Please join us in congratulating Martin Stuart on his 5280 Magazine “Denver’s Top Lawyer” award in criminal law for the sixth time!

5280 Magazine’s ninth annual list of Denver’s Top Lawyers 2023 was released earlier this month. McDermott Stuart & Ward is pleased to announce that their own Martin Stuart was awarded Top Lawyer recognition for his practice in criminal law. 

Only about 500 attorneys receive the 5280 recognition throughout the Denver metro and surrounding areas every year. Mr. Stuart also received the same recognition in 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021, and 2022. 

About Criminal Defense Attorney Martin Stuart

Martin Stuart is a Denver based criminal defense attorney. He earned his law degree from the University of Denver. He began his legal career in 1997 as a Colorado State Public Defender. In 2002, he opened a solo practice but became a managing partner with Portman Stuart, LLC, between 2011 and 2015. In 2016, Mr. Stuart formed McDermott Stuart & Ward LLP along with two other well-known, successful Denver area attorneys, Sean McDermott and Thomas Ward.

Over his nearly 26-year career, Mr. Stuart has been involved in over 100 jury trials obtaining acquittals in both state and federal courts on criminal charges from first-degree murder to theft of trade secrets to child abuse to sex assaults. On many occasions, he has also testified as an expert witness on ineffective assistance of counsel claims.

Mr. Stuart’s areas of practice include:

  • Federal Court Criminal Offenses
  • Colorado State Felonies
  • Drug Crimes
  • Sex Crimes 
  • Civil & Criminal Forfeitures 
  • White-Collar Crimes 
  • Crimes of Violence 

Criminal defense attorney Martin Stuart has represented clients in most jurisdictions across Colorado, as well as in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

5280 Magazine’s Annual Denver’s Top Lawyers Award Process

This prestigious list of the best attorneys in the region is compiled with careful peer review. Every year, 5280 Magazine invites attorneys practicing in the seven-county metro area to vote for their respected peers across 50 different legal specialties. This year’s list of specialties was derived with input from the Colorado Bar Association, attorneys, and area law firms.

Once 5280 receives the peer surveys, they follow up with their own reporting to determine which lawyers are the best in the region—taking the guesswork out of hiring an attorney for countless Coloradoans.

All licensed attorneys within the seven-county metro area can participate in the survey, which went live on in May 2022. In addition, 5280 Magazine contacted over 17,000 licensed attorneys actively registered with the Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel and also connected with local bar associations to ensure a robust response to their peer-reviewed ballots.

Congratulations on another job well done, Martin! We look forward to your future contributions and achievements with the McDermott Stuart & Ward team.

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