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Laurie Ann Schmidt

Divorce and separation Attorney at Denver, CO

5.0   24 reviews
  • State Years
    Colorado - CO 11 years
    California - CA 17 years
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Laurie

Learn Laurie’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    60%
    Practicing in divorce, legal separation, child custody, child support, modification orders, and protection orders

  2. Criminal defense
    40%
    Defend those accused of crimes ranging from assault and batter, domestic violence, theft, and drugs.

This firm is dedicated to providing high quality criminal defense and family law representation.  I have spent my entire career in a courtroom representing clients in front of judges and juries in both criminal and family law (divorce/child custody) matters.  You can expect our firm will take the time to assess your goals to help you determine which course of action is right for you.  Our firm’s philosophy is for individual attention not assembly line representation.

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Location

5280 Law Group, P.C.
600 Grant Street Ste 201
Denver, CO, 80203

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Cecilia | March 26, 2020
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Caring and Professional
Laurie Schmidt represented me in a divorce and was absolutely amazing! She, and her team, are excellent and caring professionals. I highly recommend her. Finding someone with her integrity, expertise, and tireless work ethic is rare, and I am grateful for her counsel.
Posted by Taylor | February 20, 2019
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Professional, concise, straight-forward, aware
From day one Laurie cared. Honestly, that's more than you can ask for from most anyone in any industry. With a professional demeanor, she kept me in the loop the entire time. She has a great team of people helping her as well as a great network of necessary professionals to assist as needed. Laurie has a way of arguing her points from a place of facts and with a level-head which I did not see a lot of from the other side we were up against. She is considerate in the way she delivers both good and bad news. In the best meaning of the phrase, she does not mess around in preparation or in the court room. I would consider her operation a one stop shop for fighting the injustice that is our broken justice system.
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2018
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Excellent work on Divorce Stipulation Case
Details of my case are lengthy for this review, needless to say I had a complex issue with my ex-wife that was impacting our child. Laurie Schmidt and team did a great job removing the emotional content to deliver results in the stipulation. Glad to have Laurie's help during this difficult time.
Posted by Robert Brooks | August 25, 2017
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Great Lawyer - Assault/Harassment Domestic Violence
If you are faced with Criminal Charges in regards to Domestic Violence Ms.Schmidt is the lady for the job. From the moment I sat down with her she was open minded, understanding, and no nonsense all at the same time. In this critical time in your life so many lawyers will try to rip you off monetarily, but Ms. Schmidt was reasonable and was more concern about wanting to represent my best interest in this case. Ms. Schmidt is well versed in Colorado law. Ms. Schmidt DESTROYED the DA in my trial: she was likable, relatable, and precise with guiding the jurors minds to lack of evidence, inconsistency of testimony; and MOST IMPORTANTLY Ms. Schmidt was able to capture the Jurors with her personality. Whether you are a male or female faced with criminal charges, Ms Schmidt is the General you want to lead your Defense.
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Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2017
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Comprehensive, prepared and professional
Laurie Schmidt took my case and made all the right moves and was very prepared to destroy the city's case. It never got that far as she played them like a chess master and the case was dismissed on the date of trial. A professional lawyer and supportive person.
Posted by Steven | July 6, 2017
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Amazing attorney to have in your time of need
I initially retained Laurie for a criminal case that was part of a very big federal issue. She took the time to listen to what was going on and was the only one who didn't think we were lying. She took on the case and spent countless hours investigating and working to dismiss the case on my behalf. She ultimately got the criminal case dismissed and also got 2 civil cases that were related to the criminal case dismissed as well. She was very knowledgeable and worked tirelessly to make sure I was not convicted of something I didn't do. I would hire her again if ever in need. She truly cares about her clients.
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Posted by Brad | February 20, 2017
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Highly recommend Laurie
I would most definitely recommend Laurie. She is a consummate professional, she handled my case quickly, efficiently, & for a fair price. In my initial phone contact with Laurie, she took over an hour to understand all of the pertinent information regarding my case. When we met in her office, she continued to assess the risk, then competently brought my case to a successful conclusion...
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2016
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Fast in helpful for 1st time DUI offense
I phoned Laurie on behalf of a friend for legal advice and to hire her to represent my friend in court. I spoke with her around 9am and she was in the courtroom to visit by noon for a 1:30pm appearance. She gave fast, solid legal advice in a tough situation.
Posted by Henry | June 21, 2016
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Laurie saved my life
I am a 60 year old man who has never been in trouble before. I was wrongfully charged in a domestic violence felony assault case. Laurie Schmidt was the second attorney to represent me in this case. My confidence in her was well placed. Laurie handled my case in a professional, ethical, and systematic manner. She was able to, effectively, have my case dismissed, and thus giving me my life back.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2015
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Criminal Defense advice session
Laurie's ability to articulate her insight regarding my questions, was amazing. I am appreciative of her wisdom and would highly recommend her services
Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2015
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Family advice session
Great information. She answered my questions with concern and excellent clarity. I was much better informed after this conversation.
