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Richard N. Carlson

Richard N. Carlson

Of Counsel since January 1, 2013
Niwot, Colorado

Mr. Carlson has practiced law in Boulder County since 1985 after 9 years in Iowa where he practiced privately, worked with a Prisoner Assistance Program, served as a Deputy District Attorney, directed a Legal Aide Society, and served as County Bar Association President.

He joined Mr. Warren to form Warren & Carlson in 1987.  In 2013, he became Of Counsel to the firm.

Mr. Carlson has extensive experience with EEIOC claims. Read his article on the Energy Employee Occupational Illness Compensation Act and Rocky Flats.

He graduated from Luther College (1971, Magna Cum Laude) and the University of Iowa Law School (1974). He is one unit short of having an MA in History.

Mr. Carlson has contributed to several community organizations, churches, Boulder County Legal Services, and legal information clinics.  He has lectured on criminal and constitutional topics before legal seminars and community organizations and contributed op-ed pieces to local newspapers.

He is a member of the Colorado and Iowa Bar Associations and has appeared in State and Federal District and Appellate Courts in several states.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1987

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • 10% Dissolution of Marriage
  • 5% Custody
  • 20% Civil Litigation
  • 10% Personal Injury
  • 5% Appeals
  • 5% Wrongful Death
  • 5% Administrative Law
  • 5% Child Support Modification & Collection
  • 25% Criminal Defense
  • 10% Traffic & DUI Defense
  • Federal EEOICPA Claims

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1986
  • Iowa, 1974
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1974


  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
    • J.D. - 1974
  • Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1971

Representative Clients

  • McGhee Communications, Incorporated


  • 1st Bank of Boulder

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Boulder County Bar Association, Member, 1986 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member, 1986 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Member, 1974 - Present
  • Fayette County Bar Association, President, 1977 - 1978

Pro Bono Activities

  • Boulder County Legal Services

Our mission is to provide personal, cost-effective and highly competent legal services to individuals and businesses throughout Boulder County and the Front Range. We recognize our duty as professionals and members of the community to assist in making legal services available to all residents of Colorado, and to actively participate in seeking the betterment of our community.

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