Claire Elster

Claire Elster (formerly Claire Dawson) has extensive experience in the practice of criminal defense as well as domestic relations, and has also practiced at the appellate level. Her area of expertise is criminal defense for both juveniles and adults. Ms. Elster has been a zealous advocate for the accused for over 10 years.

Ms. Elster’s skills include extensive motions practice and trial advocacy. An example of her successful motions practice includes a complete dismissal of a high-profile hate crime, based on her discovery of falsified information in arrest affidavits.

Ms. Elster’s education, knowledge, trial skills and experience combine to make her a highly effective advocate for her clients. Having graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law, one of the top legal dispute resolution schools in the country, she earned a Certificate of Dispute Resolution. This experience puts Ms. Elster among the top negotiating defense attorneys in Colorado.

Ms. Elster represents the criminally accused throughout the Denver area, and the rest of the State of Colorado.

Certified Legal Specialties

Certificate of Dispute Resolution


University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri J.D.

Honors and Awards

Top 10 under 40 for criminal defense NACDA (National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys)

National Arbitration Competition Finalist-2nd Place, ABA Board of Advocates, 2009

Excellence for the future-Conflict Theory Top Honor, CALI, 2008

Regional Arbitration Competition Finalist, ABA, 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships

Colorado Bar Association, Member


State of Colorado