Dave Thomas
  • Member


Lakewood, CO





Mr. Thomas graduated from Phillips University and the University of Colorado School of Law.  He worked 10 years in the Denver District Attorney's Office as a deputy and Chief Deputy District Attorney.  He tried homicide cases, white collar crime, complex drug cases and spent the last 3 years in the Complex Prosecution Unit.  He then spent 2 1/2 years as an Assistant United States Attorney attached to the Mountain States Drug Task Force and served as the coordinator for this regional drug enforcement effort.  He served as Jefferson County elected District Attorney for 12 years and as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety for 6 years.  Mr. Thomas also was the Executive Director of the Colorado District Attorneys' Council for 2 years.  He has been a private criminal defense attorney for the past 5 years.  As a defense attorney he has handled cases from 1st Degree Murder to Driving Under the Influence.  He also specializes in drafting requests for Pardons and commutation of sentences.

Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Defense 98%
  • Personal Injury 2%

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1973
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1973


  • University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado
    • J.D.
  • Phillips University, End, Oklahoma
    • B.S.
    • Major: Sociology

Honors and Awards

  • Annual Judicial Award (Peer I)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, 2008 to 2012

Past Employment Positions

  • 1st Judicial District of Colorado, District Attorney, 1985 to 1987
  • Colorado Department of Public Safety, Executive Director, 1987 to 1993
  • 1st Judicial District of Colorado, Elected District Attorney, 1993 to 2005
  • National Center for State Courts, Consultant, 2005 to 2008
  • Colorado D.A.'s Council, Executive Director, 2005 to 2007

Pro Bono Activities

  • 1st Judicial District, Judicial Performance Commission, 2004 to 2012
  • 1st Judicial District Community Corrections Board, 1993 to 2005
  • Children's Alliance, Board of Directors, 1993 to 2005
  • Jeffco Action Center, 1995 to 1997
  • Victim Outreach Information, 1993 to 2005
  • Jefferson County Board of Education (President), 2007 to 2011