Adam Frank is a criminal defense specialist who, over the last twelve years, has consistently achieved exceptional results for his clients. He has won numerous not guilty verdicts for clients facing life in prison, including not guilty verdicts on charges of first degree murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and sexual assault on a child. He has successfully defended clients accused of serious felonies involving domestic violence, assaulting police officers, burglary, organized crime, and drug possession, among many others, regularly averting felony convictions for his clients. He also has years of experience defending people accused of misdemeanors including DUI. Adam brings the full weight of his expertise to bear on every case, understanding how any conviction, no matter the charge, can have a devastating impact on a person’s life.
Adam devotes an equal portion of his efforts to cases involving civil rights violations and discrimination. Adam creates consequences for bad cops. In 2018 alone, Adam secured multiple six-figure settlements in civil rights cases involving police brutality, wrongful arrest, and denial of medical care to an inmate. In the lead-up to the 2016 election, Adam won a preliminary injunction against the Colorado Attorney General, Secretary of State, and the Denver District Attorney preventing them from enforcing Colorado’s “ballot selfie” ban. As a career battler for the underdog, Adam lives for the opportunity to fight for the rights of people who have been wrongfully arrested, assaulted by police officers, or fired from their job for unlawful discriminatory reasons.
Background, Awards, & Recognition
In 2017, 2018, and 2019, Adam was recognized by Thompson Reuters as a Rising Star. In 2018 and 2019, Adam was also recognized as one of Denver’s top civil rights litigators by 5280 Magazine. Adam has trained other lawyers on a wide array of topics, from trial preparation to civil rights litigation to open records litigation. Adam is a 2007 graduate of the New York University School of Law, where he was an editor of the New York University Law Review. Prior to that, he graduated from Yale University cum laude and with distinction in 2002. During law school Adam worked at the Innocence Project, helping to free people wrongfully convicted of serious crimes. He was also a summer associate at Cochran, Neufeld & Scheck, where he fought to hold cities and police forces responsible for wrongful prosecutions and to win financial recoveries for the people they had unjustly imprisoned. After graduating law school Adam joined Colorado’s Office of the State Public Defender, leaving after seven and a half years as a Senior Deputy. Together with Faisal, he graduated from the National College of Capital Voir Dire training seminar where he learned the art of jury selection in death penalty cases.
Adam volunteers with LYRIC (Learn Your Rights In Colorado), teaching Denver-area high school students their constitutional rights and how to assert these rights to police officers while also staying safe. Adam was LYRIC’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Adam also volunteers as cooperating counsel with the ACLU, bringing challenges to Colorado laws that violate the state and federal constitutions. In 2017, Adam partnered with the ACLU to get Denver’s parks exclusion directive declared unconstitutional. He then successfully defended this win on appeal. In his spare time, Adam moonlights as an excellent skier, a dedicated beer brewer, and a decidedly average basketball player.
Adam is admitted to practice in the State of Colorado, as well as in federal court in the District of Colorado and in the Tenth Circuit.