Josh Maximon


Josh Maximon

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Co-founding partner, Josh Maximon, focuses his practice on personal injury, commercial litigation, and criminal defense. He previously co-founded and was a partner at a prominent personal injury and criminal defense boutique law firm in Boulder.

Josh and his previous firm had numerous courtroom victories, including receiving the largest jury verdict in the history of the State of Colorado on behalf of a bicyclist tragically injured in a motor vehicle accident. After appellate courts rebuffed several defense efforts at appeal, the defendants paid over $58 million to satisfy the judgment for an extremely deserving client.

Josh has handled hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death cases. Although some cases go to trial, he has also favorably settled numerous others. His track record speaks for itself, and he is honored to represent people in difficult situations who are facing formidable obstacles.

For twelve years, Josh served as the chair of the Boulder branch of the Colorado Criminal defense bar. In that role, he was a member of numerous committees dedicated to social justice in Boulder courts.

As one of the founding members of the Conviction Integrity Unit in the 20th Judicial District, he worked with other members dedicated to identifying and exonerating people who have been wrongfully convicted. Over the past few years, Josh has returned to Alabama to work on a juvenile case for a client previously on death row and currently serving a sentence of life in prison without parole.

Josh’s past experience also includes three years as an international law and policy lecturer at Stanford University for the Overseas Studies Program.

After graduating from the New York University School of Law, he worked as a law clerk for a federal judge who was a trailblazer as the first woman appointed to the federal bench in Colorado. Later, he joined the London office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as an associate, working with top international lawyers for several notable clients, including the London Stock Exchange and the International Accounting Standards Committee. Josh was also an associate at the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton, as well as the Denver office of Brownstein Hyatt & Farber.

  • For over 30 years, has, and continues to, represent Nathan Dean Slaton, a juvenile originally condemned to death in 1990, through the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama with law professor Bryan Stevenson. After Miller v. Alabama, 567 U.S. 460 (2012), Mr. Slaton is pending re-sentencing on the issue of entitlement to parole
  • Obtained a verdict exceeding $54 million in Suydam v. LFI Fort Pierce, Inc. Denver County 17CV33350. That verdict resulted in a judgment of $58,063,813.25 after post-judgment interest accrued during the opposing side’s unsuccessful appeal in Suydam v. LFI Fort Pierce, Inc., 2020 COA 144M
  • Joined the million dollar advocates forum on a complicated federal court jury trial involving breach of contract
  • Numerous criminal defense not guilty verdicts, including homicide and life sentence trials
  • Head of the Boulder County criminal defense bar, which included being a member of multiple committees seeking criminal justice reform
  • Practiced law as a solicitor in England and Wales
  • Worked for Vice-Chair M. Cherif Bassiouni of the United Nations committee to establish a permanent international criminal court (and authored a law review article regarding the triggering mechanisms for the court)
  • Law clerk for federal judge Zita L. Weinshienk, United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers from the National Trial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2024
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, 2013-present
  • Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2011-2012
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • America’s Lawyers of Distinction
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Co-chair of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Boulder Chapter National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Lifetime Member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Board of Directors Vermillion Sea Institute
  • New York Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Boulder Bar Association
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Law Society of England Wales
  • Equal Justice Initiative – Josh works with Bryan Stevenson and EJI lawyers on criminal and death penalty defense. Most recently, he has been working with a team on a Miller hearing for a criminal defendant who was seventeen at the time of the crime.
  • Boulder Bar Representative – For twelve years, he was a co-chair of the criminal defense bar for the 20th Judicial District. The chief judge requested Josh to serve as the private bar representative on numerous working groups and committees, including the Community Justice Management Board. He is also a member of the Conviction Integrity Unit, which was formed to exonerate people who were innocent and wrongfully convicted.
  • Vermillion Sea Institute, Board of Directors
  • Lecturer, International Law and Policy, Stanford University
  • A Colorado native, Josh lives in Boulder with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs
  • Avid endurance mountain bike rider and enjoys playing soccer in his free time. Fun fact! Prior to law school, Josh played soccer for a 2nd division professional soccer team in Slovakia called FK Slovan Levice.


New York University School of Law

  • J.D., 1998, Cum Laude

The University of Colorado at Boulder

  • B.A., 1993, Cum Laude



  • Colorado
  • New York
  • England and Wales (solicitor)