100% Criminal Defense and Litigation
- University of Colorado – School of Law
- Boulder, CO
- Juris Doctor, May 2005
- University of Richmond
- Richmond, VA
- Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, May 2000
Associations and Memberships:
- Rothgerber Moot Court Competition Winner
- Lowery Kelley Memorial Trial Advocacy Award
- Arapahoe County Bar Association Mock Trial Program
- Attorney Coach – William Smith High School
- 2007 – present
- 123 N College Ave, Suite 220
Fort Collins, Colorado 80524
Inspiration for Law
I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Richmond in Virginia. This is where I was raised. Immediately after college I began working as a youth counselor with children who had been adjudicated and had been removed from their homes. These at-risk children were confused; some of these children didn’t know why they had been removed from their homes. Many had pled guilty and didn’t know which crime they had pled guilty to. This issue wasn’t confined to these children – their parents didn’t understand the criminal process either. After working with these children, I realized I wanted to represent them and decided to be a criminal defense lawyer.
Education and Advocacy
I moved to Colorado and attended the University of Colorado – School of Law. I received my Juris Doctor in 2005. During school, I participated in the Legal Aid and Defender Program. This program is dedicated to helping the less fortunate who have been accused of crimes in Colorado and who face eviction and civil rights violations. This experience led me to intern at the Denver Public Defender’s Office. I also pursued working in the community. I was on the winning team for the 2005 Rothberger Moot Court Competition. I went on to represent CU in national competitions. I was also an active member of the Black Law Students Association. I served as BSLA’s president, and organized community projects and fundraisers to aid outreach and mentoring programs, which enriched the college experience for all students.
Defending the Public
After my graduation, I began working in the Denver Trial Office as a Public Defender. I fought for people who weren’t able to afford legal counsel. I handled many types of criminal cases ranging from driving under the influence, theft, misdemeanor assault, felony assault, first degree murder, and sex crimes. I also represented juvenile defendants for minor crimes to serious offenses such as sexual assault and weapon crimes. During my time working as a public defender, I was honored with the Lowery Kelley Memorial Trial Advocacy Award for outstanding trial skills.
How I Can Help You
I worked for the Deputy State Public Defender at the Denver Trial Office for 5 years. After this time, I worked in a private practice for several years before joining the O’Malley Law Office. This firm shares my ideology and beliefs. I am able to practice criminal defense to the fullest extent – meeting the needs of my clients is my first priority. Because of my past experience, my goal is to explain the law thoroughly to each of my clients. I want them to fully grasp the consequences and seriousness of the charges they face. If you work with me, I will go through every aspect of the case with you in order to determine the best defense and outcome.
[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”95%”]I am 100% committed to your case. I work tirelessly for your goals and am zealous for your freedom.
If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges in the Fort Collins area, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact Nikea Bland, an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O’Malley Law Office at 970-658-0007. Together, we can protect your future.