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Samuelson Law, P.C.

417 West Mountain AvenueFort Collins, CO 80521
Phones: 970-372-6397
877-283-7107
Fax: 970-493-6928
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Derek Samuelson is a trial lawyer who specializes in criminal defense. From his Fort Collins law office, Mr. Samuelson is proud to provide comprehensive legal representation to people charged with criminal offenses throughout northern Colorado.

He has defended clients against everything from DUI charges to the death penalty and has established a track record of trial success in the process. Before entering private practice, Mr. Samuelson spent more than a decade representing people...

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Derek Samuelson is a trial lawyer who specializes in criminal defense. From his Fort Collins law office, Mr. Samuelson is proud to provide comprehensive legal representation to people charged with criminal offenses throughout northern Colorado.

He has defended clients against everything from DUI charges to the death penalty and has established a track record of trial success in the process. Before entering private practice, Mr. Samuelson spent more than a decade representing people charged with felonies and misdemeanors for the Colorado State Public Defender in the Fort Collins, Greeley and Denver Regional Offices.

In 2008, Mr. Samuelson was honored with the 'Attorney of the Year' Award from the Colorado State Public Defender for outstanding service in the practice of criminal defense. He was selected from over 300 criminal defense attorneys statewide for the award.

Mr. Samuelson's courtroom experience is extensive. He has handled thousands of criminal cases and defended clients charged with virtually every crime on the books in Colorado. He has tried and won many complex high-profile cases.

Mr. Samuelson received his law degree from the University of Denver where he graduated with high academic honors, earning membership to the Law Review and the Order of St. Ives (top 10% of the class). Mr. Samuelson earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Vermont, where he was a Dean's List student and captained a nationally-ranked NCAA Division I soccer team.

Away from the courtroom, Mr. Samuelson teaches continuing legal education courses to other attorneys on such topics as trial tactics, cross-examination, death penalty jury selection, and DUI defense. Mr. Samuelson is a member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Larimer County Bar Association. He has also served on the Weld County Criminal Justice Advisory Committee and the Larimer County Juvenile Drug Court Board.

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Previous Law Firm Name
Derek Samuelson
Practice Areas
Criminal DefenseDrug and Narcotics DefenseAll Felonies and MisdemeanorsSex Assault DefenseWhite Collar Criminal DefenseJuvenile DefenseDUI DefenseTrial Practice
Litigation
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Honors
'Attorney of the Year' awarded by the Colorado State Public Defender, 2008Order of St. Ives (Top 10% of Graduating Law School Class) and Law Review Member
Classes and Seminars
Lecturer, Jury Deselection that Works … and Doesn't Alienate Your Judge (with District Court Judge Thomas French), Larimer County Bar Association, Ft. Collins, June 5, 2013
Faculty, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Capital Voir Dire Training, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, May 16, 2013 - May 17, 2013
Faculty, South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense, Capital Voir Dire Training, Myrtle Beach, CO, April 29, 2013
Faculty, Arizona Public Defender Association, Colorado Method of Capital Voir Dire Training: Theory and Intensive Practice, Tempe, AZ, June 18, 2012 - June 20, 2012
Faculty, Oklahoma Indigent Defense System - Federal Grant Training, Norman, Oklahoma, May 18, 2011 - May 19, 2011
Faculty, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Capital Voir Dire Training, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, May 12, 2011 - May 13, 2011
Faculty: National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Life in the Balance, Annual National Conference, Orlando, FL, March 5, 2011
Faculty, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Capital Voir Dire Training, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, May 16, 2012 - May 18, 2012
Faculty, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Capital Voir Dire Training, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, May 14, 2010 - May 15, 2010
Mitigation Themes: Applying them to the Colorado Method of Jury Selection, ADC Death Penalty Mitigation Program, Denver, CO, May 6, 2010
Tying Trauma to the Colorado Method: Application of Theory to Practice, ADC Death Penalty Mitigation Program, Denver, CO, May 7, 2010
Proper File Documentation (with Tamara Brady, Chief Trial Deputy, Colorado State Public Defender), Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference, Crested Butte, CO, November 14, 2009
Faculty, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Capital Voir Dire Training, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, May 8, 2009
The Colorado Court of Appeals "Courts in the Community" Workshop (with Judge Dave Furman, Colorado Court of Appeals), Poudre High School, Fort Collins, CO, January 30, 2009
Cross-Examining the Snitch Witness, Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference, Crested Butte, CO, November 22, 2008
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, November 22, 2008
Faculty, Colorado Public Defender Boot Camp Training Program, Denver, CO, July 13, 2008
Faculty, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Capital Voir Dire Training, CU Law School, Boulder, CO, May 17, 2008 - May 18, 2008
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, April 13, 2006
The Mission of the Public Defender, Kiwanis Club, Greeley, CO, February 15, 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, October 27, 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, September 20, 2004
Lecturer, Defending the DUI, Colorado State Public Defender Lecture Series, Denver, CO, June 4, 2004
Lecturer, The Role of Defense Counsel, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, October 27, 2003
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Address
417 West Mountain AvenueFort Collins, CO 80521
Office Hours
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Phone
970-372-6397877-283-7107
Fax
970-493-6928
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