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Claire Elster

Criminal defense Attorney at Westminster, CO

5.0   18 reviews

also known as Claire M. Dawson

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  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Claire

Learn Claire’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Criminal Defense. I handle all manner of criminal defense cases from traffic tickets to sexual assaults and murders. I have a unique specialty in the area of DUI defense.

    15 years

  2. DUI and DWI

    15 years

  3. Domestic violence

  4. Sex crime

  5. Violent crime


Claire M. Elster (previously Claire M. Dawson) is an experienced trial attorney with an excellent litigation track record. Ms. Elster has 15 years of experience litigating in the area of criminal defense. She  has extensive knowledge and experience handling all aspects of criminal defense and has practiced at Appellate and Federal levels. 

Ms. Elster effectively and competently represents all manner of criminal defense clients, ranging from traffic tickets to domestic violence charges, on up to sexual assaults and murder charges. Ms. Elster has a particularized expertise in the area of DUI defense. She has the exceptional knowledge and experience necessary to defend any type or circumstance surrounding a DUI charge. In 2018 Ms. Elster noticed a gap in the legal market. Many defendants don't qualify for a public defender, but still deserve excellent legal representation at an affordable rate. That's why Ms. Elster opened her own law firm, to provide zelous advocacy at affordable prices. 

Ms. Elster graduated with a Certificate of Dispute Resolution from University of Missouri School of Law, one of the top 2 dispute resolution law schools in the country. Claire's education, knowledge, trial skills and experience allow her to effectively and efficiently represent her clients.

Excellence in Legal Defense.
The Elster Law Office provides zealous criminal defense representation across the State of Colorado. Ms. Elster has been nationally recognized for her legal services and her legal knowledge. Her law firm was recently recognized as one of the top law firms in Westminster, Colorado.

If you’ve been charged with a crime, contact the Elster Law Office today to schedule a free consultation and discuss our variety of payment options.


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1499 W. 120th Ave.
Suite 110
Westminster, CO, 80234


