Adam Mueller

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Adam Mueller

Adam’s practice focuses on criminal, civil, and civil rights litigation, with a particular emphasis on appellate advocacy. Adam is a passionate and persuasive legal writer and oral advocate. He has presented dozens of oral arguments in his years of practice, including arguments in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the Colorado Supreme Court, and the Colorado Court of Appeals.

On the civil side, Adam has represented individuals and companies accused of bid rigging, racketeering, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, civil conspiracy, civil theft, and other causes of action. Many of these cases involved disputes over millions or hundreds of millions of dollars.

Additionally, Adam has represented plaintiffs in high-stakes lawsuits against police departments or other government agencies for civil rights violations.

On the criminal side, Adam has represented clients facing a broad array of charges, from drug possession and distribution, to sexual assault and homicide. Adam also provides representation to defendants in post-conviction proceedings, including individuals seeking clemency or a pardon.

Adam graduated from Tufts University, where he received his B.A. in history. He then obtained his J.D. from Boston College Law School. After graduating from law school, Adam spent two years as a judicial law clerk, first for Judge Carlos F. Lucero of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado, and then for Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV, of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Outside of his legal practice, Adam is an avid soccer fan and longtime soccer referee. He has been a certified referee for the United States Soccer Federation since he was eleven years old, and for the last decade has concentrated his refereeing on the collegiate game.

Adam spends his free time with his wife and two daughters.

PRESENTATIONS, TALKS, & CLES

  • CBA-CLE Employment Law Conference, An Appellate Perspective (October 2021)
  • Federal Practice Update 2021, The Ethics of Appellate Practice (June 2021)
  • Appellate Nuts and Bolts, Introduction to Appellate Law & Appellate Procedure, Colorado Bar Association (May 2021)
  • Appellate Nuts and Bolts, Oral Arguments, Colorado Bar Association (May 2021)
  • Hot Topics Legal Outline, Colorado Public Defender Annual Conference, Snowmass, Colorado (September 2015)
  • Caselaw update, Colorado Public Defender Annual Conference, Breckenridge, Colorado (September 2014)
  • Caselaw update, Colorado Public Defender Annual Conference, Westminster, Colorado (September 2013)
  • Caselaw update, Colorado Public Defender Annual Conference, Westminster, Colorado (September 2012)

PUBLICATIONS

Criminal Contempt for the Civil Practitioner, THE COLORADO LAWYER, December 2022

“The Implications of Legislative Power: State Constitutions, State Legislatures, and Mid-Decade Redistricting,” 48 B.C.L. Rev. 1343 (2007)

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Valdez v. MacDonald, 66 F.4th 796 (10th Cir. 2023)

People v. Roddy, 2021 CO 74

Schaden v. DIA Brewing Co., LLC, 2021 CO

People v. Ramos, 2017 CO 6

People v. Evans, 2015 COA 156

People v. Johnson, 2015 COA 54

Doyle v. People, 2015 CO 10

People v. Delsordo, 2014 COA 174

People v. Jaso, 2014 COA 131

People v. Poage, 272 P.3d 1113 (Colo. App. 2011)

EDUCATION

  • Tufts University, B.A. in history, summa cum laude, 2004 (Phi Beta Kappa; Highest Honors for Senior Thesis)
  • Boston College Law School, J.D., summa cum laude, 2008 (Executive Articles Editor, Boston College Law Review)

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Criminal Defense
  • Appellate and Post-Conviction Matters
  • Civil Rights
  • Civil Litigation

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

  • 2024 Top Lawyers, 5280 Magazine, Appellate
  • 2024 Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense
  • 2022 – 2024 Super Lawyers, Appellate
  • 2020 & 2019 President’s Service Award, Colorado LGBT Bar Association
  • 2019 Advancing Justice Award, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Colorado
  • Massachusetts

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Colorado Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, Executive Committee
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Colorado Bar Association (past Chair and Vice-Chair of the Civil Rights Committee)
  • Denver Bar Association
  • LGBT Bar Association (member LGBT Judicial Endorsement and Amicus Committees)

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Successfully defended on appeal a $2.4 million judgment against a police officer and municipality for the unconstitutional acts of two officers in shooting nineteen times at an unarmed individual lying on the ground with his hands above his head.
  • Successfully defended individuals accused of criminal contempt arising from alleged violations of a rural easement.
  • Helped secure a favorable settlement of behalf of a private individual and companies accused of mail fraud, wire fraud, and racketeering in Colorado state district court.
  • Obtained a six-figure judgment on behalf of a DOC inmate whose appendicitis was ignored by prison officials, leading to 40 days in the ICU and multiple surgeries.
  • Represented an individual accused of bid rigging in Colorado state district court, unanimously prevailing on a question of law before the Colorado Supreme Court, and then secured dismissal of the case in district court.
  • Representing an individual falsely accused of criminal offenses in his suit for malicious prosecution and abuse of process.