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Patrick Ridley Colorado Criminal Defense

Pat Ridley represents individuals and entities in criminal, regulatory and civil matters involving significant risk to liberty, financial and reputational interests.   Mr. Ridley is universally regarded as one of the finest white collar lawyers in Colorado.  A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Ridley has served as lead trial counsel in more than 75 jury trials, and has second chaired dozens of jury trials and trials to the court.  He has tried cases involving securities fraud, tax fraud, computer fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, congressional redistricting, Ponzi schemes, breach of contract, capital murder, non-capital murder, catastrophic personal injury, sexual assault and conspiracy. Click here for a list of representative matters.

In addition to his substantial trial experience, Mr. Ridley has successfully resolved countless civil matters through arbitration or mediation, including contract disputes, personal injury cases, breach of fiduciary matters, and litigation involving the sale of businesses, breach of employment agreements and theft of trade secrets.  Applying the experience gained from spending nearly three decades negotiating with federal and state prosecutors and law enforcement agents, Mr. Ridley has developed a thriving whistleblower practice, in which he represents Whistleblowers who have information concerning the wrongdoing of employers, or coworkers or other third parties engaged in violations of the securities laws, the Internal Revenue Code, and or the Commodities Futures Trading Commission.  A client of Mr. Ridley's was recently awarded over $4.5 million dollars by the Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of the Whistleblower.

Mr. Ridley has conducted numerous corporate internal investigations and has represented corporations, executives, managers and key employees in such investigations.  He has advised corporate boards and audit committees with respect to such investigations.  He has defended corporations against whistle-blowers who have filed cases with the SEC under the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection Act.

Mr. Ridley has represented individuals and entities who are under scrutiny by federal and state law enforcement and regulatory agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, the Colorado Division of Securities, the Colorado Board of Regulatory Agencies, The Colorado Board of Medical Examiners, the Colorado Board of Accountancy, the Colorado Real Estate Commission and the Colorado Supreme Court Attorney Regulation Counsel.

Lectures and Publications

  • Discovery in White Collar Cases: University of Denver Sturm College of Law (April 2011)
  • Subpoenas and Search Warrants in White Collar Cases: University of Denver Sturm College of Law (April 2011)
  • Professionalism: Colorado Public Defender’s Office (2008-2010)
  • Demystifying Paper Cases: Colorado Public Defender Annual Conference (Sept. 2009)
  • Professional Representation of the Accused: Grand Junction, CO. (Sept. 2007)
  • Winning the Mental Game: Colorado Public Defender Annual Conference, Copper Mountain, CO. (Sept. 2005)
  • Panel Member : Playing Well with Others in Multi-Defendant Litigation: Criminal Justice Act Panel Fall Seminar Series (Nov. 2004)
  • The Ethics of Criminal Investigations: Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Annual Conference (June 2003)
  • Discovery Issues in Capital Litigation: Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Death Penalty Seminar (Nov. 2002)
  • Theories and Themes: Colorado Public Defender Boot Camp (March 2002)
  • Frequent contributor to The Rap Sheet: A Quarterly Publication of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar

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303 16th Street, Suite 200 Denver, CO 80202


Phone: (303) 629-9700

Fax: (303) 629-9702

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