PATRICIA A. COOPER, ESQ.
Trish Cooper is a magna cum laude graduate of Bryn Mawr College, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology and received honors for her thesis on language-delayed children. Trish’s legal career began in Washington, D.C. as a paralegal at the renowned law firm Covington & Burling. At Covington & Burling, Trish was selected for the coveted Neighborhood Legal Services Program, where she represented indigent, disabled and elderly clients before federal and state agencies. Trish received her law degree in 1995 from the University of Virginia School of Law where, among other accomplishments, she was the Notes Development Editor of the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law.
Upon graduating law school, Trish became a prosecutor with the prestigious Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York City, where she specialized in complex felonies. She relocated to Colorado in 1999 and completed a brief tenure as an Assistant Attorney General at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office before entering private practice and devoting her practice exclusively to family law. Trish has been Of Counsel to the firm since 2008. Prior to that, she was a shareholder and founding member of Cook, Cooper & Moses, LLC, a boutique domestic relations firm.
Trish is immediate past Chair of the Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, and she has served on the Section’s Executive Council since 2008. Trish regularly lectures to attorneys, judges, and other domestic relations professionals on a wide variety of family law topics. Trish is also a Co-Editor of family law articles for The Colorado Lawyer, a contributing editor/author for the The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Domestic Relations Law, and a chapter author of the Family Law Section Bench/Bar Book for judges and practitioners. In 2014, Trish was the Co-Chair of the annual Family Law Institute, a multi-day conference presented by the CBA Family Law Section and Continuing Legal Education in Colorado that is attended by hundreds of family law practitioners, judges, mental health professionals, financial professionals, and others involved in the practice of family law.
Trish is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and since 2010, she has been honored annually as a top attorney in the area of family law by Colorado Super Lawyers. Only five percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers after a rigorous, multiphase selection process including peer evaluations and third party research whereby each Super Lawyers candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. In 2013 and 2014, Trish was honored by SuperLawers as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Colorado and one of the Top 50 women lawyers in Colorado. Trish has also been honored as a Best Lawyer in family law in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Trish was recently recognized in the January 2015 issue of 5280 Magazine as a Top Lawyer in family law – the magazine’s first ever list of the best attorneys in the Denver metro area.
Trish’s family law practice emphasizes complex financial and custody cases, often involving business and trust assets and multi-jurisdictional custody and support issues. Trish’s experience in the criminal, civil, and domestic arenas provides a unique perspective and broad skill set for understanding and addressing the many facets of domestic relations cases. Trish endeavors to find creative solutions tailored to the specific needs of each client, whether that entails alternative dispute resolution, skilled negotiation, or trial. Trish understands the significant emotional and financial challenges that clients face as they navigate the divorce process, and she strives to provide compassionate yet objective, no-nonsense counsel to her clients.
Trish is the proud parent of two children, who continuously remind her of the important things in life. In her spare time, Trish enjoys traveling, cooking, running, gardening, biking, hiking, and devouring New York Times crossword puzzles.
SELECTED PUBLISHED CASES
In re Marriage of Brandt, 11SA248 (Colo. 2012)
Feigin v. Alexa Group, 19 P.3d 23 (Colo. 2001)
Westmark Asset Management Corp. v. Joseph, 37 P.3d 516 (Colo. App. 2001)