As Fort Collins criminal attorneys, we believe in client focus and ensuring that our clients have a full understanding of their rights and the legal process they are involved in. At Schwartz, Waible & Esser, our roles as counselors-at-law extend beyond simple courtroom interaction with our clients, and we adamantly encourage any questions or concerns that may be raised throughout the legal process. We understand that the impact of being charged with a criminal offense spans beyond our client to their families, and we strive to treat every individual involved with the respect and attention they deserve.

Our practice focuses primarily on criminal defense, juvenile counsel, DUI cases, drug offenses, divorce, mediation, and legal separation, and our many years of experience allow us to skillfully defend all degrees of misdemeanors and felonies.

Schwartz, Waible & Esser’s offices are located in the center of Old Town Fort Collins.


Jeffrey M. Schwartz

Jeff is a native Coloradan who has practiced law in Colorado since 2003.  After proudly representing indigent clients as a member of the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, Jeff joined the Law Firm of Kirk Waible and together they formed the Law Firm of Schwartz and Waible, LLC.


Kirk W. Waible

Kirk is a native of Buffalo, NY who graduated from the University of Denver School of Law in 2001. During law school, Kirk interned with the Colorado State Public Defenders in Adams County. This experience inspired Kirk to begin a career seeking justice for clients throughout Colorado.


Patrick Esser

Patrick has extensive experience representing clients charged with all levels of misdemeanor and felony offenses.  During his career as a public defender, Patrick honed his trial skills litigating multiple complex cases, including attempted homicide, arson, burglary, securities fraud, sexual assault, drug possession, theft and many more.


Rina McDonald

Rina is the office manager for the law office of Schwartz & Waible.  She joined the practice in the Fall of 2010.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Our son was in need of representation, and we considered doing things on our own; but since we were unfamiliar with the law and procedures involved to resolve the issue, we contacted Schwartz and Waible. It was the best decision we could have made. The charges our son faced were unwarranted, and since the attorney succeeded in persuading the opposition to fairly evaluate the situation, we were able to sleep at night; and ultimately, the charges were dismissed. I give my highest recommendation for the law firm. We couldn’t be more pleased with their services and the outcome as a result.
- Shawn

I would refer Schwartz & Waible as attorneys to anyone that is in need. They take the time to make sure that you know what the process of the courts are and are always willing to answer any question no matter how big or small it may be. They are very kind and understanding. Any time I needed to check in to see where our case was going, I always got a returned call back in a timely manner. They are some of the good guys to have in your corner. Thanks Schwartz & Waible for holding my hand through everything we went through the summer of 2010.
- Lisa

The law firm of Schwartz & Waible responded very quickly to my e-mail when I needed a lawyer in Fort Collins. The attorneys listened very attentively and offered sound advice, which put me at ease when my case came in front of the judge. They presented my case so well that the judge ruled in my favor. I was so thankful and would recommend them to anyone that needs an excellent lawyer.
- Connie

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109 N. College Ave. Suite 215 Fort Collins, CO 80524