SAMUELSON LAW, P.C. 877.283.7107 - criminal defense

Samuelson Law, P.C.

417 West Mountain Avenue

Fort Collins, CO 80521

Phone: 970-372-6397

Toll Free: 877-283-7107

Fax: 970-493-6928

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Derek Samuelson

Derek Samuelson

Private Practitioner
Location:
Fort Collins, Colorado
Phone:
970-372-6397
877-283-7107
Fax:
970-493-6928
Email:

Derek Samuelson is a trial lawyer who specializes in criminal defense. From his Fort Collins law office, Mr. Samuelson is proud to provide comprehensive legal representation to people charged with criminal offenses throughout northern Colorado.

He has defended clients against everything from DUI charges to the death penalty and has established a track record of trial success in the process. Before entering private practice, Mr. Samuelson spent more than a decade representing people charged with felonies and misdemeanors for the Colorado State Public Defender in the Fort Collins, Greeley and Denver Regional Offices.

In 2008, Mr. Samuelson was honored with the 'Attorney of the Year' Award from the Colorado State Public Defender for outstanding service in the practice of criminal defense. He was selected from over 300 criminal defense attorneys statewide for the award.

Mr. Samuelson's courtroom experience is extensive. He has handled thousands of criminal cases and defended clients charged with virtually every crime on the books in Colorado. He has tried and won many complex high-profile cases.

Mr. Samuelson received his law degree from the University of Denver where he graduated with high academic honors, earning membership to the Law Review and the Order of St. Ives (top 10% of the class). Mr. Samuelson earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Vermont, where he was a Dean's List student and captained a nationally-ranked NCAA Division I soccer team.

Away from the courtroom, Mr. Samuelson teaches continuing legal education courses to other attorneys on such topics as trial tactics, cross-examination, death penalty jury selection, and DUI defense. Mr. Samuelson is a member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Larimer County Bar Association. He has also served on the Weld County Criminal Justice Advisory Committee and the Larimer County Juvenile Drug Court Board.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Drug and Narcotics Defense
  • All Felonies and Misdemeanors
  • Sex Assault Defense
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Juvenile Defense
  • DUI Defense
  • Trial Practice

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1999
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2011

Education

  • University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado
    • J.D. - 1999
    • Honors: Order of St. Ives (Top 10% of Graduating Class)
    • Law Review: University of Denver Law Review
  • University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
    • B.A. - 1996
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science
  • University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia - 1995

