Born, raised, and educated in New York, I actually started my professional career after Columbia in biomedical research. But life has its twists and turns and I ended up pursuing a legal career, which I find suits me better.
During my first seven years as an attorney, I have had the opportunity to go up against some extremely talented, well respected attorneys in the Colorado legal community which exposed me to a higher caliber of practice. One of the most significant cases in my career was an employment discrimination case against the University of Colorado, defended by Patrick O'Rourke (who also handled the Ward Churchill defense and was on the short list for the CO Supreme Court). Although I had counsel represent me at the trial and initial appeal, I played a signficant role in the analysis and strategizing for the case. That case also gave me the opportunity to author and submit a Petition for Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court (USSC case # 08-1355). This experience was instrumental in my development as an attorney, both in how I understand our legal system, as well as for the drive in me to litigate and fight against injustices.
I have also gone up against the top level prosecutors in my jurisdiction, with my most significant trials being a First Degree Murder case involving a dying declaration, a Mutliple Aggravated Robbery of a Controlled Subtance defendant, a Sexual Asault on a Child in a Pattern of Abuse situation,and multiple other Crimes of Violence cases and have achieved favorable verdicts in many of them.
Having handled as many cases and trials as I have while I was a government lawyer, I am confident enough to handle any case that ends up before a judge or jury.
I am passionate about what I do, and have the intelligence and experience to be quite effective.
While not performing legal work, I like working on my house, yard, and vehicles. I love dogs, especially Australian Shepherds and like to go hiking and biking. I've been frequenting Garden of the Gods a bunch as it is a place fit for the Gods.
Languages spoken: English, French, Tagalog
Hourly ($175-325/hour), contingent (33%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)
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I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Lucas and I shared a client. Mr. Lucas was able to secure not guilty verdicts on a number of counts at trial and successfully argue for the minimum sentence for those counts where our client was convicted. His hard work paid off for the client both in his El Paso County case as well as the case I represented the client on in the Denver area.
Nicholas Sarwark Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Roger Lucas is an accomplished trial lawyer who will thoroughly analyze a case and determine the best course of action. Mr. Lucas will fight with enthusiasm, litigating tirelessly, while negotiating toward justice. He will steer his clients toward the best result, but honor the personal choices of those for whom he advocates. This attorney understands how affected persons are when they enter the legal system, and Roger Lucas uses those challenges and frustration to personalize his arguments as if fighting for his own family.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers||The National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|10 Best Client Satisfaction Award||The American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys||2015|
|A+ Rating||Better Business Bureau||2015|
|The Nation's Top 1 %||The National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2015|
|Featured in the Global Directory of Who's Who||The Global Directory of Who's Who||2014|
|Top 10 Under 40||National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys||2014|
|Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers||The National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|DU Law Scholarship||University of Denver Sturm College of Law||2004|
|Dean's List||Columbia College of Columbia University in the City of New York||1995|
|TAP Award||New York State Board of Regents||1992|
|Managing Attorney; Owner||The Law Office of Roger J. Lucas, LLC||2014 - Present|
|Deputy Public Defender||Colorado State Public Defender's Office||2007 - 2014|
|Intern||Colorado Attorney General's Office||2005 - 2005|
|Professional Research Assistant||University of Colorado Health Science Center||2000 - 2003|
|Research Assistant||Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Cancer Research||1998 - 2000|
|Research Tech II||Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center||1996 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Better Business Bureau||Accredited Business Member||2015 - Present|
|Pikes Peak Pro Bono Project||Regular Attorney Volunteer||2014 - Present|
|Colorado Bar Association||Attorney Member||2007 - Present|
|El Paso County Bar Association||Attorney Member||2007 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Attorney Member||2007 - Present|
|DU Criminal Law Association||Treasurer||2006 - 2007|
|Parkway Towers Homeowner's Association||Member-at-Large||2002 - 2006|
|Parkway Towers Homeowner's Association||President||2001 - 2002|
|Parkway Towers Homeowner's Association||Secretary||2000 - 2001|
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|University of Denver Water Law Review||Court Reports||2007|
|University of Denver Water Law Review||Court Reports||2006|
|University of Denver Water Law Review||Court Reports||2005|
|Journal of Neural Transmission, Supplement||Gene expression relevant to Down's syndrome: problems and approaches||1999|
|University of Denver Sturm College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2007|
|Columbia College||Biological Sciences||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1996|
|2008 Hoffman Cup Mock Trial Competition||Hoffman Cup Judge on Trial Performance||2008|