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About Kathryn

Kathryn Sheely joined Colorado Lawyer Team after spending over a decade successfully defending clients in complex criminal trials where life was literally on the line. She draws on that experience to offer clients comprehensive representation in a wide variety of matters including sex assault, theft, DUI, and homicide.

When you or a loved one is seeking legal advice about a criminal charge, you need someone you can trust to seek the best outcome possible in your case. Kathryn has experience with serious, complex cases and understands the stress that pending charges can have on you and your family. If you are looking for an attorney to guide you through some of the most important decisions you will ever make, Kathryn will take the time to explain your options and help you weigh the possibilities in your case.

One mistake does not have to mean an automatic conviction. Kathryn has extensive experience fighting for clients’ Constitutional rights and making sure the government is held to the highest standard possible. She is one of the only lawyers ever to win a unanimous life verdict in a Louisiana capital murder trial, and she brings her skill and passion for criminal defense to her clients in Colorado. Her pre-trial motions practice includes litigating discovery violations, speedy trial rights, DNA collection and testing results, cell phone privacy rights, and mental health defenses.

Kathryn’s legal advocacy has been recognized by other attorneys and legal scholars. Her training manual on trial advocacy for law students was published by a law journal, and she has been asked to present her winning legal writing strategies at legal conferences in multiple states. She has taken over two dozen writs to courts of appeal and has argued before the Supreme Courts in multiple states including Colorado.


  • Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Civil Law, 2006 Louisiana State University
  • BA, 2003, Economics, The George Washington University

Bar Admissions

  • State of Colorado
  • Louisiana State Bar
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado

Professional Associations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Douglas Elbert Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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