Derek Samuelson

Samuelson Law, P.C.
215 W Oak St. Suite 601
Fort Collins, CO 80521

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.
Areas of Practice

Criminal Defense
Drug and Narcotics Defense
All Felonies and Misdemeanors
Sex Assault Defense
White Collar Criminal Defense
Juvenile Defense
DUI Defense
Trial Practice

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

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


University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado
J.D. - 1999
Honors: Order of St. Ives (Top 10% of Graduating Class)
Law Review: University of Denver Law Review
University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
B.A. - 1996
Honors: Dean's List
Major: Political Science
University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia - 1995

Honors and Awards

'Attorney of the Year' Awarded by the Colorado State Public Defender, 2008
Recipient – 2008 Colorado Defender of the Year
Faculty – National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Faculty – National Legal Aide and Defender Association
Faculty – Federal Grant Training: Oklahoma Indigent Defense System
Faculty – Louisiana Public Defender Board: Advanced Capital Training Seminar
Member – Advisory Committee for National Legal Aide and Defender Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Member
Colorado Bar Association, Member
Larimer County Bar Association, Member
Criminal Justice Act Panel, Member
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Member