Derek Samuelson

Derek Samuelson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Fort Collins, CO

Samuelson Law, P.C.
 | 215 W. Oak Street, Suite 601, Fort Collins, CO 80521
Phone: 970-493-4371
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense

About Derek Samuelson

Admitted: 1999, Colorado

Professional Webpage: http://www.samuelsonlaw.com/Attorney-Profile/Derek-Samuelson...

Honors/Awards:

  • Attorney of the Year Awarded by the Colorado State Public Defender, 2008
  • 2008 Colorado Defender of the Year, 2008
  • Member - Advisory Committee for National Legal Aide and Defender Association
  • Member - Title IX Committe, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 
  • Faculty - National College of Capital Voir Dire 
  • Faculty - National Legal Aide and Defender Association 
  • Faculty - National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2010
  • Colorado Bar Association, 1999

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lecturer, The Role of Toxicology in Criminal Cases, Colorado State University, Dept. of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Fort Collins, CO, 2019
  • Lecturer, Title IX - Defending Sexual Misconduct Claims in Schools, Colleges & Universities, NITA (National Institute for Trial Advocacy), Boulder, CO, 2019
  • Lecturer, The Role of Toxicology in Criminal Cases, Colorado State University, Dept. of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Fort Collins, CO, 2018
  • Instructor, Capital Jury Selection: The Colorado Method, Contra Costa County Public Defender, Martinez, CA, 2018
  • Faculty, National College of Capital Voir Dire, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, 2017
  • Faculty, Florida Public Defender Association, Capital Voir Dire Training: Theory and Intense Practice, Tampa, FL, 2017
  • Lecturer, Larimer County Bar Association Professionalism Committee’s Annual Ethics Seminar, Fort Collins, CO, 2017
  • Faculty, National College of Capital Voir Dire, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, 2016
  • Faculty, National College of Capital Voir Dire, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, 2015
  • Panelist (with 8th Judicial District Attorney Cliff Reidel and Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith), ‘The Fourth Amendment’ sponsored by the Society for Constitutional Education, Loveland, CO, 2015
  • Panelist (with Ben Autobee, Senator Rhonda Fields and Adams County District Attorney Dave Young), ‘Discussing the Death Penalty’ sponsored by the Colorado Independent, Denver, CO, 2014
  • Lecturer (with David Lane), Capital Jury Selection, Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office, Cleveland, OH, 2014
  • Faculty, National College of Capital Voir Dire, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, 2014
  • Lecturer, Jury Selection in Media Cases, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Greeley, CO, 2014
  • Lecturer, Jury Deselection that Works … and Doesn't Alienate Your Judge (with District Court Judge Thomas French), Larimer County Bar Association, Ft. Collins, CO, 2013
  • Faculty, South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense, Capital Voir Dire Training, Myrtle Beach, CO, 2013
  • Faculty, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Capital Voir Dire Training, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, 2013
  • Faculty, Arizona Public Defender Association, Colorado Method of Capital Voir Dire Training: Theory and Intensive Practice, Tempe, AZ, 2012
  • Faculty, National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Colorado Method Training, Annual National Conference, Orlando, FL, 2011
  • Faculty, National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Life in the Balance, Annual National Conference, Orlando, FL, 2011
  • Faculty, Oklahoma Indigent Defense System - Federal Grant Training, Norman, OK, 2011
  • Faculty, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Capital Voir Dire Training, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, 2011
  • Lecturer, Mitigation Themes: Applying them to the Colorado Method of Jury Selection, ADC Death Penalty Mitigation Program, Denver, CO, 2010
  • Lecturer, Tying Trauma to the Colorado Method: Application of Theory to Practice, ADC Death Penalty Mitigation Program, Denver, CO, 2010
  • Faculty, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Capital Voir Dire Training, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, 2010
  • Faculty, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Capital Voir Dire Training, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, 2009
  • Panelist, The Colorado Court of Appeals "Courts in the Community" Workshop (with Judge Dave Furman, Colorado Court of Appeals), Poudre High School, Fort Collins, CO, 2009
  • Lecturer, Proper File Documentation (with Tamara Brady, Chief Trial Deputy, Colorado State Public Defender), Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference, Broomfield, CO, 2009
  • Faculty, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Capital Voir Dire Training, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, 2008
  • Lecturer, Cross-Examining the Snitch Witness, Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference, Crested Butte, CO, 2008
  • Faculty, Colorado Public Defender Boot Camp Training Program, Denver, CO, 2008
  • Lecturer, Overview of the Colorado Method of Capital Jury Selection (with Doug Wilson, Colorado State Public Defender), Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference, Crested Butte, CO, 2008
  • The Mission of the Public Defender, Kiwanis Club, Greeley, CO, 2006
  • Panelist, Criminal Justice Panel Discussion hosted by Weld County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Committee (with Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck and Weld County District Court Judge Marcelo Kopkow), Greeley, CO, 2006
  • Lecturer, The Role of the Prosecutor vs. the Role of Defense Counsel (with Chief Deputy Weld County District Attorney Zeke Knox), University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, 2005
  • Lecturer, Sane Nurses and Debunking Medical Mythology in Sex Assault Cases (with Deputy State Public Defenders Jamie Roth and Sheryl Uhlmann), Public Defender Annual Conference, Breckenridge, CO, 2004
  • Lecturer, Defending the DUI, Colorado State Public Defender Lecture Series, Denver, CO, 2004
  • Lecturer, The Role of Defense Counsel, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, 2003

Educational Background:

  • University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, Honors: Dean's List, Major: Political Science, 1996
  • University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado, Honors: Order of St. Ives (Top 10% of Graduating Class), Law Review: University of Denver Law Review, 1999
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Office Location for Derek Samuelson

215 W. Oak Street, Suite 601
Fort Collins, CO 80521

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Last Updated: 6/17/2019

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