Marnie Adams

Marnie’s practice revolves around complex criminal defense, professional license defense and Title IX defense. She is a tenacious, compassionate and prepared lawyer when fighting for her client’s rights and freedoms. 

She represents individuals in state, municipal and federal court on criminal charges. Marnie has tried many serious felony cases and has secured complete acquittals in complicated criminal matters – including cases with charges of attempted murder and sexual assault. She has also successfully represented hundreds of clients on both misdemeanor and serious felony cases, including sexual assault; securities fraud; COCCA / racketeering drug offenses; domestic violence cases; assault with weapons, murder, DUI, theft, menacing, burglary, trespass, drug possession, drug distribution and many others.

Marnie also defends complex white collar cases and cases involving corporate compliance.  For her clients that are licensed professionals, she is just as comfortable dealing with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Department of Human & Health Services (TRAILS), Title IX investigators and school disciplinary boards, as she is in the courtroom. She also provides aggressive and thorough counsel for individuals who have not yet been charged but are under investigation.

Marnie has been recognized by the legal community as one of Denver’s best criminal defense lawyers. She has been nominated and selected as one of Denver’s top Rising Stars of criminal defense lawyers in the 2016 and 2017 edition of Super Lawyers Magazine*, as featured in 5280 Magazine and the Denver Post. Marnie is a 2012 graduate of the Colorado Bar Association’s COBALT program (Leadership Training).

Marnie is active in the legal community outside the courtroom. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. She also volunteers in local high schools teaching students about their rights under the Constitution. She has also volunteered for Denver’s “Turn Over a New Leaf” program, helping individuals expunge qualifying drug convictions from their record. Marnie is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association and the Denver Bar Association. 

Prior to joining Recht Kornfeld, P.C., Marnie spent eight years as a Colorado State Public Defender where she rose to a supervising attorney in the Arapahoe County Office, training and supervising young lawyers in the practice of law. During her eight years as a public defender, she defended thousands of criminal cases.

Marnie received her undergraduate degree from Colgate University, graduating magna cum laude. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law. During her tenure at law school, she was the winner of the Carrigan Cup Mock Trial Competition and the William O. DeSouchet Award for “Best Individual Performance in Trial Advocacy.”

* The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at