Sean McDermott

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: 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%)
Attorney Profile

A partner at McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP, Sean McDermott devotes 100 percent of his practice to litigation. From the firm's office in Denver, Colorado, he provides defense representation to clients throughout the state who have been charged with misdemeanors or felonies ranging from driving under the influence to drug trafficking to homicide and other violent crimes. Mr. McDermott's civil litigation practice involves assisting people who have been harmed by the negligence of others in cases involving motor vehicle accidents or premises liability, and he also provides representation to policyholders whose insurers have denied their claims in bad faith.

Mr. McDermott attended Colorado State University as an undergraduate. Majoring in political science, he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1992. Staying in the state, he went on to enroll at the University of Denver College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1998. After graduation, Mr. McDermott joined the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, representing clients in the Denver metropolitan area before entering private practice in 2005. Admitted to practice in Colorado, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

An active participant in several legal organizations, Mr. McDermott's memberships include the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Denver Bar Association. He is also a past president of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, Mr. McDermott has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. He has also been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100. Mr. McDermott was named in multiple Best Lawyers in America categories in the 2019 edition including Criminal Defense: General Practice; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; and, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (40%): Arrest & Arraignment, Criminal Law, Felony, Misdemeanor

Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%)

Personal Injury - General (30%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Criminal Law, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019

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About Sean McDermott

Admitted: 1998, Colorado

Professional Webpage: https://mswdenver.com/attorneys/sean-mcdermott/

Honors/Awards:

  •   , Colorado Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2019
  • Criminal Defense: General Practice, Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • ., AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell (2009-present), 2019
  • ., Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers (2013-present), 2019
  • ., 10/10, AVVO, 2019
  • ., Member, Denver Crime Prevention and Control Commission (2012-present), 2019
  •     , Colorado Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2018
  •    , Colorado Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2017
  •    , Colorado Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016
  •    , Colorado Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • ADMISSIONS: U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit (2010); U.S. District Court District of Colorado (2005); Colorado (1998), 2019

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Rhone Brackett Inn of Court (2005-present), 2019
  • Member, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association (1998-present), 2019
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1998-present), 2019
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association (2005-present), 2019
  • Member, Denver Bar Association (2005-present), 2019
  • Member, Colorado Trial Lawyer's Association (2005-present), 2019
  • BAR ADMISSIONS: Colorado, 1998; U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 2005; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, 2010, 2019
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association (2006-2014), 2014
  • President, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association (2013-2014), 2014

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Sean McDermott has an active pro bono practice and has assisted clients on a pro bono basis since 2005., 2019
  • Sean McDermott has a deep commitment to public service. He served his community as a trial attorney with the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender from 1998 to 2005., 2005

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lecturer, Ethics Applied to Criminal and DUI Cases, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar DUI Conference - Spring, 2016
  • Lecturer, Federal Practice Series, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, 2015
  • Lecturer, Defending Those Clients Who Just Don't Get It (Clients Who Suffer From Fetal Alcohol Effects), Office of the Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference, 2001
  • Lecturer, CRE 608(a) Practical Pointers and Pitfalls to Avoid, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Lecturer, Handling the Judge and Schreck, Colorado State Public Defender's Office

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Selected to be on both the trial and appellate advocacy teams at the University of Denver

Educational Background:

  • University of Denver College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1998
  • Colorado State University, B.A. in Political Science, 1992
Office Location for Sean McDermott

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

Phone: 303-832-8888

Fax: 303-863-8888

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Last Updated: 6/25/2019

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