Francis V. Cristiano

Top rated Professional Liability attorney in Denver, Colorado

Cristiano Law, LLC
Francis V. Cristiano
Cristiano Law, LLC

Practice Areas: Professional Liability, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice; view more

Licensed in Colorado since: 1976

Education: University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012, 2019 - 2024

Cristiano Law, LLC

4725 S Monaco St
Suite 120
Denver, CO 80237 Visit website


Francis V. Cristiano is the founder of Cristiano Law, LLC. From the firm's office in Denver, Colorado, he provides representation to clients throughout the area, focusing on assisting those who have been harmed by the negligence of others in cases involving medical, legal and financial adviser malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability and nursing home neglect and abuse.

A Denver native, Mr. Cristiano attended the University of Colorado Boulder as an undergraduate and received a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1972. He then went on to attend the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, graduating with his Juris Doctor in 1976. After law school, Mr. Cristiano was first an associate at a real estate law firm and then at a firm that defended personal injury lawsuits before founding his own firm. Admitted to practice in Colorado, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Highly regarded by his fellow attorneys for his skilled and ethical approach to his profession, Mr. Cristiano was inducted as a member and diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2016, a highly honored organization of trial attorneys with certified civil jury trial experience through verdicts, who uphold the highest values of professionalism, has received a Distinguished* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, and he has been a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum since 2003.

Mr. Cristiano is an active participant in several professional organizations. He is a member of the board of directors of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, and he is an editor of "Trial Talk", the organization's bimonthly magazine. Mr. Cristiano is also a fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation and a member of the Denver and Colorado bar associations.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Professional Liability: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Professional Malpractice - Other

  • 60% Professional Liability: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1976, Colorado

Professional Webpage:

  • One of its top attorneys in the state, as well as recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as one of its top 100 trial lawyers, Super Lawyers
  • Kauntz V. HCA Healthone, LLC, Colorado Court of Appeals, Case No.: 2005 CA 2341
  • State Farm v. Tye, 931 P.2d 540 (Colo. App.), 1996
  • Spahr V. Secco, 330 F.3d 1266 (10th Cir.), 2003
  • Bittle v. Brunetti, 750 P.2d 49 (Colo.), 1988
  • Quiroz v. Goff, 46 P.3d 486 (Colo. App.), 2002
  • Spoor v. Serota, 852 P.2d 292 (Colo. App.), 1992
Educational Background:
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, B.A., Political Science, 1972
  • Denver South High School
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1976
  • Member, Co-Chair, Interprofessional Committee, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, Co-Chair, Interprofessional Committee, Colorado Bar Association
  • Eagle contributor and Member of Board of Directors, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
  • Fellow, Colorado Bar Foundation
  • Colorado, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2006
  • Member, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Eagle Sponsor, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2003
  • Member, Minoru Yasui Inn of Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1998
  • Member, Co-Chair, Interprofessional Committee, Denver Bar Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Faculty of Federal Advocates
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Claim for 'Wrongful Birth' Recognized by the Colorado Supreme Court -- Liniger v. Isenbaum, Trial Talk 38(3)79, March, 1989
  • Colorado's New Health Care Malpractice Statutes, Trial Talk 37(9)281, September, 1988
  • What I Look for in Legal Malpractice Cases, Lawyers' Professional Liability Insurance Risk Management Seminar, Star Insurance Company, October 8, 1998
  • UM and UIM Coverage, Insurance Issues in Tort Claims Seminar, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, February 26, 1997
  • Negligent Credentialing Claims Revisited - the Current Status of the Case Law, Trial Talk 55(1)51, December/January (2005-2006)
  • Significant Case Law Developments in Legal Malpractice Law: a Twelve Month Review, Trial Talk 55(1)20, December/January (2005-2006)
  • Significant Medical Malpractice Case Developments: a Twelve Month Review, Trial Talk 55(1)40, December/January (2005-2006)
  • The True Story of the Statute of Limitations in Healthcare Malpractice Cases - a Bad Result is not Dispositive of When the Statute Begins to Run, Trial Talk 54(1)33, December/January (2004-2005)
  • Recent Legislative and Case Law Developments in Malpractice Law - a Twelve Month Review, Trial Talk 54(1)7, December/January (2004-2005)
  • Recent Case Law Developments in Malpractice Law, Trial Talk 52(1)12, December/January (2002-2003)
  • Claims for Negligent Credentialing and the Shroud of Peer Review, Trial Talk 52(1)30, December/January (2002-2003)
  • Recent Case Law Developments in Medical, Legal and Clergy Malpractice, Trial Talk 48(1)14, December/January, 2000
  • Recent Case Law Developments in Malpractice, Trial Talk 47(10)13, December/January, 1998
  • Recent Case Law Developments in Malpractice Law, Trial Talk 46(10)5, January, 1997
  • Recent Case Law Developments in Professional Negligence, Trial Talk 44(2)17, February, 1995
  • Recent Case Law Developments in Medical and Legal Negligence, Trial Talk 44(1)11, January, 1994
  • Damage Award Caps in Medical Negligence Cases--And Much More--Schultz v. Metropolitan Pathologists, P.C., Trial Talk 42(8)16, September, 1993
  • United Blood Services v. Quintana -- When Industry Standards are Not Enough, Trial Talk 41(12)359, January, 1993

Office location for Francis V. Cristiano

4725 S Monaco St
Suite 120
Denver, CO 80237

Phone: 303-407-1777


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