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James Paul Colgan

Criminal defense Attorney at Northglenn, CO

4.7   30 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Colorado - CO 29 years
    Texas - TX 10 years
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    45%
    Being accused of a crime can be emotionally and financially exhausting. We have over 25 years of experience in Criminal matters, and we will put that experience to use for you!

    34 years

  2. Car accident
    20%
    Motor vehicle accidents can cause severe injuries, but when a pedestrian is involved, the risk gets even higher. Whether you are a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, you need a personal injury attorney with experience to get you the max compensation.

  3. Personal injury
    20%
    We handle all types of Personal Injury cases from Vehicle Accidents to Insurance Cases. Don't try to handle these issues on your own. Insurance companies are good at giving you the run around.

  4. DUI and DWI
    10%
    We can defend you against a DUI charge, even if your blood alcohol level is above the lowest limit. With all of the elements required to prove a DUI—age, blood alcohol content, driver identification, etc.—a DUI attorney will make a difference.

  5. Insurance
    5%
    Insurance bad faith is the willful and deliberate violation by the insurance co. of their obligations and responsibilities under the contract. Bad faith occurs when - claims are denied without investigation, lowball settlements, delays in payment,ect

    11 years

INJURED? ARRESTED? FALSELY ACCUSED? 25+ YEARS LICENSED. FORMER PROSECUTOR AND POLICE OFFICER. I CAN HELP YOU ACHIEVE JUSTICE!

My name is James Colgan. I began my legal career as a police officer. I worked as a deputy sheriff and a police officer for nearly five years. I then traveled out of Colorado to attend law school. I knew immediately that litigation and trial work was the area where I wanted to spend my career. I have been a trial lawyer since graduating from law school. I have successfully advocated for victims of serious crimes and conducted numerous trials as a Chief Deputy District Attorney. The trials I conducted ranged from DUI to child victim crimes to sexual assault to homicide.

When I moved on from the District Attorney’s Office, I had to decide whether I wanted to represent individuals or corporations. I realized that I am passionate about representing individuals so I currently represent the victims of someone else’s intentional actions or negligence in personal injury matters. In addition, I represent people accused of committing crimes. I have trial experience that is rare to find. I have tried numerous jury trials as a prosecutor, as Plaintiffs’ counsel in personal injury trials, and as a criminal defense attorney. I am as comfortable in a courtroom as any lawyer you will find.

In my spare time, I judge mock trials for college and highschool students throughout the U.S.

