Judge Erin Maxwell grew up in the Oklahoma Panhandle. She graduated from Guymon High School where she was active in speech, debate, and band. She spent much of her youth camping, hiking, and fishing in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico.
Judge Maxwell is a 2002 graduate of Oklahoma State University, with a B.A. degree in psychology. After earning her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, she became passionate about indigent defense and criminal law. She was a dedicated attorney at the Oklahoma County Public Defender’s office for over 10 years before entering private practice, where she focused on trial and conflict litigation at the state, municipal, and collegiate levels throughout Oklahoma.
In 2020, Judge Maxwell moved to Montrose, Colorado, where she returned to indigent defense, as a Deputy State Public Defender, representing clients throughout the 7th Judicial District. She also served as a remote contract attorney for the State of Texas, appearing in multiple jurisdictions along the Texas and Mexico border.
Judge Maxwell is now honored to serve as the Municipal Court Judge for the City of Montrose. She is committed to helping others and connecting the community to the services and resources in this area. Judge Maxwell is an avid hiker, swimmer, surfer, and dog-lover. She enjoys spending time with her family, listening to live music, and exploring the Western Slope of Colorado.