Posted by Troy | August 19, 2015
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Knows Her Stuff
I was charged with the crime of disorderly conduct in which I did not do. I would not accept any kind of plea bargain where it was implied that I was guilty. In order to do this, I needed an attorney. Laurie Schmidt wasn't my initial attorney. My initial attorney had become understandably frustrated with the municipality my case was in (things like getting the police report). Luckily, that inital attorney knew Laurie and with my approval, handed her the case. Laurie ran right through any obstacles that the municipality threw at her and got the case going with no problem. Although she tried to avoid going into the court room for a jury trial on this case, it ended up going that way. I wasn't sure what to expect in the court room but she gave me a good idea. When the trial started, she was in control of the court room as much as anyone can be except for the judge. She had a good blueprint for how she would handle the trial and it worked well. In the end, I was found "not guilty". It was unfortunate I had to fight this charge, but I was glad Laurie was by my side and helped me through it.
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Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2015
5 stars!
Laurie is the best. She helped me out immensely in my dui defense, won my dmv hearing, and negotiated a plea bargain that was more than reasonable. Five stars!
Posted by Adam | December 27, 2014
A special thanks!
I just wanted to take this time to thank Laurie for the wonderful work she has done and to let everyone know she is an amazing attorney. She is very knowledgable and always made me feel comfortable by reassuring me everything will work out in the end, which it did. I basically trusted her with my life, my future and she came through. I found her very easy to work with and always accessible, whether it was email, text or a phone call. I owe her a debt of gratitude for her services and highly recommend her if you need a great attorney. Thanks again Laurie!
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Posted by Sue | December 16, 2014
Representing Allen Morfit in Jeffco CO
Hi Laurie-I know you were put on my son Allen's case at the last minute on 11/13/14. I was so impressed with your level of professionalism and the way you tried the case with ease. You knew the right questions to ask of all the witnesses. Of course we were scared going into the trial but the way you handled it made us feel at ease every step of the way. You were a fireball! My son said from the begining that he didn't do what he was accused of doing, and you believed him and fought for that. If he were guilty for this minor infraction he would have owned up to it-but he said he didn't do it. And you fought for him and got the right verdict-not guilty! Thank you so much. Have so much respect for you and your skills!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2014
DUI Case Involving 4 States and a Decade Since the Infraction
I can honestly say that Ms. Schmidt is one of the most professional attorneys I have ever spoken with. My case was a massive undertaking for any attorney because it included 4 states and a DUI from over a decade ago. One state that had no jurisdiction regarding the matter was holding my drivers license hostage in the state I currently live in which neither had anything to do with the original infraction. Laurie and her team were able to get this issue handled within a week. I would highly recommend her services to anyone looking for an attorney. I cannot thank her enough for the help.
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Posted by Client | February 14, 2014
Killer Lawyer!
Laurie Schmidt is amazing. Just like her website says, time is of the essence. I called Laurie because I suspected the city was developing a case against me. Laurie was able to turn around my situation by counseling me on what to say, how to say it and what my rights are. The cards are now in my favor. I couldn't be more happy.
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Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2013
Fantastic Attorney!!!
I went to see Laurie as I received a letter from an attorney threatening legal action against me for complaints I made. Laurie scheduled me the same day I called and spent more than an hour with me during the free initial consultation. When I arrived the reception staff greeted me in a professional manner and showed me directly to the conference room. Laurie provided much more than free legal advice and assured me of the protection provided to me under the 1st Amendment of the Constitution. During the initial consultation Laurie gave me all the information I needed to respond effectively to the letter on my own but also gave me the option to have her respond. I chose to have Laurie respond and her response has been more than I could have ever expected. I am a very small client but have been given big client 5 Star Service.
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Posted by Clay | August 26, 2013
Superior Negotiator!!
Ms. Schmidt assisted me with the review and negotiation of a Property Management Agreement. Laurie provided a redlined document outlining her concerns with the prospective agreement including several clauses that would have left me financially liable for all decisions the Property Management Company made during the term of the contract. Ms. Schmidt was able to negotiate an amicable agreement that placed risks and responsibilities appropriately. Laurie was always available and her working hours accommodated my travel schedule. If you are in need of dedicated, knowledgeable Attorney Laurie Schmidt will take care of your legal needs.
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Posted by Monica | August 22, 2013
Trustworthy and Confident!!
Ms. Schmidt acted on my behalf on 2 separate occasions helping me to resolve both cases quickly, easily and effectively. She exudes professionalism and knowledge but can explain things simply and clearly so as to be understood by someone outside of the legal profession. Her strength of character was refreshing and I felt good placing my trust in her to get things done. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking an attorney! Thank you Laurie!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-400 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • 5280 Law Group
  • 2022 - Present
  • Principal attorney
  • Law Offices of Laurie A. Schmidt
  • 2012 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • The Lee Law Group
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Riverside County District Attorneys Office
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Lee, Bazzo, & Nishi, LLP
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Orange County District Attorney Office
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Certified law Student
  • Children's Rights Center
  • 2004 - 2006
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Education