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021

Location

Law Firm of James Colgan, LLC

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  30 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by The man in black | April 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
James was the best thing that happened to me . I without him I’m pretty sure I would be doing some serious time. He’s definitely a pit bull in the courtroom. I highly recommend him to anyone and everyone. Thanks again James and keep kicking ass!
Posted by Jason | January 19, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The situation ended with a best-case scenario. Up front flat fee for representation. A huge plus.
James is a fine legal representative for criminal defense. Based upon his years of experience he will be able to tell you pretty much what you can expect at the outset. He will be honest with you about what you can expect as an outcome given the particulars of your unique circumstances. He charges a flat fee which is a big plus, as hourly billing from a trust fund, as many attorneys are fond of doing, can spiral out of control pretty quick. I paid up front and then was represented all the way up to trial and sentencing if appropriate. Whichever way the case goes, you're paid and covered for the duration. My case was dragged out almost 2 years, during which time I didn't have to worry about the state of my 'trust balance'. My case had some challenging aspects in the respect that my record contained some ugly marks from many years ago which made going to trial and winning the case a pretty slim prospect- he was honest and up-front about my odds of winning a 'not guilty' verdict. With this in mind he was able to win me what I consider to be a best-case scenario outcome in which I had the 3 charges I was faced with reduced down to 1 lesser charge. This was accomplished WITH the District Attorney not being willing to budge off of the original 3 charges. The DA had a very hard stance on plea bargaining in my case. Basically, not offering any reduction from the original charges all the way up to the weekend before trial. They offered a plea deal that was exactly like the original charges and penalties, the only difference being not having to go through a trial. Atty. Colgan went above and beyond the call of duty to achieve a much better outcome, in the last hours leading up to trial. It was a great relief. I would recommend him to represent you based upon the statements I have made in this review.
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Posted by Chris | December 2, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Helpful
James was very helpful with helping me with my case. I would highly recommend him. Always willing to help no matter what day or time!!
Posted by James | November 12, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Lawyer James Colgan
I hired James Colgan as my attorney for charges brought against me in Adams County Colorado. He worked diligently thru the whole legal process to make sure I received the best possible outcome from the court. James was very dependable. He was readily available for any questions I might have and kept the lines of communication open throughout the whole process. I would hire him again in the future and would recommend him to anyone who needs legal counsel!
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding lawyer
We hired Jim as our criminal attorney. Jim was very thorough and knowledgeable which gave us great confidence that we were in good hands. Jim was a bull dog and due to him willing to go to trial, the D.A. Dismissed the case! I highly recommend hiring Jim Colgan as he has a stellar reputation and the D.A.’s fear him!
Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
A Competent, Capable, and Compassionate Attorney, with a Good Sense of Humor
To say the least, from the very first interaction with the police detective, until the day the case was dismissed, I was incensed, outraged, and infuriated at the charges against me. After the first conversation with the police, I knew I was being treated unfairly, and contacted Jim via a referral from a referral. Our first conversation was excellent. Jim listened intently while I ranted and raved in anger, and then- frankly- played the role of therapist (which I desperately needed at various points throughout my case) to start us off, by saying “This kind of stuff happens all the time. Just know you are not alone.” Over the eight months that my case endured, and throughout our numerous court appearances, Jim was able to keep me reasonably sane (not an easy thing to do for someone with my type A ‘controlling’ personality), while not losing his own rationality. Jim has a talent for knowing when to engage his clients and when to ‘back off,’ in order to keep the ‘temperature’ down. He also has a knack for being compassionate, and seeing the broader picture (i.e., how various outcomes can impact the life of his clients). My experience, though frustrating due to the accusations against me, was helped greatly by having Jim’s legal sensibility to lean on throughout the process. To be clear, Jim and I did not always agree on tactics throughout the case, and sometimes even had some heated interactions, but- I always felt like Jim cared about the personal impact that the entire ordeal was having on me. His sense of humor, personal stories, and inquiries about my past life experiences were even further evidence of his concern for my state of mental well-being. Having been a police officer, District Attorney, and private practice attorney, Jim has more than thirty years of experience in dealing with a wide variety of legal matters. Additionally, his available resources/contacts in the legal realm and supporting services is extensive, which was impressive and reassuring. I would undoubtedly refer friends, family, and/or associates to him, should future circumstances present the need for his services. Thanks, Jim.
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Posted by David Soto | June 10, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great and competent lawyer
Mr Colgan fought for me every step of the way. He went to the DA and got my case dismissed. Now I have peace of mind and can move on with my life. I’d recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Jose A. | January 20, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
DV/GrandTheft
Mr Colgan helped me close multiple cases that were connected. It was my first time in trouble with the law and had been charged out of weld county with some exaggerated/horrible crimes. Along with all the legal work and advice he gave me he also gave me life advice and a different perspective. Thanks to James, we reached a differed plea helping me avoid a felony on my record. I’m super grateful. Mr Colgan you’re the man and thank you for all your hard work.
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Posted by Jolene | November 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
The Real Deal!
If you are looking for representation, hire this man! Our experience with Jim from beginning to end was amazing. He is prompt, compassionate, professional, and went above and beyond for our family and situation. The man is a beast in the courtroom and I wouldn’t want to be on the other side that’s for sure!
Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
DUI trial
James helped walk me through the details of the process, and made it a little less overwhelming.
Posted by Rob | October 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
GREAT ATTORNEY!
