Kathryn Stimson is a trial lawyer representing individuals charged with crimes in state and federal court and advocating for the civil rights of individuals against governmental abuses of power.
Ms. Stimson has a strong criminal defense background, working as a federal public defender and at the Denver trial office of the state public defender. She started her own practice in 2010 to continue defending people charged with crimes, including people facing the death penalty, and those whose civil rights had been violated by the government.
She successfully beat the death penalty in People v. Montour after proving her client was wrongfully convicted of the prior murder. Prosecutors made a plea offer following her opening statement and cross-examination of the first two witnesses.
In 2014, Mrs. Stimson and co-counsel won the largest civil rights jury verdict against the Denver police in a successful § 1983 action involving unlawful entry into a home, false arrest and malicious prosecution. The jury awarded the family, whose rights had been violated by the police, $1.8 million dollars.
She has tried over 50 cases to verdict and handled thousands. She has achieved acquittals from juries on the most serious charges, successfully litigated many constitutional suppression motions and achieved excellent results for clients through negotiation, investigation and sentencing mitigation.
Ms. Stimson serves on the board of the Faculty of Federal Advocates, the Criminal Justice Act Standing Committee, and is a member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Coloradans Against the Death Penalty, and the National Trial Lawyers.
She has taught as an adjunct instructor at both the University of Denver and University of Colorado Law Schools, and teaches CLE courses for the Colorado State Public Defender, the Colorado Bar Association, the National College of Capital Voir Dire, the Criminal Justice Act and the Alternate Defense Counsel. She speaks fluent Spanish.
Ms. Stimson is one of the top-rated criminal defense lawyers in Colorado, was named a Top Woman Lawyer in 2014 by Colorado Law Week, Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers, a Top Lawyer by 5280 Magazine in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as well as a Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2015 and a Super Lawyer in 2016 and 2017.