Appellate Focus

Top Appellate Law Firm

As a Denver appeals lawyer with a national practice, Sean Connelly focuses his work on criminal and civil cases in both state and federal appellate courts. He also handles and consults on trial proceedings raising complex legal issues, in federal and state courts. Sean is regarded as one of the best appellate lawyers in the country and has argued more than 150 appeals in every regional federal court of appeals, in the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and in state appellate courts outside Colorado. He has supervised, briefed, and consulted on hundreds of additional cases.

Sean founded Connelly Law in 2018. The firm is one of the best appellate law firms in Colorado and many trial attorneys and legal counsel for institutions refer their complex legal matters and appellate cases to him.

Best Appellate Lawyers

From 2008 to 2011, Sean Connelly served as a judge on the Colorado Court of Appeals. Previously, Sean had received the U.S. Justice Department’s highest award for his service as a member of the trial team and the government’s lead appellate lawyer in the Oklahoma City bombing prosecutions. Sean argued and won every key appeal in the Oklahoma City bombing cases, including United States v. McVeigh, 153 F.3d 1166 (10th Cir. 1998); United States v. Nichols, 169 F.3d 1255 (10th Cir. 1999); and United States v. Fortier, 180 F.3d 1217 (10th Cir. 1999).

Denver Appeals Lawyer

As one of the leading appellate attorneys in civil and criminal law, Sean has been recognized by many known peer-review publications for his work:

  • Denver Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year”, Best Lawyers in America (2013, 2019)
  • Top Lawyers in Appellate Law Practice, 5280 Magazine (2015-2019)
  • Colorado Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine (2006-2019)
  • Top 10 Colorado Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Magazine (2017-2018)
  • Top 100 Colorado Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Magazine (2014-2015)
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Best Lawyers in America (2018)
  • White-Collar Criminal Defense, Best Lawyers in America (2013-2018)
  • Litigation: General Commercial (Band 4), Chambers USA (2013-2018)
  • Top Litigator, Colorado Law Week (2017)