Attorney Profile

Practice Areas

Criminal Law, Driving While Intoxicated, Drug Crimes, Felonies, Misdemeanors, Murder, Sexual Assault, Traffic Violations, Weapons Charges, Domestic Violence, Record Sealing and Expungement, Appeals, Terminate Sex Offender Registration, Reconsideration of Sentence, Post-Conviction and Crim.35(c) Motions


1988, Colorado 

Law School:

University of Colorado at Boulder, J.D. 


Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Colorado Bar Association. 


A Colorado native, Mr. Canney was born in Denver Colorado in 1961. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado College in 1984 and his law degree from the University of Colorado in 1988. He has devoted his law career to representing the criminally accused, first as a Public Defender, and now as a private attorney.

Personal Interests and Accomplishments:

Mr. Canney is a nationally rated chess master and many time state chess champion of Colorado. He has also finished several Ironman triathlons, ultra-marathons, and other endurance events. 


Has handled over 140 criminal jury trials, of which half were felony trials. Has also handled approximately 40 appeals of criminal cases in the State Appellate Courts and numerous complicated post-conviction motions. Further, has tried several first degree murder cases to verdict and one death penalty case through verdict and three judge panel sentencing.

He has also been accepted as an expert witness in criminal defense on numerous throughout the State of Colorado and frequently lectures on criminal defense topics for continuing legal education programs.

Awards and Recognitions:

Listed in “Best Lawyers in America”

Recipient, 2005 Jonathan Olom Award, presented by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association for “remarkable personal sacrifice made without regard to personal gain in the defense of the accused.”

“Colorado Superlawyer” from 2007 to present.

Listed in “Top 100 Trial Lawyers”

“AV” rating by Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest ethical and professional rating awarded by this national recognized rating directory.

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