QuikFacts (short law-related notes) now appear on the Publications page.

Nathan Dunlap death sentence reprieve executive order

New (February 2013), and critical, evaluation of Coloraodo DOC's Sex Offencer Treatment Program (SOTP).

Video clip of Phil Cherner's comments on Holmes case for KDVR-TV, July 24, 2012.

Phil Cherner is mentioned in this July 21, 2012 Denver Post article.

Phil Cherner is mentioned in this June 16, 2012 Denver Post article.

Phil Cherner is mentioned in this May 9, 2012 Denver Post article.

DOC has released a new report on solitary confinement. DOC uses "ad seg" at nearly 7 times the national average, but to its credit has cut the population by nearly 300 over the last few months.

There's a new report from the SOMB evaluating the effictiveness of standards-based sex offender treatment. The report concludes the data does not support the conclusion that the treatment reduces recidivism. "The policies prescribed by the Adult Standards and Guidelines for the management and treatment of adult sex offenders appear to limit sexual recidivism post–release from supervision for adult sex offenders who successfully completed either probation or parole. Notwithstanding the literature, the data alone does not provide sufficient independent evidence to support this claim and is therefore less conclusive." See the report at: http://dcj.state.co.us/odvsom/sex_offender/SO_Pdfs/2011%20Adult%20Standards%20and%20Guidelines%20Outcome%20Evaluation.pdf

Phil Cherner published an article in the February 2010 The Colorado Lawyer, which described in detail why felons sentenced in Colorado serve, on average, 70% of their sentence.

A copy of the article is available here.

In November Phil Cherner completed hosting "CSI Colorado in 2011" for CLE, Inc. Over 100 lawyers attended.

Over the years, Phil has spoken on numerous aspects of criminal defense, the law, and society. He has spoken before many of the area's leading legal groups.

The Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, and Colorado Women's Bar Association are among the groups that Phil Cherner has spoken before. Additional groups include the Criminal Defense Bar, Colorado State Public Defenders, and National Lawyer's Guild, among others.

In addition to being a highly-respected attorney in Denver, Phil Cherner is an avid photographer.

Photos by Phil Cherner have appeared in a variety of publications.

Some of Phil's photos were recently displayed at the Festimatge 2012 exhibition in Calella, Spain, in April.

Petra, Jordan

The ancient city of Petra, Jordan.

Visit the photography section of the site to see many examples of Phil's photography.

Phil Cherner Has Legal Speaking Experience


Denver lawyer Phil Cherner has spoken and taught extensively on many aspects of the law and society.

Phil has spoken to groups of the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Women's Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, the Criminal Defense Bar, the Colorado State Public Defenders, the Alternate Defense Counsel, the National Lawyer's Guild, plus Colorado Supreme Court seminars, and so forth.

Phil Cherner's legal speaking topics and experience includes:

  • "Time Computation"
    Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference, September, 2008
  • Sentencing Presentation
    to the Governor's Crime Commission, May, 2008
  • 2008 Legislative Update
    Colorado Bar Association, March 2008 Criminal Law Seminar
  • October 2007 Core Skills Development for Criminal Defense Investigators
    sponsored by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and the Colorado Alternate Defense Counsel
  • "Unauthorized Practice of Law"
    August, 2007, for CLE of Colorado (with James Coyle)
  • "One Lawyer's Perspective"
    January and July, 2007, Colorado Probation Officer Training Session
  • "Felony Sentencing - The Law"
    February, 2006, sponsored by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Sex Offender Sentencing
    panel discussion for the Colorado Supreme Court "Law for Journalists" seminar, February, 2006
  • "Confidentiality"
    December, 2005, Colorado Bar Association Criminal Law Ethics Seminar
  • Motions in Third Degree Assault/DV Cases
    October, 2005, for the Colorado State Public Defender
  • "Sex Offenders on Probation, Parole and in DOC"
    August, 2005, sponsored by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (with Peggy Heil)
  • "Drugs, Alcohol, Sex and Your License to Practice Law"
    June 2005
  • University of Denver Law School Third Annual Legal Ethics Symposium
  • "Confidentiality"
    November 2004, sponsored by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Colorado Springs Chapter
  • "Confidentiality"
    November 2003, sponsored by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • "Post-Sentencing Issues"
    September 2003, Colorado State Public Defender annual conference
  • "Ethics in Juvenile Matters"
    March, 2003, Colorado Bar Association
  • "2002 Sentencing Update"
    March 2002, sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association
  • "State and Federal Sentencing"
    (with Rick Kornfeld), sponsored by NBI, Inc, April, 2001
  • "Sentencing Dilemmas"
    sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association, March, 2000
  • "Use of Experts in Crim. P. 35(c) Litigation"
    sponsored by the Alternate Defense Counsel, February, 1999
  • "Ethics and the Internet"
    (with Natalie Hanlon-Leh), sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association, December 1998
  • "Criminal Ethics in Family Law Cases"
    sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association, April, 1996
  • "Parole Issues in Sexual Assault on Children Cases"
    sponsored by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, December, 1989
  • Annual Lecture on Recent Legislation
    Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, 1986-1989
  • "Felony Sentencing in State Court"
    Denver, Colorado, 1987, sponsored by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • "Recent Developments in Criminal Legislation"
    June, 1989, Denver Colorado, sponsored by the Denver Bar Association
  • "Felony Sentencing"
    Denver Colorado, 1988, sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association
  • "Defending Alibi Cases"
    Breckenridge, Colorado, October 1987, Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference
  • "Dealing With the Mentally Ill Client"
    Copper Mountain, Colorado, October 1986, Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference
  • "Self Defense"
    Copper Mountain, Colorado, October, 1984, Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference
  • "Defense of the Alleged Child Molester: Salem Revisited"
    September 15, 1984, Denver, Colorado, sponsored by the Metropolitan State College Department of Conferences and Seminars and the Colorado Division of Mental Health
  • "Sentencing in State Courts"
    Denver, Colorado, 1983, sponsored by the Denver Bar Association
  • "Client Interviewing"
    Denver, Colorado, October 15, 1983, sponsored by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • "Collateral Attack in Criminal Cases"
    Boulder, Colorado, June, 1982, sponsored by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • "Jury Selection in Police Abuse Cases"
    Estes Park, Colorado, sponsored by the National Lawyer's Guild
  • "Defending the Driving Under Suspension Case"
    February 9, 1980, seminar on Motor Vehicle Law, National Lawyer's Guild and Colorado Women's Bar Association

Additionally, Phil Cherner has written numerous law articles, which have been featured in leading legal publications.

Contact Phil Cherner to benefit from his impressive legal expertise.