Janene K. McCabe

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Boulder, Colorado

McCabe Law
Janene K. McCabe
McCabe Law

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense; view more

Licensed in Colorado since: 2001

Education: University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023
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McCabe Law

1919 14th St
Suite 700
Boulder, CO 80302 Visit website


Attorney Janene K. McCabe is the founder and owner of McCabe Law in Boulder, Colorado. Nationally recognized as among the leading trial lawyers in the country, Ms. McCabe focuses her practice solely on criminal defense, and she provides invaluable counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Boulder metro and surrounding areas who stand accused of any type of felony or misdemeanor offense.

Prior to entering private practice, Ms. McCabe served with the Colorado State Public Defender's Office, where she achieved remarkable success advocating on behalf of those who may have little to no legal options available to them. From her success, she received the Colorado State Public Defender of the Year award in 2009, and she has received many other top rankings and endorsements from her peers.

Among her other notable accolades, Ms. McCabe has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and a Top 100 Trial Lawyers ranking from The National Trial Lawyers. She has also received 10 out of 10 client ratings on Avvo as well as many testimonials and referrals from her satisfied clients.

A 1993 graduate of Illinois State University, Ms. McCabe obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2001. She is admitted to practice before all Colorado state courts as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

Ms. McCabe is a board member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and the National Association for Public Defense, where she has chaired the association's Fines and Fees Committee. She has also lobbied before the United States Commission on Civil Rights on the constitutionality of imposing jail sentences on those who cannot afford to pay court costs and fees. She is also an active member of the Colorado Women's Bar Association, among her other professional affiliations.

A leader in her field, she has conducted numerous lectures and continuing legal education seminars across her region on a variety of topics related to criminal defense, civil rights and other related subjects.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense

Focus areas

Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Sex Offenses

  • 100% Criminal Defense

First Admitted: 2001, Colorado

Professional Webpage: http://mccabe-law.net/people/janene-mccabe/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Colorado Courts catapulted Online Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
  • DNA Presentation w/ Steve Jacobson, Annual Public Defender Conference (2005)
  • DNA Basics for Investigators, Annual Public Defender Conference (2009)
  • Attacking the Reid Technique, Annual Public Defender Conference (2010)
  • Technology in Practice, Annual Public Defender Conference (2014)
  • NAPD Policy Statement on the Predatory Collection of Costs, Fines, and Fees in America’s Criminal Courts (5/2015)
  • Testimony Provided to the United States Commission on Civil Rights (3/2016)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • US District Court, District of Colorado
  • National Association of Public Defense, Fines and Fees Committee
  • Member, National Association of Public Defense Steering Committee, 2015
  • Board Member of Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, 2019
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  • Colorado Bar Association, 2019
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association, 2019
  • National Association of Public Defense, 2019
  • Named the Colorado State Public Defender of the Year, an honor reserved for those attorneys demonstrating exemplary work and dedication to clients and the public defender system., Attorney of the Year, Colorado State Public Defender, 2009
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Testified in front of the United States Civil Rights Commission regarding the unconstitutional practice of courts jailing persons for the inability to pay fines and fees, 2015
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Office location for Janene K. McCabe

1919 14th St
Suite 700
Boulder, CO 80302

Phone: 720-996-2422


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  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023

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