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Kate Stimson
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EDUCATION

University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D., Order of St. Ives

University of Wisconsin – Madison, B.A.

PRACTICE AREAS

Criminal Defense

Civil Rights Litigation

Attorney Regulation Defense

Professional License Defense

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

Super Lawyers, 2016-2018

Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2015

5280 Magazine Top Lawyer, 2015-2018

National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40

Law Week Colorado, Lawyer of the Year, 2014

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar

Colorado Women’s Bar Association

TEACHING POSITIONS

Adjunct Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law in Criminal Procedure

SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES

Damages of $1.8 million against Denver Police for violating numerous constitutional rights

Successful plea, avoiding the death penalty in state case

Dismissal of all counts in state case alleging Shaken Baby Syndrome by medical personnel

Not guilty in state court alleging sexual assault on a child against a university professor

Not guilty on 4 counts of manslaughter in federal court

No charges filed in multiple sexual assault investigations in the metro area

Sentence to a nominal fine in federal money laundering case

Sentence to Probation in Federal Wire Fraud and Mortgage Fraud with millions in loss

FLUENT IN SPANISH

Kate Stimson is regarded as one of the leading criminal defense and trial attorneys in Colorado. In addition to criminal defense, her practice includes civil litigation, including advocating for the civil rights of individuals against governmental abuses of power. Kate has been a trial attorney for more than a dozen years, handling thousands of cases and taking more than 60 to trial.

Kate has a strong criminal defense background rooted in client-centered representation. Prior to entering private practice, Kate served as a Deputy State Public Defender for the Denver Trial Office and as an Assistant Federal Defender for the Federal Public Defender’s Office in the District of Colorado. She regularly handles complex criminal cases, including defending clients who are facing the death penalty, charged with homicide, sexual assault, or complicated federal crimes. Her focus in each representation is to drill down into the case and find the best way out, working closely with her clients to provide the best outcome possible.

Kate’s dedication to her clients was demonstrated when she successfully beat the death penalty in People v. Montour, proving that her client was wrongfully convicted of a prior homicide. The work was extensive over several years and involved locating and working with over 25 expert witnesses to analyze medical records, interview prior trial witnesses and uncover dramatic new evidence to prove her client was wrongfully convicted in the prior trial. Prosecutors made a plea offer following her opening statement and cross-examination of the first two witnesses, saving Mr. Montour from the death penalty.

Kate's experience also includes securing the largest civil rights jury verdict against the Denver Police Department in state history. Kate and co-counsel asserted that police violated the civil rights of several young Hispanic men. The jury agreed and awarded the men $1.8 million dollars.

Among Kate’s other successes are achieving acquittals from juries on the most serious criminal charges; successfully litigating many constitutional suppression motions; and securing excellent results for clients through negotiation, investigation, and sentencing mitigation.

Since she is known for her successful advocacy in the courtroom, Kate is often invited to teach trial skills to lawyers and law students, including at the University of Denver, the University of Colorado, the Faculty of Federal Advocates, and different public defender systems nationally. She serves on the faculty of the National College of Capital Voir Dire. She also speaks fluent Spanish.

Kate was selected to be the Chair of the Criminal Justice Act Standing Committee, was named a Top Woman Lawyer in 2014 by Colorado Law Week, Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers, a Top Lawyer by 5280 Magazine in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 as well as Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2015 and a Super Lawyer in 2016, 2017 and 2018.


EDUCATION

University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D., Order of St. Ives

University of Wisconsin – Madison, B.A.

PRACTICE AREAS

Criminal Defense

Civil Rights Litigation

Attorney Regulation Defense

Professional License Defense

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

Super Lawyers, 2016-2018

Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2015

5280 Magazine Top Lawyer, 2015-2018

National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40

Law Week Colorado, Lawyer of the Year, 2014

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar

Colorado Women’s Bar Association

TEACHING POSITIONS

Adjunct Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law in Criminal Procedure

SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES

Damages of $1.8 million against Denver Police for violating numerous constitutional rights

Successful plea, avoiding the death penalty in state case

Dismissal of all counts in state case alleging Shaken Baby Syndrome by medical personnel

Not guilty in state court alleging sexual assault on a child against a university professor

Not guilty on 4 counts of manslaughter in federal court

No charges filed in multiple sexual assault investigations in the metro area

Sentence to a nominal fine in federal money laundering case

Sentence to Probation in Federal Wire Fraud and Mortgage Fraud with millions in loss

FLUENT IN SPANISH