Fort Collins Criminal Defense Lawyer
Dedicated Criminal Defense Lawyer in Fort Collins
Derek Samuelson is a trial lawyer who specializes in criminal defense. Mr. Samuelson has been selected a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers. He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry. Mr. Samuelson has also been recognized as a Colorado Super Lawyer and enjoys a Superb 10/10 rating from Avvo.
Mr. Samuelson is proud to provide comprehensive legal representation to people charged with criminal offenses throughout northern Colorado. Mr. Samuelson 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. He was also selected to serve on the Capital Defense Unit.
In 2008, Mr. Samuelson was honored as the ‘Attorney of the Year’ by the Colorado State Public Defender for outstanding service in the practice of criminal defense. He was chosen from over 300 criminal defense attorneys across Colorado 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 all over the county to other attorneys on such topics as trial tactics, cross-examination, and death penalty jury selection. Mr. Samuelson is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Larimer County Bar Association. He has also served on the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Title IX Committee, National Legal Aid & Defender Association Advisory Board, the Weld County Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, and the Larimer County Juvenile Drug Court Board.
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