Who is Dru Nielsen? Attorney representing murder suspect Barry Morphew has won dozens of 'not guilty' verdicts
She is 'particularly passionate' about defending 'wrongfully accused' boys and men
Dru Nielsen is one of two high-profile lawyers defending Barry Morphew, a Colorado man accused of killing his wife on Mother's Day 2020. Lauren Scharf of FOX 21 was the first to reveal his legal representation.
Morphew's wife Suzanne has been missing since Sunday, May 10, 2020 and her body has yet to be found. The mother of two children went on a bike ride from the home she shared with her landscaping supervisor husband and their children near Salida, in Chaffee County, according to reports. She was never seen or heard from again. Barry had released a video earlier in which he cried out for help in finding Suzanne after she went missing. Morphew was charged on May 5 for the murder of his missing wife. He will appear in court May 27.
At the time he had attempted to prove his innocence in the case by releasing a video plea and also offering a $100,000 reward, which was increased to $200,000 due to a family friend's donation. Now he has hired attorneys Dru Nielsen and Iris Eytan to represent his case.
Who is Dru Nielsen?
Dru has defended clients accused of murder, sexual harassment, domestic abuse, robbery and fraud, among other crimes, for nearly 25 years, reported Fox News. According to her website, she has secured scores of "not guilty" verdicts at trial and has even settled cases before they went to trial.
Educated at the University of Colorado and UCLA, Nielsen served as a Colorado assistant state public defender for a decade before joining Reilly Pozner's criminal division with her former criminal defense partner, Eytan and Larry Pozner. Nielsen and Eytan then founded Eytan Nielsen LLC in 2015. In 2016, Dru and her partner, Eytan, achieved a not guilty verdict in the high-profile murder case of People v. Tom Fallis. In 2020, Dru and Iris again achieved a not-guilty verdict for their client in a First Degree Murder trial in Denver, Colorado.
Nielsen and Eytan have been known for their high-profile criminal defence work both in Colorado and nationally. Their law firm was featured on the cover of Colorado Super Lawyers in 2017, with a feature story about their outstanding performance in criminal defence litigation.
Krystal Kenney, an Idaho nurse charged with assisting in the clean-up of a crime scene and 'Days of Our Lives' actor Cody Longo, who was charged with sexual assault involving a nine-year-old girl, are two notable clients they have represented.
Nielsen, a mother of two boys, is "particularly passionate about defending boys and men wrongfully accused of domestic violence or sexual misconduct in both university disciplinary and criminal proceedings," according to her online profile.