Colleen Kelley

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Denver, Colorado

Wolf Law LLC
Colleen Kelley
Wolf Law LLC

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense; view more

Licensed in Colorado since: 2010

Education: University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2020
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Wolf Law LLC

1385 S. Colorado Blvd.
Suite A-606
Denver, CO 80222 Visit website


A top-rated associate attorney at Wolf Law in Denver, Colorado, Colleen Kelley represents clients who are facing a variety of state criminal charges, including DUI, domestic violence, and sexual offenses. With 100 percent of her practice devoted to litigation, Ms. Kelley works diligently to resolve criminal defense cases in a way that won’t negatively affect her clients' lives over the long term.

Ms. Kelley grew up in Massachusetts and headed west for college. As an undergraduate, she studied political science at The College of Santa Fe, in New Mexico, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts. Subsequently, Ms. Kelley enrolled in the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She received her Juris Doctor in 2010 and was admitted to practice before all Colorado state courts later that year. Ms. Kelley is also a member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar.

Following law school, Ms. Kelley spent four years working in the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender before entering private practice. In 2015, Ms. Kelley was named to its list of the "10 Best" attorneys in Colorado by the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys. She was included in the "Top 40 under 40" for criminal defense by the National Trial Lawyers in 2018. Most recently she was invited by the Litigation Counsel of America to become a fellow in The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society. She continues to further her legal education in order to accommodate changing laws and regulations, attending conferences and lectures including the annual Colorado Criminal Defense Bar DUI Conference.

Additionally, Ms. Kelley has been on the other side of the podium, teaching classes on criminal defense and the collateral consequences of DUI. She also lends her time and legal knowledge to current and former military service members on both a pro bono and discount basis. When not practicing law, she can often be found on the ski slopes or riding her motorcycle.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense

Focus areas

Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft

  • 100% Criminal Defense

First Admitted: 2010, Colorado

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar DUI Conference, 2016
  • Member Colorado Women's Bar Association, 2022
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, 2015-Present
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys: 2015 Top 10 Best DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • State of Colorado, 2010
  • Deans List, College of Santa Fe
  • Felony DUI: The Law and Penalties, 2015
  • AVVO Client’s Choice Award, 2017
  • SuperLawyers Rising Star, 2018
  • The Litigation Counsel of America is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society established to reflect the new face of the American bar. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. The composition of the LCA is aggressively diverse, with recognition of excellence among American litigation and trial counsel across all segments of the bar. The purpose of the LCA is to recognize deserving, experienced, and highly qualified lawyers, to provide an outlet for scholarly authorship of legal articles on trial and litigation practice, to provide additional sources for professional development, to promote superior advocacy and ethical standards in the practice of law, to assist in community involvement by its membership, and to advance a superior judiciary, by taking relevant positions on issues or legislation affecting judicial compensation and/or benefits, as well as those affecting the American litigation processes. Fellows are selected and invited into Fellowship after being evaluated for effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation. The number of full Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity and inclusion to align effectively. Fellows are generally at the partner or shareholder level or are independent practitioners with twelve or more years experience. The LCA Fellowship also includes Judicial Fellows, Academic Fellows (law professors/legal scholars), Legislative Fellows and In-House Counsel Fellows.  Unless their practice changes from litigation or trial work or their general ethical reputation has been diminished, Fellows may hold their status as long as they desire to be affiliated with the LCA. Fellows who hold such status for seven consecutive years may be designated Senior Fellows. Upon high recommendation by a Fellow, a limited number of Associate Fellows are selected, generally pending qualification for Fellowship. Associate Fellows may include partners or associates from the same firm in which nominating Fellows practice or with any other ethically reputable firm, governmental division or company., Trial Lawyer Honorary Society Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2018
  • 2015 Client Satisfaction Award, 10 Best Client Satisfaction, American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys, 2015
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 - Criminal Defense, Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers Top 100, 2018
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Discount and Pro Bono services for current and former Military Service Members
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • DMV Collateral Consequences to the Douglas and Arapahoe County Public Defender’s Offices, July 2017
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Municipal Court Masters Series, June 2016
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certificate of Completion National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)/ International Association of Chief's of Police (IACO) Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Student Course, 2012
Educational Background:
  • The University of Texas at Austin Petroleum Extension Service Petroleum Fundamentals Seminar, 2014
  • Juris Doctor The University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2007
  • The College of Sante Fe, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, 2003, 2003
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • 16CA2195 The People of the State of Colorado v. Matthew Gene Zhu. Ms. Kelley successfully represented the Defendant-Appellant in the Colorado Court of Appeals. The judgement was vacated and the case was remanded with directions. , 2018

Office location for Colleen Kelley

1385 S. Colorado Blvd.
Suite A-606
Denver, CO 80222

Phone: 720-479-8574


2 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2018 - 2020

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