Richard F. Bednarski


Colorado Springs, Colorado

Phone: 719.448.4084

Fax: 719.635.4576


  • Juris Doctor, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, 1999
  • Bachelor of Arts, Wake Forest University, 1996

Richard “Rick” Bednarski has more than 15 years of experience representing individuals and corporations who have been charged with criminal offenses in both state and federal court.

Rick is a member of Sherman & Howard’s Litigation department. He is dedicated to his clients and achieving the best outcome for them, either through negotiations or trial. He has tried more than 50 cases involving traffic infractions to the most serious of felonies in both state and federal court. Rick has recently been nominated and voted into the prestigious American Board of Criminal Lawyers, which is an organization of the most respected and great criminal defense lawyers in America. Furthermore, he also handles civil cases, involving personal injury, wrongful death, professional malpractice, fraud and others.


  • Routinely handles a wide range of cases including white collar-business and corporate, fraud, Internet crimes, securities investigations and offenses and government contract investigations.
  • Represents individuals and businesses in civil litigation matters in both Federal and State courts.
  • Tried more than 50 criminal and civil cases to juries, including White Collars Crimes, Fraud, Theft, First Degree Murder, Assaults, Sex Offenses, Drug Possession and Distribution, and Serious Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases.
  • Successfully defended hundreds of individuals and corporations regarding serious allegations in both state and federal court.
  • Represents plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving wrongful death, fraud, professional malpractice, personal injury and others.  In 2005, Rick with Richard Tegtmeier, won what is believed to be the largest wrongful death verdict ever in Colorado of $32.4 million.

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Pupilage Leader, Ben S. Wendelkin Inn of Court
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Board Member, El Paso County Bar Foundation
  • Board Member, Colorado State Sex Offender Management Board
  • National Criminal Defense College, Class of 2002


  • Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: General Practice, Colorado Springs (2020-2024)
  • Colorado Springs Style Magazine, “Top Attorney,” Criminal Law (2017-2018)
  • Colorado Springs Style Magazine, “Top Attorney,” DUI (2018)
  • Elected to the American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell, “AV Rated”