Garnett, Stanley L.

A distinguished litigator, Stan Garnett brings a wealth of experience to his commercial litigation and government investigations practice. Drawing on decades of work on high-profile cases allows Stan to provide a steady hand when clients face high-stakes litigation. His practice focuses on complex litigation at the state and federal level, and he has appeared before the United States Supreme Court, the 10th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Colorado Appellate Courts and in state and federal trial courts across the United States.

Stan served as district attorney for Colorado’s 20th Judicial District (Boulder County) for nearly 10 years before rejoining the firm, where he had previously been a senior member of Brownstein’s Litigation Department. During his tenure as district attorney, Stan focused his efforts on prosecuting economic crimes, crimes in the immigrant and homeless communities and homicide cold cases.

Elected to three terms, he prioritized prosecuting violent and recidivist offenders, especially those who present a threat to public safety, as well as outreach to more vulnerable populations such as the elderly.

Stan was elected as president of Colorado District Attorneys Council in 2017 and served on the board of directors of the National District Attorneys Association.

During his years in private practice, Stan received a number of distinctions from the legal community and his previous trial experience includes representing former Congressman Mark Udall (D-CO) in Colorado's nationally watched Congressional redistricting case, Salazar v. Davidson, and representing John Elway in Nelson v. Elway, a frequently cited commercial case that resulted in a Colorado Supreme Court decision in 1995 in favor of Elway.

Representative Matters
  • Secured early dismissal of individual defendant Chad Keck for lack of personal jurisdiction in multi-defendant complex litigation matter regarding United States rugby leagues in Boulder County District Court (Case No. 18CV30533).

News & Events

Board of Directors, Bridge House

Board of Directors, Community Foundation Boulder County

Board Member and Former President, Boulder School Board

Board Member, University of Colorado Boulder, Law Alumni Board

Publications & Presentations
  • J.D., 1982, University of Colorado Law School
  • B.A., 1978, with distinction, University of Colorado, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Colorado Super Lawyers, 2006-2008, 2020

Law Week Colorado, Barrister's Best "Best Criminal Defense - White Collar," 2018

Civil Rights Award, Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region, 2018

Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement, University of Colorado School of Law, 2005

International Academy of Trial Lawyers Inductee, April 2004

Outstanding Alumnus Award, University of Colorado Leadership Institute, 2003


American Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

International Academy of Trial Lawyers