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Jonathan S Willett

Appeals Attorney at Denver, CO

5.0   22 reviews
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  • State Years
    Idaho - ID 1 year
    New York - NY 16 years
    Colorado - CO 37 years
  • Licensed for 1 year
    State ID
    Acquired 2022
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Jonathan

Learn Jonathan’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    25%
    Mr. Willett, having practiced continually in all phases of appellate representation, can assist you or your business in pursuing an appeal that corrects mistakes made by the trial court. If your case requires a post-conviction or post-judgment hearing, Mr. Willett's trial experience blends with his appellate experience to provide you with dedicated post-judgment representation.

    14 years

  2. Criminal defense
    20%
    Most of Mr. Willett's practice is devoted to protecting clients against criminal charges. Criminal convictions come with many consequences. High fines, jail time, restitution, loss of driver's license and civil rights, loss of employment, family problems and other repercussions often come with convictions, so it is important to present a strong defense in court. Mr. Willet has extensive experience defending clients against many criminal charges.

    14 years

  3. Car accident
    10%
    Mr. Willett offers the kind and personal advice of a counselor as well as the sharp trial skills as a litigator for your car accident case. He has a proven record of success in these matters. You case will not be handed off to an associate-Mr. Willett handles all these cases personally. Accidents cause mental trauma and economic hardship. Mr. Willett is sensitive to these problems and will obtain the highest settlement possible while offering the personal help you and you loved ones need.

  4. DUI and DWI
    10%
    Mr. Willett offers over 25 years experience in DUI cases. He offers a high level of DUI defense, which includes using the latest techniques on both drug and alcohol testing and detection. Mr. Willett has a proven record of success in these cases, working with private laboratories as well with the Department of Health in the defense of those accused of driving while drinking or under the influence of drugs.

  5. Domestic violence
    10%
    Mr. Willett has over 25 years experience handling domestic violence cases. He understands the issues revolving around both gender bias and sexual bias in the system and is prepared to address those issues. Mr. Willett also understands how domestic violence cases can tear apart families and relationships and work towards rebuilding the trust that is lost so you and loved ones can heal the best way possible. Mr. Willett has a proven track record of success in domestic violence cases.

  6. Personal injury
    10%
    If you are suffering because of someone else's actions, you deserve financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other damages. Unfortunately, in many instances, insurance companies are often more concerned with their bottom line than with what is right. Mr. Willett has significant experience pursuing the compensation you deserve and fight to hold the parties responsible for your injuries and pursuing available insurance remedies.

    14 years

  7. Business
    5%
    Whether you are involved in winding up a partnership or are engaged in litigation to enforce contract rights, Jonathan Willett brings a multitude of varying experience to ensure that you achieve the best results possible in your small business litigation case. Unlike many lawyers who handle this type of work, Mr. Willett's extensive experience in the courtroom enables you to negotiate aggressively in arbitration matters or filed court cases.

    14 years

  8. Civil rights
    5%
    Mr. Willett is committed to the civil rights of our citizens. For years, he has helped the disabled, the poor, victims of sexual and racial discrimination obtain redress in court. Mr. Willett's proven track record in these cases demonstrated his commitment. Often this is a very difficult area of litigation, and Mr. Willett offers the experience for you to be sure you have the best representation possible.

  9. Juvenile law
    5%
    Jonathan Willett has been working with juveniles for over 25 years and believes that juvenile cases require the greatest amount of attention since so much is at stake. He has lectured in juvenile law and prides himself on working closely with young people and their families not only to ensure courtroom success, but success at life. He understands that the result of a juvenile case may determine the course of the rest of the life at issue, so he gives each case his personal attention.

JONATHAN S. WILLETT OFFERS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF REPRESENTATION IN ALL COLORADO FRONT RANGE COUNTIES

Jonathan S. Willett was born and raised in New York City. He attended college in Colorado, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of Colorado in 1982. After graduation, Mr. Willett returned to New York City to work as a writer, but found himself longing for the Colorado Mountains. In 1983, he enrolled in the University of Denver College of Law.

 

At the University of Denver College of Law, Mr. Willett was the Articles Editor of the Denver University Law Review. Mr. Willett published a Note, Evolving Standards for Duty of Fair Representation Cases Under Section 301, 62 Den. U. L. Rev. 627 (1985). Mr. Willett graduated from the College of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 1986.

 

Mr. Willett was employed as an attorney in the Appellate Division of the Colorado State Public Defender in Denver from 1986 to 1989. In 1989, Mr. Willett became a trial deputy with the Jefferson County trial office of the Colorado State Public Defender located in Golden, Colorado.

