Sarah Schielke


DUIDLA Involvement

Area Served

Colorado - statewide


Sarah Schielke (pronounced “shell-key”) was born and raised in Rochester, New York (go Bills). She attended Middlebury College in Vermont where she received a B.A. in Psychology and graduated magna cum laude. Sarah then went on to law school at the Boston University School of Law on a full academic merit scholarship. There, she was the Managing Editor of the Boston University Law Review. After law school, Sarah packed up her bags, rounded up her dogs, and moved out to Colorado where she opened her own criminal defense and civil rights law practice. In 2023, Sarah was named one of USA Today’s Women of the Year, an award recognizing “strong and resilient women who have been champions of change across the country,” for her work in the civil rights field. This work includes Sarah obtaining a record-breaking $3,000,000 settlement in the internationally publicized case of Karen Garner v. City of Loveland in 2021, and then just a year later, her obtaining yet another record-breaking $7,000,000 settlement in the police tasing case of Michael Clark v. Idaho Springs. Sarah also received DUIDLA’s “Badass Award” in 2021 – the organization’s highest honor – for her work on two United States Supreme Court case amicus briefs and for her impact in the civil rights and DUI defense fields. Sarah has been repeatedly named a Rising Stars SuperLawyer for DUI Defense (2018-present). She regularly lectures and presents all over the country regarding marijuana, alcohol and drug DUI defense strategy. Her material on Winning Marijuana DUIs has been published in the Texas DWI Manual. Sarah is on the Executive Committee and serves as President to the national DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA). She is married and has three kids, five dogs, and a definitely normal preoccupation with the band Phish.


Middlebury College, B.A. 2005 Boston University School of Law, J.D. 2008

Notable Cases

Karen Garner v. City of Loveland, et al. (2021) - $3M settlement, internationally publicized case, resulted in one cop going to prison, the other to jail Michael Clark v. Idaho Springs, et al. (2022) - $7M settlement, two officers fired, one sentenced to jail time Harris Elias v. City of Loveland, et al. (2023) - Obtained $400,000 settlement for client wrongfully arrested for DUI