Recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Rising Star in Criminal Defense five years in a row (2015- 2019, Faisal’s practice includes civil rights, criminal defense, employment discrimination, constitutional law, and legislative policy. In 2018 and 2019, Faisal was also recognized as one of Denver’s top civil rights litigators by 5280 Magazine. Before forming Frank & Salahuddin LLC, Faisal was an associate at Killmer, Lane and Newman LLP (“KLN”).
While at KLN, Faisal worked under the guidance and tutelage of some of Denver’s best-known and most accomplished attorneys, David Lane, Darold Killmer, and Mari Newman. He was interviewed numerous times by media outlets regarding the Occupy Denver protests of 2011 and related free speech issues. A passionate advocate of First Amendment rights, Faisal works as pro bono associate counsel with the ACLU of Colorado, and for the last four years has worked as co-counsel on a number of cases with the highly regarded defense attorney David Wymore.
Faisal began his legal career as a Deputy State Public Defender in El Paso County and then in Arapahoe County, handling both felony and misdemeanor cases. Since 2008, he has trained attorneys and law students across Colorado on various aspects of trial work. While he was at the University of Colorado School of Law, Faisal worked as a law clerk at two nationally-recognized firms, Patton Boggs LLP (now Squire Patton Boggs LLP) and Reilly Pozner LLP.
Background, Awards, & Recognition
As a Deputy State Public Defender, Faisal received the 2010 Lowrey Kelley Memorial Boot Camp award for exceptional work as a public defender. In 2016, he was selected for and graduated from the COBALT program (Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training), and in 2017 the Colorado Bar Association selected him to serve on its Legislative Policy Committee for the 2017 legislative session, a position he continues in today.
Faisal graduated from High Point University in North Carolina in 1998 and is a 2008 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law. In 2015, he graduated from the National College of Capital Voir Dire where he learned the art of jury selection in death penalty cases. He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the former vice-chair of its Civil Rights Section, a member of the Denver Bar Association, Colorado Plaintiff Employment Law Association, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, and the South Asian Bar Association.
Before attending law school, Faisal was an accomplished djembe and balafon player and won several grants and awards between 1999-2005 to study and perform percussion in Guinea in West Africa. During this time, Faisal worked as an apprentice with the National Percussion Ensemble of Guinea. A dedicated yogi, Faisal attended a 200-hour yoga teacher training program in 2013.
Faisal 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.