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Trista McElhaney

Family Attorney at Denver, CO

4.6   10 reviews

also known as Trista Price


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About Trista

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Trista McElhaney Price began her legal career in 2012 after graduating from the University of Colorado Law School where she was awarded the Anheuser-Busch Minoru Yasui Scholarship, the Joel H. Greenstein Scholarship, and the Harold Taft King Scholarship. Trista began honing her family law skills even before graduating from law school through her participation in the CU family law practice clinic and clerkship in the domestic relations division of the 18th Judicial District.

​Following graduation, Trista continued her career in family law working for a men's/father's rights firm for the first two years of her legal career. Trista went on to act as Senior Managing Associate for two successful family law firms before forming Pomper Price, LLC in 2020. In 2021, Trista formed Price Family Law, LLC to continue her focus on divorce and family law. Given her background and degree in business administration from the University of Denver Daniels College of Business, Trista specializes in high-asset divorce cases and cases involving business interests or other complex financial matters.

​Trista has also expanded her practice to include appellate work, after successfully appealing numerous court rulings.

In her free time, Trista enjoys spending her time with her husband and son and their two dogs, Lily and Scout.

Licensed for 10 years
State CO
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 01/13/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Trista

Price Family Law, LLC
720 S. Colorado Blvd
Penthouse North
Denver, CO, 80246

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Invested.
It's with great pleasure to recommend Trista for any complex Family Law matter. Her attention to detail, impeccable memory, and thorough skillset in the courtroom explains why it was apparent Judges respect and listen to her. Complex cases can be challenging when small details can make or break the outcome, and with Trista leading the strategy, I was fortunate to have a favorable outcome. Her investment in her clients cases is sincere and genuine. I was happy with the outcome, while she was critical of herself wanting more in OUR case (she's in it for you and your family more than I've seen any other attorney invest in their families). Opposing counsel in this case was a stereotypical type of attorney. One who liked to play on words, make assumptions and toe the line of transparency and honesty. Trista was phenomenal at weeding through the drama, their smoke and mirrors courtroom show, and keep the facts of the law clear and concise to the court. At the end of the day, this approach has won her a lot of credibility with Judges across many counties. A factor to consider when you're looking for representation in the family courtroom is who has good rapport with the Judges, not who's the "bulldog"... although, I'd definitely say she was a "bulldog" in my case as well since nothing seemed to rattle or distract her. #LaserSharp #HighlyRecommend
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Posted by Evelyn | June 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
AMAZING!!!
I absolutely loved Trista and her paralegal Charlie!! They worked very hard, were very professional, yet completely down-to-earth. A divorce frazzles anyone, and to be lost in a sea of legal chaos where you have no idea what the hell is going on, is terrifying. Trista and Charlie completely took care of me like good friends. (I actually STILL feel like they are good friends!) Not only did I come out of the divorce with an unbelievable settlement, the two of them made the process bearable, held my hand through everything. I would HIGHLY recommend her as a divorce attorney, and would use her a million times over. Thank you both SOOOO much!!!
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Posted by Sally | June 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Everything I needed, and more!
I have to admit, when I first met Trista, I was a bit concerned about how young and nice she looked. I knew my divorce was going to be extremely unpleasant and dealing with my ex was going to require someone stronger than I was feeling at that time. Let me tell you, Trista more than held her own in my case and I am so grateful that she, her assistant Charlie and named partner Todd were all on my side. Trista was incredibly knowledgeable with my very complicated situation. Aside from a very hostile situation with my ex, I was trying to move my child out of state and was also trying to protect an out of state trust I had just inherited. As I said, it was very complicated. Trista considered every option and strategy, getting insight from other experts (out of state trust attorneys, etc.,) as needed. She thoughtfully created our plan, clearly explained everything to me and had tremendous patience when my resolve waivered. Trista and Charlie both handled my fear, frustration and anger with grace, and kept me laughing and feeling secure during the darkest of times. Trista was always available to me via phone, email or text and I never felt like I was on my own. She was extraordinarily ethical and always took the moral high ground. At the end of the case, having had Trista on my side, I felt that we had conducted ourselves with the utmost integrity. I have referred Trista several times, would recommend her to anyone and would absolutely use her again if I had the need. She and Charlie continue to be there for me if and when I need them and have become friends and cheerleaders for me and my child. Hiring Trista, Charlie and Todd was a great move!
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Posted by Kati | June 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
I had a really nasty divorce case and hired Trista. She was a god send. Became my friend and support. Very ethical. Fought tooth and nail for me! Always answers the phone. Would highly recommend her to anyone!
Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest. Prompt. Knowledgeable. Outstanding!!
There aren’t enough words to describe how highly I recommend Trista Price. She took me on as a client shortly after my Child Custody hearing, and made my transition absolutely painless. Because of how vindictive my ex and his family are, my current husband and I chose to keep a retainer in the firm for Trista. Thankfully we did, because shortly after our Child Custody case closed... my husband and I were dragged into the court room by my ex’s parents. Even though that matter was civil, and we had to retain a different attorney (of course in the same firm, recommended) Trista still stood beside us. She knew instantly that their case was a retribution from my ex and I’s Child Custody Case, and that it could potentially end up hurting our child in the long run. She kept in touch through the entire thing, and even asked how our daughter is doing. All torts were dropped in that case, but it was a great example of why we are ever so happy to stick with Trista and the Burnham Law firm. She is very prompt and attentive when it comes to phone calls and emails, but most importantly extremely knowledgeable with law. You can tell without a doubt she is compassionate about what she does. I’m thankful to have her as an attorney and wish anyone on the other side of her the best of luck, because she knows very well what she’s doing.
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Posted by Gene | June 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
AWESOME Attorney
