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Since 1974, the  Law Office of Jeralyn E. Merritt has been successfully defending individuals  accused of serious federal and state drug offenses, white collar and financial crimes and handling related forfeiture proceedings.


Jeralyn E. Merritt is a nationally renowned criminal defense attorney with more than 35 years of experience in Colorado and in courts throughout the country. As a lawyer who is consistently on the cutting edge of innovative trial strategies and defenses, she is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars and is a well-known national cable news legal analyst. She has a proven track record of passionately and effectively upholding her clients’ Constitutional rights. Jeralyn E. Merritt aggressively represents clients at all stages of criminal actions, including pre-indictment, grand jury, trial, appeal and post-conviction proceedings.


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  1. Federal Crime: 80%
    42 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    42 years


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Law Office Of Jeralyn E. Merritt

600 17th Street
Ste. 2800 South
Denver, CO, 80202


NYCurrently registered 198103/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Al Horn Memorial AwardNORML, National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws2007
Marshall Stern Legislative Achievement AwardNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyJeralyn E. Merritt, Attorney At Law1974 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLife Member, Past Secretary/Treasurer, Board of Director1995 - Present
American Board of Criminal LawyersFellow1994 - Present
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMember1990 - 2011
American Bar AssociationMember, Governing Council, Criminal Justice Section (2000-2004)1974 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. Timothy McVeighConvicted,sentenced to death, executed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Martindale Hubbell Lawyers.comAsk a Lawyer Criminal Law Panelist , 1996-20132013
Lexis Nexis PublishingU.S. Patriot Act, An Analysis2001
The Champion magazineLegislative Affairs Column, 1995 - 20002000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver Sturm College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1973
University of Michigan, Ann ArborPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NORML Aspen Legal SeminarUploading Guilt, Downloading Impeachment: Social Media, Email and Internet Communications Issues in Criminal Cases2013
NORML Key West Legal SeminarSnoopy's New Tricks: Getting Around Title III and the Fourth Amendment in Drug Cases2009
NORML Aspen Legal SeminarHigh Hopes and Modest Expectations: Drug Law Reform Under President Obama and A Democratic Congress2009
NORML Aspen Legal SeminarCrack-a-doodle-doo: Dawn of a New Day in Crack Cocaine Sentencing2008
NORML Aspen Legal SeminarTerrorism and the War on Drugs2006
ABA-CLE Teleconference and Audio WebcastPreparing Witnesses for Trial: What You Can and Can’t Do2006
National Judicial CollegeRepresenting the High Profile Defendant2005
Habeas Corpus Resource CenterChallenging Eyewitness Identification2004
San Antonio Bar AssociationThe Silver Lining: Effective Use of the Psychological Expert to Attack Eye Witness Identification2003
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersThe Silver Lining: Effective Use of the Psychological Expert to Attack Eye Witness Identification2003
NORML Key West Legal SeminarIs Anybody Listening: Electronic Survillance Under The USA Patriot Act2002
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense LawyersRepresenting the Hated Defendant: Why We Do What We Do2002
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar AssociationDefending the Criminal Forfeiture Case2001
Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense LawyersUsing the Internet as Your Private Investigator2000
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersDefending the Unpopular Defendant: Why We Do What We Do2000
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganVoodoo Science: Keeping the Handwriting Expert off the Stand2000