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

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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.

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“We have won the unwinnable.”

The attorneys of McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP have years of experience as former Colorado State Public Defenders.
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EXPERIENCED COUNSEL

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.

PROACTIVE STRATEGIES

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.

CLIENT COMMITMENT

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.

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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.

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FIRM NEWS & TESTIMONIALS

  • 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 experienced, 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
  • Extremely Knowledgeable
         Sean is an extremely knowledgeable attorney who fights for his clients. He successfully negotiates with difficult prosecutors to reach favorable deals for his clients. In the courtroom, Sean brings his years of experience, and detailed preparation to win favorable results. –Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Well Known      Sean is a well-known and respected lawyer in the Colorado legal community. —Fellow Attorney
  • Courteous and Effective

        

    Sean and I were on opposing sides in a serious criminal matter. He was courteous, zealous, and very effective in the representation of his client. —Opposing Counsel
  • A Diligent Defender

        

    I endorse this lawyer. Sean is a diligent defender of the constitution and his clients. —Fellow Attorney
  • Incredible Skill and Professionalism

        

    Attorney Tom Ward handled a very sticky case for my son resulting from a bar scuffle that got out of hand. It was not a matter of who did what, but a case of attempting to negotiate the appropriate defense for the charges. It was a very messy situation we believe was handled very badly by the public defender's office. Mr. Ward picked up the case after a year of decisions that were already in place. He was able to negotiate that the charges be reconsidered from the beginning. It was not hopeful at all for my son, but Tom pulled it off with incredible skill and professionalism. We were not looking to "get out" of anything, but just wanted a fair representation of the case in front of the judge. Mr. Ward delivered entirely. He is professional, passionate, compassionate, and very talented in assessing possible outcomes and potential solutions. It is also very clear that Mr. Ward cares about the work that he does. —Former Client
  • Will Not Rest.

        

    Josh Amos is a competent attorney who will not rest. —Fellow Attorney
  • Superb Value and Representation

        

    I hired Mr. Amos to defend me in a DUI case in the Denver Metro Area. Unfortunately for me, a lot of substantial evidence and proper protocol existed in my case making it hard to defend, but that didn't stop Mr. Amos from providing superb value and representation in my case. He went above and beyond what typical DUI clients experience in this area. He was always responsive, within a couple of hours, of emails and calls. He put together an excellent mitigation package that he submitted to the judge before sentencing, not just provided verbally during the hearing. He utilized his knowledge of the judge and relationships to tailor my mitigation to resonate more with the court. He worked hard contacting health care providers to provide additional support, and along the way he made sure that I understood everything that was going on. All of this resulted in me getting a sentence that was incredibly light relative to similar defendants but incredibly justified based on the information he submitted to the court. I will be using Mr. Amos for all of my legal representation needs in the future! —Former Client
  • Hard-Working

        

    Josh Amos is the best hard-working lawyer. Former Client
  • Above and Beyond!

        

    I am literally amazed by how hard he (Josh Amos) worked on my case. He went above and beyond my expectations and helped me so much. I got a DUI and he fought tooth and nail and back for me. I cannot express how grateful I am for his hard work and dedication. Thank you again! —Former Client
  • Highly Impressed

        

    Josh Amos did a fantastic job. Not only did he get my case dismissed but the price was fair for him to represent me. I was highly impressed with the time and dedication he took to prove my innocence. He had witnesses ready, he had evidence (pictures, police reports) he had a binder full of questions for everybody! Just to make sure the facts were being presented to prove that I was innocent. I trusted him and he delivered. Thanks, Josh. —Former Client
  • Would Hire Again

        

    I hired Josh Amos to defend my son in a case where most of the allegations were false. He did a great job explaining his side of the story to the other side and did not pressure my son into taking some kind of bad plea offer. I hope I don't need to, but I would hire him again. —Former Client
  • Justice

        

    Josh Amos did justice for our family. —Former Client
  • Skilled Advocate

        

    Josh Amos is a fearsome trial lawyer and skilled advocate for his clients. When I was a young public defender, Josh would regularly take time out of his busy schedule to share his experience and help me understand complex legal issues. His knowledge, skill, and desire to perform at the highest level are readily apparent to anyone who has worked with him or has been represented by him. —Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Extraordinary Trial Experience

        

    Josh has extraordinary trial experience. He's an aggressive and "outside-the-box" type of litigator, who puts the needs of his clients before anything else! —Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Repeated Results

        

    Joshua Amos is an outstanding and dedicated criminal defense attorney. I have worked with Josh in the past and have seen his continued excellent trial advocacy and legal knowledge get repeated results for his clients. —Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Fully Endorse

        

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Amos has defended hundreds of cases. He is experienced and will fight for the best result. —Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Smart and Aggressive

        

    Josh Amos is a smart, aggressive, and battle-tested criminal trial lawyer. I would not hesitate to refer anyone with any type of criminal matter to Josh. —Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Fierce Advocate

        

    I endorse this lawyer (Martin Stuart). He is a fierce advocate and skilled litigator. —Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Skilled and Intelligent

        

    Mr. Amos is a very skilled and intelligent criminal defense attorney. He does an extraordinary job for his clients and is well respected by all of his peers and adversaries. I highly recommend Mr. Amos. —Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Extremely Experience

        

    I have observed Mr. Amos litigate in court for years now. A few years back we also represented co-defendants in a serious felony sex case. Mr. Amos is an extremely experienced attorney. He knows the law inside and out and is excellent in trial. I highly recommend him to anyone accused of criminal conduct or being investigated by law enforcement. He is unequivocally one of the best attorneys around. —Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Thorough and Detailed

        

    Mr. Nowak is so thorough and detailed. He cut right to the chase to eliminate any and all problems associated with my case. Mr. Nowak cares and made certain I would bail posted the day I was arrested, so I could get back home to my children. My entire case was dismissed due to the insight and diligence of Mr. Nowak. —Former Client
  • Tireless and Knowledgeable

        

    I hired Josh Amos to expunge my wife’s record that was dismissed by the federal court, her case was unprecedented and there was no federal law for records expungement which made the case very challenging. His expert knowledge, tireless work, commitment, and constant communication with us paid dividends. He drafted a very professional motion precisely capturing the entire situation and won the case. —Former Client
  • Will Fight for Your Case Until the End

        

    We hired Tom Ward for our case, he went beyond what was expected when working with the DA, he got the DA to agree to everything he was asking for, which is something hard to do and honestly never happens. He will fight your case until the end. Great attorney to hire he will be on your side. —Former Client
  •     

    Tom has been on my retainer for many years now, providing me with honest and reliable insight into potential criminal activity. It was only recently that I was able to utilize his skills to the fullest. Beginning with the first phone call from jail, ending with a tremendous victory at the conclusion, Tom was always available and attentive to my needs. My desired outcome was not one he felt certain about and he continually made that clear. It meant a lot to me that he never gave me false hope or encouraged me in my pursuit of the best possible outcome. Tom is neither flashy nor outspoken. He is the epitome of walking softly and carrying a big stick. His rapport with his colleagues and judges in the courtroom were second to none. In all my appearances I never witnessed another defender balance congeniality and professionalism so casually, without a hint of ego or arrogance. He embodies the principle of “under-promise and over-deliver.” Even during Covid, he did not forget me or my case. —Former Client
    Amazing Rapport with Colleagues and Judges

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