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About Ryan Brackley

Ryan W. Brackley was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  He received his undergraduate degree from Boston College and his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.  

Mr. Brackley served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan (New York County) District Attorney’s Office from 1991 to 2004.  At the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, he handled investigations and prosecutions of every type of criminal case - including Economic Crimes, Assault, Sexual Assault and Rape, Robbery, Burglary, Narcotics related crimes, Grand Jury investigations and Homicides.  He also served as the Criminal Court (Misdemeanor Court) Supervisor and Deputy Bureau Chief of the Trial Division. Ryan finished his career in Manhattan as the Senior Trial Counsel in the Homicide Investigation Bureau, focusing on drug-related cold case homicides.

After moving to Colorado in 2004, Mr. Brackley worked briefly in the private sector at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber and Schreck before returning to criminal justice practice at the Colorado Attorney General’s Major Case Unit.  He has also worked in the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office (Arapahoe/Douglas Counties) as a Senior Deputy District Attorney, where he was assigned to a capital murder case and a number of cold case homicides.

Ryan was the Assistant District Attorney in the 20th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Boulder County from 2009 to 2017, and most recently the Assistant District Attorney in the 2nd Judicial District in the City and County of Denver.

As a prosecutor, Ryan Brackley was the chairperson of the Statewide Cold Case Review Team, and in 2013 was chosen by the Colorado District Attorney’s Council as the Colorado Prosecutor of the Year.

Ryan Brackley has handled cases in New York City, Denver, Boulder, Longmont, Fort Collins, Adams, Arapahoe, Hinsdale and Broomfield Counties, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Alamosa, Delta, Gunnison, and Grand Junction, and has lectured on Criminal Justice issues throughout Colorado and the United States.  He has made numerous local and national media appearances, including Dateline (NBC), 48Hours (CBS), The Hunt with John Walsh (CNN), Tales from the Morgue and Forensic Files (TruTv).

Ryan lives with his wife and family in Denver.  He is a competitive mountain runner and has completed mountain ultramarathons all over the Western US. 

Previous Positions: 

2nd Judicial District, Assistant District Attorney,  January 2017 – August 2019

20th Judicial District, Assistant District Attorney, January 2009 – January 2017

18th Judicial District, Senior Deputy District Attorney, March 2007- December 2008

Colorado Attorney General, Major Crimes Unit, September 2005-March 2007

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, January 2005 - August 2005

New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney, September 1991 - June 2004

New York State: 1991

Colorado: 2004

United States District Court, District of Colorado


Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar

Colorado Juvenile Defense Resource Center

National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys


Denver Police Department

  • Police Chief Selection Committee

Denver District Attorney Community Outreach Program

Denver District Attorney Citzens Academy

Colorado District Attorney Council

  • Member, Executive Board

Colorado Cold Case Review Team

  • Statewide Chair, Application Committee

Colorado Cold Case Task Force

  • District Attorney Representative appointed by Colorado Director of Public Safety

CDAC/Attorney General Best Practices Committee

  • Member

Boulder County Leadership Academy

  • Mentor

University of Colorado Athletic Department/District Attorney Task Force

Town of Nederland

  • Police Chief Hiring Board

Colorado Department of Public Safety

  • CBI Director Hiring Committee


Colorado District Attorney Council        Annual Fall Conference

  • Major Case School
  • Felony Prosecution School
  • Annual Legislative Update to Law Enforcement

Denver Police Academy

Denver Police Department

  • Citizen’s Academy

National Prosecutors Best Practices Committee

Community/Neighborhood/School Meetings

Federal Bureau of Investigation/Department of Justice

  • Hate Crimes Seminars

National Bureau of Justice Assistance 

  • Symposiums on Indigent Defense and Violent Crime

Leadership Denver

Boulder Police Department

  • Citizen’s Academy
  • Basic Investigator Course

Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

  • Citizen’s Academy

Longmont Police Department

University of Colorado Police Department

Colorado State Patrol

University of Colorado - Boulder, School of Law

University of Colorado Athletic Department

Boulder County Institute of Public Service

University of Denver, School of Law

Indiana Prosecuting Attorney’s Counsel

Arkansas Prosecuting Attorney’s Association

Innocence Project

  • Eyewitness Identification Reform Symposium, Yale Law School, 2016

Colorado Association of Law Enforcement Trainers

Colorado Coroners Association