Charged With A Crime? It Doesn’t Mean You’re Guilty.
- Criminal Defense
MEET CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY NICOLE SAVINO
When I first started law school, someone once told me to find a place where you can fight the good fight. Criminal defense is where I found that place. Practicing criminal law allows me to care about other people; no matter who they are, where they've been, or where they are going.
When I'm not fighting the good fight, I can be found running on Colorado's beautiful trails with my dog Ellie and volunteering with Colorado's youth.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
I have practiced exclusively in the area of criminal defense. I have handled over two thousand misdemeanor and felony cases for juveniles and adults in County Court, District Court, and Juvenile Court.
I received my law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2016 as well as a certificate in Workplace Law. During law school, I worked at multiple private law firms and interned at both the Boulder and Denver offices of the Colorado State Public Defender.
After law school, I began my practice with the Douglas County Trial office of the Colorado State Public Defender. While in county and district court, I honed my trial and motions practice skills. I practiced against dozens of district attorneys and attorneys general. I meticulously studied how prosecutors approach cases, learned how to quickly identify when a case is strong or weak; where the holes in the prosecution's case are; and how to deftly leverage those weakness to the benefit of my clients.
While being in front of a jury is like a second home to me, I am acutely aware that most cases are won before a jury ever sees the case. It's here that I know the importance of telling each client's unique story, not by the charges they face but who they are as individuals. With this perspective, I have been able to persuade prosecutors to dismiss cases outright, offer less serious charges, and agree to shorter sentences.
When cases have proceeded to trial, I served as lead counsel in over 30 jury trials, ranging from a 6-week securities fraud trial to first-degree murder. I have a track record of winning motions hearings based on Miranda right violations, unreasonable search and seizure, and lack of reasonable suspicion to detain my clients to begin with.
PRACTICING AS A DEFENSE ATTORNEY
One of the many lessons I have learned within my advocacy for my client in the tragic STEM shooting case was how important it is to embrace the idea of continual passion for the people I represent in trial and negotiations - no matter what it takes or how long. The Denver Post described my direct exam of a critical witness as "gripping, four-hour testimony". Up until that point, I had never stood in front of a podium for so long with so many people watching but the Judge needed to hear the evidence. Most importantly, my client needed to hear he had someone in his corner.
This passion is what I intend to give to each and every one of my clients.
I look forward to speaking with you!
- University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, Colorado
- Juris Doctor
- University of Denver
- Bachelor of Arts
- Major: Psychology and Human Communication
- Colorado, 2016
- Attorney of the Year, Juvenile Division, 2020