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 Women’s Bar Association, and the Larimer County Women’s Bar 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).
Jennifer received her Juris Doctorate with high distinction, graduating second in her class, from Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Geology from the University of Rochester.
Upon graduation from law school, Jennifer spent two years in private practice then the next eleven years as an attorney at the Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law Legal Clinic. Jennifer represented clients in all aspects of their divorce, especially with child custody issues. At the Legal Clinic she also handled civil cases, social security disability appeals, landlord/tenant cases and managed and assisted law students with their representation of clients. She also taught Introduction to Civil Practice to second and third year law students.
Upon moving to Fort Collins five years ago Jennifer joined a divorce law firm where she soon earned the respect of her colleagues and judicial officers for her hard work on behalf of her clients. Because helping children is a priority for Jennifer she became a certified Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) with CASA of Larimer County.
Jennifer enjoys family law and helping clients through this difficult time, while always keeping in mind their long-term financial well-being.
While not working Jennifer enjoys spending time with her daughter, learning about local wildlife, traveling to visit family, and enjoying the Colorado sunshine.