Nikea T. Bland

Nikea T. Bland

Location:
Denver, Colorado
Phone:
303-731-0719
866-365-9351
Fax:
303-830-3138
Email:

I came to Colorado in 2001 after completing my undergraduate studies at the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA, where I was raised.  My first position after college was working as a youth counselor for at risk children and children who had been adjudicated delinquent and removed from their homes.  In that position, I was surprised and dismayed to see how many of the children did not seem to understand why they were removed from their homes.  Some did not even know what they pled guilty to, and all had little understanding of how the criminal process worked.  More importantly, in speaking with their parents, I realized that the parents also had difficulty understanding the criminal process.  The experience inspired me to attend law school.

I attended the University of Colorado - School of Law, in Boulder, CO and received my Juris Doctor in May 2005.  While at the University of Colorado, I participated in the Legal Aid and Defender Program, a legal defense program dedicated to serving the less fortunate in Colorado accused of crimes, facing eviction, and civil rights violations.    The experience motivated me to further advocate for those accused by interning at the Denver Public Defender’s Office.

During law school, I actively pursued developing my advocacy skills and community service.  I was a member of the winning team in the 2005 Rothgerber Moot Court Competition and went on to represent CU in the national competitions.  Throughout law school, I was active in the Black Law Students Association, serving as the organization’s president.  As BLSA President, I organized fundraisers and community projects designed to enrich the law school experience for all students, including mentoring and outreach programs.

Upon graduation, I began my career as a Public Defender in the Denver Trial Office where I provided zealous representation for clients that could not afford to hire counsel. Specifically, I handled all types of criminal cases ranging from misdemeanor assaults, driving under the influence, theft, sexual assault, weapons offenses, drug offenses, escape, economic crimes, and first degree murder.  In addition to representing adult defendants, I have also represented juvenile defendants charged with minor infractions such as tagging and serious charges including sexual assault, assault, menacing, and weapons offenses.  As a public defender, I received the prestigious Lowery Kelley Memorial Trial Advocacy Award for outstanding trial skills.

After practicing for 5 years for the Deputy State Public Defender – Denver Trial Office, and working in private practice for several years, I found a firm that shares by beliefs and ideology at the O’Malley Law Office. Here, I practice criminal defense in an environment where meeting the needs of my clients is the number one priority. My goal as your attorney is to ensure that you fully understand the nature and consequences of the charges you are facing.  Together, we will go through the discovery and determine how to best achieve your desired outcome.

I am committed to providing zealous representation. I work tirelessly to achieve your goals.  Sometimes that means taking cases to trial. In my career, I have had over 60 jury trials across the state of Colorado and have the experience and expertise necessary for successful outcomes.  Sometimes that means working out the best deal possible. I use my expertise to help clients evaluate plea deals and make sure they are fully apprised of the consequences of a disposition.

I would love to meet with you and discuss your case.  Call the office to schedule an appointment today.

 

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2005

Education

  • University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado
    • J.D. - 2005
    • Honors: President, Black Law Students Association
    • Honors: Legal Aid and Defender Program
    • Honors: Moot Court Team
  • University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia
    • B.A.

Honors and Awards

  • Lowery Kelley Trial Advocacy Award, 2006 - Present
  • Winner, Rothgerber Moot Court Competition, 2005 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Sam Cary Bar Association, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Arapahoe County Bar Association Mock Trial Program, William Smith High School, Attorney Coach, 2007 - Present
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