Beginning My Career As an Attorney
After graduation, I immediately began my career as an attorney by working for the Colorado State Public Defender's office — a position that I held for over 5 years. During my time there, I worked in the State Appellate Office, as well as the Jefferson County Trial Office, picking up valuable knowledge and experience in the courtroom.
By 1992, I was eventually recruited to work as an associate attorney for Chalat & Company, a local firm in Boulder. After a year with Chalat & Company, I quickly realized that in order to provide the highest level of service to my clients, I needed to open my own firm so I could focus 100% of my time and attention on the individual needs of my clients. So, in 1994, I decided to go out on my own and start my own practice.
Forging My Own Legacy
Armed with my passion and determination to establish my own firm that could stand as a trusted source of reliable legal counsel and strong representation, I opened the doors to The Law Offices of Jonathan S. Willett, LLC in 1994. With a license to practice in both state and federal courts across Colorado, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court, I've spent the last 25 years helping clients in Boulder, Denver, and the surrounding metro areas on a variety of different legal issues.
From criminal defense and personal injury casework to complex civil litigation cases, I've helped countless clients by providing the highest level of legal counsel through aggressive representation and creative legal solutions. During my 33 years of practicing law, some of my highlights include serving as an expert witness in criminal trial practice, juvenile delinquency, and appellate criminal practice throughout various courts in Colorado, as well as assisting and representing multiple defendants in cases that sought the death penalty against my clients. Overall, I've tried over 70 cases and pursued over 125 appeals over three decades of work.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my children, as well as a variety of different hobbies including skiing, cycling, and frisbee.
- Colorado State Bar
- New York State Bar
- The U.S. District Court of Colorado
- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- The U.S. Supreme Court
- B.A. Philosophy - The University of Colorado, Boulder, 1982
- J.D. - The University of Denver College of Law, 1986
Professional Associations & Memberships
- AV (highest possible) peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
- Recognized as “Pre-Eminent” in the area of Criminal Justice
- Rated “Superb” on Avvo by clients and colleagues
- Lecturer on “The Criminal Trial from Start to Finish” seminar presented by the National Business Institute, 2002
- Lecturer & Panel Moderator on “Post-Conviction Remedies” seminar presented by the Colorado Alternate Defense Counsel, 2001
- Lecturer on “Legal Writing” presented by the National Business Institute, 2001
- Lecturer & Panel Moderator on “Juvenile Justice in Colorado” seminar presented by the National Business Institute, 1998
- Lecturer & Panel Moderator on “Juvenile Delinquency” seminar presented by the Colorado Bar Association, 1991
- Lecturer on “Child Sexual Assault” seminar presented by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, 1989
- “Evolving Standards of Duty of Fair Representation Cases Under Section 301.” 62 Den. U. L. Rev. 627 (1985)