Colorado Criminal Defense

Our full-service criminal defense team provides aggressive defense strategies and proactive protection of rights.

State Felonies

From plea negotiations to jury trials in Colorado state court matters, our lawyers have the knowledge and skill to help.

Federal Felonies

Individuals and corporations being investigated for or charged with federal felonies in Colorado turn to our lawyers for a powerhouse defense.

Civil Litigation

Our lawyers protect individuals that have sustained injuries or whose constitutional rights have been violated.

Experience You Can Trust

“We have won the unwinnable.”

The attorneys of McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP have years of experience as former Colorado State Public Defenders.
We believe in justice. Call our team today to learn how we can help.


We know the Colorado court system so our clients don’t have to. McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP attorneys have successfully tried criminal cases of all sizes ranging from simple misdemeanors to complex felonies. We have also prosecuted Colorado civil cases involving constitutional rights violations and personal injuries.


From day one of representation, we fight hard for our clients. Every client of McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP is provided with aggressive and proactive representation. Our top ranked attorneys are known in the legal community for being some of the best criminal defense and plaintiff civil litigators in Colorado.


Hiring your lawyer is the most important choice you make in your case. Our clients choose to be represented by our lawyers because we remain unwaveringly dedicated to them at every stage of their case. We return all calls and all emails. We also gladly answer our client’s questions regarding their case as we navigate with them through the Colorado court system.


About McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP

  • Our Team

    The lawyers of McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP began their careers as criminal defense attorneys with the Colorado State Public Defenders Office. Each member of the team is a highly seasoned lawyer with years of Colorado courtroom experience. All of the lawyers are award-winning litigators and we are proud to have two past Colorado Criminal Bar Association Presidents in our firm.

  • Our Firm

    Before coming together to create the firm, each of our partners was known in the legal community for providing hard-working, organized, and successful legal services. The firm has risen to the top of Colorado law as the go-to for winning case strategies and results in plaintiff civil cases and criminal defense.

  • Our Commitment

    McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP is not your average criminal defense and civil litigation law firm. To every case that we take on, we provide compassionate and dedicated representation. Our lawyers are honest, direct, and no-nonsense. At the same time, they are also understanding of the stress that our clients are under and accessible to answer questions.

  • Our Services

    Simply put, our lawyers are excellent at what they do. We have earned our great reputation in the Colorado community providing top-notch legal work one case at a time. Regardless of the size or gravity of the legal issue they are facing, our clients are relieved to know that they powerhouse legal advocates on their side.



  • Did justice for our family!
         Josh was very thorough, very personable, and had knowledge of the justice system. He is about the client and getting them the justice they deserve. We highly recommend him for your needs. - Former Client
  • Josh Amos is a superb criminal defense attorney.
         He has tried and won cases across Colorado. Mr. Amos is thorough in his assessment of a case and aggressive in his defense of his clients.  The highest praise a criminal lawyer can give another is this: I would hire Josh Amos to represent me if I were in trouble.  He cares about people and he knows what he is doing. – Criminal Defense Attorney
  • If you need an attorney, Tom is your guy.
         Tom as an outstanding attorney who did wonders for my case. He consistently fought until he got me the deal I wanted. He is always on time and always makes himself available to his client. – Former Client
  • I watched Tom defend a first degree murder case.
    He was prepared, thoughtful, intelligent, and aggressive. His knowledge and understanding of legal issues is second to none. – Fellow Attorney
  • Mr. McDermott is simply an incredible attorney.
         He has a keen legal mind. He also has sympathy and compassion for his clients and puts the interests of his clients first and foremost. Additionally, he is widely respected by fellow colleagues, opposing counsel, and all of the judges in the Denver metro area. He would be an outstanding attorney to retain as your legal counsel. – Opposing Counsel
  • I endorse this lawyer.
         I have known Martin for over a decade and he is an outstanding criminal defense attorney. – Practicing Attorney
  • Martin was very professional and easy to communicate with.
         He always called me when he said he would. He spent a lot of time researching my case. – Former Client
  • Great attorney. Highly recommended!
         I endorse Sean McDermott in the area of Criminal Defense. I've always known Sean to be an experience, knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. I wouldn't hesitate contacting Sean to brainstorm a legal issue with one of my own cases. I would absolutely trust his opinion. – DUI and DWI Attorney


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