Polansky Law Firm

Polansky Law Firm

Our firm is dedicated to protect our clients' rights and defend them as they face the most serious charges and accusations. The firm handles juvenile and adult criminal defense matters in federal court and state court throughout Colorado.

Firm Overview

As a former Deputy Public Defender and private practitioner, Ms. Polansky is comfortable in the courtroom and willing to take cases to trial if the government wishes to proceed and not dismiss or reach a reasonable disposition of the case. Ms. Polansky has been successful in negotiating that there be no charges filed when the client retained our firm upon first contact with law enforcement.

Please feel free contact us should you find yourself under investigation or have a pending case or if you would like to appeal a conviction or petition the court regarding a conviction or sentence. While we make no guarantees, Ms. Polansky has had great success in these types of cases, even when all seemed lost and the sentence was life without possibility of parole.
Main Office
Main Office
4450 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite 100
Boulder  CO  80303
Phone
  • (303) 415-2583
Websites
Criminal Defense
Our firm is dedicated to protect our clients' rights and defend them as they face the most serious charges and accusations. As a former Deputy Public Defender and private practitioner, Ms. Polansky is comfortable in the courtroom and willing to take case
Boulder Criminal Law Attorney Asserts Clients' Rights
A passionate advocate with more than 25 years of experience

A strong defense attorney does more than defend against the tactics of prosecutors and police. When you're facing criminal charges, the Polansky Law Firm aggressively battles authorities so that your rights are not compromised. For more than 25 years, people facing the most serious criminal charges have relied on Lisa Polansky, first as a public defender and now in private practice. She applies that experience to each client's individual situation and is dedicated to delivering the strongest representation possible at trial or in tough negotiations with the government.
Sex Crimes
Comprehensive legal support for those accused of sexual offenses

With more than 25 years of experience handling sexual assault cases, we have a thorough understanding of the unique issues associated with these difficult matters. We provide comprehensive
Steadfast defense when you are accused in Colorado

Being accused of a sex crime can make an otherwise normal person look like a perverted monster. When you are the person accused, you very likely face anger and hostility from everyone involved in your case families, the police, the prosecutor, even the judge trying the case and may begin to believe that your situation is hopeless. At Polansky Law Firm, we understand that not every person who is accused of a crime is guilty, and we believe that you are entitled to top quality legal representation no matter what your situation may be. Our attorneys work tirelessly to produce the best possible results. Don't let shame or public opinion stand in your way.
DUI and DWI
Committed to helping clients

Our attorneys understand that good people can make mistakes. We strive to satisfy our clients' emotional, financial and legal needs by zealously representing your interests at every turn. We are knowledgeable about complex Co
Knowledgeable Colorado DUI/DWAI Attorney
Defending Boulder-area clients against criminal prosecution

Throughout Colorado, law enforcement officials have been expanding efforts to crack down on drunk driving offenses. Being convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated can have serious consequences, including loss of license, higher insurance costs, heavy fines and jail time. The attorneys at Polansky Law Firm have the knowledge necessary to overcome the evidence against you, and the ability to help you attain the best possible outcome.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

A passionate advocate with more than 25 years of experience

A strong defense attorney does more than defend against the tactics of prosecutors and police. When you're facing criminal charges, the Polansky Law Firm aggressively battles authorities so that your rights are not compromised. For more than 25 years, people facing the most serious criminal charges have relied on Lisa Polansky, first as a public defender and now in private practice. She applies that experience to each client's individual situation and is dedicated to delivering the strongest representation possible at trial or in tough negotiations with the government.

Skilled representation against serious felony charges

If you have been charged with a felony, it is crucial to obtain knowledgeable counsel as quickly as possible. At the Polansky Law Firm, we take the time to explain the relevant Colorado law and help you understand how the following factors affect your case:

Statute of limitations For most Colorado felonies, the statute of limitations runs three years from the date of the alleged offense. However, murder and kidnapping can be prosecuted at any time, and certain sexual offenses extend the statutory period to 10 years.

Criminal penalties Felonies are punishable by more than one year in prison. Colorado has six classes of felony crimes. Class 1 felonies, such as first-degree murder, carry the most serious sentences, including life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Other consequences Most people convicted of a felony endure negative effects that extend far beyond a prison sentence and fines. You can lose your ability to vote, hold a meaningful job, receive public benefits or even see your family.

With so much at stake, you need an advocate with the real-world experience to assess your case quickly and pursue the best possible solution under the circumstances

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

EDUCATION:

Officer Basic Course, JAG Corps, United States Army, April 2003
Commandant's List (Graduated with Honors)
Pepperdine University, School of Law, J.D., May 1990
State University of New York at Albany, B.A., May 1987
(Dual Major: Criminal Justice and Sociology)

BAR ADMISSIONS:

United States District Court, District of Colorado, December 2000
Colorado State Bar, March 2000
United States District Court, Central District of California, December 1990
California State Bar, December 1990

PUBLICATIONS:

Holistic Client-Centered Advocacy in Juvenile Delinquency Cases, 2 Stetson J. Advoc. & L. 1 (2015)

EXPERIENCE:
2000-present SOLO PRACTITIONER
Lisa A. Polansky, Attorney at Law, LLC

Practice consists solely of criminal defense cases in state and federal courts, including post-conviction habeas corpus proceedings and appeals.

2013-present FACULTY, TRIAL SKILLS AND ADVANCED ADVOCACY PROGRAMS
National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)

Provide classroom instruction and experiential training on trial skills and advocacy.

2001-present FACULTY, INTERSESSION TRIAL ADVOCACY COURSE
University of Colorado at Boulder, School of Law

Conduct clinical exercises with law students in mock cases, both civil and criminal. Critique students in their performances and offer input for improvement of trial advocacy skills. Educate on practical techniques for presentation of trials.

