Eric Zale

Top rated criminal defense attorney in Boulder, Colorado

Emeson & Zale, LLC
Eric Zale
Emeson & Zale, LLC

Practice Areas: Criminal defense; view more

Licensed in Colorado since: 2005

Education: Vermont Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023

Emeson & Zale, LLC

2315 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304 Visit website


Eric Zale is a founding partner at Emeson & Zale LLC, which serves clients in Boulder, Colorado. He focuses on criminal defense cases that involve complex and time-intensive litigation and range from traffic tickets to homicides.

After graduating from high school in Chicago, Mr. Zale left Illinois to complete his undergraduate degree at  Hampshire College. After completing his degree in Massachusetts, he moved to Colorado and worked with at-risk youth as they completed court-ordered therapy programs. This experience prompted a career change, so he returned to New England and completed his law degree at Vermont Law School. In 2005, he became licensed to practice in Colorado.

Once he was admitted to the bar, Mr. Zale worked as a public defender so he could advocate on behalf of persons who needed representation most. During this time, he handled thousands of cases that ranged in severity from minor traffic violations to violent crimes. His work earned him the attorney of the year award for both the Denver Trial Office and the state of Colorado, in 2011. In 2015, he joined a private practice to access greater resources and freedom to better defend his clients.

Mr. Zale is a strong believer in the preservation of innocence and the power of second chances. He brings these beliefs to every case he handles so that at-risk youths and accused adults can turn their lives around. Outside of work, he is a family man and enjoys an active life in Colorado with his wife and toddler.

Practice areas

Criminal defense

Focus areas

Arrest & arraignment, Assault & battery, Criminal fraud, Criminal law, Debt, Drug & alcohol violations, Motor vehicle offenses, Prosecution, Sex offenses, Tax evasion, Theft, Traffic violations, Criminal domestic violence

  • 100% Criminal defense

First Admitted: 2005, Colorado

Professional Webpage:

  • Attorney of the year award for the state of Colorado and for the Denver Trial Office, 2011
Educational Background:
  • Hampshire College in Amherst Massachusetts, liberal arts degree, 1999
  • Clarence Darrow Death Penalty College in Chicago Illinois
  • National Criminal Defense College in Macon Georgia

Office location for Eric Zale

2315 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304

Phone: 720-419-1440


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023

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