case with a Denver area hospital. I decided to hire Joe Pickard to take on my case once the claims rep started insinuating that the injuries I'd incurred due to the hospital's treatment were my own fault! Not only did having legal representation save me a lot of frustration, Joe and his team were able to negotiate far more effectively, increasing my settlement 60% over where the claims rep had been holding firm. By the way, that's 60% NET (after legal fees). I'm confident I would not have been able to secure the settlement I received without his help.
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  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Pickard & Associates, P.C.
  • 1986 - Present
  • Assistant County Attorney
  • Jefferson County Attorney's Office
  • 1983 - 1986


  • University of Colorado
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Incarnate Word College
  • B.B.A., Summa Cum Laude
  • 1977

Legal Cases

  • IRM Enzminger, 209 P.3d 1163 (Colo.App.2008)
  • Sustained on appeal
  • Terry v. Sullivan, 58 P.3d 1098 (Colo.App.2002)
  • Summary Judgment successfully overturned on appeal.
  • Luenberger v. City of Golden, 990 P.2d 1145 (Colo.App.1999)
  • Case successfully appealed.
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  • American Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice
  • N/A
  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • N/A
  • International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • N/A
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
  • N/A
  • Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee
  • N/A
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • N/A
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2008 - 2009
  • First Judicial District Bar Association
  • President
  • 2005 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Award if Merit
  • 1st Judicial District
  • 2017
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • The Linda T. Palmieri Award
  • The First Judicial District Bar Association
  • 2009


  • Trial Talk (CO)
  • Who Are We?
  • 2010
  • The Colorado Lawyer
  • The Child's Wishes in APR Proceedings: An Evidentiary Conundrum
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • El Paso County Training
  • Forensic Child Abuse Experts; Effective Reports & Testimony
  • 2011
  • Law Enforcement Training
  • Testimony For Experts and Those Who Testify From Written Reports
  • 2011
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • No Reasonable Effort
  • 2010
  • International Conference, Honolulu, HI
  • Forensic Child Abuse Experts; Effective Reports & Testimony
  • 2010
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Deal or No Deal; Why Divorce Cases Don’t Settle
  • 2010
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • D&N and Criminal Law: What Family Lawyers Need to Know
  • 2009
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • A Paralegal’s Guide, Preparing a Summary Judgment Motion
  • 2009
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • What is TRAILS?
  • 2009
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • What is TRAILS?
  • 2008
  • Jefferson County Leadership Committee Training
  • Leadership Committee Training
  • 2006
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Civil Trial Practice “A View From the Trenches”
  • 2006
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Dependency and Neglect for Criminal Practitioners
  • 2004
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Colorado Children’s Records Law
  • 1999
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Colorado Children’s Records Law
  • 1998
  • International Conference, Dublin, Ireland
  • Child Abuse Investigations... Putting the Pieces Together
  • 1996
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Child Abuse Investigations. . .Putting the Pieces Together
  • 1993
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Panel Presentation: Legal Responsibility and Diagnosis for Physicians in Child Abuse Cases and Repercussions
  • 1992
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • §1983 Civil Rights Litigation Seminar
  • 1990
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Dependency and Neglect Seminar
  • 1984
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (14)
Endorse Joe
Family Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Joe for the first time the other day, and we spoke extensively about his practice. I can say for certain that Joe is a passionate advocate for this clients. He is willing to take on difficult cases with vigor and heart."
Family Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is one of the finest trial attorneys I have ever encountered. I have litigated against Joe, and have also worked with him as co-counsel. Joe is pragmatic, has a wealth of knowledge, and is a tireless, ethical advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joe is an excellent attorney. Our office greatly respects Joe's work and his character."
Family Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joe is the standard by which attorneys in this field should all strive. He is a gentleman to all parties. He dominates all aspects of a case and makes the court room look like it was designed for him. He is astute and polished and balances that with approachability and likability. It is a pleasure to work with him or against him. He is the gold standard in an industry that isn't always shiny."
Family Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse and would recommend Mr. Pickard to everyone and anyone. I have been practicing for 24 years. I was the youngest judge in Colorado history, a magistrate, a prosecutor in three districts, a law professor, and have worked in private practice for years. I still learn from his Avvo answers each and every day. He is a huge credit to the legal system. Hire him."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe instinctively know the right thing to do to get the best and fairest result for injured people."
Child custody Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Joe on a recent Social Services Dependency and Neglect case in Arapahoe County, Colorado. Joe's poise, reputation, and knowledge gave us a distinct advantage. I would not hesitate to call Joe on a similar case. He takes every matter as a personal challenge and gives it his all."
Family Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe's passion for his work is evident from the moment you meet him. He is honest, hard working and ethical beyond reproach."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Joe is the best litigator I have ever met; and I am fortunate to know several very good litigators. He also happens to be a very good person."
Family Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Joe is a tireless advocate for his clients in domestic, criminal defense, and personal injury/civil cases. I have personally observed him expertly handle even the most complex and difficult situations (in all three disciplines), and I have witnessed his dedication to his clients and their well being. I would give him my highest recommendation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the privilege of working with Joe Pickard, both professionally and on a personal level. I feel comfortable recommending Joe and his firm to others. Joe understands that a case is won or lost before the courtroom drama begins. (Recently, a trial ended after Joe’s direct examination of his first witness – his client. Upon the court’s ten minute recess, the opposing party capitulated on the major issues resulting in a complete settlement prior to completion of the presentation of his case). With assistance from his able staff, Joe’s thorough pre-trial work usually results in workable settlements prior to trial. Joe always demonstrates the utmost professionalism in his work, always protecting the rights of his clients while being upfront, forthright and honest. Joe and his staff are very dependable, addressing issues, completing tasks and meeting deadlines to the client's satisfaction. Joe’s work ethic is impeccable and a true representation of who he is."
Juvenile law Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe Pickard is an extremely capable criminal defense, juvenile law, and domestic relations attorney. It was my privilege to work with Mr. Pickard previously in a government law office, to negotiate and litigate cases on opposite sides when we no longer worked together, to consult with him on difficult and complex cases, and to work together on various trainings for a people in a variety of different areas of endeavor. Joe Pickard exudes intelligence, diligence, and dynamic legal representation. Mr. Pickard's effective communication skills, judgment, creativity, work ethic, and care for clients are a tribute to the legal profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is a fantastic attorney and I have the greatest respect for him. He is highly ethical and very knowledgeable about several areas of law: criminal defense, dependency and neglect cases, and domestic relations are the ones I am aware of. He is tireless and goes all out for his clients, and gets great results for them."
Child abuse Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe has an unusual background with title 19 actions involving child abuse and has unique insight as to how to guide a client through a D&N case. He is well versed in Family law and has made some tough calls which turned out well on several cases that I have seen him involved with."
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Littleton Criminal defense Lawyer Joe Pickard
Joe Pickard
Criminal defense Attorney
Littleton, CO
Licensed for 41 years
Virtual consultation available