Elizabeth Espinosa Krupa has over 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer. She has argued before courts at the state and federal levels and has tried numerous criminal and civil cases before both juries and administrative judges. She graduated from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in 1994, served a judicial clerkship, and subsequently worked for the Colorado State Public Defender Office providing criminal defense for indigent clients in Denver County, Juvenile and Drug Court, Steamboat Springs, Grand Junction, Eagle and Leadville, Colorado.
Ms. Krupa went on to work for the Federal Defender for the District of Colorado, and then as a Trial Attorney for the Denver Regional Office of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission where she conducted trials and administrative proceedings throughout the United States. She most recently served as Assistant Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel.
In addition to maintaining a private practice, Ms. Krupa currently serves as a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. She has been teaching NITA since 2009 in regional, public service and custom programs and served as Program Director for the NITA/NOBC Advanced Trial Advocates Training. She has also been very active in bar associations serving as Vice President of Sections and Committees for the Hispanic National Bar Association and is the Immediate Past President of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association.
Ms. Krupa was also honored to receive an appointment to serve on the Colorado State Supreme Court Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and Western Regional Advisory Board for the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and was recently appointed to the Denver Municipal Public Defender Commission by Denver County Court Chief Judge John Marcucci. She is a frequent lecturer at CLE programs, and has coached and taught trial advocacy for the American Association for Justice mock trial team at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.
Professional Associations and Board Appointments
- Colorado Hispanic Bar Association: President 2014, President-Elect 2013, Chair of Charitable Contributions Committee
- National Hispanic Bar Association: Recently elected Vice President of Sections and Committees 2014-2105 Executive Board; Affiliate Representative 2014, Moot Court Judge
- Colorado Women’s Bar Association
- Colorado Bar Association
- Colorado Advisory Committee, United States Commission on Civil Rights
- Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Commission on Professional Development
- American Bar Association: Editorial Board, Professional Conduct Manual 2011-present