Ridley, McGreevy & Winocur
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Kristen M. Frost

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Practice Areas: Federal and State Criminal Defense

Background and Experience:

Kristen Frost Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

 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. Click here for a list of representative matters.

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.

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia State Bar                                                         2015
  • 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 


  • 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

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)



  • 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)

Awards and Honors

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