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RKV Law’s team of former prosecutors is unparalleled in defending those charged with crimes in the Roaring Fork and Vail Valleys. Our reputation as skilled trial lawyers enables us to obtain favorable results during pre-trial negotiations. RKV Law’s Criminal Law Defense Team is composed of founding partner, Ryan Kalamaya, and associate attorneys, Georgina Melbye and Samantha Busenhart.

Team Defense

RKV Law uses a team approach in representing people accused of crimes. As a former prosecutor for 2.5 years in Eagle County, Ryan knows what it takes for the DA to obtain a conviction. He has handled several hundred DUIs, countless cases involving allegations of domestic violence and a variety of felony cases in his career. Ryan has taken over two-dozen cases to verdict. As the lead trial prosecutor, he only lost one trial in Eagle County while at the DA’s Office. Likewise, Georgina and Samantha also both worked as prosecutors. Samantha worked for over a year as a deputy district attorney in the Eagle County DA’s Office. We work together on behalf of our clients.


Cases We Handle

  • Drugs
  • Domestic Violence
  • Assault & Harassment
  • DUI & DWAI
  • Theft
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Hunting and DOW violations
  • White Collar/Fraud

Skilled & Experienced

Ryan, Georgina and Samantha are familiar with all of the prosecutors and judges in Aspen, Vail, Eagle and Glenwood Springs. They recognize when a plea bargain is fair and when to set a case for trial. Ryan has been named a Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyers in the area of criminal law for the last three years. He is the only Aspen criminal defense lawyer or Vail DUI attorney selected to that prestigious list.

When Ryan was a prosecutor, he rode along with Vail Police officers during their graveyard shifts, and put on bulletproof vests for multiple undercover drug deals. He also led a class for officers in Summit County on how to legally investigate a case. Ryan even went out with the Eagle County SWAT team to detonate bombs and practice with long-range sniper rifles. RKV Law knows law enforcement. The team knows what it takes to build a successful case and convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt.

A number of Ryan’s cases have been reported in the Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Denver Post, Aspen Daily News, Aspen Times, Vail Daily and other news outlets. His clients have included Hollywood celebrities, blue-collar workers, single mothers, successful business executives, and teenagers. His three-day jury trial in Glenwood Springs on felony drug charges resulted in a positive outcome for his client, and was subject of a favorable three-part series of news articles in the Aspen Daily News.

Awards Matter

For insight into what clients think of Ryan, check out the 70+ public online reviews. He is rated as “Superb” with a perfect score in Criminal Law by Avvo, and 96% recommendation rate at Lawyers.com. Similarly, Georgina boasts thirteen 5-star reviews on Avvo.

The RKV Law Criminal Defense Team moves mountains for those unfairly accused of crimes in Aspen, Glenwood Springs and Vail. If you, a friend or family member has been arrested, please call one of our attorneys to find out your rights.


You Get What You Pay For

Unlike other criminal defense attorneys, we charge based on how much time we spend on your case. That almost always results in savings for our clients. Read more about our billing rates, retainers and capped fees here.

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