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Dru Nielsen

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

Reilly Pozner LLP

Dru 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 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. Because of the nature of criminal defense practice, Dru 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.

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar

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


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

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, United States

Organizations & Affiliations

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


  • AV® rated by Martindale Hubbell®
  • Listed in Colorado Super Lawyers® (2012, 2013)
  • Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyers® (2010, 2011)

Other Info

Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian
Languages Spoken
  • English