5.0 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
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Posted by Addison | September 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She was the best defense attorney I’ve met she help me through my entire case and was willing to offer as much help as she could give would definitely recommend
Posted by Zack | May 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredibly Compassionate, Diligent, and will work hard to come through for the best outcome
I interviewed numerous attorneys when I was charged with a DUI. Claire was the only one that gave me a modicum of compassion and listened to my story. She told me straight-up the most likely scenarios for my case. I was scheduled to appear shortly after a major holiday and she filed a continuance so I could be with my family. She did pertinent information gathering, made recommendations as to how to improve my case, worked with me throughout the process despite numerous needs for continuation, and due to circumstances specific to my case, she was able to provide the absolute best outcome I could have hoped for. I could not recommend her more strongly for anyone facing a DUI. I am elated with how she came through for me.
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2016
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Claire is an OUTSTANDING attorney!
I am in the midst of a DUI case and hired Claire. She won my case at the DMV, meaning that I get to keep my driver's license!!!! This saves me an incredible amount of time, heartache, money, and worry! This enables me to maintain my employment, attendance of classes, etc. She is an amazing attorney. Truly amazing. Her and I are still in the middle of the court process, but I can sleep easy knowing that she will do the best job possible to resolve the case with the best possible outcome! I highly recommend Claire!
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Posted by Jerry | September 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI Charge
Attorney Claiee Elster provided excellent service throughout my court proceedings. I was able to ask questions and receive prompt feedback that assured my understanding, as I navigated through the court process If you are looking for professional representation and a high level of integrity, I would recommend Attorney Elsters legal services.
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Posted by Jason | September 12, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Call her if you need backup!
She was great. Fought for me until we got what we needed. I will be recommending her to all my friends and family. I will likely need her again. She will be the first person I call.
Posted by Peter | September 12, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Lawyer!
I've worked with Ms. Elster and I can say without a doubt, she is an excellent attorney. Her attention to detail is unsurpassed. She works diligently toward client goals and she was always available 24/7 to answer questions and give me guidance on my case. I highly recommend Ms. Elster.
Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Th best!
Claire was outstanding when she represented me on a few situations. She was very kind, understanding and non-judgmental. Her knowledgeable allowed me to get the best service. If you need a great lawyer, call Claire!!!!!
Posted by Catherine | June 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Eternally Grateful Attorney
I couldn't have had a better attorney for my divorce! Claire was very professional and passionate with my case. I hired her with very short notice before my trial and she worked day and night learning the details of what had already taken place. Mine ended up being a very long drawn out case (not by her or my choice) but she stuck with it and kept fighting for my best interests. She was very good at taking the time to explain things to me and made sure I knew what was going on. Her staff was also wonderful in always offering a welcoming face and a helping hand. I would highly reccommend Claire and her staff to anyone I could.
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Posted by Jeff | November 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great Advocate
Ms Dawson was the best attorney I could have found to help me navigate my DUI. She is extremely intelligent and hard working. I was impressed with how quickly she is able to read her environment, assess the personalities involved, process the information available to her and move forward with the best course of action. I was extremely fortunate to have her represent me.
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Posted by Debbie Belleville | October 27, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
DUI Moffat County
Claire was kind, informative, respectful and very pleasant to work with. She provided clear guidance without making us feel like she was simply trying to complete the case. She spent ample time helping us understand our options, explaining legal terms and giving us time to consider our options. She was amazing!
Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Petition to Seal
Claire Dawson jumped in on my case halfway through the legal process. My case was a bit complicated as it involved a few different counties. Claire had strong answers to every single one of my questions. She made me feel very calm and assured when things were still up in the air. I am very very thankful to have had Claire on my case. Everything turned out in my favor and it is definitely thanks to her!
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Posted by Joseph | May 20, 2015
Claire Dawson overall review
Great lawyer was very attentive and always kept us informed! When I would call she would immediately within the next few hours call back. Always had answers and even tried to help us with court issues in other states. I would highly recommend Claire to anyone who is in need or would want to make sure they can be well taken care of.
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Posted by Kelly | December 1, 2014
Above and Beyond
Ms. Dawson helped me with a DUI matter during a very difficult time for my family. She was professional, knowledgable and most all, she cared about me and my goals. I was more than satisfied with the results and she walked me through the case one step at a time. I highly recommend Ms. Dawson.
Posted by Dylan | December 1, 2014
Courteous, Helpful and Knowledgable
Ms. Dawson represented me in a matter in the Boulder County system. She was responsive and informative from the very first correspondence. Letting me know exactly what she could help with, what she couldn't, and set realistic expectations of an outcome based on previous, similar experiences. Ms. Dawson was also prompt with follow up communications at each juncture of the case (new court dates, expected court notifications, etc.). I would recommend Ms. Dawson for any legal matter in her wheel-house. She is capable, confident and diligent in her work and also has the ability to communicate and explain legal matters to your average lay-person like myself.
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2014
Excellent, Very Knowledgable and Cared about my Goals
Ms. Dawson represented me for DUI/traffic matters. She worked extremely hard and was very dedicated to my case. Because of her I was able to keep my driver's license and ultimately keep my job so I could support my family. If not for her representation I don't know where I'd be today. She is a wonderful attorney.
Posted by Tom | October 16, 2014
I highly recommend Claire!
I hired Claire for a criminal matter I had and she did a fantastic job. She explained the process and it ended up going exactly how she said that it would. It was much different from other experiences I have had with attorneys and unfortunately I've had to deal with a few.
Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2014
Thanks Claire!
Claire is very confident and professional at what she does. I had a very positive experience and feeling about her and I would recommend Claire to anyone. She's really good and I see her going very far in her career. Thank you Claire! Nancy
Posted by Zach | September 30, 2014
Claire Dawson--5 stars
From the first meeting with Claire Dawson, I felt reassured, confident and comfortable. Usually picky, I knew Claire would be the attorney for me and hired her on the spot. Things only went uphill after that. In addition to being knowledgeable, reliable and professional (the qualities one might look for in their counsel), she is also straight forward, easy to talk to and humorous--to boot. Claire was a joy to work with. She was always quick to respond to any inquiries I had and almost always accessible. The sentence I received for my charge was quite pleasing. I was admittedly a bit worried before, but Claire took the fear away and delivered a deal that greatly exceeded my expectations. Prior to Claire, I had worked with 6-7 attorneys, achieving similar results with only one--a man who had 40+ years of practice. Going forward, should I need legal counsel, I will only work with Claire Dawson.
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Operator
  • C. McGuire Law, LLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • Town & Town LLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • M. Trent Trani and Associates, P.C.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Cantafio Hammond, PC
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Burnham Law Firm
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Associate Attorney
  • Frankfurt Law Office
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Reisch Law Firm, LLC
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Legal Assistant/Clerk
  • Frankfurt and Trani PC
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Legal Intern
  • Ford, Parshall & Baker, LLC
  • 2006 - 2009
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  • University of Missouri School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Missouri, Columbia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DMV Dismissal for DUI
  • Case Dismissed. No license revocation.
  • DUI to Reckless
  • Domestic Violence Dismissal
  • dismissed