 

In mid 1992, he then began working for the law firm of Chalat & Company. Mr. Willett became a sole proprietor in 1994. As a private attorney, Mr. Willett has handled medical and legal malpractice cases, civil rights cases, family matters including child custody, employment cases, personal injury matters, ski litigation, and every type of criminal case ranging from the death penalty to white collar crime and juvenile delinquency. Mr. Willett has been attorney of record in over 60 jury trials and 125 appeals. Mr. Willett appears as counsel of record in 25 published opinions of the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

Mr. Willett has lectured on a variety of criminal law, appellate practice, trial advocacy and juvenile law topics, publishing written materials as well. Mr. Willett has been accepted as an expert witness in criminal law at least fifteen times.  Mr. Willett is admitted to practice in all Courts in the State of Colorado and the State of New York, as well as the United States District Court for Colorado, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

When he is not working, Mr. Willett enjoys spending time with his family and staying active by skiing, snowboarding, cycling, running and playing frisbee.

Awards

Gold Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
2019
Top Contributor 2012
Top Contributor
2012

Location

Jonathan S. Willett Attorney at Law
1775 Sherman Street, Suite 1650
Denver, CO, 80203
Jonathan S Willett
255 Canyon Boulevard
Suite 100
Boulder, CO, 80302
Jonathan S Willett
1775 Sherman Street
Suite 1650
Denver, CO, 80203
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Reviews