Classes/Seminars

  • Faculty, National College of Capital Voir Dire, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, May 18, 2017 - May 20, 2017
  • Lecturer, Larimer County Bar Association Professionalism Committee’s Annual Ethics Seminar, Fort Collins, CO, April 19, 2017 - Present
  • Faculty, Florida Public Defender Association, Capital Voir Dire Training: Theory and Intense Practice, Tampa, Florida, March 30, 2017 - April 1, 2017
  • Faculty, National College of Capital Voir Dire, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, May 12, 2016 - May 24, 2016
  • Faculty, National College of Capital Voir Dire, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, May 14, 2015 - May 16, 2015
  • Panelist (with 8th Judicial District Attorney Cliff Reidel and Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith), ‘The Fourth Amendment’ sponsored by the Society for Constitutional Education, Loveland, CO, April 24, 2015 - Present
  • Lecturer, Jury Selection in Media Cases, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Greeley, CO, August 21, 2014 - Present
  • Faculty, National College of Capital Voir Dire, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, May 15, 2014 - May 17, 2014
  • Lecturer (with David Lane), Capital Jury Selection, Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office, Cleveland, Ohio, April 7, 2014 - April 8, 2014
  • Panelist (with Ben Autobee, Senator Rhonda Fields and Adams County District Attorney Dave Young), ‘Discussing the Death Penalty’ sponsored by the Colorado Independent, Denver, CO, February 27, 2014 - Present
  • Lecturer, Jury Deselection that Works … and Doesn't Alienate Your Judge (with District Court Judge Thomas French), Larimer County Bar Association, Ft. Collins, June 5, 2013
  • Faculty, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Capital Voir Dire Training, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, May 16, 2013 - May 17, 2013
  • Faculty, South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense, Capital Voir Dire Training, Myrtle Beach, CO, April 29, 2013
  • Faculty, Arizona Public Defender Association, Colorado Method of Capital Voir Dire Training: Theory and Intensive Practice, Tempe, AZ, June 18, 2012 - June 20, 2012
  • Faculty, Oklahoma Indigent Defense System - Federal Grant Training, Norman, Oklahoma , May 18, 2011 - May 19, 2011
  • Faculty, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Capital Voir Dire Training, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, May 12, 2011 - May 13, 2011
  • Faculty, National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Life in the Balance, Annual National Conference, Orlando, FL, March 5, 2011 - May 8, 2011
  • Faculty, National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Colorado Method Training, Annual National Conference, Orlando, FL, March 5, 2011 - March 8, 2011
  • Faculty, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Capital Voir Dire Training, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, May 14, 2010 - May 15, 2010
  • Lecturer, Tying Trauma to the Colorado Method: Application of Theory to Practice, ADC Death Penalty Mitigation Program, Denver, CO, May 7, 2010
  • Lecturer, Mitigation Themes: Applying them to the Colorado Method of Jury Selection, ADC Death Penalty Mitigation Program, Denver, CO, May 6, 2010
  • Lecturer, Proper File Documentation (with Tamara Brady, Chief Trial Deputy, Colorado State Public Defender), Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference, Broomfield, CO, September 14, 2009
  • Faculty, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Capital Voir Dire Training, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, May 8, 2009 - May 9, 2009
  • Panelist, The Colorado Court of Appeals "Courts in the Community" Workshop (with Judge Dave Furman, Colorado Court of Appeals), Poudre High School, Fort Collins, CO, January 30, 2009
  • Lecturer, Cross-Examining the Snitch Witness, Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference, Crested Butte, CO, September 22, 2008
  • Lecturer, Overview of the Colorado Method of Capital Jury Selection (with Doug Wilson, Colorado State Public Defender), Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference, Crested Butte, CO, September 22, 2008
  • Faculty, Colorado Public Defender Boot Camp Training Program, Denver, CO, July 13, 2008 - July 15, 2008
  • Faculty, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Capital Voir Dire Training, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, May 17, 2008 - May 18, 2008
  • Panelist, Criminal Justice Panel Discussion hosted by Weld County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Committee (with Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck and Weld County District Court Judge Marcelo Kopkow), Greeley, CO, April 13, 2006
  • The Mission of the Public Defender, Kiwanis Club, Greeley, CO, February 15, 2006
  • Lecturer, The Role of the Prosecutor vs. the Role of Defense Counsel (with Chief Deputy Weld County District Attorney Zeke Knox), University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, October 27, 2005
  • Lecturer, Sane Nurses and Debunking Medical Mythology in Sex Assault Cases (with Deputy State Public Defenders Jamie Roth and Sheryl Uhlmann), Public Defender Annual Conference, Breckenridge, CO, September 20, 2004
  • Lecturer, Defending the DUI, Colorado State Public Defender Lecture Series, Denver, CO, June 4, 2004
  • Lecturer, The Role of Defense Counsel, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, October 27, 2003

Honors and Awards

  • 'Attorney of the Year' Awarded by the Colorado State Public Defender, 2008
  • Recipient – 2008 Colorado Defender of the Year
  • Faculty – National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Faculty – National Legal Aide and Defender Association
  • Faculty – National College of Capital Voir Dire
  • Member – Title IX Committee, Nation Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member – Advisory Committee for National Legal Aide and Defender Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • Larimer County Bar Association, Member
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Colorado State Public Defender, Trial Attorney, 1999 - 2009

If you have been arrested or charged with a crime in northern Colorado, call Samuelson Law, P.C. Derek Samuelson represents clients in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Estes Park, Longmont, Berthoud, Wellington, Ault, Johnstown, Brighton, Boulder, Denver, Fort Morgan and Sterling, as well as other communities in Larimer County, Weld County, Boulder County, Adams County, the Denver Metro Area and surrounding Colorado areas.