Laura A. Menninger

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Laura Menninger

Laura Menninger is an experienced trial lawyer who brings strategic vision and insight to her practice of civil litigation and criminal defense. She works tirelessly on behalf of individual and corporate clients who face a myriad of difficult legal circumstances. Her practice focuses on individuals accused of crimes, business disputes of all sizes, white collar and general criminal defense, and any case destined for trial. She has earned significant success on behalf of civil rights plaintiffs who have been wronged by government injustice.  Perhaps Laura’s most significant work is done behind the scenes where she has secured countless dismissals pre-trial on behalf of clients wrongfully accused of crimes.  Her clients praise her persuasive writing skills, her thoughtful analyses and problem-solving as well as her personal communication skills both in and out of the courtroom.

Prior to joining Haddon, Morgan & Foreman, Laura served as a law clerk for the Honorable Lewis A. Kaplan, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1997 to 1998.  She thereafter focused on commercial litigation with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York from 1998 to 2002, then moving to Colorado where she served for five years as a trial lawyer with the Colorado State Public Defenders trial division. Following a period with Holland & Hart LLC, she joined Haddon, Morgan and Foreman in 2012. Laura began her career in New York with Goldman, Sachs & Co.’s Corporate Finance Department as a financial analyst.

Laura received her J.D. from Stanford Law Review in 1997, where she graduated with distinction and served as an Associate Editor of the Law Review.  She graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 1991.

PUBLICATIONS & LECTURES:

Tap Dancing on a Wire: Tips & Strategies for Managing Large-Scale Wiretap Cases (Federal Public Defender Training, April 2022)

Trade Secrets of Top Trial Attorneys Cross Examination (American College of Trial Lawyers Colorado Chapter & Colorado Bar Ass’n, 2018 & 2020)

Securities Fraud (White Collar and Corporate Crime Seminar, University of Denver, April 2020)

Professional Defense of the Accused, Lawyers’ Professional Liability in Colorado: Preventing Malpractice and Disciplinary Actions (Colorado Bar Ass’n, 2011 – 2019 editions)

Constitutional Challenges to Federal Indictments (CJA Federal Criminal Law Update, February 2016)

Reconciling 3553(a) and 2G2.2: Effective Sentencing Mitigation and Advocacy in CP Cases (CJA Federal Criminal Law Update, June 2015)

Grand Jury Motions Practice (Criminal Law Spring Update 2015, Colorado Bar Ass’n, Continuing Legal Education, Inc., April 2015)

Motions Practice (Criminal Law Practice Basics 2012, Colorado Bar Ass’n, Continuing Legal Education, Inc., April 2012)

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 1997, with distinction
  • B.A., Duke University, 1991, magna cum laude

CLERKSHIP

  • Hon. Lewis A. Kaplan, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Civil Litigation
  • Civil Rights
  • Criminal Defense, General Defense and White Collar

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Colorado Super Lawyer (2022)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: Criminal Defense: White-Collar (2015-2022), Commercial Litigation (2020 – 2022)
  • 5280 Top Lawyer, Criminal Defense (2016 – 2022)

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York and Colorado
  • New York
  • Colorado

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Wilson Center for Science & Justice, Duke Law School, Advisory Board Member
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Colorado State Committee, National Trial Competition Committee
  • Criminal Justice Act Standing Committee, U.S. District of Colorado, Chairperson
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Denver Chapter, Secretary
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, past Board Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates