Matthew Durkin

Attorney Matthew Durkin’s renowned career gives him the complex courtroom experience needed to go up against behemoths in the insurance industry. Durkin has dedicated his career to obtaining justice for those in need. Most recently, Durkin served our community as a Jefferson County Chief Deputy District Attorney. Prior to that, he led the Criminal Justice Section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office as Deputy Attorney General.

With multiple appearances on television shows such as NBC’s Dateline and CBS’s 48 Hours, Durkin has made a name for himself as a tireless advocate for victims of homicide, physical and sexual abuse against children, domestic violence, drug trafficking, and traffic offenses. After years of campaigning for victims in the criminal court, Durkin has turned his attention to the civil court. Specializing in wrongful death, bad faith insurance claims, and catastrophic injuries, Durkin looks forward to assisting victims obtain justice after these life-altering events.

“For 25 years it has been my honor to fight for victims of crimes. I am excited to refocus my passion towards seeking justice for those have been injured due to another’s negligence,” Durkin says.

Education

  • JD, University of Denver
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, University of New Mexico (Cum Laude)

Honors/Awards

  • Colorado Bureau of Investigation Director’s Citation, 2016
  • President’s Award from the Colorado Drug Investigators Association, 2011
  • Prosecutor of the Year from the Colorado Welfare Fraud Council, 2005

Teaching Positions

  • September – December 2020: Red Rocks Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy, Instructor
  • October 24, 2019: Colorado Organization of Victim Assistance (COVA) Annual Conference, Keystone, CO – Surviving Trial and Tragedy
  • Summer 2018; Summer 2016: University of Denver, Strum College of Law, Prosecution Externship
  • February 2018: Arvada Police Department In-Service – Discovery
  • July 2016: CDAC Major Crime Course – Non-Scene Investigation
  • July 2015: CDAC Major Crime Course – Non-Scene Investigation, and Closing Arguments
  • January 2015: 2015 SEARCH Winter Membership Group Meeting, Austin, TX – Statistical Impacts of Legalized Marijuana in Colorado
  • September 2014: Colorado Drug Investigators Association Annual Training – Colorado, The State of Marijuana
  • August 2014: World Congress of Criminology, Monterrey, MX – Foreign Prosecution and the Collaboration Between the Federal, State, and Local Prosecutors
  • August 2014: National Methamphetamine Pharmaceutical Initiative (NMPI) National Strategy and Training Conference, Reno, NV – Colorado Drug Trafficking Trends
  • May 2014: Association of State Uniform Crime Reporting Programs (ASUCRP) Conference, Kansas City, MO – Impact of Legalized Marijuana in Colorado
  • April 2014: Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma City, OK – Impact of Legalized Marijuana in Colorado
  • September 2013: Annual CDAC Training – Witness Protection, and Wiretaps
  • September 2012: Colorado Drug Investigators Association Annual Training – Interdiction
  • November 2011: CDAC Training – Medical Marijuana
  • September 2011: Annual CDAC Training – Medical Marijuana
  • February 2011, July 2011: Colorado Police Canine Association – Interdiction
  • September 2009: Annual CDAC Training – Medical Marijuana Panel
  • May 2010 – May 2011: Ending Violence Against Women Project, Instructor
  • May 1999 – May 2011: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Academy, Instructor

Reported Cases

  • People v. Devon Howard 18CR1372, People v. Caleb Vigil 18CR1373, People v. Alicia Valdez 18CR1374 (2018)
  • People v. Leonard Martinez 15CR695 (2016)
  • People v. Travis Cook 15CR711 (2015)
  • People v. Ralph Candelario 14CR106 (2014)
  • People v. Frederick Mueller 12CR1 (2012)
  • People v. Tyrone Martinez 10CR53 (2010)

Bar Admissions & Membership

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • 1st Judicial Bar Association of Colorado
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers
  • Applewood Business Association
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association – Top 100 (2021 – Present)