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Meet Criminal Defense Attorney Melissa Segers

When I graduated from Duke University in 2002, I wasn't sure if I wanted to become a lawyer.  Two life-changing experiences made me realize that becoming an attorney was a direct and meaningful avenue to help people and advocate for change in our judicial system.

After graduation, I joined AmeriCorps, the domestic Peace Corps program.  For a year I served “at-risk” youth at Mile High Youth Corps in Denver as an education mentor.  This program helps high school drop-outs and young men and women who are involved with the criminal justice system, change their lives.

After AmeriCorps, I worked for a small, two-person criminal defense law firm as a legal assistant for 4 years.  The attorneys I worked for were the first to instill a “client-centered” practice ethic in me.  During my time there, we represented a man charged with 1st Degree Murder and facing the Death Penalty in Federal District Court.  I assisted in preparing his case and watched parts of his trial.  The day the jury came back with a LIFE sentence, rather than death, was the day I knew I wanted to be a criminal defense attorney.

Becoming an attorney was a direct and meaningful avenue to help people.

My Education

I went to the University of Colorado Law School on a full tuition scholarship.  I did a full year with the Legal Aid and Defender program, and learned how to be an uncompromising advocate for my clients while navigating a male-dominated profession.  During law school, I also interned both summers with the Colorado State Public Defender, where I gained invaluable experience learning directly from experienced attorneys who litigate nearly daily.

I know how to be an uncompromising advocate for my clients.

Serving as a Public Defender

After graduating law school, I accepted a job with the Denver Public Defender's Office where I practiced for 6 years.  The Colorado Public Defender offers nationally-recognized training for new lawyers, that is unparalleled in the private sector.  As a Public Defender, I represented people charged with felonies and misdemeanors, including, but not limited to Homicide, Assault, Robbery, Sexual Assault, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and DUIs.  I represented adults and juveniles and served 15 months in the Denver Drug Court, including 8 months as defense counsel on the felony DUI treatment team, also known as “RESTART” Court.

During my time as a Public Defender, I honed my litigation skills in over a hundred trials; motions hearings; and other litigation.  Several clients and cases left an indelible impression on me.

One case was a domestic violence case, which I took to trial.  My client was adamant that no domestic violence had occurred, but the police and the prosecutor believed the complaining witness; despite witnesses and factual evidence that directly contradicted her story.  We fought hard at trial.  I confronted a police officer on the stand who tried to alter his version of events to help the prosecution's case.  I also got the complaining witness to contradict herself.  After the jury acquitted my client, the prosecutor came up to me and shook my hand saying, “I mean this as a compliment.   You are a bulldog.”

Melissa Segers

Criminal Defense Lawyer

I have a passion for protecting people and advocating for change in our judicial system. 


Practice Areas

100% Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2011


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If you want a legal bulldog on your side, please call me.

Serving as a Criminal Defense Attorney

I left the Public Defender's office to join O'Malley and Sawyer, LLC because there were things I couldn't do for my clients as a Public Defender – either due to a lack of time or resources.  I wanted to be able to commit more time and energy to my individual clients' cases, while utilizing all the tools I learned as a public defender.

If you want a legal bulldog on your side, please call me.  I can't wait to meet with you so we can fight the system together.


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If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges in the Denver area, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the best criminal defense lawyers at O’Malley and Sawyer, LLC at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future. Request a Free Consultation