Denver Attorney (Retired), Law Office of Phil Cherner
Phil Cherner grew up in Detroit and attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate degree during the turbulent ‘60's. He graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 1975 and within a few days moved to Denver where he set up a private practice. After five years of general practice, including a healthy dose of criminal and civil trials in the state and federal courts, he became a deputy state public defender. Phil stayed with the Colorado State Public Defender until 1988. While there he tried over 80 felony jury trials and handled numerous appeals. He also started teaching at the University of Denver College of Law and became an adjunct professor.
After a brief stint with a small firm, Phil set out on his own doing primarily criminal defense, while continuing to teach trial practice and professional responsibility. The latter effort launched him into a whole new specialty of attorney grievance defense and bar admissions.
For the last 30 years of his practice Phil has concentrated on high level criminal defense at the trial and appellate level, as well as representing lawyers and law students in ethical matters. He has testified as an expert in criminal defense and professional responsibility numerous times and authored many articles on those subjects as well. Recently he published “Marijuana and Your License to Practice Law” in The Journal of the Legal Profession.
At the end of the last century, Phil led a team of lawyers litigating post-conviction claims for a Colorado death row inmate. That effort culminated in a gubernatorial reprieve in May, 2013.
Phil retired from the active practice of law in 2017.