Josh Amos is a seasoned trial lawyer with a practice devoted to litigation. Josh utilizes a client-centered approach to develop strong relationships with his clients. Josh believes that winning verdicts are the product of thorough investigation, good legal research, and strategic legal decisions. Josh has represented thousands of clients all over the State of Colorado. Josh has successfully obtained acquittals or dismissals on a wide variety of cases including DUI, Theft, and First Degree Murder.

Josh received his law degree from the University of Denver in 2009. He started his legal career as a Colorado Deputy State Public Defender. Josh worked in both the Montrose and Arapahoe Trial offices where he was promoted to Senior Deputy Public Defender. Josh taught numerous seminars to his colleges on a variety of legal topics while working at the Public Defender’s Office.

In his free time, Josh enjoys soccer, his dogs, and the outdoors.

Josh is a member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Colorado Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Denver Bar Association. Josh has tried numerous cases in Federal, State, and Municipal Court.

Josh was hired by McDermott Stuart & Ward in 2016 and quickly matriculated to becoming a partner.

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  • McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP (2016 – present)
  • Senior Deputy Public Defender: Arapahoe County (2014 – 2016)
  • Colorado State Public Defender: Montrose and Arapahoe Offices (2009 – 2014)


  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law (2009)
  • Northern Arizona University, B.A., Major: Environmental Science (2004)


  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado (2017)
  • State of Colorado (2009)


  • Listed Under Colorado Criminal Defense: General Practice, The Best Lawyers in America© (2021, 2022)
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell (2021)
  • Ones to Watch, The Best Lawyers in America© (2021)
  • Colorado Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine (2022)
  • Colorado Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine (2018 – 2021)
  • Law Week Colorado’s Barrister’s Best People’s Choice “Best Marijuana Lawyer”, 2020 Award
  • Rated 10/10 AVVO (2020)
  • Law Scholarship, University of Denver Sturm School of Law (2006)


  • Board Member, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association (2019 – present)
  • Member, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association (2016 – present)
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association (2007 – present)
  • Member, Denver Bar Association (2007 – present)


  • Interview, “State Releases Latest Cornerstone Marijuana Study,” Law Week Colorado (2018)
  • Interview, “COCCA’s Wide Net,” Law Week Colorado (2018)
  • Presenter, “Challenging the Prosecution’s Experts in Sex Assault Cases,” Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (2018)
  • Presenter, “The Nuts and Bolts of Duress Defense,” Arapahoe County Public Defender’s Office (2014)
  • Presenter, “How to Impeach with Acts of Dishonesty,” Arapahoe County Public Defender’s Office (2014)


  • Volunteer, Collateral Relief Project, Colorado Criminal Defense Institute (2018 – present)
  • Volunteer, represented protest leader charged with felony offenses (2020)
  • AmeriCorps Volunteer, 2004