Associate

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.

EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS

JURIS DOCTOR

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY OF LAW

BACHELOR OF ARTS

TUFTS UNIVERSITY 

Colorado

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

Publications

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

Shelby’s Blog

CA CLIENT ALERT: The Supreme Court Holds That Individual Claims Brought Under California’s Private Attorneys General Act Can Be Compelled to Arbitration

CA CLIENT ALERT: The Supreme Court Holds That Individual Claims Brought Under California’s Private Attorneys General Act Can Be Compelled to Arbitration

California employers scored a victory with the Supreme Court’s June 15, 2022 decision in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana, Case No. 20-1573, which finds that individual claims brought under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) can be compelled...

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DenX Summer Session

The firm joined BusinessDen on the rooftop of Expansive Coworking for the summer session of DenX, a women's networking event that the firm has presented in partnership with BusinessDen for many years.  Take a look at scenes from the event, and keep an eye out for the...

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CA CLIENT ALERT: The Supreme Court Holds That Individual Claims Brought Under California’s Private Attorneys General Act Can Be Compelled to Arbitration

California employers scored a victory with the Supreme Court’s June 15, 2022 decision in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana, Case No. 20-1573, which finds that individual claims brought under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) can be compelled...