  • National College for DUI Defense
  • intensive summer session curriculum
  • 2014
  • Whittier Coll SOL
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2006
  • Univ of Nebraska
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1999
  • Instituto Tecnologico Y De Estudios Superiores De Monterrey, Mazatlan, Mexico
  • Certificate
  • 1998
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. JD
  • dismissal

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Alliance of Professional Women
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Affiliate Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Affiliate Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Affiliate Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Affiliate Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • North Orange County Bar Association
  • Affiliate Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • DUI/DWI 10 Best
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 BEST ATTORNEYS FOR COLORADO
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Commendation
  • Riverside District Attorney
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Commendation
  • Riverside District Attorney
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Commendation
  • Riverside District Attorney
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Commendation
  • Riverside District Attorney
  • 2009
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Publications

  • AVVO
  • Colorado DUI Penalties
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Mock trail Competition
  • Presenting Your Case In Court
  • 2012
  • Vender Meeting
  • Assisting developmentally disabled persons through the criminal court process
  • 2011
  • Navigating the Judicial System For the Family Advocate
  • Developmentally challenged adults in criminal courts
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (24)
Given (28)
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Unknown Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Laurie Schmidt is an intelligent, knowledgeable attorney. She goes above and beyond in researching and investigating every aspect of a case to ensure the best possible outcome for her client."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"You can't go wrong with Laurie. She knows the law and how to make it work for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer. Laurie has been among the best that I've had the privilege to train and mentor. As a California lawyer, I can say that Colorado's gain is my loss."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a former assistant deputy District Attorney she has a huge advantage over other criminal defense attorneys. "They know that she knows what they know". Knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in her pro bono contributions. Client reviews are stellar READ THEM! Do yourself a favor if you are in or near Denver and schedule a consultation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Laurie is a great attorney who knows her stuff. She enjoys a professional reputation in the community and is committed to successful representation of her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I had the pleasure of working with Laurie Schmidt at the District Attorney's office and have known her personally for six years. Laurie was an excellent prosecutor with an enviable trial record, and one that many other prosecutors would turn to for advice and guidance. Laurie has always been very knowledgeable about the law and has the ability to analyze any case and know its strengths and weaknesses. She is one of the best arguers I have ever seen in court, and can convince a jury of almost anything. As a defense attorney, Laurie has implemented these skills in her practice in a way that has led to her tremendous success. Laurie wins case after case after case as a defense attorney, which is unheard of in the defense world, and it is no surprise. She not only has the natural skills of a defense attorney, she also has an edge over everyone else because she knows how prosecutors think, what their strategies are, and how to spot weaknesses in their cases. I wholeheartedly endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Schmidt is a stand up attorney that works very hard for favorable dispositions on behalf of her clients. She is aggressive yet ethical and is respected by the Bench, Court Staff and District Attorney's Office. I without hesitation recommend Ms. Schmidt."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Laurie Schmidt is one of the most talented and dedicated lawyers I know. Her passion for the law and her clients makes her one of the best criminal defense attorneys around. I highly recommend her services to anyone in need of a criminal defense lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Schmidt is absolutely one of the best criminal defense attorneys that I have come across. She is aggressive but well respected. She does exhaustive research on her cases and has been acknowledged by judges for her trial preparedness. She is well liked by prosecutors, fellow defense attorneys, clerks and judges. I strongly endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I had the pleasure of working with Ms. Schmidt at the D.A.'s Office in California. She is smart, dedicated and committed to winning. I also observed her in trial and she had a mastery of the courtroom and her case. A great attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Having worked in the DA's Office with Laurie, she knows her way around the courtroom. She is extremely dedicated to her work and clients and will fight for the best possible outcome."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Laurie can provide you with very effective representation using her previous experience as a district attorney to your advantage. She will know what strategies the DA prosecuting your case will use and she will be able to craft a successful defense."
White collar crime Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Laurie Schmidt is an outstanding attorney, who has an impeccable reputation. I had the pleasure of working with Laurie when she was a Deputy District Attorney. Her dedication is beyond compare and I strongly recommend her work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Laurie to be a hard working, diligent advocate for her clients. I would not hesitate to refer anyone in need of an excellent criminal defense attorney to her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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