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  22 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by Zach | January 27, 2010
I would recommend Jonathan Willett 110%
Jonathan Willett is a very professional man whose assistance is the only reason I am where I am today. Numerous times during my two-year probation I came to him with questions and he always had an answer, and if he did not he would find out right away. As a student and my parents being so far away he played a very important role in all aspects of my case, he even once drove me to the jail when I was unable to find a ride. Words cannot express the praise I have for this man. Thanks again.
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2009
10 counts and 30 years
I would highly recommend Jonathan Willett for any level state or federal legal problem. I was blessed to have him in my case and have since used him to follow up with all the red tape associated with a felony arrest after I was acquitted. He has the quick whit and knowledge in the courtroom that the judge and opposing council respect. He takes little time to get up to speed in specialized areas and knows when and where to seek help.
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Juvenile Case: Highly Recommend
Jonathan Willett represented our son in a juvenile misdemeanor sexual contact case. His expertise, years of experience, and reputation helped tremendously. He is well known and well respected throughout the legal system. Jonathan presented us with several options to resolve the case, and then worked with us and the DA to come to a fair agreement. He and his legal assistant, Dan, make a great team and we would recommend them to any family going through a similar situation.
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Posted by Michael | March 9, 2024
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An excellent attorney with vast experience
Mr Willett is incredibly knowledgeable about many aspects of the law and an incredibly effective litigator and negotiator. His vast experience over many decades of practicing is evident in every piece of advice he gives and decision he recommends. His word can be trusted.
Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Satisfied
I am very happy with my outcome. Jonathan was able to get my what I wanted and was able to communicate me throughout the process.
Posted by L Marie | May 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation
We hired Jonathan to handle our case and have been so touched by his dedication and the efforts he made to go out of his way to reach the best possible outcome. He is professional, attentive, knowledgeable, well prepared, a great communicator, and explains everything in detail so you understand what to expect. More importantly, he is an honest, trustworthy and caring person who gives his all as though you are his own family. Because of Jonathan Willett, my family now has a bright new future and are eternally grateful for all he has done on our behalf. I highly recommend Jonathan to anyone looking for a trusted, hard-working attorney. He is truly one of the best!
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2022
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Criminal Defense
I would highly recommend Jonathan Willett for any level state or federal legal problem. Jonathan is very knowledgeable and respected within the legal community. From the initial consultation and all the way through the process, he made me feel at ease in a very stressful and seemingly hopeless situation. He skillfully brought the truth to light and I’m grateful for all of his help.
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Posted by Veratti Family | November 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
As a local family owned business we needed legal representation and we found Jonathan to be just the experienced lawyer we needed. He initially endeared us to his understanding of the circumstances. He listened very carefully to my family and was always available. Our case had large amount of documentation and Jonathan and his team researched each document. He patiently worked with us which would ultimately help us win multiple cases. Jonathan is a true professional and knows the law very well. His knowledge, experience and efficiency helped my family tremendously in hard times!! Apart from his professional qualities, He is a very good person with a huge heart. We absolutely recommend Jonathan and thank him for his representation.
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Posted by Ryan | July 23, 2019
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Jonathan was very helpful, and understanding of the position I put myself in. As well as going above and beyond trying to get some answers in a family court matter I have going on as well. I thank him for his hard work, and I would highly recommend him to friends and family in the future.
Posted by terry | May 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
local counsel
I'm an attorney in lincoln, nebraska, and was in need of local counsel in boulder. jonathan was excellent to work with, was very knowledgeable in the law, and very savvy in terms of working through a solution. the case was business litigation regarding some disgruntlement during the parting-of-ways between two professionals who had worked together for 15-20 years. excellent job; fine result.
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Posted by Tony | February 4, 2019
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Client
Jonathan's knowledge and commitment to greatness is what sets him apart. I am grateful and thankful to have worked hired him!
Posted by Peter | February 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Willett gets it done for his client
I fully recommend Willett for legal services. He has gotten the job done for my legal needs with 100% positive outcome and result. Professional, honest, dedicated, experienced and knowedgable and committed to serving his clients is how I would describe my experience of WIllett.
Posted by Jessica | January 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very thorough, helpful excellent choice
I was recommended Jonathan by a family friend for my husbands case. My husband was extradited from Florida to Colorado so it was tough to find a trustable lawyer without meeting them face to face. Jonathan explained everything to me in great detail and answered any questions I had and got back to me quickly even though I was far away. Jonathan always kept our best interest in mind and would explain every route that could Happen in order for us to understand. He is very knowledgeable. He fought and got us the best outcome we could have hoped for and was worth every penny. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Lisa | January 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Need a great all-around attorney? Call Jonathan Willet!
Jonathan has assisted members of my family with two different types of cases (and is working on a third, which - no offense to his ability - we hope will be the last) and in every instance he was approachable, dependable, knowledgeable of both the law and the particularities of the jurisdiction, and did his best to make difficult and sometimes frightening situations as comfortable as possible. His fees are reasonable and he has someone else handle billing and payment plans so that there is no sense that those things are interfering with his attention to the legal matters. Should you ever find yourself in the hell that is the Broomfield court system, Jonathan is an excellent guide and hand-holder, always courteous and professional, no matter how unprofessionally the other side behaves. His main focus is on getting the best deal for each of his clients and we cannot recommend him highly enough.
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Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2017
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Highly recommend
I have never seen myself in need of legal help, I was referred to Johnathan. After visiting with many lawyers and hearing nothing but scary news, I walked in to Johnathans office expecting what I've been told previously and for him to sit down with me for an hour reassuring me that things will be ok we will just have to work together! I left his office with a good feeling and called back a couple days later telling him I needed his help.... he explained everything to me to make sure I understood.... I would recommend him!!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2017
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Great Attorney
We talked to him and he was quick to respond and very professional and extremely nice would defiantly recommend him.
Posted by Scott | May 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
have never taken the time and effort to write an online review but in this case I feel I need to do so. I came to Jonathan Willett in a situation where I was completely desperate because I was being killed by the system due to others having more money than me. When I was finally able to afford his reasonable rates (I looked around and I was satisfied I would not be gouged) I sat down with him in his office and explained everything to him and he said something I had been dying to hear for the previous year. He said "You won't be bullied any more now, you have me." I literally broke down in his office. I put all of my trust into him and he did not let me down. He filed all the papers, he showed up on time, he answered my emails and phone calls promptly and did everything I needed to make me believe everything was going to be ok. Then when we went to court he was absolutely awesome. He was intelligent, articulate and most important, he was on my side. Because of him, I was not bullied. I don't know what other words to say other than I would recommend Jonathan Willett to anyone who asks. Thank you Jonathan, I owe you everything.
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Posted by John | September 25, 2014
Knowlegable in The Law, Compassionate in His Heart, Tenacious in His Style and Fair & Honest in His Methods.
Even though he had to do more work than originally planned he always gave 100% effort in the pursuit of justice, the fight for what he believed to be right, and to assure that my rights were protected under the law. He stuck to the fee he originally quoted me. He was much more concerned about seeing that justice was served than he was about having to work many, many hours more than what he billed me for as he knew my financial situation. His legal expertise seemed impeccable to me as this case progressed, but it was the compassion and genuine concern he showed for me as well as my family that really made me feel I made the right choice when I retained Mr. Willett. The results proved that I made the right decision. I will not hesitate to refer him to anyone who may need legal representation. Although I only gave him 4 stars for responsiveness, all the other attorneys I've worked with would be lucky to get 2 stars.
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Posted by Chris | June 13, 2013
An Excellent Attorney to Work With!
When I first met Jon, I had an immediate sense that he was an honest attorney. I've had attorneys represent me in the past and I have felt that I hadn't been properly served by them. I didn't feel that way with Jon. He was upfront and honest throughout his entire time representing me and I felt that he really looked after my best interests, not only within my case, but in general life as well. He helped me to receive a dismissal in my case and I feel that I could not have accomplished that without his help specifically. An overall regular guy that comes down to his clients level without any hint of arrogance. He was a pleasure to work with and I recommend retaining his services to anyone in need of legal representation. Thank you Jon!
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Posted by Brian | September 4, 2012
Recommned Jonathan Willett 110% : Represented my son in a DUI case and related matters
Jonathan Willett is a very smart, personable and goal oriented attorney with excellent communication tools. My son had been arrested for DUI. We were very concerned about how this situation would affect he tenure at Colorado University and his adult life.. We voiced all of our concerned at once ,it seems, and Jonathan methodically addressed the questions that we had with factual answers that made us feel that he would take very good care of our son. Jonathan was very responsive to all the questions that we had concerning what he would end up with in terms of a judicial outcome . Jonathan worked very hard to pull together all the evidence and present the best picture. His brilliant work has resulted so that the outcome has turned out to be much better that we had thought at first. Jonathan has earned a lot of credibility and respect from me and my son due to his caring and professional manner. Jonathan was able to help us understand the process and and we never felt that he was not available. He is as I said a great communicator, which when one is faced with a legal problem, is the type of person you want one who will use his words to paint current bad situation in the proper light. I highly recommend Mr. Willett. In addition, please know that I was referred to Mr. Willett by a friend that had utilized Mr. Willett's services in the past. I am extremely greatful to Mr. Willett and to my friend.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Sole Practitioner
  • Law Offices of Jonathan S. Willett
  • 2005 - Present
  • Partner
  • Willett & Mestas, LLC Denver
  • 2000 - 2005
  • Partner
  • Adkins, Smart, Willett & Mestas
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Sole Practictioner
  • Law Offices of Jonathan S. Willett
  • 1993 - 2000
  • Attorney
  • Chalat and Co., P.C.
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Attorney
  • Colorado State Public Defender's Office
  • 1989 - 1992
  • Attorney
  • Colorado State Public Defender's Office (Appellate Division)
  • 1986 - 1989
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Education

