Marnie Adams is an experienced trial attorney whose practice focuses on criminal defense and professional license defense work throughout the state of Colorado. She represents individuals in state, municipal and federal court on criminal charges. She has also defended actions brought by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Department of Human & Health Services (TRAILS), and school disciplinary boards. She also represents individuals who have not yet been charged but are under investigation. She prides herself on her tenacity, compassion and preparedness when fighting for her client’s rights and freedoms.


Marnie has tried many felony cases including securing complete acquittals in serious cases with charges of attempted murder and sexual assault, amongst others. She has also successfully represented hundreds of clients on both misdemeanor and serious felony cases, including sexual assault; domestic violence cases; assault with weapons, murder, DUI, theft, menacing, burglary, trespass, drug possession, drug distribution and many others.


Marnie has been recognized by the legal community for her work in her field. She has been nominated and selected as one of Denver’s top Rising Stars of criminal defense lawyers in the 2016 and 2017 edition of Super Lawyers Magazine*, as featured in 5280 Magazine and the Denver Post. Marnie is a 2012 graduate of the Colorado Bar Association’s COBALT program (Leadership Training). Marnie is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association and the Denver Bar Association.


Marnie also currently serves on the board of directors of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar.


Prior to joining Recht Kornfeld, P.C., Marnie spent eight years as a Colorado State Public Defender where she rose to a supervising attorney in the Arapahoe County Office, training and supervising young lawyers in the practice of law. During her eight years as a public defender, she defended thousands of criminal cases.


Marnie received her undergraduate degree from Colgate University, graduating magna cum laude. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law. During her tenure at law school, she was the winner of the Carrigan Cup Mock Trial Competition and the William O. DeSouchet Award for “Best Individual Performance in Trial Advocacy.”


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