Alexander Garlin - Partner

Alexander Garlin

Alexander Garlin has been defending adults and minors charged with felony and misdemeanor criminal offenses for more than 30 years.  Before starting his private practice in 1983, Mr. Garlin managed a regional Colorado Public Defender’s Office that served four Colorado counties.  Mr. Garlin has earned the highest peer review rating (AV) for legal ability and general ethical standards.

Mr. Garlin combines experience, compassion, and zeal with professionalism to obtain the best possible results for his clients.  He defends clients in Boulder County, the greater Denver Metro area, and throughout the state of Colorado against all manner of criminal charges, with an emphasis on serious felony accusations.

Professional Activities

Mr. Garlin was the president of the Boulder County Bar Association (BCBA) for the 2000-2001 term.  He has also co-chaired the Medical-Legal and Criminal Law sections of the BCBA, and has been one of its delegates to the Board of Governors for the Colorado Bar Association since 2005.  While president of the BCBA, Mr. Garlin helped launch the Legal Advice Clinic for the Homeless, a program he continues to coordinate to this day.

Mr. Garlin has been a board member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar since 2002, and chairs its Membership Committee.  He is also co-chair of the Boulder Chapter of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. Mr. Garlin was a board member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association as well, chairing its Membership and Annual Convention Committees.

Mr. Garlin was a member of the 20th Judicial District’s Access to Justice Committee established by Presiding Judge Roxanne Bailin to safeguard against disadvantages that non-English speaking defendants might otherwise face as a result of language or cultural barriers.

Bar and Court Admissions

Mr. Garlin has been admitted to practice in the Courts of the State of Colorado, and the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado.


Past Examples of Excellence

First Degree Murder   

Alexander Garlin's Accomplishments in First Degree Murder Cases

  • Mr. Garlin was part of a criminal defense team that obtained a Not Guilty verdict after a two-week jury trial in a Denver County case in which a young woman was accused of First Degree Murder in the stabbing death of another woman.  If convicted, the client would have faced life in prison without the possibility of parole.
  • In the First Degree Murder trial of a grandmother who shot and killed her husband with a .22 caliber rifle, Mr. Garlin obtained a reduced verdict of Manslaughter from a Jefferson County jury.  The client served less than one year of prison time. 
  • Mr. Garlin was part of a criminal defense team that obtained a voluntary dismissal in a Jefferson County First Degree Murder case.  The defense team undertook a comprehensive review of the police evidence and convinced the prosecution prior to trial that based on the evidence, the accused could not have been at the scene at the time the crime occurred. 

Domestic Violence   

Driving Under the Influence   

Child Abuse   

Aggravated (Armed) Robbery   

Careless Driving Resulting in Death   

Vehicular Homicide   

Sexual Assault on a Child