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Timothy J. Eirich - Lakewood, CO

12596 W. Bayaud AvenueSuite 390 Lakewood, CO 80228

Updated: 02/18/2024

Lakewood Child Welfare Lawyer

Overview

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...

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, family formation, child welfare, and guardianship/custody cases. Tim represents prospective adoptive parents, foster parents, relatives, birth parents and serves as general counsel for numerous licensed adoption agencies in Colorado. Tim's practice includes infant and toddler adoptions, designated adoptions, interstate adoptions, stepparent adoptions, same sex adoptions, second parent adoptions, relative adoptions, disrupted adoptions, foster-parent adoptions, international adoptions, confirmatory adoptions and adoption subsidies. Tim also represents intended parents and other individuals in all aspects of family formation.

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. In 2023, Tim was honored by the Arapahoe County Bar Association with the Raymond Frenchmore Award for Outstanding Contribution to Juvenile Justice by the Arapahoe County Bar Association.

Tim has handled hundreds of private, public, and contested adoptions and has been recognized as a Fellow with the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys. Tim has also testified in front of the Colorado General Assembly on issues involving child welfare, adoption, and children and family issues and has contributed to the drafting of significant legislation involving adoption and child welfare.

Tim has lectured frequently, in both Colorado and across the nation, on the rights of relatives, foster parents, and caregivers inthe child welfare system, as well as complex issues in adoption and family formation. In addition to training and presenting on substantive issues involving adoption and child welfare, Tim has taught trial skills to fellow attorneys in Colorado and across the country 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.

About Timothy J. Eirich

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Child Welfare
  • Adoption
  • Assisted Reproduction / Infertility Law
  • Family Law
  • Third Party Custody
  • Designated Adoptions
  • Interstate Adoptions
  • Stepparent Adoptions
  • Relative Adoptions
  • Dissolution of Adoptions
  • Foster-Parent Adoptions
  • International Adoptions
  • Adoption Subsidies
  • Same Sex Adoptions
  • Second Parent Adoptions
  • Confirmatory Adoptions
  • Adoption Subsidy Negotiations

Litigation

  • 65%

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2004

Other Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Arapahoe County Bar Association
  • Juvenile Law Section of the Colorado Bar
  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (Fellow)

Classes and Seminars

  • National Business Institute, “Complex Topics in Adoption Law: Case Studies on Disability and Adoption,” (Webinar, November 2023)
  • Foster Source, “Updated Rights for Foster & Kinship Caregivers in a Changing Legal Landscape,” (Webinar, November 2023)
  • Colorado Office of Respondent Parent Counsel, “Open Adoption: Post-Adoption Contact Agreements,” (Webinar, May 2023)
  • Adoption Options, Expedited Relinquishment Cases, Contested Termination Proceedings, and other Adoption Related Topics (Lakewood, September 2022)
  • Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, “Private Adoptions: Navigating Issues and Avoiding Pitfalls,” (Webinar, April 2021)
  • “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

Past 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

Education

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

Fees

Accepts Credit Cards

Articles

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

Office Information

Address

12596 W. Bayaud AvenueSuite 390 Lakewood, CO 80228

Achievements

Honors

  • Excellence in Practice Award, Juvenile Law Attorney Award, - 2012
  • Angels in Adoption Award, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, - 2014
  • Champion Award, Colorado State Foster Parent Association, - 2014
  • Raymond Frenchman Award for Outstanding Contribution to Juvenile Justice, Arapahoe County Bar Association
  • Unsung Hero Award, Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys

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