Cheryl Trine

Top rated civil rights attorney in Fort Collins, Colorado

Trine Law Firm, LLC
Cheryl Trine
Trine Law Firm, LLC

Practice Areas: Civil rights, Medical malpractice, Personal injury

Licensed in Colorado since: 2006

Education: University of Wyoming College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2016
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Trine Law Firm, LLC

155 E. Boardwalk Drive #400
Fort Collins, CO 80525 Phone: 970-391-9442 Email: Cheryl Trine Visit website


I expect to work hard for my clients. Before becoming a lawyer, I worked as a forester and a farmer, running an organic vegetable farm and herb greenhouse business with partners in Fort Collins, Colorado. At the same time, I championed many environmental battles, including stopping our local cement kiln from burning hazardous wastes and then tires. During that period, my father, Bill Trine, became a leader in the fight against private prisons for the way they brutalize prisoners and immigrants in order to make a profit. After becoming a lawyer, I told him I would help him, as he says, fight for the little people -- the poor and powerless. I am privileged to be an attorney and to have the power to help. Areas of practice: civil rights, medical malpractice, and personal injury.

First Admitted: 2006, Colorado

Professional Webpage:

  • Graduate of the Trial Lawyers College in 2013, Board of Directors of the alumni organization for the college from 2015 through 2021, Super Lawyer Rising Star since 2012, Super Lawyer since 2016, American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award and National Trial Lawyers Top 40 of 40, Top 100 Verdicts for Medical Malpractice in US in 2020, Trial Lawyers College
Representative Clients:
  • Many of my clients are prisoners or former prisoners who were denied medical care under the most inhumane of conditions until it was only luck that they survived at all.  My medical malpractice clients are often poor persons.  In one case, my client's care was purportedly delegated to an independent contractor of an independent contractor in order to insulate those making a profit from liability.  I asserted that the independent contractor was a hospital employee.  One of my clients in a business fraud case had an abusive husband who would not let her settle and who was keeping all those involved in the court case hostage.  When I discovered that her life had been threatened and she was afraid, I helped her get a restraining order, get him removed from the house by the police, and protect her and her children from him.  Her courage freed everyone, and is an inspiration. 
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Active Member of Colorado Bar since 2006.
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • 2013 Graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, and an executive committee member of the alumni board.  I also organize our local working group of lawyers.
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Every year we take on multiple pro bono cases.  In 2007, I provided free legal help to a woman with chemical sensitivity who had a neighbor spraying pesticides in a manner that endangered her life.  I drafted legislation to present to the City Counsel and helped her resolve the situation with the neighbor.  In 2008, I provided free legal help to a woman whose newly hired boss was setting her up to be fired unfairly from her state job.  I helped her decide what actions to take in order to preserve her job and her sanity.  When the boss was unsuccessful in bullying this woman, the boss quit.  For example, I represented homeless women whose belongings were purposefully destroyed by a nonprofit that had agreed to protect them and then treated them inhumanely, a father who had been denied parenting time with his daughter for three years and as a result of my efforts at no charge, father and daughter were reunited.
  • A jury returned a $3 million dollar verdict in a medical malpractice trial for our client who was injured by a doctor's negligence in Pueblo, Colorado.  , 2020

Office location for Cheryl Trine

155 E. Boardwalk Drive #400
Fort Collins, CO 80525


5 Years Super Lawyers
7 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2010 - 2016

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