About Us

Attorneys Serving the Western Slope, Eagle, Garfield + Mesa Counties with Over 60 Years of Combined Law Experience.

Johnson Carey Law

Background

Erik Johnson is dedicated to defending your rights. His legal experience includes but is not limited to: serious felonies; misdemeanors such as DUI, harassment, domestic violence, theft, bankruptcy, and many more. Erik is committed to providing the best legal representation for his clients, and maintains the highest rate of client satisfaction due in large part to his exceptional work ethic, diligence and overall concern for his client’s interests and well-being. Erik practices and lives his strongly held commitment to treating everyone with equal respect especially when clients are dealing with difficult legal issues.

Education

Mr. Johnson has a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Denver Sturm School of Law and degrees in journalism, history and education from the Pennsylvania State University system while working full-time. He was awarded honors for scholarship as an undergrad and in law school.

Experience

Mr. Johnson is a steadfast advocate in court, and while litigating cases and appeals at a steady rate for over 25 years, has built a good rapport with judges and attorneys throughout the Colorado and Federal Court systems. Erik was a partner in a front range law firm for over 25 years, presented civil rights claims, was a contractor for the US Dept. of Justice and handled construction and surety claims. His education and experience have given him particular skills in legal research and argument. Erik Johnson has appeared on television news and interviewed in newspapers regarding his high profile or constitutional cases and general explanation of the law. He has been rated as a preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell.

Judicial

Municipal Judge, Town of Eagle, Colorado
Responsible for presiding over the Eagle Municipal Court, including arraignments, approval of dispositions, conduct of trial, and sentencing.

Municipal Judge, Town of Minturn, Colorado
Responsible for presiding over the Minturn Municipal Court, including arraignments, approval of dispositions, conduct of trial, and sentencing.

Recent Awards

Associations

  • American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers)
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer Association

Outside of Law

Erik has been a lifeling advocate for social and economic justice, clean air, water and alternative energy. In his free time Erik enjoys spending time with family, enjoys the outdoors and building things that require woodworking, welding, masonry and heavy equipment.

Mr. Johnson is also a Registered Lobbyist having lobbied for Bail Bond Reform, Electric Vehicles and Civil Rights.

Background

Bruce Carey has been practicing criminal defense exclusively in Eagle County for 30 years. He has successfully handled thousands of cases and many trials including Sex Assault, DUIs and Domestic Violence.

Education

Mr. Carey graduated from the University of Colorado in three years. At the University he was appointed to the Environmental Board of the student government where he served for two years.

Mr. Carey graduated from The Denver University Law School in 1989.

Experience

Mr. Carey is a former deputy district attorney in Eagle County. Bruce won his first criminal jury trial before he was licensed to practice law. He was able to do this under the Student Practice Act that legally allows law students to practice prior to obtaining their bar results.

Bruce has practiced criminal law in Eagle for more than 30 years where he successfully prosecuted the first case of Reckless Skiing to go to trial in Colorado. Bruce was the Denver legal consultant for the Perry Mason television series for the final 4 years of the long running series and worked directly with Mr. Raymond Burr on legal accuracy. Bruce was an on air consultant for Fox News and ESPN on national television during the Kobe Bryant case in Eagle, Colorado.

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National DUI Defense College

Outside of Law

Prior to attending the University of Colorado, Bruce was a sergeant in the United States Army. He was a volunteer for the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo for more than 20 years and served on the board for 17 years and served on The Eagle County Zoning Board for 7 years.

Bruce guided nature walks at Beaver Creek Nordic Center for 14 years.