Richard F. Bednarski
Richard F. Bednarski


Phone: 719.448.4084

Fax: 719.635.4576

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Legal Secretary

Lisa Watkins

Areas of Emphasis

Litigation, Trials and Appeals

Personal Injury and Products Liability

Criminal Defense/White Collar Defense


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

Rick Bednarski is a Member of Sherman & Howard’s Litigation Department.  He 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 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, Rick Bednarski also handles civil cases, involving personal injury, wrongful death, professional malpractice, fraud and others.

Representative Matters
  • 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
  • Admitted Colorado, 1999
  • Admitted US District Court, District of Colorado and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Member and Pupilage Leader, Ben S. Wendelkin Inn of Court
  • Participant, National Criminal Defense College, 2002
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Member, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Colorado and American Bar Associations
  • Board Member, El Paso County Bar Foundation
  • Board Member, Colorado State Sex Offender Management Board
Honors and Awards
  • Top Attorney – Criminal Law, Colorado Springs Style Magazine, 2017-2018
  • Top Attorney – DUI, Colorado Springs Style Magazine, 2017
  • Elected to the American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbel