Tom Ward

Tom_Ward_headshot_1214_14_webTom Ward brings more than 17 years of courtroom litigation experience to his practice, which focuses on criminal defense, appeals, and civil litigation in state and federal courts. Tom began his legal career in 1997 when he graduated from the University of ColoradoSchool of Law. After a brief stint working for the ACLU of Colorado, he served as a Deputy State Public Defender for the Colorado Public Defender’s Office in both their Denver and Pueblo offices.  During this time, Tom represented thousands of accused individuals and developed a reputation as a tenacious and innovative courtroom litigator.  Tom served as lead counsel in jury trials for defendants charged with offenses ranging from misdemeanors in county court to serious felony matters including first-degree murder and sexual assault.

In 2001, Tom formed The Ward Law Firm, PC in Denver and has continued to provide countless clients with highly skilled, results-oriented representation.  Tom has represented individuals and corporate entities in a wide variety of cases including white-collar prosecutions in United States District Court, drug trafficking and serious violent felonies in state courts, and even regulatory investigations and proceedings conducted by the Attorney General and other agencies.  Tom has litigated numerous high-profile cases including a Jefferson County first-degree murder trial that was featured on CBS 48 Hours.

Tom has been recognized by other lawyers around Colorado as one of the top attorneys in his field.  He was listed by Colorado SuperLawyers™ in 2010, 2011, and 2014, and is rated as AV Pre-Eminent by Martindale-Hubbell.  In 2014, he was named by Best Lawyers in America™ as one of the top lawyers in Colorado in the field of White Collar Criminal Defense.




University of Colorado School of Law, JD 1997
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BA (Finance) 1992


Member, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member, Faculty of Federal Advocates
Member, federal Criminal Justice Act panel
Board of Directors, Colorado Lawyers Committee (2013-present)


Colorado, 1997
United States District Court, District of Colorado, 2001
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2003


AV Preeminent® Rating (4.9/5.0)
Best Lawyers in America, 2015
White Collar Criminal Defense Best Lawyers®

Super Lawyer, 2014 – 
Criminal Defense
Rising Star, 2009 – 2010
Super Lawyers®

Colorado Lawyers Committee
Community Contribution Award, 2004