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Lisa A Polansky - Boulder, CO

4999 Pearl East CircleSuite 201 Boulder, CO 80301

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Updated: 06/08/2023

Boulder Criminal Defense Lawyer


Lisa Polansky is a former Deputy Public Defender in Los Angeles County and JAG officer for the United States Army who has practiced criminal and juvenile defense since 1990...
Lisa Polansky is a former Deputy Public Defender in Los Angeles County and JAG officer for the United States Army who has practiced criminal and juvenile defense since 1990. After attending law school at Pepperdine University, School of Law, Ms. Polansky practiced with seasoned criminal defense attorneys for about three years and mentored incarcerated youth through the Los Angeles County Bar Association until Ms. Polansky recognized that she wanted to be in the trenches every day fighting on behalf of the disenfranchised. Ms. Polansky then went to the Los Angeles Public Defender's Office where she handled hundreds of cases for about seven years. Thereafter, Ms. Polansky acted as a supervisor with the Public Defender and enjoyed training new lawyers for some time before she moved to Colorado in 2000. Once in Colorado, she signed on to teach the intersession trial advocacy class at the University of Colorado, School of Law and also continued to mentor "youth at risk" in her community.
Ms. Polansky served in the military as a commissioned officer and Deputy Judge Advocate after September 11, 2001 and left with an Honorable Discharge in 2004 to continue with her own private practice in Colorado, taking on many appointed cases in both state and federal courts. In 2010, she went to Nepal as an International Legal Fellow where she assisted in the training and evaluation of Nepali advocates as they started a public defender organization in their post-conflict country. Upon her return to the United States, Ms. Polansky began to develop and form the Center for Juvenile Justice, a non-profit organization providing legal representation to indigent youth in the delinquency courts and education for youth and the community on issues relevant to adolescent development, delinquency prevention and the juvenile justice system. After running the Center for several years, Ms. Polansky is again in private practice in Colorado.

About Lisa A Polansky

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense 75%
  • Appellate Law 15%
  • Juvenile Law 10%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Founding Partner


Bar Admissions

  • California, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1990
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2001
  • Colorado, 2000

Other Affiliations

  • National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • CJA (Criminal Justice Act) Panel of Attorneys, Colorado
  • Alternate Defense Counsel (ADC) Panel of Attorneys, Colorado
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • California Public Defender's Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Boulder County Bar Association


  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California, 1990
    Honors: (Graduated with Honors )
  • State University of New York at Albany, 1987
    Major: Criminal Justice and Sociology

Past Positions

  • Officer, Judge Advocate General's Corps, 1LT, 87th LSO, United States Army Reserve, 2002 - 2004
  • Deputy Public Defender III, Office of the Los Angeles County Public Defender, 1993 - 2000

Classes and Seminars

  • Faculty, Trial Skills And Advanced Advocacy Programs, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), 2013 - Present
  • Faculty, Intersession Trial Advocacy Course, University of Colorado at Boulder, School of Law, 2001 - Present


Other Sources of Feedback About Lisa A. Polansky

Included on the 2023 Colorado list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Colorado Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Lisa A. Polansky on Super Lawyers


  • Kathryn Wadia Legal Fellow, International Legal Foundation-Nepal Office, 2010
  • SuperLawyers 2019-2021


Office Information


4999 Pearl East CircleSuite 201 Boulder, CO 80301


  • 720-500-6021

Accepts Credit Cards


Office Hours

Monday-Sunday 8:30-5



  • Holistic Client-Centered Advocacy in Juvenile Delinquency Cases, 2, Stetson J. Advoc. & L. 1, 2015

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