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I have been practicing law for over 18 years.  The first 3 years as a personal injury defense counsel in a general practice firm where I also was involved in DUI defense and appellate work.  I then practiced in Vermont and New Hampshire in a wide variety of areas including DUI Defense, appellate cases at the Vermont Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, plaintiff's personal injury and contracts cases.  I opened my own practice in Boulder, Colorado in 2005 at 6th Avenue and Canyon Boulevard directly across Canyon Boulevard from the Boulder County Justice Center.  In 2011 I opened a second office in Nederland, Colorado while maintaining my office in Boulder to accommodate a growing number of clients from a wide array of places from the cities and suburbs of Denver/Boulder to the mountain regions across Colorado.


As a practical and personal matter, I like to think that I treat each and every client as the unique person he or she deserves to be treated -- with respect, straight talk and the understanding that his/her case is not just a file but represents an important interest of a fellow human being which deserves hard work, creative thought, time and effort to ensure the best possible outcome for my client.  I approach the practice of law from the practical and realitic perspective of my clients while maintaining the utmost respect for the rule of law, the Constitution as well as for those who are privileged enough to administer these important institutions.  In short, I take an old school approach to the practice of law -- with passion and with the big picture in sight while maintaining a close eye to detail.  An old school approach to age old profession.  I love what I do for a living, and I believe it shows in my work and, more importantly, in the results I attain for my clients. 


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    20 years
  2. Car Accident: 30%
    20 years
  3. Estate Planning: 20%
    20 years



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Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jason William Savela

    Franz is an excellent lawyer. I find his work to be inspired and creative. He works hard for his clients. I enjoy discussing issues with him - I think we both learn from the other.


    Jason Savela Criminal defense Attorney
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    I endorse this lawyer. I've known Franz for years, and I cannot give him a higher endorsement. He is dedicated to his clients and does everything he ethically can to represent them. Franz is extremely intelligent and frequently thinks "outside the box" to assist his clients.


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Contact info

Frechette Law Office

595 Canyon Boulevard
Boulder, CO, 80302

Frechette Law Office

PO Box 1200
150 N. Jefferson Street, Suite #3
Nederland, CO, 80466



CTAdministrative Suspension199607/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top AttorneyAmerican Law Institute of DUI Attorneys2014
NHTSA Standard Field Sobriety Testing PractionerPlatt & Associates2009
Pro Bono AwardBoulder County Bar Association2007
Pro Bono AwardBoulder County Bar Association2006
Certificate of RecognitionBig Brothers Big Sisters2004
Academic Excellence AwardVermont Law School1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/OwnerFrechette Law Office (CO)2005 - Present
Attorney/OwnerFrechette Law Office (VT/NH)2002 - 2005
Associate AttorneyKasper & Associates, PLLC2000 - 2002
Associate AttorneyFrechette & Frechette (CT)1996 - 2000
Legal InternNorthern Alaska Environmental Center1995 - 1995
Law ClerkNational Wildlife Federation1991 - 1992
Science and Law InternCenter for Iternational Environmental Law1991 - 1992
Writer/Public RelationsThe Conservancy1989 - 1990
Assistant EditorLloyd Center for Environmental Studies1989 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
First Judicial District Judicial Nominating CommissionMember2010 - Present
Gilpin County Historical SocietyBoard Member2009 - Present
KLACK Legal Assistance for DisadvantagedVolunteer Attorney2009 - Present
Gilpin County Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar AssociationN/A2006 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Boulder County Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Big Brothers Big SistersBig Brother2004 - Present
Boulder County Legal ServicesVolunteer Attorney2005 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Jones v. Dep't of Revenue, DMVAppellate Judgment in our favor
Flottman et. al. v. FairclothPrevailed in a Breach of Contract claim on issue of law never raised before in CO (aka - an "issue of first impression."
Culp v. Colorado Dep't of Rev., Division of Motor VehiclesWon the Appeal, overturning lower adjudication which held "substantial compliance" was met.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Colorado DUI Defense BarColorado DMV DUI Issues: Basics to Spececific Issues2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Vermont Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Vermont Law SchoolN/AMaster's Degree in Environmental Law1992
Hobart CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1989