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Dru Nielsen

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

Reilly Pozner LLP

Dru Nielsen is a partner at Reilly Pozner LLP.

She focuses her practice on criminal litigation. In her ten years as a deputy state public defender, she handled thousands of felony cases in courts across Colorado—including charges of first degree murder, attempted murder, sexual assault, aggravated robbery, economic crimes, conspiracy, child abuse and kidnapping. Because of her experience, she supervised ten other felony attorneys.  Dru's practice also includes representing students in University disciplinary hearings.

Dru has been recognized by her peers for her work in criminal defense and has been listed in Colorado Super Lawyers® since 2010 and in 2014 was listed in the "Top 50 Women Lawyers" by the publication. She has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® edition under the specialty of White-Collar Criminal Defense since 2013. Dru is also rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell® which is a reflection of her professional excellence, high ethical standards and legal ability.

She was on the board of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and has lectured to hundreds of criminal defense attorneys on subjects like trial tactics and procedure. She also served on the Colorado Jury System Standing Committee, which is charged with implementing the Supreme Court’s recommendations on jury reform.

Case History

  • Criminal Defense Practice — Because of the nature of criminal defense practice, Dru Nielsen prefers to keep confidential the names of her clients. She helps her client navigate at every stage of the criminal process:

    Pre-emptive representation. Even before a criminal charge has been filed, Dru helps her clients take appropriate preemptive action to prevent or moderate the charge.

    Trial representation. Once criminal charges have been filed, Dru helps her clients by initiating an exhaustive independent investigation of the facts. She strongly believes in the power of knowing more than the opposition, and refuses to rely only on government or police reports. Armed with these facts, she seeks a favorable disposition of the charges prior to trial or a positive outcome at trial.

    Post-trial representation. When a client is convicted of a criminal act, punishment may include execution, loss of liberty, government supervision (parole or probation) or fines. In all cases, Dru helps her clients by making sure that the punishment is fair and carried out in an equitable manner. When the conviction is in question, she helps clients with an appeal.

Awards

  • "Top 50 Women Lawyers" in Colorado Super Lawyers® (2014)
  • AV® rated by Martindale Hubbell®
  • Colorado Super Lawyers® (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyers® (2010, 2011)

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Locations

1900 Sixteenth Street, Suite 1700
Denver, CO 80202
Firm Phone: 303-893-6100

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Education

  • University of California Los Angeles (BA) (1994)
  • University of Colorado at Boulder (J.D.) (1997)

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado Bar Association

Organizations & Affiliations

  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar — Former Board Member
  • Colorado Bar Association — Member

Other Info

Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian
Languages Spoken
  • English