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Laura A. Menninger
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EDUCATION

Stanford Law School, J.D., with distinction, 1997

Duke University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1991

PRACTICE AREAS

Civil Litigation

Criminal Defense

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

Best Lawyers in America, White Collar Criminal Defense, 2015-Present

5280 Top Lawyer, Criminal Defense, 2016

Stanford Law Review, Associate Editor

COURT ADMISSIONS

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2016

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2008

Colorado, 2003

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1998

New York, 1998

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Colorado Bar Association, Member

Colorado Women's Bar Association, member

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (Board, 2008-2010)

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Colorado Criminal Justice Act Panel, (2008-Present)

Alternate Defense Counsel, State of Colorado (2008-Present)

Laura Menninger is an experienced trial lawyer who brings strategic vision and insight to her practice of civil litigation and criminal defense. She works tirelessly on behalf of corporate and individual clients who find themselves facing a myriad of difficult legal circumstances. Her practice focuses on business disputes of all sizes, white collar and general criminal defense, and any case destined for trial. Her clients praise her persuasive writing skills, her thoughtful analyses and problem-solving as well as her personal communication skills both in and out of the courtroom.

Prior to law school, Laura worked in Goldman, Sachs & Co.’s Corporate Finance Department as a financial analyst, where she primarily focused on initial public offerings and public debt offerings for major corporations. Her corporate expertise serves her well in her legal practice where she appreciates and accounts for the business implications of her clients’ legal decisions.

After graduating from Stanford Law School, Laura held a prestigious judicial clerkship with Hon. Lewis A. Kaplan, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, where she further honed her writing and communication skills. Following that experience, Laura focused on commercial litigation with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, representing corporate clients on a range of matters including class actions, employment discrimination, and internal investigations alleging white collar crimes.

Laura moved to Colorado in 2002 and chose to further develop her trial skills as a Deputy State Public Defender. She tried dozens of high-stakes matters to trial and successfully defended before juries clients wrongfully accused of homicide, sexual assault, robbery, theft, crimes of violence, and many drug offenses. Following a period with Holland & Hart LLC, she joined Haddon, Morgan and Foreman in 2012.

PUBLICATIONS AND LECTURES

“Constitutional Challenges to Federal Indictments,” CJA Federal Criminal Law Update (February 2016)

“Reconciling 3553(a) and 2G2.2: Effective Sentencing Mitigation and Advocacy in CP Cases,” CJA Federal Criminal Law Update (June 2015)

“Grand Jury Motions Practice,” Criminal Law Spring Update 2015, Colorado Bar Ass’n, Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (April 2015)

“Professional Defense of the Accused,“ Jeffrey S. Pagliuca and Laura A. Menninger, Lawyers’ Professional Liability in Colorado: Preventing Malpractice and Disciplinary Actions (Colo. Bar Ass’n, 2d. ed. 2011, 3d. ed. 2012, 5th ed. 2014)

“Motions Practice,” Criminal Law Practice Basics 2012, Colorado Bar Ass’n, Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (April 2012)

“Impeachment Techniques,” ADC Trial Advocacy Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (Feb. 2010)

“Cracking the COCCA Nut,” Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Rap Sheet - Analysis of the criminal charges brought pursuant to the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, including mortgage fraud, identity theft, computer crime (Winter 2009)

“To Heller in a Handbasket, Second Amendment Rights in Federal Criminal Cases Post-District of Columbia v. Heller,” CJA Federal Criminal Law Update (June 2009)

“Cross Examination Techniques and Practice,” ADC Trial Advocacy Program (April 2009)


EDUCATION

Stanford Law School, J.D., with distinction, 1997

Duke University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1991

PRACTICE AREAS

Civil Litigation

Criminal Defense

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

Best Lawyers in America, White Collar Criminal Defense, 2015-Present

5280 Top Lawyer, Criminal Defense, 2016

Stanford Law Review, Associate Editor

COURT ADMISSIONS

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2016

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2008

Colorado, 2003

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1998

New York, 1998

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Colorado Bar Association, Member

Colorado Women's Bar Association, member

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (Board, 2008-2010)

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Colorado Criminal Justice Act Panel, (2008-Present)

Alternate Defense Counsel, State of Colorado (2008-Present)