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David G. Maxted
303.831.7364

EDUCATION

Duke Law, J.D., High Honors, 2009

Duke University Graduate School, M.A. Philosophy, 2009

Amherst College, B.A., with distinction, 2005

PRACTICE AREAS

Criminal Defense

Civil Rights

Civil Litigation

Forensic Science Litigation

Appellate and Post-Conviction Litigation

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

Order of the Coif, Duke Law, 2009

Finalist, Duke Law Moot Court Competition, 2009

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Federal Civil Pro Bono Panel Member, United States District Court

SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES

Won full acquittal and dismissals in first degree murder trials

Won full acquittal and dismissals in drug distribution trials

Won full acquittal in felony assault and aggravated assault trials

Won full acquittal in numerous other serious felony trials

Won full acquittal in bench trials decided by judges

Won dismissal for prosecutorial misconduct in multiple cases

Won suppression or exclusion of evidence resulting in dismissals in multiple cases

Won dismissal in numerous other felony cases

Successfully negotiated diversions and deferred sentencing agreements for clients

Successfully negotiated alternatives to incarceration for clients

Successfully negotiated favorable pleas and sentences for hundreds of clients

Won reversal of convictions post-trial

Successfully sealed criminal records for innocent clients

David G. Maxted is a battle-tested trial lawyer with a proven track record of fighting injustice and vindicating the rights of his clients. A relentless advocate, David cultivates a client-centered approach to every case, for every client. He is highly-regarded for his courtroom skill, detailed preparation, and strategic vision. He practices in state and federal court representing clients charged with crimes or under investigation, and handling a broad range of civil litigation.

David’s practice includes civil rights cases challenging police brutality and the use of excessive force, and other § 1983 claims suing for violations of his clients’ Constitutional rights. His civil practice also covers a variety of matters such as securities claims, COCCA racketeering, unlawful seizure of property and assets, civil conspiracy, tortious interference, and other lawsuits.

In trial successes, David has won notable victories including full acquittals, pre-indictment dismissals, pretrial dismissals, and victories through suppression of evidence or by challenging misconduct by investigators and prosecutors. A focused and persuasive writer, David’s successes include winning motions overturning convictions post-trial, and winning on appeal. He is also a skilled negotiator and has successfully achieved favorable outcomes including alternatives to incarceration, deferred prosecution or sentencing agreements, and reduced sentences in hundreds of cases.

David earned a B.A. with distinction from Amherst College in 2005, including a thesis awarded magna cum laude, and went on to graduate with High Honors from Duke Law in 2009, while also earning an M.A. in Philosophy.

After law school, David joined the renowned Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), nationally regarded as one of the top criminal defense firms in the country. While at PDS in Washington, D.C., David honed his courtroom skills handling high-profile cases—primarily homicides and other complex felonies—including dozens of jury trials. David’s knowledge, ability, and reputation for excellence earned him a selection as a Supervising Attorney at PDS, and as a lecturer and trainer on trial skills in D.C. area litigation clinics and programs.

David also joined the Forensic Practice Group at PDS, and has extensive experience with an array of matters involving forensics and experts, including: police policies and procedures, use of force, DNA, serology, medical evidence, PTSD and trauma evidence, psychiatry and psychology, fingerprints, firearms, handwriting analysis, arson and fire investigations, digital evidence, cell phone evidence, pathology, and innumerable other areas of forensics. David has successfully raised legal challenges to opposing experts in a number of cases, and has substantial experience preparing and presenting expert testimony.

Originally from Durango, Colorado, David returned to his home state to join Haddon, Morgan and Foreman. David is active in the pro bono community and in justice policy reform. He also lectures and conducts trainings on the craft of trial advocacy.


EDUCATION

Duke Law, J.D., High Honors, 2009

Duke University Graduate School, M.A. Philosophy, 2009

Amherst College, B.A., with distinction, 2005

PRACTICE AREAS

Criminal Defense

Civil Rights

Civil Litigation

Forensic Science Litigation

Appellate and Post-Conviction Litigation

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

Order of the Coif, Duke Law, 2009

Finalist, Duke Law Moot Court Competition, 2009

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Federal Civil Pro Bono Panel Member, United States District Court

SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES

Won full acquittal and dismissals in first degree murder trials

Won full acquittal and dismissals in drug distribution trials

Won full acquittal in felony assault and aggravated assault trials

Won full acquittal in numerous other serious felony trials

Won full acquittal in bench trials decided by judges

Won dismissal for prosecutorial misconduct in multiple cases

Won suppression or exclusion of evidence resulting in dismissals in multiple cases

Won dismissal in numerous other felony cases

Successfully negotiated diversions and deferred sentencing agreements for clients

Successfully negotiated alternatives to incarceration for clients

Successfully negotiated favorable pleas and sentences for hundreds of clients

Won reversal of convictions post-trial

Successfully sealed criminal records for innocent clients