Francis V. Cristiano

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Professional Liability Attorney in Englewood, CO

Cristiano Law, LLC
 | 4 Inverness Ct East, Suite 100
Englewood, CO 80112
Phone: 720-506-9548
Fax: 303-322-9574
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012, 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

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 ethical approach to his profession, Mr. Cristiano 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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Professional Liability (60%): Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (20%): Medical Malpractice

Personal Injury - General (20%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

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


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Super Lawyers: 2012, 2019 - 2020

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About Francis Cristiano

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2006
  • Member, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2003
  • Eagle contributor and Member of Board of Directors, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1976
  • Colorado, 1976
  • Member, Co-Chair, Interprofessional Committee, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Co-Chair, Interprofessional Committee, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, Co-Chair, Interprofessional Committee, Denver Bar Association
  • Member, Minoru Yasui Inn of Court
  • Member, Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • Fellow, Colorado Bar Foundation
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Eagle Sponsor, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • 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
  • What I Look for in Legal Malpractice Cases, Lawyers' Professional Liability Insurance Risk Management Seminar, Star Insurance Company, October 8, 1998
  • Recent Case Law Developments in Malpractice Law, Trial Talk 46(10)5, January, 1997
  • UM and UIM Coverage, Insurance Issues in Tort Claims Seminar, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, February 26, 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
  • United Blood Services v. Quintana -- When Industry Standards are Not Enough, Trial Talk 41(12)359, January, 1993
  • Damage Award Caps in Medical Negligence Cases--And Much More--Schultz v. Metropolitan Pathologists, P.C., Trial Talk 42(8)16, September, 1993
  • 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
  • Claims for Negligent Credentialing and the Shroud of Peer Review, Trial Talk 52(1)30, December/January (2002-2003)
  • Recent Case Law Developments in Malpractice Law, Trial Talk 52(1)12, December/January (2002-2003)
  • Recent Legislative and Case Law Developments in Malpractice Law - a Twelve Month Review, Trial Talk 54(1)7, December/January (2004-2005)
  • 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)
  • Significant Medical Malpractice Case Developments: a Twelve Month Review, Trial Talk 55(1)40, 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)
  • Negligent Credentialing Claims Revisited - the Current Status of the Case Law, Trial Talk 55(1)51, December/January (2005-2006)


  • Spahr V. Secco, 330 F.3d 1266 (10th Cir.), 2003
  • Quiroz v. Goff, 46 P.3d 486 (Colo. App.), 2002
  • State Farm v. Tye, 931 P.2d 540 (Colo. App.), 1996
  • Spoor v. Serota, 852 P.2d 292 (Colo. App.), 1992
  • Bittle v. Brunetti, 750 P.2d 49 (Colo.), 1988
  • Kauntz V. HCA Healthone, LLC, Colorado Court of Appeals, Case No.: 2005 CA 2341

Educational Background:

  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, B.A., Political Science, 1972
  • Denver South High School
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Office Location for Francis V. Cristiano

4 Inverness Ct East
Suite 100
Englewood, CO 80112

Phone: 720-506-9548

Fax: 303-322-9574

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Last Updated: 1/15/2019

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