Ridley, McGreevy & Winocur
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Kristen M. Frost

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Experience:

 Kristen Frost is a zealous advocate with a multi-jurisdictional practice who represents clients on both the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts. Kristen practices in Colorado and Illinois and has taken over 30 cases to trial.

Kristen has tried cases in Chicago, Illinois and throughout the state of Colorado in Denver, Jefferson, Eagle, Adams, Larimer and Douglas Counties. She has handled a variety of cases ranging from allegations of homicide, sexual assault, civil rights violations and various types of fraud, to narcotics, theft and domestic violence cases and driving offenses resulting in death. Regardless of the charges at issue, Kristen is known for her consistent success in obtaining victories for her clients, oftentimes through securing dismissal of cases before trial or proceeding to trial and quickly acquitting her clients. Kristen passionately represents her clients and does not stop short of anything but providing professional, thorough and devoted advocacy. [Read the Vail Daily article].

Due to aggressive litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Kristen obtained the dismissal of a federal indictment based on prosecutorial misconduct that violated her client’s constitutional rights. After a lengthy evidentiary hearing and extensive briefing, the District Court issued a 113 page order dismissing the indictment days before trial was scheduled to commence and chastised the prosecution team for improperly interfering with defense access to witnesses and investigation. [Read The District Court's Order]

In addition to this substantial trial experience, Kristen has advocated on appeal for her clients in various jurisdictions. She has argued and briefed matters before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and the Illinois Appellate Court. She has also briefed matters before the Supreme Court of the United States and the Illinois Supreme Court.

Kristen has successfully handled regulatory matters before the Colorado Real Estate Commission and the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners. She has sought executive clemency for many individuals from the Office of the Governor of Illinois and briefed and argued matters before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board.

Prior to joining RMW, Kristen practiced law as a Colorado State Public Defender in Jefferson County, Colorado. Prior to moving to Colorado, Kristen practiced criminal defense litigation in Chicago.

During law school, Kristen was an editor for the DePaul Journal of Arts & Entertainment Law, worked for Professor Cherif Bassiouni as a Sullivan Fellow for the International Institute of Human Rights Law at De Paul College of Law, worked as an extern for the Honorable Judge James Alesia in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and for the Honorable Judge William Bauer in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Kristen also studied for a semester in Dublin, Ireland at the University College Dublin while in law school through the international exchange program at the DePaul College of Law. Prior to attending law school, Kristen lived in Galway, Ireland for two years and obtained her Master of Arts degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Kristen obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame where she studied government and international relations, and was the first undergraduate to receive a concentration in Irish studies from the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies.

Immediately after law school, Kristen pursued a fellowship in international criminal law and human rights in Siracusa, Italy, at the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences. Based on this experience she has assisted law students at universities around the world who participate in international law moot court competitions. Kristen has also utilized this experience to advise clients about unique international law issues, such as international extradition matters.

 Ms. Frost has extensivley studied both Italian and French.

Education       

  • University of Notre Dame, B.A.  1998
  • National University of Ireland, Galway, M.A.   2000
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D.    2003
    •    Sullivan Fellow, International Human Rights Law Institute
    •    Editor, DePaul Journal of Art & Entertainment Law
    •    Deans List Candidate
    •    Hayes  Healy Public Interest Scholarship Recipient
  • International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences,   2003-2004
    •    International Criminal Law and Human Rights Fellow, Siracusa, Italy

Professional Training, Lectures and Other Activities

  • CJA Panel CLE Lecturer "Job Insecurity: Employee Challenges to Workplace Search Warrants."
  • National Criminal Defense College Trial Institute, Macon, Georgia
  • Lecturer for the Colorado Public Defender’s Office on numerous topics
  • Moot Court Judge for Specialization Course in International Criminal Law, International Institute of Criminal Sciences, Siracusa, Italy
  • Moot Court Judge for the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Finance Committee Member
  • Women’s Criminal Defense Bar Association of Cook County
  • Denver Bar Association
  • International Association of Penal Law/Association Internationale de Droit Pénal, Paris, France

Publications

  • The Criminal Law Bulletin, I Fought the Law and the Law Won: When the Evolution of Firearm Sentencing Enhancement Jurisprudence in Illinois Means Unjust Punishment for Some, 45 Crim. Law Bulletin 5 (2009)
  • DePaul Journal of Art & Entertainment Law, The Constitutionality of an "Internet Execution ": Entertainment Network v . Lappin, 12 DePaul J. Art & Ent. L . 173 (2002)

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado State Bar                                                      2006
  • Illinois State Bar                                                           2004
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois        2004
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana      2007 
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado                   2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit                    2006
  • Supreme Court of United States                              2007 
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Published Decisions

