Sean J. Lacefield

Sean J. Lacefield Associate

  • Education
  • J.D., University of Colorado, 2004
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Colorado, 2000
  • Admissions
  • State of Colorado, 2004
  • US District Court, District of Colorado, 2017
  • Experience
  • Professional Associations
  • Honors & Awards
  • Reported Cases
  • Pro Bono
  • Community Involvement

Sean Lacefield’s practice focuses on appeals, criminal defense, and civil litigation.

Sean brings both trial and appellate experience to his practice with Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti. For nine years, Sean practiced with a well-respected firm in Greeley, where he focused on criminal defense and domestic relations trial work. Sean successfully represented individuals in complex dissolution and post-decree proceedings involving closely-held corporations, nuanced income analysis, and complex relocation issues. Sean’s criminal defense practice involved charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. In both his domestic relations and criminal defense cases, Sean brought an analytical approach to his clients’ cases that advanced their theme from discovery, through motions, to trial. He also successfully challenged and defended several judgments on appeal.

Following his time in private practice, Sean served as a deputy state public defender in the appellate division of the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office. He drafted briefs, petitions for certiorari review, and argued cases before the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court involving convictions ranging from possession of controlled substances, to sexual assault, burglary, and homicide.

Sean is also active in the community. From 2016 through 2018, he served as a member of the Carbon Valley Park & Recreation District Board of Directors. He currently volunteers with Learn Your Rights in Colorado (LYRIC), teaching students and young adults about their constitutional rights. He has been active in the legal community as well. For six years, Sean served in various capacities on the Weld County Legal Services Board of Directors, providing pro bono legal services to the indigent in civil cases. In 2011, Sean re-established the Weld County chapter of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and led the group for two years. Sean has also participated in Leadership St. Vrain with the St. Vrain Valley School District, which led him to co-author a resolution for the Prairie Ridge Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association supporting a school bond measure that voters approved in 2016. Sean is also a volunteer soccer coach with St. Vrain FC.

During law school, Sean participated in the University of Colorado Law School’s Legal Aid and Defender Program and was Vice President of the Ira C. Rothgerber Moot Court Board. Sean received the highest grade in his class for his seminar paper, An Eighth Amendment Right to a Unanimous Verdict in the Sentencing Phase of Capital Cases: A Look at Colorado’s Super-Majority Verdict Proposal. As an undergraduate, Sean interned with the Boulder County Attorney’s Office and was on the University of Colorado’s Dean’s List for three years. 

Member (current) - Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association - Weld County Chapter

  • Chairperson (2011-2013)
  • Andrew Borg Award for Pro Bono Representation, Weld County Bar Association, 2014
  • Dick Doyle Professional Advisors Award, The Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County, 2008
  • People v. Boyd, 2015 COA 109
  • People v. Boyd, 2017 CO 2
  • People v. Wentling, 2015 COA 172
  • Pernell v. People, 2018 CO 13 
  • People v. Jompp, 2018 COA 128

Access to Justice (2012-2013)

  • Local Committee Chairperson

Weld County Legal Services, Inc. (2007-2013)

  • Board Member (2007 – 2009), (2010 – 2011); Treasurer (2009 – 2010); Vice President (2011 – 2012), President (2012 – 2013)
  • Organized, implemented, and participated in pro bono legal services and representation for the indigent in Weld County domestic relations cases
  • Pro bono recognition for 50 or more hours per year (multiple years)

Fellowship Church – Greeley, CO (2008 – 2012)

  • Provided pro bono legal advice at community service events
  • Boardmember (Firestone), Carbon Valley Park & Recreation District Board of Directors, October 2016-Present
  • Fund Representative, Sam Chuenchit Soccer Scholarship Fund, 2008-Present
  • Northern Colorado Soccer Club
    • President, 2007-2008
    • Vice President, 2006-2007
    • Philanthropy Chair 2005-2006
  • Volunteer Coach, Youth Soccer (Greeley; CVPRD; Broomfield Soccer Club, St. Vrain FC), 2011-Present
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