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Craig Lee Pankratz

Appeals Attorney at Denver, CO

5.0   8 reviews
  • State Years
    Colorado - CO 5 years
    Utah - UT 15 years
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2018
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State UT
    Acquired 2008
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Craig

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Growing up on a farm taught me the value of hard work, tenacity, and integrity. These values have shaped my life and continue to motivate me as an attorney. I’ve worked in the public and private sectors and have handled a broad range of cases involving criminal law, real property disputes, employment discrimination, employment termination disputes, breach of contract, civil rights, family law, personal injury, and wrongful death. My rural upbringing and broad exposure to the law have given me a unique perspective that I use to get the best possible results for my clients.


Springer & Steinberg, PC
1600 Broadway Ste 1200
Denver, CO, 80202

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Posted by Greg Smith | November 10, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Exactly the guy I needed...
Craig has taken the time to understand exactly where this situation has placed me. He has researched the facts, examined the evidence and represented me in a way that absolutely has helped.
Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2015
A Lawyer with Honesty and Integrity
Craig did a great job helping me with my custody case. He helped me to understand how the law works in regards to my situation, and how to properly combat the legal maneuvers presented against me. In a time when it seems most lawyers are all about billable hours, Craig gave me an honest breakdown of my situation and recommended I take action that would be in my best interest, but that would not make him any more money. I am very grateful for his integrity, and highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for an honest lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2015
Excellent Representation
Craig represented me for two separate cases. I had previously had a different attorney on both cases and found that Craig knew the applicable statutes and better understood my options and how to proceed. After switching, I immediately saw I was in much abler hands. He was knowledgeable but realistic. He thinks very strategically and is wholly committed to a favorable outcome for his clients. Due to his hard work and diligence, I received outcomes I didn't think were possible. I found him to have every attribute and skill that my very complex cases required. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Jay | February 9, 2015
Dependable and Experienced legal help
Craig was recommended to me by another family friend and I would highly recommend him myself. He is always fair and honest and knows what he is doing. He responds to inquiries quickly and is able to use his experience to offer sound legal assistance at a competitive and honest price.
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2015
More Than I Could Have Hoped For
I went to Craig Pankratz on a referral from a friend. No one ever wants to need a lawyer but when you do you want to feel good about your choice.I was immediately put at ease with both his personality and his knowledge of the law. As much as you want your lawyer to be easy for you to get along with you also need someone who will not back down when push comes to shove in your case! That is just the kind of law firm Craig belongs to. I would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone who wants a lawyer with honesty, integrity and a willingness to go to the mat for the truth. I am forever grateful to Craig and his team for what they accomplished in my case. I hope I never need a lawyer again to defend me in the way that they did but if I do there will not be a moments hesitation to hire them.
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Posted by Justin | January 30, 2015
Extremely impressed!
Craig is the antithesis of every lawyer joke ever told. He is by far the most honest, caring, reliable, and knowledgeable attorney that I have ever met. Much less that I have ever dealt with. He is fair and understands how to put situations into perspective that you may not have thought about before. If you email or call him, he is always good about getting back to you promptly and is very genuine and personable face to face. Very easy to work with during sometimes very difficult times. His staff is also amazing and you can tell that everyone involved with this firm do what they do because they care and not just to collect a paycheck. I would (and have) HIGHLY recommend him to a friend or anyone else seeking legal advice/representation.
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Posted by Jeri | July 31, 2013
Mr. Pankratz review
Mr, pankratz is the most honest caring attorney and I trust himto do the right thing I think he Is the most honest man I know and I know he will do his best to represent us to the best of his ability. I trust him to handle this case,
Posted by Larry | July 26, 2013
A Great man with a great law firm.
Best lawyer and firm I have ever worked with, very accommodating. Try them you will be glad you did.
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Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Springer and Steinberg, PC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Law Clerk to Chief Judge Marcia S. Krieger
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Corbett & Pankratz, PLLC/Corbett & Gwilliam, PLLC
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Junior Partner
  • Christensen, Corbett & Pankratz, PLLC
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Christensen Thornton, PLLC
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Salt Lake County District Attorney
  • 2010 - 2011
  • City of South Salt Lake
  • City of South Salt Lake
  • 2009 - 2010
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  • Baylor University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Brigham Young University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Folsom, 2015 UT 14
  • The trial court's decision was reversed.
  • Smith v. USA
  • Hale v. Shields
  • My clients prevailed on summary judgment and received their ownership interests in the property.
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  • Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Baylor University School of Law
  • 2008
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Brigham Young University
  • 2004
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  • Modus Operandi
  • Non-suggestive Identification
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (13)
Endorse Craig
Family Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Craig was a bulldog as a prosecutor and his clients are lucky to have that tenacity working for them. He is extremely sharp and knows the law inside and out. He is a great lawyer and deserves his reputation for hard work and effective advocacy."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with Craig for several years now. He has a firm grasp on what the law allows. He deals with the court with complete candor. He fights hard for rights that the law provides."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Craig is a phenomenal attorney. He is smart, passionate and professional in all aspects of his practice. It was my pleasure to work along side Craig on multiple cases. I have the utmost respect for Craig and whole heartedly endorse him."
Family Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Craig on a long and contentious child custody case. Craig was always professional, courteous, and well prepared for court. His client respected and trusted him, and for good reason. You would do well with Craig as your attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Craig was great to work with. He fought diligently for his client's rights, but was at the same time civil, professional, and efficient in resolving the divorce matter for the benefit of both of our clients."
Family Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Craig. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Appeals Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Friend
"Craig is truly a legal scholar, and his extensive knowledge of the law serves him and his clients well in appellate matters. He is also one of the most ethical people I know, both personally and as an attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Craig when he prosecuted cases and was impressed by his intelligence and tenacity. We needed a civil attorney to represent our family and retained Craig to help us which is the best endorsement I can give him."
Appeals Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Craig is one of the brightest attorneys that I have worked with. He is an excellent trial attorney, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to each case that he handles. Craig cares about his clients, and is as honest and trustworthy as any attorney that I know."
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