Zachary Malkinson

Since 2001, Zachary Malkinson has focused his law practice entirely in the area of criminal defense. Zak began his career in the nationally-respected Alameda County Public Defender's Office in Oakland. Early in his career, Zak represented hundreds of clients on the defense of domestic violence property crimes and misdemeanor assaults. Before departing the Public Defender system, Zak handled extremely serious domestic violence incidents, including sexual assaults, weapons offenses, and homicides. Zak gathered tremendous courtroom experience, including extensive jury trial experience.


In 2008, Zak left the Public Defender’s office for private practice. As a private attorney specializing in the defense of domestic violence cases, Zak’s representation extends beyond the defense of the criminal charges alone. Zak understands that the disruption that results from a domestic violence arrest is felt far beyond the courtroom. Therefore, good legal representation includes foreseeing and addressing problems that frequently follow hand-in-hand with domestic violence charges: helping his clients salvage family relationships amid intense court involvement, manage the impact of DV charges on parenting and child custody, and navigate the expectations of treatment providers. When the outcome of the criminal charges is successful, Zak also assists his clients with sealing the records of their arrest and prosecution in order to protect his clients’ reputations and future aspirations from harm.


Zak's practice is based in Boulder, Colorado and includes the representation of numerous CU students. Zak was a partner in Malkinson Wheeler Law and then Malkinson Salomone, LLP before starting Law Offices of Zachary Malkinson. Zak has represented clients in a number of high-profile cases in Boulder District Court including a not guilty verdict in a first degree homicide and successfully resolving a teenager charged as an adult in a serious assault.


Zak received his law degree in 2001 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco. Zak has served as a co-chair of the Boulder Criminal Defense Bar, is a panelist for the Boulder Police Department's Citizen Review Panel and was one of three finalists for County Court Judge in Boulder County in 2016. Zak has presented on a variety of legal topics to both the Boulder County Bar Association and, in 2017, at the Colorado State Judicial Conference.

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