Jeralyn E. Merritt

Jeralyn E. Merritt

Passionate attorney protecting clients' rights for more than 35 years

Firm Overview

Since 1974, the Law Office of Jeralyn E. Merritt has been successfully defending individuals and businesses accused of serious federal and state drug offenses and white collar and financial crimes and handling related forfeiture proceedings. Jeralyn E. Merritt is a nationally renowned criminal defense attorney with more than 35 years of experience in Colorado and in courts throughout the country. As a lawyer who is consistently on the cutting edge of innovative trial strategies and defenses, she is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars and is a well-known national cable news legal analyst. She has a proven track record of passionately and effectively upholding her clients' Constitutional rights. The Law Office of Jeralyn E. Merritt aggressively represents clients at all stages of criminal actions, including pre-indictment, grand jury, trial, appeal and post-conviction proceedings.

Confident approach produces the best possible outcomes for clients:
Jeralyn E. Merritt is nationally recognized as AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a testament to her:

Confidence - Backed by her strong history of awards and accomplishments, distinguished criminal defense attorney Jeralyn E. Merritt exudes confidence and is a persuasive, convincing advocate. Applying knowledge acquired and fine-tuned through more than 35 years of experience in high-profile cases, she aggressively defends your Constitutional rights.

Dedication - Jeralyn Merritt is compassionate and devoted to her clients. She understands the difficulties criminal defendants face in their personal and professional lives. She provides information about the law and how it applies to your case and is there to help you every step of the way towards the best possible outcome.

Focus - Attorney Jeralyn E. Merritt is a top achiever focused on winning. She works tirelessly and fights tenaciously in your defense. She is never intimidated and doesn't back down under pressure.

Experienced attorney focused on drug offenses, white collar crime and forfeitures:
The Law Office of Jeralyn E. Merritt provides effective criminal defense representation focused on the following practice areas:

Federal and State Drug Offenses - The Law Office of Jeralyn E. Merritt represents clients accused of serious federal and state drug offenses such as drug possession, trafficking, manufacturing, conspiracy and sale.

White Collar Defense - In her white collar defense practice, Jeralyn E. Merritt skillfully navigates the complexities of the federal court system to defend those who are under investigation or have been charged with white collar crimes such as embezzlement, fraud or tax evasion.

Criminal and Civil Forfeitures - Those accused of crimes may be subject to criminal or civil forfeiture of their property or assets. Jeralyn E. Merritt addresses these issues effectively, working to recover your property under the provisions of the law.
Main Office
Main Office
600 17th Street
Suite 2800-S
Denver  CO  80202
  • 303-837-1837
  • 720-904-9197
Criminal Defense
Committed to Defending Constitutional Rights
Practice Areas:
-Federal and State Drug Offenses
-White Collar Defense
-Criminal and Civil Forfeitures

Federal and State Drug Offenses
-Defense of Federal and State Drug Crimes

Complex Federal Criminal Cases
-Defense of complex federal criminal cases, including multi-defendant drug and fraud conspiracies

Criminal and Civil Forfeitures
-Defense of criminal and civil forfeitures

Pre-Indictment and Grand Jury Representation
-Pre-Indictment and grand jury representation

White Collar Defense
-Defense of financial crimes, including fraud, money laundering, criminal forfeitures

Electronic Surveillance
-Defense of criminal cases involving the use of electronic surveillance, including wiretaps

Jeralyn E. Merritt

Admitted: 1974, Colorado, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado and U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1981, New York and U.S. Supreme Court; 1990, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1991, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona; 1999, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Law School: University of Denver, J.D.

Member: American Bar Association (Member, Criminal Justice Section Council, 2000-2004); American Board of Criminal Lawyers (ABCL) (Fellow, Member, Board of Governors, 1994-2004); National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)(Life Member, Board of Directors, 1995-2001; Secretary, 2002-2003; Treasurer, 2003-2004; Co-Chair, Legislative Committee; Co-Chair/Vice-Chair, Internet and Innocence Project Committees, 1995-2004); Colorado Criminal Defense Bar.

Biography: Teaching Positions: Lecturer in Law, University of Denver College of Law, Wrongful Convictions; Criminal Defense, 2001-2003. Honors, Awards: Selected by National Institute of Justice, U.S. Dept. of Justice, to serve on Technical Working Group for Eyewitness Evidence, 1998-2000; Selected by United States Sentencing Commission - oral testimony on federal drug sentencing guidelines, August 12, 1996, Denver, CO; Selected by House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, - oral and written congressional testimony on federal marijuana sentencing laws on behalf of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), March, 1996, Washington, D.C.; Recipient of the first annual Marshall Stern Award for Outstanding Legislative Achievement, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1995; Selected by Chief Judge Richard P. Matsch, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, to serve (1994) and to chair (1995) the Court's Standing Committee on the Criminal Justice Act. Lectures: Over fifty, list available upon request. Publications: Co-Author, "USA Patriot Act of 2001: An Analysis," LexisNexis Publishing, 2002; NACDL Champion: "Legislation", Regular Column, 1995-2000. Member: Martindale-Hubbell- Lexis-Nexis Legal Advisory Board, 1996-2007. Media (Legal Analysis): MSNBC Legal Analyst, 1997-1999; Frequent analyst for MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, CNBC, Court TV, 1996-2008; Internet Journalist, 2002-2010.

Born: New York, N.Y.
  • University of Denver
    Juris Doctorate