  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of Colorado
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Fabiano v. Armstrong, 141 P.3d 907
  • published appellate cases

Associations

  • CJA Panel Attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Panel Attorney
  • 2007 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • CJA Panel Attorney for the United States District Court of Colorado
  • CJA Panel Attorney
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Best DUI Lawyer in Boulder
  • Expertise
  • 2022
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Longmont
  • Expertise
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated Since 2000
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top 100
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Similar Transactions in Child Sexual Assault Cases
  • 1989
  • Den. U.L. Rev.
  • Evolving Standards of Duty of Fair Representation Under Section 301
  • 1985

Speaking Engagements

  • The Criminal Trial from Start to Finish
  • Criminal Trial
  • 2008
  • Post-conviction remedies seminar
  • Post-conviction remedies
  • 2002
  • Legal Writing
  • Legal Writing
  • 2001
  • Juvenile Justice in Colorado
  • Juvenile Justice
  • 1998
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • 1991
  • Child Sex Assault
  • Child Sex Assault
  • 1989
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
Endorse Jonathan
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jonathon is an experienced and well respected criminal defense and appellate attorney in the state of Colorado. I would highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jonathan. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jonathan is a smart, aggressive, caring, practical, and cost-effective lawyer who has effectively assisted several people who I have referred to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. jonathan is an outstanding lawyer. he cares about his clients and goes the extra mile to see that their needs are taken care of. He is experienced, well versed in the law and wel respected by the bench."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is my pleasure to write briefly on behalf of Jonathan Willett, who I have known and worked along side for much of my legal career as Deputy State Public Defender, federal Criminal Justice Attorney, and civil practitioner. Although a skilled advocate and trial lawyer, Jonathan is equally accomplished in legal research and writing and has extensive experience practicing in both state and federal appellate courts. Apart from criminal defense, Jonathan is a very successful civil litigation attorney and admired by colleagues and Judges for his legal knowledge and his personal attributes."
Criminal defense
Denver Appeals Lawyer Jonathan S Willett
Jonathan S Willett
Appeals Attorney
Denver, CO
Licensed for 37 years
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