“AWESOME Attorney!!!!” Yes, having been a client of Ms. McElhaney this is how I rate her and this is why: I was recently involved in a Modification to Spousal Maintenance which had turned rather nasty. To further complicate matters, I was living and working abroad and had just became unemployed. For months, I worked with an Attorney from a law firm which shall remain nameless, and had never been so stressed as I saw my life, both emotionally and financially, going down the tubes. In an act of desperation, I searched AVVO for another firm to handle my case and ended up hiring the Burnham Law Firm. Enter Ms. Trista McElhaney, Associate Attorney, and almost immediately my situation changed. Working with her on my case, I soon found her to be extremely competent, exceptionally responsive, as well as very personable, direct and informative, in other words everything I had hoped for in an attorney. Along with Mr Charlie Shisler, Senior Paralegal, they soon earned my trust and respect to the point that, even though the relationship was always professional, both Ms. McElhanney and Mr. Shisler made me feel as if I was dealing with friends after each correspondence. As for me, well my stress levels dropped to the point where I no longer worried about how my case was being handled, they were that good. And in the end, having never met in person, an 8-hour time difference, dealing only through emails and telephone calls, to include having me attend mediation and trial telephonically from 8000 miles away, they won my case, with an outcome better than I could ever have imagined. So, if you want the best, someone with an unmatched work ethic, someone who will aggressively represent you, then I highly recommend Trista McElhaney.
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Posted by Brian | April 3, 2015
Thankful!
Like so many people, I found myself in a divorce and custody battle. I found Bloch and Chapleau online in a search for firms specializing in fathers rights. I was in the unusual position of having my two daughters already living with me full time, and having to fight to keep them. It was the most terrifying process I've been through, and hiring an attorney was almost as unsettling. I interviewed three attorneys in person, and a number of others over the phone. I knew Trista was the one within 5 minutes. She doesn't come across as a lawyer, but rather a person that cares and wants to help. I almost immediately felt as though everything was going to be ok. I explained my situation, what I was trying to accomplish, and asked if that was legally feasible. Trista didn't lie to me, she didn't tell me what I wanted to hear, just very honest and kind straight forward legal advise. She told me what the law stated about my particular set of circumstances, and thought we had an extremely good chance of achieving my desired outcome. One of the biggest things I was impressed with was the communication. Every phone call or email I made was either answered or returned shortly after by Trista herself. I never spoke to an assistant or secretary. Near the end of my case Trista actually gave me her personal cell phone number, which I'm not sure if everyone gets, but I was certainly appreciative. Not only did we get the outcome we had hoped for at the outset, I actually got more than I had asked. I know it's easy to say how amazing your attorney is when you win, however, the entire process was pretty easy and a lot less intimidating. Trista talked me through every step, gave me spot on advise, flawless communication, and proactive planning made this a great experience under the circumstances. Thank you Trista for everything you did for my girls and I.
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Posted by Mike | February 18, 2015
Family Legal Services Round 2
I like to conduct all business in a fair manner without much emotion. This is the second time I have used Ms McElhaney for family legal matters which can be very emotional. I appreciated the way that she is matter of fact, represents both sides fairly and conducts business quickly. Both myself and my ex-wife feel like everything was fair - that doesn't happen very often - and my ex-wife and are dislike each other intensely - so any negotiation is always difficult. The old saying that a negotiation is only successful when both parties feel cheated is not true when you work with Trista. I think Trista has a good way of holding all parties to a high level of integrity which makes the outcome easier to accept and not second-guess. If I ever need further family legal services - I will use Trista again.
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Posted by Ted | February 16, 2015
Amazing advice and Attitude!
Trista was so very helpful in a very tough situation in my life. She offered sound solutions and was always by the phone waiting to help with questions or advice. It has been tough for me to find someone like Trista that is not only willing to help but will also look after your best interest financially in giving advice. She negotiated a quick deal for me regarding a divorce/child visitation issue. No court necessary! If you are a father needing help, please use Trista! Thank You Trista!
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Posted by Tim | May 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Horrible experience! Unethical!
I personally hired lawyer Trista McElhaney on a divorce case and the legal service experience I received was horrible and I experienced unethical behavior! My financial disclosures were submitted without my approval and in addition with my explicit instructions not to do so in writing. My signature was used without my permission as well and placed on the same documents. This firm dropped my case and used excuse after excuse not to meet with me to discuss the issue despite my pleas for help as a client that had spent thousands of dollars on the case at that point. Please take your business anywhere but here to avoid a bad service experience like this, negative financial impact and an owner that could care less when an error is committed on your case and will drop it and you like a hot potato. I would expect better service from a fast food restaurant. If there is any doubt about the authenticity of this review I encourage you to contact me directly and I will be happy to provide further details.
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Response from Trista McElhaney June 8, 2018
I understand that Tim is upset that we withdrew. It was a conscious decision made by the firm. Ethically, an attorney cannot respond with specifics. Suffice to say we withdrew for good reason. This is the first negative review I have received in more than five years of practice which is reflective of the quality of representation I provide to my clients on a daily basis. We care about our clients and their case's outcomes. It's that simple. Tim's complaint aside, our track record reveals basic truths about this firm.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 285-285 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Price Family Law, LLC
  • 2022 - Present
  • Partner
  • Pomper Price, LLC
  • 2020 - 2021
  • Attorney
  • The Bagley Law Firm, LLC
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Burnham Law Firm
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Associate
  • Bloch & Chapleau
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Student Attorney
  • University of Colorado Family Law Clinic
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Volunteer
  • Colorado Legal Services
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • Underhill & Underhill
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • 18th Judicial District
  • 2010 - 2011
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Education

