Sean McDermott

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Denver, Colorado

McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP
Sean McDermott
McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, White Collar Crimes, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Colorado since: 1998

Education: University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2024
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McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP

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


Sean McDermott is a founding partner at McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP, a criminal defense and civil litigation law firm in Denver. Mr. McDermott devotes 100% of his practice to litigation.

From the firm's office in Denver, Colorado, he provides criminal 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. 

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

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

  • 40% Criminal Defense
  • 30% Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 30% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1998, Colorado

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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
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Lecture , 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
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member, Denver Crime Prevention and Control Commission (2012-present), 2023
  • Sean McDermott has an active pro bono practice and has assisted clients on a pro bono basis since 2005., 2023
  • 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
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • ADMISSIONS: U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit (2010); U.S. District Court District of Colorado (2005); Colorado (1998), 2023
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association (1998-present), 2023
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1998-present), 2023
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association (2005-present), 2023
  • Member, Colorado Trial Lawyer's Association (2005-present), 2023
  • Member, Denver Bar Association (2005-present), 2023
  • Member, Rhone Brackett Inn of Court (2005-present), 2020
  • President, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association (2013-2014), 2014
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association (2006-2014), 2014
  • , Criminal Defense: White Collar , Best Lawyers in America , 2024
  • , Colorado Criminal Personal Injury Litigation: Plaintiffs , Best Lawyers in America , 2024
  • , Colorado Criminal Defense: General Practice , Best Lawyers in America , 2024
  • , Top 100 Colorado Lawyers , Super Lawyers, 2023
  • , Criminal Defense: White-Collar, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2023
  • , Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2023
  • , Criminal Defense: General Practice, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2023
  • , Colorado Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2023
  • 2009-present, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell (2009-present), 2023
  •    , 10/10, AVVO, 2023
  • ., Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers (2013-present), 2023

Office location for Sean McDermott

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

Phone: 303-832-8888


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2024

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