2010-2015 FOUNDING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FACULTY
Center for Juvenile Justice

Founded this non-profit organization with a mission to provide free and low cost holistic client-centered legal services to indigent youth charged in delinquency courts. Designed and delivered curriculum in juvenile defense to law students utilizing an experiential approach. Supervised handling of actual live client cases; managed community outreach and networking efforts. Developed and implemented JLWOP/Innocence Project to represent youth serving life imprisonment terms.

2010 KATHRYN WADIA LEGAL FELLOW
International Legal Foundation-Nepal Office

Selected as a Legal Fellow to serve in Nepal for three months in Kathmandu; mentored national lawyers in criminal defense representation for indigent clients, both adult and juvenile. In this role, acted as a supervisor and assisted the advocates in their handling of criminal cases at pre-trial, trial and appellate level; organized and presented continuing legal education sessions on various topics for the advocates and participated in meetings with other NGOs, government officials and donor countries.

2002-2004 OFFICER, JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL'S CORPS
1LT, 87th LSO, United States Army Reserve

Performed legal assistance tasks for deploying soldiers as a reservist and served on active duty as Trial Counsel for 1st Armored Division, United States Army Europe in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Germany). Advised Commanders on issues of military justice and prosecuted courts-martial. Coordinated with law enforcement in the investigation of crimes providing legal guidance.

1993-2000 DEPUTY PUBLIC DEFENDER III
Office of the Los Angeles County Public Defender

Successfully completed a variety of rigorous training assignments and tried numerous juvenile bench trials and jury trials in both misdemeanor and felony cases. Last assignment was as a Deputy in Charge. Engaged in supervision of attorneys, conducted personnel evaluations and presentation of staff training sessions.
PRESENTATIONS:
2015 Faculty, Advanced Trial Skills Training
Judicial Council of California and Juvenile Law Society

2014 Presenter, Annual Public Defender Training
"Recognizing and Suppressing Coerced Juvenile Confessions: Best Practices"
Colorado State Public Defender

Guest Lecturer, Crime and Society Class, Spring Semester
University of Colorado, Sociology Department

Presenter, Convening on Juvenile Restraint Reform
Boulder County Task Force for Juvenile Restrain Reform

2013 Lead Presenter, Intensive, Annual Youth Conference, Fall Session
"Adolescent Brain Development, Decision-Making and Legal Consequences"
PeaceJam Organization and Center for Juvenile Justice

PeaceJam Organization and Center for Juvenile Justice
"Youth under the Law"
PeaceJam Organization and Center for Juvenile Justice

Opening Speaker, Annual Youth Conference, Fall and Spring Sessions
PeaceJam Organization and Center for Juvenile Justice

Guest Lecturer, Juvenile Delinquency Class, Spring and Summer Semesters
University of Colorado, Sociology Department

Expert Testimony, Use of Restraints on Juveniles
Colorado Legislature, Judiciary Committee

2012 Lead Presenter, Intensive, Annual Youth Conference, Fall Session
"Know Your Rights"
PeaceJam Organization

Guest Lecturer, Juvenile Delinquency Class, Spring Semester
Regis University, Sociology Department

Guest Lecturer, Juvenile Delinquency Class, Fall Semester
University of Colorado, Sociology Department

Faculty, Juvenile Defender Training
Louisiana State Public Defender Conference
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

CJA (Criminal Justice Act) Panel of Attorneys (Colorado)
Alternate Defense Counsel (ADC) Panel of Attorneys (Colorado)
National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
California Public Defender's Association
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Boulder County Bar Association

PROFESSIONAL VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES:
2013-2014 Juvenile Restraint Reform Task Force Member, Boulder County

2008-2014 CJA Standing Committee Member, Colorado
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES:
2001-2005 Boulder County Partners (Youth Mentor)
AWARDS:

2014 Fulbright Specialist Roster Candidate (CIES) (until 2019)
2014 Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Association

Lisa Polansky

Lisa Polansky is a former Deputy Public Defender in Los Angeles County and JAG officer for the United States Army who has practiced criminal and juvenile defense since 1990. After attending law school at Pepperdine University, School of Law, Ms. Polansky practiced with seasoned criminal defense attorneys for about three years and mentored incarcerated youth through the Los Angeles County Bar Association until Ms. Polansky recognized that she wanted to be in the trenches every day fighting on behalf of the disenfranchised.

Ms. Polansky then went to the Los Angeles Public Defender's Office where she handled hundreds of cases for about seven years. Thereafter, Ms. Polansky acted as a supervisor with the Public Defender and enjoyed training new lawyers for some time before she moved to Colorado in 2000.

Once in Colorado, she signed on to teach the intersession trial advocacy class at the University of Colorado, School of Law and also continued to mentor "youth at risk" in her community.

Ms. Polansky served in the military as a commissioned officer and Deputy Judge Advocate after September 11, 2001 and left with an Honorable Discharge in 2004 to continue with her own private practice in Colorado, taking on many appointed cases in both state and federal courts.

In 2010, she went to Nepal as an International Legal Fellow where she assisted in the training and evaluation of Nepali advocates as they started a public defender organization in their post-conflict country. Upon her return to the United States, Ms. Polansky began to develop and form the Center for Juvenile Justice, a non-profit organization providing legal representation to indigent youth in the delinquency courts and education for youth and the community on issues relevant to adolescent development, delinquency prevention and the juvenile justice system. After running the Center for several years, Ms. Polansky is again in private practice in Colorado.
License
  • Bar Number: 150767
    California , 1990
  • Bar Number: 31539
    Colorado , 2000
Education
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
    JD , 1990

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