  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2015
  • National Arbitration Competition Finalist - 2nd Place
  • ABA Board of Advocates
  • 2009
  • Excellence for the future - Conflict Theory Top Honor
  • CALI
  • 2008
  • Regional Arbitration Competition Finalist
  • ABA
  • 2008
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  • JOURNAL OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION, Number 2 (2008): 515
  • "State Legislative Update."
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Denver Veteran Homeless Stand-down
  • Client Representation
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (12)
Endorse Claire
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Claire worked with me several years ago on a very serious criminal case in Adams County. She demonstrated herself to be knowledgeable of the law and very zealous in her defense of those accused of crimes. My firm later hired her as an associate because of how impressed that we were with Claire. Unfortunately, I left before getting to work with her any further. I have worked with quite a few new attorneys over the years and I can say, without a doubt, that Claire was one of the best as that stage of her career. I have no doubt that she has only gotten better and hope to get to work with her again someday. I fully endorse her and would have no hesitation referring a client to her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Claire is a very knowledgeable and skilled criminal attorney. She knows the law and the knows how to help her clients. I have no problem highly recommending her to anyone in need of a great criminal attorney. She has the courtroom skills and juries really like her!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Many great client reviews and peer endorsements. Call Claire before hiring someone else."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Friend
"Claire is a brilliant criminal defense attorney. Her commitment to her clients and fearless pursuit of justice are unmatched. Claire brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to help each client obtain the best result."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Claire is extremely dedicated and knowledgeable, and I would like to endorse her as a top criminal defense attorney. With a vast understanding of the law, she is a fierce advocate for her clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"Claire is a very intelligent attorney. She is dedicated to fighting for her clients. She is very easy to talk to, and does a great job of telling her clients what to expect throughout the process."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Claire embodies all the necessary qualities of a criminal defense advocate. Her passion for her clients and skill as an attorney are second to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Claire is a fantastic attorney. She id dedicated to her clients. She is extremely thorough and will fight to the end for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Claire is the baddest criminal defense lawyer I know, which is why I hired her. DUI defense in particular...nobody knows more...high end lawyer and hard core litigator."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Claire is an extremely passionate and knowledgable criminal defense attorney and will ensure your case is taken care of from beginning to end. You are in good hands with Claire."
Family Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Claire is a skilled and effective advocate in matters pertaining to both domestic and criminal law. Her talent is exceeded only by the passion and commitment she devotes to her cases, and to her clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Claire is a experienced litigator and equally accomplished advocate. She handles all of her cases with the perfect balance of strength and strategy. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Claire has so much experience and gets the job done for all of her clients. She is knowledgable and effective."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Claire is very knowledgable and impressive in her handling of criminal defense matters."
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