Shelby Deeney

Legal Assistant

Liz Ridenour

Shelby Deeney is an associate at Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti. Her practice consists of criminal defense and personal injury matters.

Previously, Ms. Deeney served as a Senior Deputy State Public Defender in both the Arapahoe County Trial Office and statewide Appellate Division. In her 7 plus years at the Colorado State Public Defender, Ms. Deeney has successfully represented thousands of clients in almost every type of Colorado Court, from trials in county and district court to appeals in the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court. Shelby is a compassionate, empathetic, and dedicated defender, who provides the highest quality representation no matter the offense. She works tirelessly to resolve cases creatively by presenting novel legal arguments, collecting mitigation, and negotiating with the district attorney.

In law school, Ms. Deeney was on the nationally ranked Wash U Trial Team and served as an Executive Articles Editor for the Washington University Jurisprudence review. She received numerous awards for her academic performance, oral advocacy and trial skills, and her dedication to public interest.

Shelby grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, so she proudly loves barbeque, Elvis, and blues and soul music. When not in the courtroom or office, she enjoys hiking, skiing, camping, and spending time outside with her family: husband, son, and rescue dog and cat.







Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Court

Professional Associations

Colorado Bar Association 

Colorado Women’s Bar Association 

Criminal Defense Bar Association


Honors & Awards 

Legal Practice Excellence in Oral Advocacy Award

CALI Award (highest grade in class): Natural Resources Law and Civil Justice Clinic

Honor Scholar Award 2013 (based on yearly GPA for top 10% of class)

Dean’s List: Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013

Judge John W. Calhoun Trial Practice Award

Jack Garden Humanitarian Award

Pro Bono Pledge Award


Bioethical Considerations of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis for Sex Selection, 5 Wash. U. Jur. Rev. 333 (2013).

Shelby’s Blog

Cheers to 25 Years of Teamwork

Cheers to 25 Years of Teamwork

. Partner Jon Banashek and legal assistant Liz Ridenour began their journey together at Banashek & Strauss in 1998. Four years later, when Jon joined the team at Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti, he brought Liz with him, where they have been working ever since. In a...

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BHGR Welcomes Ian Carmen

Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti LLP is pleased to welcome Ian Carmen to the team. Ian joins the firm this month as BHGR's newest litigation associate. Prior to joining BHGR, Ian worked for an award-winning national law firm. Ian earned his Juris Doctor from the...

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