  • United States v. Harris, 490 F.3d 589 (7th Cir. 2007)
  • People v. Gabriel, 398 Ill. App. 3d 332, 924 N.E.2d 1133 (1st Dist.  2010)

Awards and Honors

  • Colorado Super Lawyers: Rising Star (2012-2014)
  • Colorado Law Week, Top Defense Verdicts 2012

    Representative Matters

    • Trial counsel to a 74 year old homeopathic doctor who was falsely accused of committing sexual assault on an adolescent female patient and faced an indeterminate sentence to life in prison based on these false allegations.  Client was acquitted in under two hours on all counts by a jury and all other derivate cases, including allegations that he violated the bond conditions and a DORA action were subsequently successfully resolved.  See Law Week article regarding the acquital and Vail Daily articles regarding the accusations, trial, testimony and verdict.
    • Trial counsel to federal agent in Chicago indicted for civil rights violations and witness tampering in the Northern District of Illinois.  Case was dismissed, the week before the jury trial was scheduled to commence, when the Court granted the defense motion to dismiss the indictment based on due process violations.  Chicago's Sun Times reported on the order.
    • Counsel to an individual indicted by the Attorney General of Colorado in a multi-defendant mortgage fraud case where all charges were dismissed against client before the pre-trial motions hearing after formidable efforts were put forth to convince the prosecution it could not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
    • Trial counsel to a United States Air Force veteran who was falsely accused of sexual assault by two family members and exposed to an indeterminate life sentence of incarceration.  This case involved complicated accusations that spanned over twenty-five years and involved evidence from three states, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Virginia.  The prosecution team was sanctioned on the first morning of trial for discovery violations.  Client was acquitted in under three hours on all counts after a trial that lasted a week and a half.
    • Counsel to an American citizen detained in Germany for criminal activity that she allegedly committed in Colorado where representation required the oversight and management of the international extradition process.  Travelled to Germany to advise client in detention and extensively briefed international extradition issues, including the prosecution's ability to increase the criminal charges upon her rendition to the United States to stand trial.
    • Appellate counsel to plaintiffs who brought suit against a public health foundation and sought to unwind a $1.45 billion dollar transaction after the foundation sold its assets to a for-profit corporation and argued issues on appeal in front of the Colorado Court of Appeals. Denver Business Journal reported on the hearing.
    • Trial counsel for individuals charged with first-degree murder who were acquitted after a jury trial.
    • Trial counsel for individual charged with kidnapping and sexual assault counts that involved mental health issues and the insanity defense.
    • Appellate counsel to individual charged with mail and wire fraud in his capacity as a hedge fund manager.  Briefed and argued appeal involving United States sentencing guideline application and interpretation.
    • Trial counsel to medical student accused of committing a sexual offense on a haunted house employee dressed as a zombie.  Client acquitted of sexual offense.
    • Trial counsel to individual charged with felony assault against an At-Risk adult who was acquitted after a jury trial.
    • Trial counsel to individual charged with various forms of felony assault who was acquitted of first and second degree assault after a jury trial.
    • Trial counsel to individual charged with two counts of careless driving resulting in death who was acquitted of those charges after a jury trial.
    • Trial counsel to individual charged with failure to register as a sex offender who was acquitted of that offense after a jury trial
    • Trial counsel to individual charged with harassment who was acquitted after a jury trial. 
    • Trial counsel to a juvenile charged with felony menacing who was found not guilty after trial.
    • Counsel to individual charged with assault whose case was dismissed immediately before trial commenced due to intensive defense investigation.
    • Counsel to individuals charged with driving under the influence and driving while ability impaired.  Trial counsel to individual charged with alcohol-related traffic charges where an acquittal was obtained after a jury trial.
    • Counsel to several individuals whose cases resulted in dismissal after exhaustive pre-trial litigation of constitutional issues, including suppression issues based on illegal searches and seizures under the Fourth Amendment.
    • Counsel to individuals in administrative courts and administrative hearings in Chicago and Colorado.
    • Appellate counsel for individuals in federal court who have appealed sentences of incarceration based on the application and interpretation of the United States Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
    • Appellate counsel to individual convicted of assault after a jury trial where the conviction was vacated and a new trial obtained on appeal based on trial court error.  The case was subsequently dismissed.
    • Appellate counsel to several individuals in state courts in Colorado and Illinois who have appealed their convictions and sentences based on constitutional principles and error committed by the trial court. 
    • Trial counsel to federal agent in Chicago indicted for civil rights violations and witness tampering in the Northern District of Illinois.  Case was dismissed, the week before the jury trial was scheduled to commence, when the Court granted the defense motion to dismiss the indictment based on due process violations.