Exclusive Criminal
Defense Representation
For Over 42 Years

Scott Jurdem



Boulder, CO





Attorney Scott Jurdem

Mr. Jurdem's skills as a trial lawyer were honed over the course of a 42 year career and are well known in the State of Colorado. His achievements include selection to the Best Lawyers in America (2019-2022), with the additional designation as Lawyer of the Year 2022 by Best Lawyers in America, nomination and admission to the exclusive American Board of Trial Lawyers (ABOTA), over fifteen years selected to Colorado Super Lawyers, an honor reserved for the top five percent of Colorado attorneys, and Board Certification as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Jurdem's successes in the personal injury and civil arena include two verdicts in excess of ten million dollars and many others in excess of one million dollars.

A licensed attorney in Boulder since 1976, Scott Jurdem has broad experience including serving as Director of the Denver and Colorado Springs Public Defender Offices. For examples of how we have helped people when they needed it most, please see some of our case results. 

Areas Of Practice

  • Federal and State Criminal Defense
  • Drug Crimes Including Marijuana and Cocaine Possession and Distribution
  • Defense of Sex Offenses
  • Defense of Domestic Violence Offenses
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DUI & DWI) and Traffic Offenses
  • White Collar Crime and Securities Fraud
  • CU Office of Student Conduct Matters
  • Serious Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Commercial Litigation and Business Torts
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Professional Malpractice

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1976
  • New York, 1980
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1976


  • University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado
    • Juris Doctor - 1976
  • State University of New York, Binghamton, New York
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1973

Honors and Awards

  • Colorado Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2022
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016 - 2023
  • Nomination and Admission to the American Board of Trial Lawyers (ABOTA)
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2006 - 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Lifetime Member
  • Boulder County Bar Association, Member
  • NORML, Member
  • Denver Bar Association, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Former Director
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Member
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Office of the Public Defender, Fort Collins, Colorado, Deputy State Public Defender, 1977 to 1977
  • Office of the Public Defender, Golden, Colorado, State Public Defender, Senior Trial Deputy, 1977 to 1982
  • Office of the Public Defender, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Regional Director, 1982 to 1984
  • Office of the Public Defender, Denver, Colorado, Regional Director, 1984 to 1988
  • Branney, Hillyard, Kudla & Jurdem, Partner, 1988 to 1993
  • Buchanan, Jurdem & Zulauf, P.C., 1993 to 2000
  • Buchanan, Jurdem & Cederberg, P.C., 2000 to 2008