|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyer||2013|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Attorney of the Year||Colorado State Public Defender||2008|
|The Order of St. Ives||University of Denver Sturm College of Law||1999|
|Law Review||University of Denver Sturm College of Law||1998|
|Trial Lawyer||Samuelson Law PC||2009 - Present|
|Trial Attorney||Colorado State Public Defender's Office||1999 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Criminal Justice Act||Panel Member||2010 - Present|
|Larimer County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Colorado Alternate Defense Counsel||Lawyer||2009 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Faculty||2008 - Present|
|Colorado Bar Association||Member||1999 - Present|
|Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association||Member||1998 - Present|
|South Carolina Commission of Indigent Defense||Faculty||2013 - 2013|
|Arizona Public Defender Association||Faculty||2012 - 2012|
|National Legal Aid and Defender Association||Advisory Board||2011 - 2011|
|National Legal Aid and Defender Association||Faculty||2011 - 2011|
|Oklahoma Indigent Defense System||Faculty||2011 - 2011|
|Southern Center for Human Rights||Faculty||2008 - 2013|
|Weld County Criminal Justice Advisory Board||Member||2004 - 2006|
|Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)||Trends in DUI Discovery||2013|
|Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Rap Sheet||Case Dismissal Doesn’t Equal A Clean Record||2012|
|University of Denver Sturm College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|University of Vermont||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1996|
|University of Queensland||Political Science||N/A||N/A|
|Larimer County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Series, Ft. Collins, CO||Jury Deselection that Works … and Doesn't Alienate Your Judge (with District Court Judge Thomas French)||2013|
|Capital Voir Dire Training, Myrtle Beach, SC||Capital Voir Dire||2013|
|Capital Voir Dire Seminar: Theories and Intense Practice, CU Law School, Boulder, CO||Capital Voir Dire||2013|
|Capital Voir Dire Seminar: Theories and Intense Practice, CU Law School, Boulder, CO||Capital Voir Dire||2012|
|Arizona Public Defender Association, Colorado Method of Capital Voir Dire, Tempe, AZ||Colorado Method||2012|
|Oklahoma Indigent Defense System - Federal Grant Training, Norman, Oklahoma||Death Penalty Jury Selection||2011|
|National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Life in the Balance, Annual National Conference, Orlando, FL||Colorado Method of Death Penalty Jury Selection||2011|
|Capital Voir Dire Seminar: Theories and Intense Practice, CU Law School, Boulder, CO||Capital Voir Dire||2011|
|Capital Voir Dire Training: Theories and Intense Practice, CU Law School, Boulder, CO||Capital Voir Dire||2010|
|ADC Death Penalty Mitigation Program, Denver, CO||Mitigation Themes||2010|
|ADC Death Penalty Mitigation Program, Denver, CO||Tying Trauma to the Colorado Method: Application of Theory to Practice||2010|
|Courts in the Community Workshop (with Judge Dave Furman, Colorado Court of Appeals)||Courts in the Community||2009|
|Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference, Broomfield, CO||Proper File Documentation (with Tamara Brady, Chief Trial Deputy, Colorado State Public Defender)||2009|
|Capital Voir Dire Training: Theories and Intense Program, CU Law School, Boulder, CO||Capital Voir Dire||2009|
|Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference, Crested Butte, CO||Overview of the Colorado Method of Capital Jury Selection (with Doug Wilson, Colorado State Public Defender)||2008|
|Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference, Crested Butte, CO||Cross-Examining the Snitch Witness||2008|
|Capital Voir Dire Training: Theories and Intense Training, CU Law School, Boulder, CO||Capital Voir Dire||2008|
|Weld County Chamber of Commerce Panel Discussion Series||Criminal Justice Panel Discussion (with Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck and Weld County District Court Judge Marcelo Kopkow)||2006|
|University of Northern Colorado||The Role of the Prosecutor vs. Defense Counsel (with Chief Deputy Weld County District Attorney Zeke Knox)||2005|
|Public Defender Annual Conference, Breckenridge, CO||Sane Nurses and Debunking Medical Mythology in Sex Assault Cases (with Deputy State Public Defenders Jamie Roth and Sheryl Uhlmann)||2004|
|Colorado State Public Defender Lecture Series, Denver, CO||Lecturer, Defending the DUI||2004|
Posted by Zander
Derek Samuelson is held in high esteem among the Fort Collins lawyer community, and for good reason. A former public defender, he now works to ensure defendants receive a fair trial with excellent representation.
When I was wrongfully cited a ticket for 'throwing missles', Derek worked tirelessly to get my case thrown out. He has many connections on both sides of the law, and will use them to represent you to the best of his ability.
Everyone who works with him will agree, he is the best lawyer in Fort Collins. I can't recommend him highly enough.
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Samuelson and his team come with my highest recommendation. Derek was referred to me by a number of top Denver law firms as the best attorney in the region to handle sex assault charges, and his exceptional reputation proved to be well-deserved as he was able to have the case dismissed.
Derek was incredibly responsive, kept me up-to-date with conversations with the DA's office, setting realistic expectations for timing and so forth, and showed great intelligence and professionalism throughout the process. He was very detail-oriented throughout the initial meeting (and subsequent follow-up calls/meetings) and went through all of the charges and the facts of the case, and discussed all possible options and the pros and cons of each as I inquired about countersuing the claimant for filing a false police report and so forth.
I consult with many Fortune 500 companies in my line of business, and frankly haven't been in as productive of a strategy session as those I enjoyed with Derek as he vigorously defended against these claims and skillfully worked to have the case dismissed.
Through multiple phone calls with numerous people in the law profession, I was able to learn before hiring him that Derek is not only highly-regarded by his clients, but also with the district attorney's offices throughout the area, which makes a very tangible difference in dealing with such a he-said/she-said case.
Posted by steve
Derek is a gifted personable lawyer. He takes the time to learn who you are as a person not just as a client. He is responsive and when talking with him or working with him you never get the feeling he has something else going.
he communicates what is happening what the likely out comes are and he is honest about your case. He keeps you informed and works hard to defend you and your rights.
Again what I think is most important and impressive with Derek is that he flat out takes the time to listen know and understand his clients.
in the end you don't walk away believing all the lawyer jokes. and while you hope that you never need his services again you feel that if you do he is the person you will call.