Kathryn Stimson

Kathryn Stimson, Attorney at Law

Kathryn Stimson

Kathryn Stimson is regarded as one of the leading criminal defense lawyers and trial attorneys in Colorado.  In addition to practicing criminal defense, her practice includes civil rights litigation, advocating for the civil rights of individuals against governmental abuses of power.

Ms. Stimson has a strong criminal defense background.  She was a Deputy State Public Defender for the Denver trial office and an Assistant Federal Defender for the Federal Public Defender’s Office in the District of Colorado before going into private practice.

She regularly handles complex criminal cases, including defending clients who are facing the death penalty, charged with homicide, sexual assault or complicated federal crimes.

She successfully beat the death penalty in People v. Montour after proving her client was wrongfully convicted of a prior homicide. Prosecutors made a plea offer following her opening statement and cross-examination of the first two witnesses.

Ms. Stimson and co-counsel won the largest civil rights jury verdict against the Denver Police Department in a successful § 1983 action that involved the police violating the civil rights of several young, Hispanic men.  The jury awarded the family $1.8 million dollars.

She has tried over 60 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.

Since she is known for her successful advocacy in the courtroom, she is often invited to teach trial skills to lawyers and law students, including the University of Denver, the University of Colorado, the Faculty of Federal Advocates, and different public defender systems nationally.  She serves on the faculty of the National College of Capital Voir Dire. She also speaks fluent Spanish.

Ms. Stimson 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 Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2015 and a Super Lawyer in 2016, 2017.

What clients say about Kathryn Stimson:

I was charged with unlawful sexual contact and harassment by a woman I do not know. Because of the charges, I lost my job, which I had worked my whole life to get and also was the base of my immigration visa, which means I faced deportation. I never in my life thought I would be in this critical and horrible situation. I contacted many lawyers and, for godsake, I found Kathryn. She was very understanding and quickly grasped my situation. From our first meeting, I knew I made the right decision. She fought my case and did a wonderful job to bring the truth to the jury. She meticulously remembered every fact of every conversation. She was magnificent in the courtroom and I was acquitted.

I was falsely accused of a crime that would have made me spend the rest of my life in prison. I was scared and I had no idea what I was going to do. Kate and her investigator made me feel like I was their only client. I could tell Kate was worried about me and kept in touch with me about every single detail, even meeting with me on the weekends sometimes. She worked in-depth on all angles of the case and then presented it to the prosecutor and got it dismissed.