Richard L. Tegtmeier


Denver, Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado

Phone: 303.299.8163


[email protected]


  • J.D., University of Nebraska College of Law
  • B.S., University of Nebraska

Richard Tegtmeier became a lawyer because he wanted to make a difference.

Today, he is a highly respected, experienced, and accomplished trial lawyer who heads the Sherman & Howard criminal defense group.

Richard, or “Teg” as he is known, specializes in complex white collar and general criminal defense and has tried more than 200 cases before juries. He is respected throughout the country for his unique ability to navigate the courtroom and the complex process of a jury trial—he has the confidence required to think and act outside the box to produce the type of results that can only come from decades of experience.

He has the highest peer ratings across all categories of criminal defense and is particularly honored that fellow lawyers consistently vote that they would choose him to defend a family member or loved one.

Richard is also a pioneer in the use of legal video, producing remarkable results with pre-indictment, pre-plea, mediation, settlement, and sentencing videos. For more information, click here: 

In a legal system that makes it relatively easy to bring charges against someone, Richard is dedicated to the pursuit of criminal justice. His ability to make a trusted connection with his clients, judges, juries, and prosecutors has established him as a difference maker for decades.


  • Tried more than 200 criminal and civil cases to juries.
  • White collar defense and investigation.
  • False Claims Act defense.
  • Healthcare fraud defense.
  • Antikickback statute defense.
  • Antitrust criminal defense.
  • Defended Wire and Bank Fraud, Insider Trading, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, First Degree Murder, Federal Regulation and other complex cases.
  • Elected President of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers (2012), one of the most prestigious organizations in America.
  • AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® for more than 40 years.
  • Listed in the Best Lawyers in America® under the specialty of White-Collar Criminal Defense and Criminal Defense since the 1990s.
  • Handled complex cases involving federal criminal regulations.
  • In the area of complex commercial litigation, Richard represents both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving wrongful death, fraud, professional malpractice, breach of contract, multi level marketing, personal injury, and others. In 2005 Richard won what is believed to be the highest jury verdict ever in Colorado in a wrongful death case of $32.4M.
  • Richard is listed in Colorado Super Lawyers® . and has been for many years. Although he has offices in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO, he has tried and successfully handled cases in the State and Federal Courts of 17 states. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® and has been listed for 20 years. For more than 35 years, he has served on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College.
  • Lectures to hundreds of criminal defense lawyers on trial tactics, jury selection, and trial issues.

Professional Activities

  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers
    • Former president
  • National Criminal Defense College, faculty member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Former Board of Directors Member, 12 years
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Nebraska Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association


  • Lawyer of the Year,” Criminal Defense, Colorado, Best Lawyers in America (2015, 2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Denver
    • Criminal Defense: General Practice (2006 – 2024)
    • Criminal Defense: White-Collar (2006 – 2024)
  • Criminal & White-Collar Defense, Colorado, Super Lawyers (2006 – 2024)
  • Crime Defense Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Business
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers, president (2012)
  • “AV Rated,” Martindale-Hubbell