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Scott Jurdem - Boulder, CO

820 Pearl StreetSuite H Boulder, CO 80302

Updated: 02/27/2024

Boulder Federal and State Criminal Defense Lawyer


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...

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.

About Scott Jurdem

Practice Areas

  • 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


  • 100%


Bar Admissions

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

Specialties and Certifications

  • Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Other Affiliations

  • 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 Positions

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


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


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Office Information


820 Pearl StreetSuite H Boulder, CO 80302


  • 303-402-6718


Other Sources of Feedback About Scott Jurdem

Included on the 2024 Colorado list

Past Lists

  • 2023 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Colorado Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Colorado Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Scott Jurdem on Super Lawyers


  • 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

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By Anonymous on Jan. 05, 2013
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My experience with Jurdem, LLC has been wonderful. We worked primarily with Jennifer Wunsch and she represented us in court. My wife was in an accident with a biker in Boulder County. You can imagine she was automatically at fault even though the biker was not paying attention, not wearing a helmet and hit the back of her car. To make things worse, the investigating officer made a large amount of mistakes in his police report making the whole case insanely complicated. Jennifer really got on top of the case, stayed in touch consistently and was very professional all the way through. She even found some laws that even the investigator was not aware of. It was also very nice to be in court with a lawyer who knew what she was doing, while others were fumbling around looking for papers that the judge asked for. Needless to say, after she met with the DA multiple times, the DA eventually gave a really good plea bargain which we obviously took. I was really glad she knew the DA, the judges and was able to represent us. I would recommend Jurdem anytime, and if I ever have any legal needs in the future, I know who to call.

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