Martin Stuart

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Denver, CO

McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP
 | 140 E. 19th Avenue, Suite 300
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-832-8888
Fax: 303-863-8888
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2011
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%)
Attorney Profile

A co-founder of McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP, Martin Stuart focuses his practice on criminal defense matters. From the firm's office located in downtown Denver, he represents clients and corporate entities throughout the state who are being investigated or have been accused of federal or state felonies, including healthcare fraud and other white collar crimes, drug trafficking and conspiracy, sexual assault, homicide and other violent crimes. During his more than 20 years of practice, Mr. Stuart has tried nearly 100 jury trials, and he has been able to receive acquittals on behalf of his clients in many instances.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Stuart received a Bachelor of Arts from Whittier College in 1993. He then went on to attend the University of Denver College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1997. Following graduation, Mr. Stuart joined the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. After spending five years there, he entered private practice. McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP was founded in 2016.

Admitted to practice before all Colorado state courts, Mr. Stuart is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. A former president of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, he remains an active participant in that organization as well as several other professional groups. His memberships include the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, and the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, which is a nonprofit organization that seeks alternatives to mass incarceration. Mr. Stuart was also appointed to the Governor's Sentencing Commission's Task Force on Incarceration and is currently a member of the Criminal Justice Act Standing Committee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, and an Executive Committee member for the Colorado Bar Association Crimianl Law Section.

Areas of Practice

  • Federal Court Criminal Offenses
  • Colorado State Felonies
  • Drug Crimes
  • Sex Crimes
  • Civil and Criminal Forfeitures
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Crimes of Violence
 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Murder, Sex Offenses

Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%): Criminal Law - Federal

Focus Areas

Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Murder, Sex Offenses, Criminal Law - Federal

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 9 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2011

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About Martin Stuart

Admitted: 1997, Colorado

Professional Webpage: http://mswdenver.com/attorneys/martin-a-stuart/

Honors/Awards:

  •     , Criminal Defense: White-Collar (2020), The Best Lawyers in America©, 2019
  •    , AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated Since 2019 (5.0/5.0), Martindale-Hubbell©, 2019
  • ., Rated 10/10, AVVO, 2019
  •    , Colorado Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2019
  •    , Colorado Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2018
  • Denver's Top Lawyers, 5280 Magazine, 2018
  •    , Colorado Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2017
  • Denver's Top Lawyers, 5280 Magazine, 2017
  •    , Colorado Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016
  •   , Colorado Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015
  •    , Colorado Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014
  •    , Colorado Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013
  •    , Colorado Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2012
  •    , Colorado Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2011
  •    , Colorado Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010
  •    , Colorado Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2009
  • Hoffman Cup Trial Advocacy Champion, University of Denver College of Law, 1996

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • BAR ADMISSIONS: State of Colorado (1997); U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado (2003); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (2006); Supreme Court of the United States (2007), 2019
  • Expert Witness Qualification.  People v. Harmon, 12CR38 (Freemont County District Court). Qualified as an expert witness on criminal defense - February 14, 2018., 2018
  • Expert Witness Qualification. People v. Gilbertson, 06CR1591 (Arapahoe County District Court). Qualified as an expert witness on criminal defense and defense of criminal felony sexual assaults – January 6, 2016., 2016
  • Expert Witness Qualification. People v. Mendoza, 09CR1576 (Arapahoe County District Court). Qualified as an expert witness on criminal defense – October 9, 2015., 2015
  • Expert Witness Qualification. People v. Quintero-Amador, 13CR259 (Arapahoe County District Court). Qualified as an expert witness on criminal defense – October 21, 2014., 2014

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Executive Committee Member, Colorado Bar Association, Criminal Law Section (2018-present), 2019
  • Member, Criminal Justice Act Panel (2003-present), 2019
  • Member, Criminal Justice Act Standing Committee, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado (2017-present), 2019
  • Member, Denver Bar Association (2003-present), 2019
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2003-present), 2019
  • Member, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (2003-present), 2019
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association (1997-present), 2019
  • Member, Governor's Sentencing Commission Incarceration Task Force (2009-2010), 2010
  • President, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (2009-2010), 2010
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (2005-2010), 2010
  • Chair, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association, Policy Committee (2008-2009), 2010

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Governor's Sentencing Commission Incarceration Task Force (2009-2010), 2010
  • Martin Stuart has a long history of public service as he was a Colorado State Public Defender for six years from 1997-2003. During that time, he served the public in Arapahoe County, Eagle County, Huerfano County, and Jefferson County.  He also completed an internship with the Colorado State Public Defender's Jefferson County and Denver County Offices from 1995-1997., 2003

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  •    , Lecturer, "Challenging the Prosecution Experts in Sexual Assault Cases", Colorado Criminal Defense Bar/Alternate Defense Counsel Seminar - Defending Sexual Assault Cases Seminar, 2018
  •    , Lecturer, "The Nuts and Bolts of Cross-Examination", Denver Public Defender's Office, 2014
  •    , Lecturer, "Sealing Records", Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association, 2008
  •    , Lecturer, "Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases", Colorado State Public Defender's Annual Conference, 1998

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • As a former President of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association, Martin Stuart has been listed on Wikipedia. He is one of the small number of Colorado lawyers eligible for inclusion on this site. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Criminal_Defense_Bar  , 2018
  • Martin Stuart formed McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP in 2016 with well known Colorado attorneys Tom Ward and Sean McDermott. Their firm is known locally for its deep experience in criminal defense., 2016
  • Martin Stuart served as Managing Partner of PortmanStuart, LLC, a criminal defense firm in Denver, Colorado from 2011-2016., 2016
  • Martin Stuart formed the Law Office of Martin Stuart, P.C. in 2003 after serving as a Colorado State Public Defender for six years. He practiced criminal defense as a solo practitioner for six years from 2003-2011., 2011

Educational Background:

  • University of Colorado School of Law, JD, 1997, 1997
  • Whittier College, B.A. (Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honor Society), 1993

Industry Groups

  • Criminal Defense
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Office Location for Martin Stuart

140 E. 19th Avenue
Suite 300
Denver, CO 80203

Phone: 303-832-8888

Fax: 303-863-8888

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