On Monday, December 4, 2023, Attorney Jennifer K. Mrachek was publicly censured by the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Supreme Court of Colorado after mishandling her client’s legal file.

The case is entitled “People v. Jennifer K. Mrachek,” with case no. 23PDJ065.

According to the stipulation, Mrachek was appointed by the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel (OADC) in 2012 to represent an incarcerated man for resentencing. Over the next seven years, Mrachek investigated the case, interviewed witnesses, obtained expert reports, communicated with her client, and drafted a resentencing motion. However, she never filed the resentencing motion with the court. In July 2020, Mrachek discovered her computer and external hard drive were damaged, and she had lost her client’s entire file. She failed to inform her client his file was missing.

When OADC reassigned the case to a new attorney in late 2020, Mrachek still had not told her client about losing the file. She also never communicated with him after July 2020, including about a program for early release that may have applied to him due to his high risk for COVID-19. According to the court, Mrachek’s actions violated the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct requiring lawyers to act with diligence, keep clients reasonably informed, and properly handle client files after representation ends.

The Disposition states:

“The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved the parties’ stipulation to discipline and publicly censured Jennifer K. Mrachek (attorney registration number 39993). The public censure, which carries the requirement that Mrachek attend disciplinary authorities’ ethics course, took effect December 4, 2023.”

According to avvo.com, Ms. Mrachek is an attorney in Englewood, Colorado. She acquired her law license in Colorado in 2008.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.