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Dru Nielsen
303.831.7364

EDUCATION

J.D., University of Colorado – 1997

B.A., University of California at Los Angeles – 1994 Magna Cum Laude

PRACTICE AREAS

Criminal Defense

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

2022 University of Colorado Law Distinguished Achievement Small Practitioner Award

Lawyer of the Year – Criminal Defense: White Collar (2022)

5280 Top Lawyers (2017-2021)

Best Lawyers in America © – Criminal Defense: White Collar (2013-2022)

Top 100 Lawyers in Colorado, Colorado Super Lawyers (2016-2021)

Top 50 Women Lawyers in Colorado, Colorado Super Lawyers (2014-2021)

Colorado Super Lawyer, Colorado Super Lawyers (2012-2021)

AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review

Rated 10.0 out of 10.0, Avvo

Case of the Year – Colorado Trial Lawyers Association: 2018

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

National Women’s White Collar Defense Association

Clients and opponents alike point to Dru’s rare combination of gritty determination and professionalism. Dru is recognized as a top criminal defense attorney for the results she has achieved in and out of the courtroom. For 25 years and counting, Dru has fought relentlessly for her clients in what is often one of the worst times in their lives.

Dru has successfully represented clients in high-stakes litigation, including obtaining not guilty verdicts in multiple murder cases. Most recently, Dru helped achieve a major victory for her client in a high-profile federal criminal antitrust trial brought by the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division alleging a multi-year conspiracy to fix prices. As a mother of two teenage boys, Dru is particularly passionate about defending boys and men wrongly accused of domestic violence or sexual misconduct.

Both clients and professional organizations have recognized Dru’s accomplishments. Clients have described Dru as a “law machine” and “tenured professional.” In 2022, Dru was named Lawyer of the Year for White Collar Criminal Defense by Best Lawyers in America. Dru has consistently been listed as a Top Lawyer in Colorado by Super Lawyers and 5280 Magazine.


EDUCATION

J.D., University of Colorado – 1997

B.A., University of California at Los Angeles – 1994 Magna Cum Laude

PRACTICE AREAS

Criminal Defense

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

2022 University of Colorado Law Distinguished Achievement Small Practitioner Award

Lawyer of the Year – Criminal Defense: White Collar (2022)

5280 Top Lawyers (2017-2021)

Best Lawyers in America © – Criminal Defense: White Collar (2013-2022)

Top 100 Lawyers in Colorado, Colorado Super Lawyers (2016-2021)

Top 50 Women Lawyers in Colorado, Colorado Super Lawyers (2014-2021)

Colorado Super Lawyer, Colorado Super Lawyers (2012-2021)

AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review

Rated 10.0 out of 10.0, Avvo

Case of the Year – Colorado Trial Lawyers Association: 2018

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

National Women’s White Collar Defense Association