Diane M. Lathrop
Diane M. Lathrop was born and raised on a dairy farm in New England. She attended Colorado State University and received a joint Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and Journalism. Ms. Lathrop attended Law School at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. At Drake she concentrated her studies in the area of Agricultural Law, receiving instruction in Agricultural Cooperatives, International Agricultural Trading, and Implementation of Government Agricultural Programs. During law school she served as a law clerk for the Iowa Attorney General’s Agricultural Law Division. She also attended the University of Denver Law School, where she studied water and environmental law.
Following graduation, Ms. Lathrop engaged in private practice in Fort Collins, Colorado. While in private practice, Ms. Lathrop worked as a Guardian ad Litem in divorce and Dependency and Neglect cases. In 1997 she started Lathrop Law Office, P.C., focusing primarily on family law. Ms. Lathrop has gained a prominent reputation in Larimer County for her knowledge, professionalism, and experience in family law matters. Ms. Lathrop has extensive experience in cases involving complex financial matters. Many of her cases involve working with experts such as business valuators, tracing experts, vocational evaluators, parental responsibilities evaluators, child and family investigators, and tax experts. Her use of experts allows her to achieve the best outcomes for her clients.
Ms. Lathrop is admitted to practice before the Colorado Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. She is also a member of the Colorado Bar Association, Larimer County Bar Association, Colorado Young Lawyers Association, Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the Larimer County Women’s Bar Association, and the American Agricultural Law Association. Ms. Lathop is the former President of the Larimer County Bar Association and Larimer County Women’s Bar Association, and served on the Executive Board of the Women’s Bar Association and the Board of Governors for the Colorado Bar Association.
Ms. Lathrop has been active in civic and community activities including the Crossroads Safehouse, Larimer County Legal Aid, the Fort Collins’ Commission on the Status of Women, and the Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center (SAVA).
Jodi is a Colorado native, born and raised in Loveland and is a proud member of a pioneer family that settled in Colorado the late 1800’s. Jodi is a single mother of two daughters, ages 15 and 10. Jodi received her B.A. in Sociology/Criminal Justice from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and her J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law.
During law school Jodi was selected through a competitive process to be the student director of the University of Wyoming Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project. She spent two years in the clinic representing low-income victims of domestic violence, sex assault and stalking in a wide variety of domestic relations cases. Her exposure to legal disputes involving highly sensitive and emotional matters allowed her to develop a strong commitment to providing the highest quality representation to clients. Ensuring the safety and well being of clients and their children is her highest priority. She also firmly believes that clients deserve to understand their rights as well as their legal obligations. She finds that being armed with such information empowers clients and allows them to make more balanced decisions regarding their case.
After receiving her license to practice law Jodi worked for a large family law firm handling a wide array of cases from divorce, allocation of parental responsibilities, guardian ad litem work, child support, maintenance, and issues regarding property division. Jodi is also a former Deputy District Attorney and has experience in both prosecuting and defending criminal cases. Having gone through her own legal custody dispute and divorce, Jodi understands the personal challenges that are involved. She is particularly passionate about the importance of raising happy and healthy children even when parents can no longer maintain their relationship with one another.
In her free time Jodi maintains an active and adventurous lifestyle. In addition to family time, she enjoys camping, hiking, snowboarding, skydiving, running, mountain-biking, surfing, boating, paddle boarding, weightlifting, yoga, attending concerts and more.