Patricia A. Cooper

Founding Member | Family Law

Meet Trish

Lead by Example

Trish Cooper (she/her/hers) is a Hoosier-born and raised magna cum laude graduate of Bryn Mawr College, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology, with honors. She attended law school at the University of Virginia School of Law and began her legal career with a coveted position as an Assistant District Attorney with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York City. During her time in New York, Trish honed her trial and persuasion skills in numerous felony jury trials and grand jury presentations.

Seeking the natural beauty and work-life balance that Colorado had to offer, Trish left the buzz of the Big Apple for a position as an Assistant Attorney General with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. In 2001, she seized the opportunity to combine her diverse legal skill set, background in psychology, and interpersonal strengths and entered private practice in family law. For more than twenty years, Trish has represented hundreds of domestic relations clients in a wide variety of family law matters throughout the state of Colorado. She has developed a reputation as a keen strategist and fair-minded yet formidable advocate for her clients, both inside and outside the courtroom.

Here for you.

Trish’s practice frequently includes divorce with highly complex financial issues, such as business entity valuation, family trusts, separate property tracing, prenuptial agreements, and equity compensation structures.  Her practice also includes child custody matters, spousal support (maintenance), same-sex divorce, and grandparent and step-parent adoption.  Trish prides herself on finding creative solutions tailored to the specific needs of each client, and she appreciates the significant emotional and financial challenges that clients face as they navigate the divorce process.  Counsel and clients who have worked with Trish describe her as smart, caring, professional, and practical.

Trish is a past Chair of the Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association and a Past President of the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She has been honored numerous times as a top attorney in the area of family law by Colorado Super Lawyers, and as one of its Top 100 Lawyers in Colorado and Top 50 Women Lawyers in Colorado. Trish has also been recognized as a Best Lawyer in family law by Best Lawyers, a venerable peer-review publication in the legal profession, and she has been recognized by 5280 Magazine as a Top Lawyer in Colorado family law multiple times. 

Trish is a frequent lecturer in continuing education presentations to attorneys, judges, and other domestic relations professionals on a wide variety of family law topics.  She was a Co-Coordinating Editor of family law articles for The Colorado Lawyer for twelve years, and she has been a contributing editor/author for the The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Domestic Relations Law and the Colorado Family Law Section Bench/Bar Book for judges and practitioners. Trish is a member of the Family Law Section legislative and education committees, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association public policy committee, and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Continuing Legal Education Committee. She is also a member of the Board of the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Trish enjoys volunteering her services in family law matters through Metro Volunteer Lawyers.

Outside the office, Trish loves to spend time with her family, which includes bi-coastal college students, and she enjoys a wide variety of hobbies and interests, including traveling, hiking, Peloton, New York Times crossword puzzles, podcasts, art and design, theater, gardening, estate sales, and cooking.

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Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

  • Colorado Super Lawyers: 2010 – 2022
  • Top 100 Lawyers: 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers: 2012 – 2022
  • Best Lawyers: 2011 – 2022
  • 5280 Magazine Top Lawyers: 2015 – 2020

Published Cases

Published Cases

  • In re Marriage of Zander, 480 P.3d 676 (Colo. 2021)
  • In re Marriage of Blaine, 480 P.3d 691 (Colo. 2021)
  • Brandt v. Brandt, 268 P.3d 406 (Colo. 2012)
  • Feigin v. Alexa Group, 19 P.3d 23 (Colo. 2001)

Publications

Publications

  • Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Domestic Relations Law (Chapter Author)
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, Bench/Bar Book (Chapter Co-Author)

Representative Cases

  • High net worth divorce involving trust interests, business entity valuation, and unique assets;
  • Divorce with separate property claims and asset tracing;
  • Spousal maintenance claims and defenses involving questions of underemployment and earning capacity;
  • Married and never-married custody matters, including out-of-state relocation, allegations of substance abuse, child endangerment, and/or impaired mental health functioning;
  • Post-divorce modifications of parenting time, decision-making, spousal maintenance, and child support;
  • Negotiating and drafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements for high net worth parties and future spouses of high net worth parties;
  • Grandparent and step-parent adoption; and
  • Divorce and custody jurisdictional matters, including personal jurisdiction in divorce, multi-state jurisdictional issues involving custody and child support, and multi-jurisdiction divorce.

Employment History

  • Lass Cooper & Ramp LLC (Denver, Colorado): Member, May 2021-present
  • Lass Moses Ramp & Cooper LLC (Denver, Colorado): Member, April 2018-May 2021
  • Law Office of Stephen J. Harhai (Denver, Colorado): Of Counsel, May 2008-April 2018
  • Cook, Cooper & Moses, LLC (Greenwood Village, Colorado): Member, 2004-2008
  • Heckenbach Carlton, LLP (Lone Tree, Colorado): Associate, 2002-2004
  • Gutterman Carlton & Heckenbach, LLP (Lone Tree, Colorado): Associate, 2001-2002
  • Colorado Attorney General’s Office, Business and Licensing Section (Denver, Colorado): Assistant Attorney General, 1999 – 2001
  • New York County District Attorney’s Office (New York, NY): Assistant District Attorney, 1995-1999.

Civic and Professional Activities

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers: Fellow, Past President of CO Chapter
  • Denver and Colorado Bar Associations: Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section: Chair, 2014–2015
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section Education Committee
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section Legislative Committee
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Public Policy Committee
  • Colorado Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Colorado Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education: Lecturer
  • The Colorado Lawyer, Coordinating Editor, 2006–2018
  • Douglas Co. Court Family Law Pro Se Clinic: Coordinator, 2003–2008
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers, Volunteer

Representative Cases

  • High net worth divorce involving trust interests, business entity valuation, and unique assets;
  • Divorce with separate property claims and asset tracing;
  • Spousal maintenance claims and defenses involving questions of underemployment and earning capacity;
  • Married and never-married custody matters, including out-of-state relocation, allegations of substance abuse, child endangerment, and/or impaired mental health functioning;
  • Post-divorce modifications of parenting time, decision-making, spousal maintenance, and child support;
  • Negotiating and drafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements for high net worth parties and future spouses of high net worth parties;
  • Grandparent and step-parent adoption; and
  • Divorce and custody jurisdictional matters, including personal jurisdiction in divorce, multi-state jurisdictional issues involving custody and child support, and multi-jurisdiction divorce.

Civic and Professional Activities

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers: Fellow, Past President of CO Chapter
  • Denver and Colorado Bar Associations: Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section: Chair, 2014–2015
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section Education Committee
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section Legislative Committee
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Public Policy Committee
  • Colorado Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Colorado Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education: Lecturer
  • The Colorado Lawyer, Coordinating Editor, 2006–2018
  • Douglas Co. Court Family Law Pro Se Clinic: Coordinator, 2003–2008
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers, Volunteer

Reach Out.

Address

1441 18th Street, Suite 300
Denver, Colorado 80202

Email

info@crcbl.com

Phone

+1 (303) 296 9412