Shanelle Kindel

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Shanelle Kindel Criminal Defense Attorney


Shanelle’s practice remains dedicated to the defense of individuals in state and federal criminal cases, grand jury investigations and administrative proceedings. A tenacious advocate throughout all phases of litigation, she focuses on securing excellent outcomes for her clients. Her practice includes misdemeanors and complex felonies ranging from financial crimes to sexual assault. In addition to her extensive trial experience, Shanelle repeatedly secures successful pretrial outcomes for her clients, including obtaining numerous dismissals at preliminary hearings, motions hearings, and at the investigation stage before charges are ever filed.

Prior to joining the firm, Shanelle was an attorney in the Denver Trial Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. While attending the University of Colorado Law School, she served as a summer associate for a large Denver based law firm. Following law school, Shanelle accepted a clerkship with the Honorable Anne M. Mansfield (ret). Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for Portal, a non-profit promoting social entrepreneurship in developing countries, and is a member of the Denver Metro Chamber’s Leadership Foundation.

Awards and Honors

Representative Matters

  • Lead counsel for case of first impression in Colorado where client was charged with first-degree murder of wife after allegedly ingesting edible marijuana.
  • Represented Juvenile Life Without Parole client following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Miller v. Alabama.
  • Successful suppression of 3.5 pounds of methamphetamine and dismissal of all charges based on unlawful vehicle search.
  • Represented client charged with multiple economic crimes related to identity theft of two homicide victims where all  charges were dismissed at the preliminary hearing.
  • Drafted amicus brief to the Colorado Supreme Court on behalf of the Colorado Children’s Campaign regarding Colorado Senate Bill 199 and its effects on early childhood education.


Univerisity of Colorado School of Law, Juris Doctor

  • Vice President of the Student Bar Association
  • Associate Editor for the Journal on Telecommunications & High Technology Law
  • Student Attorney for the Legal Aid and Defender Clinic

University of Denver, BA magna cum laude

  • Phi Beta Kappa

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303 16th Street, Suite 200 Denver, CO 80202


Phone: (303) 629-9700

Fax: (303) 629-9702