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Jonathan S. Willett, Attorney at Law

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado; New York; U.S. District Court (Colorado); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court

Acknowledgments

  • AV (highest possible) peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory©.
  • Recognized as “pre-eminent” in the area of criminal practice.

Employment History:

Attorney: July 2005 to present, Law Offices of Jonathan S. Willett.

  • Federal and State civil and criminal trials and appeals, white collar crime, divorce, juvenile, commercial litigation, personal injury and legal malpractice.

Attorney: November 2000 to July 2005, Willett & Mestas, L.L.C. Denver, Colorado.

  • Federal and State civil and criminal trials and appeals, including personal injury, commercial litigation, complex white collar crime, civil rights, malpractice, as well as family and divorce law.

Attorney: February 2000 to November 2000, Adkins, Smart, Willett & Mestas, P.C. Denver, Colorado.

  • Federal and State civil and criminal trials and appeals, including personal injury, commercial litigation, complex white collar crime, civil rights, malpractice, as well as family and divorce law.

Attorney: September 1993 to February 2000, Law Offices of Jonathan S. Willett, Denver, Colorado.

  • Federal and State civil and criminal trials and appeals, including personal injury, commercial litigation, complex white collar crime, disability and civil rights, and employment law.

Attorney: May 1992 to September 1993, Chalat and Co., P.C., Denver, Colorado.

  • Federal civil and state criminal trials and appeals, including disability and civil rights, and personal injury.

Attorney: December 1989 to May 1992, Colorado State Public Defender, Jefferson County Trial Office.

  • Responsible for every aspect of a criminal trial practice from intake to final disposition, managing approximately one hundred cases at a time. Appeared daily in Jefferson County District and County courts in felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile matters. Over twenty jury trials. A first chair in homicide cases. Supervised the defense of all juvenile delinquencies by the Jefferson County Public Defender.

Attorney: November 1986 to December 1989, Colorado State Public Defender, Appellate Division.

  • Engaged in every phase of a criminal appellate practice, managing over sixty cases from start to finish. Drafted approximately two hundred appellate briefs. Frequently argued cases orally before the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court. Responsible for numerous winning published opinions in the Pacific Reporter. Supervised all law clerks employed by the Appellate Division.

Law Clerk: May 1986 to November 1986, James H. Chalat, P.C., Denver, Colorado.

  • Legal research, document preparation, and correspondence in a litigation practice involving personal injury and administrative law claims.

Law Clerk: October 1985 to May 1986, Cohan & Stahl, Denver, Colorado.

  • Legal research, document preparation and correspondence in litigation practice primarily involving civil fraud, complex federal criminal and constitutional law claims.

Law Clerk: January 1985 to October 1985, The Law Firm of Gerald A. Gerash, Denver, Colorado.

  • Legal research, document preparation, and correspondence in a litigation practice involving personal injury and medical malpractice claims.

Writer: June 1982 to January 1983

  • RWA, Inc., New York, New York. Wrote and published feature length articles for trade journals as well as numerous press releases.

Educational History:

University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado

  • September 1983 to June 1986
  • J.D. 1986

Denver University Law Review, September 1984 to June 1986

  • Articles Editor, 1985-1986; General Editor, 1985;
  • Research and Technical Editor, 1984-1985; Authored and published: “Note, Evolving Standards of Duty of Fair Representation Cases Under Section 301.” 62 Denver. U.L. Rev. 625 (1985)

University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, December 1980 to June 1982.

  • B.A. Philosophy 1982

University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, September 1978 to December 1980.

  • Writer, Denver Clarion

Seminars:

Lecturer, December 2008

  • “The Criminal Trial from Start to Finish,” accredited seminar presented by the National Business Institute.

Lecturer and Panel Moderator, July 2002

  • Post-conviction remedies seminar presented by the Colorado Alternate Defense Counsel

Lecturer, June 2001

  • “Legal Writing” accredited seminar presented by the National Business Institute

Lecturer and Panel Moderator, October 1998

  • “Juvenile Justice in Colorado” accredited seminar presented by the National Business Institute

Lecturer and Panel Moderator, March 1991.

  • Lectured and moderated a panel of experts at a Colorado Bar Association accredited seminar on Juvenile Delinquency.

Lecturer, September 1989.

  • Lectured and published materials for the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar’s accredited seminar on child sexual assault.

Author, September 1988.

  • Published materials on the use of similar transactions for the Colorado State Public Defender’s conference and accredited seminar.

Writing samples and references available upon request.

Published cases:

  • Fabiano v. Armstrong, 141 P.3d 907 (Colo. App. 2006)
  • Branch v. Colorado Department of Corrections, 89 P.3d 496 (Colo. App. 2003)
  • People v. Hayward, 55 P.3d 803 (Colo. App. 2002)
  • Ruiz v. McDonnell, 299 F.3d 1173 (10th Cir. 2002)
  • People v. Valencia, 888 P.2d 319 (Colo. App. 1994), aff’d, 906 P.2d 115 (Colo. 1995)
  • People v. T.R., 860 P.2d 559 (Colo. App. 1993)
  • People v. Naranjo, 821 P.2d 836 (Colo. App. 1991)
  • People v. Sandoval, 805 P.2d 1126 (Colo. App. 1990)
  • People v. Killpack, 793 P.2d 642 (Colo. App. 1990)
  • People v. Lewis, 791 P.2d 1152 (Colo. App.1989)
  • People v. Weiser, 789 P.2d 454 (Colo. App. 1989)
  • People v. Swann, 770 P.2d 411 (Colo. 1989)
  • People v. Fagerholm, 768 P.2d 689 (Colo. 1989)
  • People v. Guilbeaux, 761 P.2d 255 (Colo. App. 1988)
  • People v. Chippewa, 751 P.2d 607 (Colo. 1988)
  • People v. Greathouse, 742 P.2d 334 (Colo.1987)
  • People v. Chambers, 749 P.2d 984 (Colo. App.1987)
  • People v. Fanger, 748 P.2d 1332 (Colo. App.1987)
  • People v . Miller, 747 P.2d 12 (Colo. App. 1987)
  • Martin v. People, 738 P.2d 789 (Colo. 1987)
  • People v. Cuevas, 740 P.2d 25 (Colo. App.1987)
  • Gann v. People, 736 P.2d 37 (Colo. 1987)
  • People v. Wieghard, 743 P.2d 977 (Colo. App.1987)
  • People v. Moreno, 739 P.2d 866 (Colo. App. 1987)

Mr. Willett has received the highest AV and pre-eminent ratings from Martindale-Hubbell for over ten years.

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