  • University of Colorado School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • University of Denver
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 2008

Associations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
  • Secretary
  • 2010 - 2011

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Advocates
  • 2016
  • Joel H. Greenstein Scholarship
  • University of Colorado
  • 2011
  • Harold Taft King Scholarship
  • University of Colorado
  • 2011
  • Anheuser-Busch Minoru Yasui Scholarship
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado
  • 2010
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Publications

  • OutFront Magazine
  • Ski Safety Tips
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (27)
Endorse Trista
Family Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"Trista is an incredible lawyer with a refined expertise in family law. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of a fierce advocate."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Trista always puts her clients first and fights for what they want. She is great in the courtroom and is a master of the law. I would definitely recommend her."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply put, Trista is the attorney you want in your corner if your facing any type of family law matter. Whether it's negotiating a settlement or taking a case to trial, her strategic approach to every case gets results. I highly recommend Trista."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Trista is an outstanding trial attorney, and a dedicated advocate for her clients. She is a professional who will settle for nothing less than exceptional results. I highly recommend and endorse this attorney!"
Family Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Trista is a fantastic attorney. Her confidence, intelligence, and poise are brought to bear in the courtroom, making her one of the best lawyers in practice. Trista handles incredibly complex cases with the ease and efficiency of a true seasoned professional. For your family law case, I highly recommend Trista!"
Family Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Trista on a very difficult domestic case where I served as the GAL for a disabled adult (her client). There were significant assets, including complicated trusts, involved. I was exceptionally impressed that an attorney of the years of practice Trista has was so competent in the area of trusts. She handled the matter better than some seasoned attorneys I know. I highly endorse Trista."
Family Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Trista is a fantastic attorney. If you have a complex divorce you must hire Trista. She is highly skilled at taking intricate issues and distilling them to their simplest form while achieving positive results."
Family Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Trista is smart, aggressive, and a master of strategy. She can handle any set of facts you might throw at her and come up with the win. I don't hesitate to recommend her."
Family Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Trista is a professional in every sense of the word. She strives to provide only the highest quality representation on behalf of her clients, and it is highly apparent in her work product. She is an incredible advocate for her clients, and an inspiration to her peers."
Family Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the opportunity to work with Trista McElhaney (AKA Trista Price) on a highly contested divorce. Trista was the woman's attorney and I had been appointed as the client's Guardian ad Litem. Throughout the case, I had a front row seat to Trista's professionalism, attention to detail, respect for the client, and ardent preparation. At trial she was well prepared both in her written and oral presentations. I gladly endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Trista is a young, yet seasoned, attorney. She is well-trained and an excellent litigator. She regularly handles complex family law matters for Burnham Law, and her calm demeanor is matched only by her focused tenacity."
Family Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Trista is an exceptional advocate with a brilliant mind who always takes time and care with all of her cases. I highly recommend Trista for any family law related matter."
Family Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of meeting Trista several months ago at a family law conference. I was immediately impressed with her intelligence. I have since had the opportunity to work with her on family law and personal injury cases. She is a strategic thinker, has great attention to detail, and is confident in her handling of cases. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Trista is a strong advocate for her clients and is an effective litigator. I highly endorse Trista."
Family Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the pleasure of working with Trista for the past three years. Trista has proven to be a confident and aggressive advocate for her clients while simultaneously maintaining a sense of compassion and reasonableness that is sometimes lost in family law cases. I would highly recommend Trista."
Family Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Trista McElhaney consistently displays the upmost commitment and dedication on behalf of her clients. She advocates with a great deal of passion, strategy, and efficiency, in order to ensure that their best interests are protected and promoted. Her ability is remarkable. I endorse this lawyer."
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Denver Family Lawyer Trista McElhaney
Trista McElhaney
Family Attorney
Denver, CO
Licensed for 10 years