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Claire M. Dawson is an experienced trial attorney with an excellent litigation track record. Ms. Dawson has over five years of experience litigating in the area of criminal defense. She also has extensive knowledge and experience handling domestic relations matters and has practiced at Appellate and Federal levels.


Ms. Dawson effectively and competently represents all manner of criminal defense clients, ranging from traffic tickets to domestic violence charges, on up to sexual assaults and murder charges. Ms. Dawson has a particularized expertise in the area of DUI defense. She has the exceptional knowledge and experience necessary to defend any type or circumstance surrounding a DUI charge. 


Ms. Dawson graduated with a Certificate of Dispute Resolution from University of Missouri School of Law, one of the top 2 dispute resolution law schools in the country. Claire's education, knowledge, trial skills and experience allow her to effectively and efficiently represent her clients.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    7 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 50%
    7 years



Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

14 total 

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  • Michael Trent Trani

    Claire worked with me several years ago on a very serious criminal case in Adams County. She demonstrated herself to be knowledgeable of the law and very zealous in her defense of those accused of crimes. My firm later hired her as an associate because of how impressed that we were with Claire. Unfortunately, I left before getting to work with her any further. I have worked with quite a few new attorneys over the years and I can say, without a doubt, that Claire was one of the best as that stage of her career. I have no doubt that she has only gotten better and hope to get to work with her again someday. I fully endorse her and would have no hesitation referring a client to her.


    Michael Trani DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

  • Richard Eddington

    Claire is a very knowledgeable and skilled criminal attorney. She knows the law and the knows how to help her clients. I have no problem highly recommending her to anyone in need of a great criminal attorney. She has the courtroom skills and juries really like her!


    Richard Eddington Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Cantafio Hammond P.C.

1875 Lawrence St.
Suite 730
Denver, CO, 80202


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 10 Under 40National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2015
National Arbitration Competition Finalist - 2nd PlaceABA Board of Advocates2009
Excellence for the future - Conflict Theory Top HonorCALI2008
Regional Arbitration Competition FinalistABA2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate AttorneyCantafio Hammond, PC2015 - Present
Associate AttorneyThe Burnham Law Firm2014 - 2015
Associate AttorneyFrankfurt Law Office2011 - 2014
Associate AttorneyThe Reisch Law Firm, LLC2009 - 2011
Legal Assistant/ClerkFrankfurt and Trani PC2009 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Colorado Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Colorado Criminal Defense BarMember2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DMV Dismissal for DUICase Dismissed. No license revocation.
DUI to RecklessN/A
Domestic Violence Dismissaldismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
JOURNAL OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION, Number 2 (2008): 515"State Legislative Update."2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
University of Missouri, ColumbiaJournalism (emphasis Strategic Communications)BA - Bachelor of Arts2006
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Denver Veteran Homeless Stand-downClient Representation2015