We understand how important your pet is to you. That is why our Colorado animal attorneys fight for the underdog in dog bite defense, aggressive or dangerous animal defense, suing police departments when cops shoot dogs, and civil actions such as pet custody (replevin or partition), small claims matters, parvo-puppy purchases from pet stores, personal injury, veterinary malpractice, and pet trusts and estate planning.
If you have a problem involving your pet, we can help, no matter what problem you face!
Our Colorado animal lawyers are experienced with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (the Colorado version of the ADA), and the Fair Housing Act and are ready to fight for you and your rights to be free from discrimination related to your use of a service animal. Whether you are facing housing, transportation, employment, or access discrimination based on your disability,The Animal Law Firm has the knowledge, experience, and compassion to get you and your service animal the justice Federal and State Law provides!
Animal liberation activists turn to The Animal Law Firm when they need a defense for protecting animals. You risk your lives and your freedom to save and protect sentient beings; let the animal law attorneys at The Animal Law Firm protect you! Animal rights is a social justice matter and our animal lawyers see and understand you. We know what it is like to face opposition to our values and beliefs and we are ready to defend you when you are facing criminal charges for yours. Let us help you help others.
Pet custody is a real thing and can be just as emotionally intense and devastating as child custody. The Animal Law Firm has been prosecuting and defending pet custody cases for ten years, keeping families together and helping former cohabitating partners make arrangements that are realistic for their needs. No matter what arrangement was made regarding your pet before, during, or after a breakup or the end of a pet-watching situation, our animal attorneys have the experience and knowledge you need to keep your pet safe or get your pet back from a vengeful ex-partner, family member, or former friend.
Kristina Bergsten is the owner and founder of The Animal Law Firm. She started practicing animal law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before moving to Colorado to be close to mountains and, of course, lots of animals! As a vegan, her passion for animal rights extends to every area of her life. Her current pet projects (pun intended) consist of writing, directing, and producing her podcast, titled "Fighting for the Underdog", founding a charitable foundation to help human and animal welfare organizations, writing novels, and spending lots of time with her furry children, Maggie and Sophie.
Kristina is a 2018 COBALT Class graduate, a Board Member of Colorado Voters for Animals and the Denver Indian Family Welfare Center, an active member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, and a nationally and internationally recognized animal advocate.
Cerridwyn Nordstrom is a legally blind attorney licensed in Colorado. She was born and raised in southern Colorado and attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. As a lifelong animal enthusiast and guide dog user, she is particularly passionate about the rights of service dogs and their handlers. Her capstone project in law school focused on current service dog policy and the ongoing struggles service dog handlers face. Outside of work, she is a hiking enthusiast and loves spending time with her menagerie of animals, including frogs, a gecko and a pair of axolotls, Aurora and Moira.
Cerridwyn is an active member of the National Federation of the Blind, the National Association of Guide Dog Users, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and the Colorado Disability Bar Association.
Emily graduated in 2021 from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver and is licensed to practice law in Colorado. She is passionate about serving the community and helping others find stability and purpose.
Emily’s love for animals started when she was six and begged her parents to get a dog. She believes helping people keep their pets is essential to preserving their well-being and independence. Throughout her time in Colorado, she has developed an interest in education and outreach involving the pet owner’s legal rights and socially conscious sheltering for homeless pets. She is interested in solving landlord/tenant issues, protecting service animal and ESA rights, and assisting pet owners in complying with city and county ordinances.
Emily also received an M.B.A. from Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. She enjoys community volunteering, especially at the Dumb Friends League in Denver. Her family includes an 11-year-old rescue dog, Lady, that she adopted in rural Arkansas. Since then, Lady has traveled across the country as her ESA, supporting her new career and move to Denver.
Rachel is planning to start law school in Fall 2023. Once she graduates, she wants to use her law degree to improve the rights and welfare of humans and animals, especially those in need. Rachel has two rescue pets: a dog named Marley (pictured) and a cat named Milo.
She is a Colorado Springs Paralegal.
Josh Hartsfield is the Head Law Clerk at The Animal Law Firm. Josh is a law student at the University of Denver and has worked at the firm since his first year of law school. Before starting law school, Josh was a longtime vegan and animal rights activist. He spends much of his free time providing free legal work for various animal rights nonprofit organizations. His work and research areas include factory farming reform and criminal defense for activists arrested in the course of civil disobedience.