John T. Carlson

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John T. Carlson


John Carlson is an appellate and post-conviction lawyer. He spent fifteen years at the Federal Public Defender, in Denver, where he represented clients in appeals arising from all six states of the Tenth Circuit. He also defended clients facing the death penalty. He has argued more than sixty cases in state and federal appellate courts. Before the Federal Defender, John was a legal services lawyer on the Navajo Indian Reservation, an appellate lawyer at the Colorado Public Defender, and an associate at an employment-discrimination and civil-rights firm in Denver. A member of the Colorado ACLU Board of Directors since 2014, he currently serves as Chair of the Board.

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado State Bar 1997
  • New Mexico State Bar 1993
  • United States District of Colorado 1988
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit 1988


University of Southern California, J.D. 1993
University of California, Berkeley, B.A. 1988

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