Timothy J. Eirich

Timothy J. Eirich

Partner
Location:
Lakewood, Colorado
Phone:
303-816-8147
800-388-4089
Fax:
303-679-8960
Email:

Timothy J. Eirich is an honors graduate of the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. At Loyola, Tim was as a Philip H. Corboy Fellow (member of the National Trial Team), a Curt N. Rodin Fellow in advocacy, and a Civitas Childlaw Fellow. Tim was also an associate editor for the Children's Legal Rights Journal. Tim received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University where he majored in English and was a captain of the NCAA Division 1 Crew Team.

Tim focuses his practice on adoption, child welfare, and guardianship cases. Tim represents prospective adoptive parents, foster parents, relatives, birth parents, and juveniles charged with delinquent acts.

Tim is an experienced litigator who has tried over twenty-five jury trials, litigated dozens of contested hearings, and has argued in the front of both the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Tim litigated the ground-breaking case, both at the trial level and before the Colorado Supreme Court, that addressed the rights of foster parents and other caregivers in dependency and neglect cases. Tim has also received a number of awards recognizing his work. In 2012, Tim received the Excellence in Practice Award for a Juvenile Law Attorney at the Colorado Summit for Childen Youth and Families. In 2014, the Colorado State Foster Parent Association honored Tim with the Champion Award for work and efforts on behalf of Colorado’s foster parents. Also, in 2014, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute awarded Tim the prestigious Angels in Adoption Award for his work in adoption and positive child welfare practices.

Tim has handled dozens of private, public, and contested adoptions and has been recognized as a Fellow with the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.

Tim has lectured frequently on the rights of foster parents and the child welfare system and is a regular presenter for the Colorado State Foster Parent Association. In addition to training foster parents and relative caregivers, Tim teaches trial skills to fellow attorneys as an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA).

Prior to joining the Grob & Eirich, LLC, Tim was the Deputy Director of the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center where he litigated some of the center's highest profile cases; represented foster parents, prospective adoptive parents, relative caregivers and juveniles; and supervised a multi-disciplinary staff of attorneys and social workers who served as guardians ad litem for abused and neglected children in Denver Juvenile Court. Prior to his time with the Children's Law Center, Tim was a trial attorney with the Office of the Colorado Public Defender where he represented adults and juveniles charged with felony offenses.

Areas of Practice

  • Child Welfare
  • Adoption
  • Assisted Reproduction / Infertility Law
  • Family Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 65% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2004

Education

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 2004
    • Honors: Cum Laude
    • Law Journal: Children's Legal Rights Journal, Associate Editor
  • Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California
    • B.A. - 1997
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • "Achieving Safe, Permanent Homes For Colorado Children" (w/Shari Shink), The Colorado Lawyer, October, 2002
  • "Battered Women on Trial" (with Amy J. Carletti and Sarah J. Gabis), Children's Legal Rights Journal, Winter, 2003-2004

Classes/Seminars

  • “Intervention of Foster Parents and Relatives in Dependency and Neglect Cases”, Denver, CO (December 2014), Juvenile Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association
  • “The Intersection of Family Law and Immigration Law” (with Seth A. Grob, Esq.), Denver, CO (September 2014), Colorado Bar Association, Immigration Law 2014
  • “Adoption Subsidies for Children with Special Needs,” Denver, CO (May 2014), Colorado State Foster Parent Association, Annual Education Conference
  • "Legal Rights of Foster Parents and Caregivers in Colorado Dependency and Neglect Cases," Denver, CO (May 2014), Colorado State Foster Parent Association, Annual Education Conference
  • "Role of a GAL in the Child Welfare System," (with Betsy Fordyce, Esq.) Sheridan, CO (November 2013), Colorado State Foster Parent Association
  • "Case Law Update: Rights of Foster Parents in Dependency and Neglect Cases," Sheridan, CO (October 2013), Colorado State Foster Parent Association
  • "Impact of Adoption and ARTS on Domestic Relations," (with Laura Koupal, Esq.) Vail, CO (August 2013), Family Law Institute
  • "Role of Foster Parents in Dependency and Neglect Cases," Denver, CO (August 2013), Denver Juvenile Court Noon CLE
  • "Adoption: Considerations for GALs," (with Seth Grob, Esq.) Silverthorne, CO (July 2013), Office of Child's Representative Summer Conference
  • Instructor, Advanced Trial Practice for the Illinois Court Improvement Program, Springfield, IL (June 2013), National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • "Case Law Update: A.M. v. A.C.," Centennial, Colorado (May 2013), Arapahoe County District Court Lunch CLE
  • "Role of Foster Parents in Dependency and Neglect Cases," Colorado Springs, CO (November 2012), Colorado County Attorney Conference
  • "Legal Rights of Foster Parents in Dependency and Neglect Cases," Breckenridge, CO (October 2012), Colorado State Foster Parent Association Annual Conference
  • "Adoption Subsidies for Special Needs Children," Breckenridge, CO (October 2012), Colorado State Foster Parent Association Annual Conference
  • Instructor, Rocky Mountain Child Advocacy Training Institute, Louisville & Boulder, CO (May 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • "The Medically Fragile Newborn: The Law and the Role of the Medical Professional," Denver, CO (May 2010), The Children’s Hospital – Neonatal Noon Conference
  • "Role of the Guardian ad litem," Centennial, CO (January 2010) , Colorado State Foster Parent Association Bootcamp
  • "Role of the Guardian ad litem," Breckenridge, CO (October 2009), Colorado State Foster Parent Association State Conference
  • "The Role of Court Appointed Special Advocates," Boulder, CO (January 2009), University of Colorado School of Law presents The Legal System’s Response to Domestic Violence
  • "Foster Parent’s Rights in D&N Cases," Glenwood Springs, CO, (October 2008), Colorado State Foster Parent Association State Conference

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Practice Award, Juvenile Law Attorney Award
  • Angels in Adoption Award, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
  • Champion Award, Colorado State Foster Parent Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Arapahoe County Bar Association
  • Juvenile Law Section of the Colorado Bar
  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Fellow

Past Employment Positions

  • Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center, Deputy Director, 2008 - 2012
  • Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center, Staff Attorney, 2006 - 2008
  • Office of the Colorado Public Defender, Deputy Public Defender, 2004 - 2006