Patrick Ridley

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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.

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Top Criminal Defense Lawyer by 5280 Magazine 2015-2020
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America:  White Collar Criminal Defense and Non-White Collar Criminal Defense (2011-2020) Lawyer of the Year – Criminal Defense General Practice 2019 & Lawyer of the Year Criminal Defense White Collar 2017 & 2019
  • Colorado Super Lawyers: Top 50 Lawyers in Colorado (2009,2011)
    Top 100 Lawyers in Colorado (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Corporate Edition (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Law Week Colorado – 2015 Barrister’s Best :  Best Criminal Defense: White Collar Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • AV® Preeminent

Professional Affiliations

  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (President, 2005-2006; Director, 2000 – 2007)
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, Committee on White Collar Crime
    (Rocky Mountain Regional Co-Chair, 2005-2006; Member, 2003 – )
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel: for the District of Colorado Standing Committee (Chairman 2010 -2014 )
    Member (2008 – 2014)
  • Colorado’s Representative to the U.S. Criminal Justice Act District Representative Conference (2010-2014)
  • E-Discovery in Criminal Cases Committee of the United States District Court of the District of Colorado (Chair:  2011-__)
  • Doyle’s Inn of Court  (1985-86; 1993-2000)
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American, Colorado and Denver Bar Associations.


University of Denver, J.D.  1987

  • Editor-In-Chief, Denver University Law Review  1986-1987
  • Finalist, Barrister’s Cup, Appellate Argument Competition      1985

DePauw Universtiy, B.A.       1982

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado State Bar 1987
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit 1988

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