Sean M. McDermott

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Sean McDermott’s practice focuses on both defending people who have been charged with crimes as well as representing those who have suffered wrongs in the civil arena. His combined criminal and civil trial experience has earned him a pre-eminent AV Martindale Hubbell rating. Mr. McDermott was on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar from 2006 until June 2014. He served as the organization’s President from 2013 until 2014.

Prior to going into private practice, Mr. McDermott served with the Colorado Public Defender’s Office. During this time Mr. McDermott represented clients in courts in the metro area and around the state. He continues to represent clients accused of crimes at both the State and Federal level.

Mr. McDermott has defended all kinds of criminal cases, including major felonies, misdemeanors and traffic offenses. His career has included several acquittals or successful dispositions or dismissals of cases involving homicide, assault, sexual assault, drugs, kidnapping, and alcohol related offenses. He strives to have serious criminal charges dismissed prior to trial and to assist his clients to avoid prosecution when they are still under investigation. He is an ardent believer that everyone who is criminally charged should have an excellent attorney to ensure a fair trial for everyone who faces the power of the criminal justice system.

This can only be achieved by vigorous and professional representation of a client, both as the client’s advisor outside the courtroom and his or her stalwart advocate inside the courtroom.

Since going into private practice, Mr. McDermott has continued his successful criminal practice while expanding his skills as a civil trial lawyer. He has successfully handled and recovered compensation for his clients in cases that include but are not limited to automobile wrecks, premises liability claims, and insurance disputes. In both criminal and civil cases, Mr. McDermott’s focus is always on helping the individual client.


- Office of the Colorado State Public Defender (1998 – 2005)

- McDermott, Hansen & McLaughlin (2005 – 2010)

- Partner, McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP (2016 – present)


- Colorado Super Lawyers (2015 – 2017)

- 10/10 AVVO

- AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell (2009 – present)

- Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers (2013 – present)

- Member, Denver Crime Prevention and Control Commission (2012 – present)


- Lecturer, Ethics Applied to Criminal and DUI Cases, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar DUI Conference – Spring, 2016

- Lecturer, Federal Practice Series, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, 2015

- Lecturer, Defending Those Clients Who Just Don’t Get It (Clients Who Suffer From Fetal Alcohol Effects), Office of the Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference, 2001

- Lecturer, Handling the Judge and Schreck, Colorado State Public Defender’s Office

- Lecturer, CRE 608(a) Practical Pointers and Pitfalls to Avoid, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar


- Member, Rhone Brackett Inn of Court (2005 – present)

- Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1998 – present)

- Member, Denver Bar Association (2005 – present)

- Member, Colorado Trial Lawyer’s Association (2005 – present)

- Member, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association (1998 – present)

- Member, Colorado Bar Association (2005 – present)

- Board of Directors, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association (2006 – 2014)

- President, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association (2013 – 2014)

Areas of Practice (14)

  • Colorado State Felony
  • Colorado Federal Felony
  • Drug Crimes
  • Sex Crimes
  • Probation Violations
  • Fraud
  • DUI and DWAI
  • White-Collar Crimes
  • Victim’s Rights
  • Theft
  • Civil Forfeitures
  • Record Sealing/Expungement
  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
303-990-8213  Phone
(303) 832-8888  Phone
University Attended:
Colorado State University, B.A., Political Science, 1992
Law School Attended:
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, J.D., 1998
Year of First Admission:
1998, Colorado; 2005, United States District Court for the District of Colorado; 2010, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
• Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Immediate Past-President, Member 1998-2014 • Colorado Bar Association, 2005 - Present • Colorado Trial Lawyer's Association, 2005 - Present • Denver Bar Association, 2005 - Present • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1998 - Present • Rhone Brackett Inn of Court, 2005 - Present • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2013 - Present
Birth Information:
Denver, Colorado, December 08, 1969
Hobbies & interests:
sports including running and skiing; music, reading and the popular arts.
Payment Information:
  • Free Initial Consultation

Peer Reviews

  • 4.8/5.0 (9 reviews)
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  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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