Before I contacted James Colgan I had contacted other attorneys but right off the bat James made me feel comfortable that he knew what he was talking about. After our conversation he even agreed to meet me the following day which was a Saturday and after that I was confident that things would go well with my case as he was very knowledgeable and they definitely did as he got my case dismissed. I would recommend James Colgan 100% and would definitely hire him again and again if needed! Thanks James!
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2022
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Highly Respected Lawyer
James did a great job as my lawyer. He made sure to keep me updated throughout the process, provided beneficial information and feedback, and assisted in getting the outcome I had hoped for. Thanks for all his help!
Posted by Keedan | September 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
K. A.
This was the absolute best decision to have Jim handle my case. He was caring, calming, and masterfully skilled. He was extremely knowledgeable about all angles of every single detail, and guided me to the best possible outcome. He was always there to answer my countless questions, and cared very much for my situation and family. I HIGHLY recommend him to ANYONE needing ANY kind of legal assistance. He is an absolute master. Do not hesitate or look any further.
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Posted by Milo | January 5, 2022
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Insurance claim
Jim helped recover insurance claim against someone that rear ended my farm machine . No fault of my own . Thank you
Posted by Ty | November 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
10/10
Jim was extremely professional and easy to work with. He was knowledgeable and explained things clearly. He laid out multiple different options/outcomes about my case, which gave me the chance to make my own decisions throughout the process. I would recommend Jim to anyone who needs legal assistance!
Posted by Ellen | November 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
DUI
I was referred to Mr. Colgan by a good friend, I needed a good DUI lawyer, and was told he would be one of the best. He did thorough research, and made sure we had all angles covered. At the end, instead of what could have probably been some jail time, and 2 years probation, I am wearing an ankle monitor for 10 days, and I'm on 6 months probation. I guess that is a lot better than the alternative! Thank you for your time! Much appreciated!! Ellen
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2021
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Experienced, knowledgeable, compassionate
Mr. Colgan is the type of lawyer who employs his vast experience with the criminal justice system, combined with kindness, compassion, and intelligence, to take a case that seems complex and simplify it down to what is truly important. He makes himself available to his clients, listens carefully and gathers information, formulating a plan, Implementing it in a timely fashion and keeping his clients informed. He uses ethical principles to guide his practice and this sets him apart from many. He hires expert investigators who use proper technique and etiquette in collecting evidence and testimony.
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Posted by Michael | August 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
What a Blessing Jim was to me and my family
after being arrested and charged years after alleged incident occurred My hope was dismal. James worked with me through a tough mental and monetary time. His professionalism was obvious from the first time I met Him. He was more concerned with helping than the money. Worked with me and guided us though their maze, He took on Adams County with a Iron fist and got my charges all dismisssed. The mental stress relief, was worth more than anything when a innocent man is drug through law enforcements twisted world all one can feel is helpless. Innocent in till proven guilty was not the way I was treated. He righted the wrong. Jim knew how they worked and was confident all along that he would get it dismissed and His tenacity resulted in my freedom from the corrupt Adams County system. He is real and called their bluff......He did have my life in his hands and would trust Him again with it. Know doubt not your cut of the run Attorney. He is genuine ,real and no bull tolerated. Jim will have My Blessings for life Thanks Again Jim I sleep a lot better now.
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Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2021
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Helpful and Thorough after my car accident!
James kept me informed about my options and provided excellent advice about how to best proceed after my car accident. I was able able to get the care I needed, which was my main concern. He has the experience to provide informed advice. I would recommend him!
Posted by Chris | April 29, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Chris Winkler
It was easy and a great exprriance overall. Jim was professional and did everything very well. Highly recommend for your needs!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Eddington Law Firm, LLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Litigation Attorney
  • Ramos Law Firm
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Senior Deputy District Attorney
  • Arapahoe Douglas County District Attorney's Office
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Chief Deputy District Attorney
  • Adams County District Attorney's Office
  • 1995 - 2011
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Education

  • Oklahoma City University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Metropolitan State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1984

Associations

  • Adams/Broomfield Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Edward Towey Award
  • 17th Judicial District Victim's Rights
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
Endorse James
Unknown Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim is a great litigator with an incredible work ethic. His background experience as a police officer and prosecutor gives him a unique perspective that most civil litigators lack. I look forward to working with him again."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim is an intelligent and passionate litigator with a tremendous work ethic. I endorse him without any hesitation."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim is the real-deal. A former police officer and prosecutor, he deftly handles his criminal and civil litigation matters with expertise, comfort, and genuine respect for his clients. I am privileged to call him a colleague and to work with him on several matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"As a former police officer and prosecutor Jim understands the system as well as anyone."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with Jim on several litigation cases. He is very good in the court room and cares deeply for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with Jim for several years and tried cases with him. He is a very talented trial attorney with over a couple hundred trials under his belt. He is as poised and polished as anyone in the courtroom. Jim works hard for all of his clients regardless of the size of the case. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a good personal injury attorney. He is a joy to work with."
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