Eric A. Sunness

Eric A. Sunness: Attorney with Eric A. Sunness Attorney at Law, LLC

Biography

Eric Sunness has successfully defended felony and misdemeanor cases since
1993 in both Larimer and Weld Counties. Mr. Sunness is a zealous advocate
who works incredibly hard to obtain the very best results for his clients.
He has been a member of the Larimer County Bar Association Ethics and
Professionalism Committee for more than ten years. He has effectively
handled over 1000 DUI and criminal cases.

Mr. Sunness is a member of the Better Business Bureau. He has an “AV
Preeminent” rating with Martindale.com, which is a significant rating
accomplishment – a testament to the fact that his peers rank him at the
highest level of professional excellence.



Call Mr. Sunness today to schedule a free initial consultation concerning
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Mr. Sunness joined Frey, Korb, Haggerty & Michaels, P.C. as an associate in 1995 and was a shareholder from 1998 until December, 2006. Mr. Sunness founded Eric A. Sunness, Attorney at Law, LLC in January of 2007.

Mr. Sunness has represented and counseled a wide range of clients in sophisticated family law matters throughout the state for twenty years, and has extensive experience in handling criminal defense, juvenile law, and personal injury matters.

Mr. Sunness is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, Larimer County Bar Association, and Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. He presently serves on the Larimer County Bar Association Professionalism Committee. Mr. Sunness graduated in 1992 with a Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. While attending law school, Mr. Sunness served as a legal intern at Sixty Plus, Inc, Elderlaw Clinic of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and served as a law clerk for Abood & Doyle, PC. Mr. Sunness was also a member of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Trial Team, served as a Professor's Assistant in the Trial Workshop program, and was on the Dean's List. In 1982, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York, College at Brockport. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Sunness worked for the New Jersey Nets Basketball Team as assistant to the public relations director, and sold fine printing paper for Horwitz Paper Company, Elmira, New York, and Alling & Cory Paper Company, Syracuse, New York.

Mr. Sunness is married and has three children. He is also active in his community. He has served as president of Fort Collins Youth Lacrosse and vice-president of Northern Colorado Youth Hockey. He was named Coach of the Year by Colorado State University, and for the Western Region of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Mr. Sunness is currently a USA Hockey Certified Ice Hockey Coach, a USA Hockey Certified On-Ice Official, and in his spare time he enjoys playing the electric bass guitar.

Mr. Sunness has been a hockey coach for more than 25 years, He was the Head Coach at Colorado State University in 2009, and at Colorado State University, and the American Collegiate Hockey Association have both recognized him as Coach of the Year.

85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Professional Associations and Memberships Colorado Bar Association

- Colorado Bar Association

- Larimer County Bar Association

- Colorado Trial Lawyers Association

- Fort Collins Youth Lacrosse, President

- Northern Colorado Youth Hockey, Vice-President.

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association

Larimer County Bar Association; Ethics and Professionalism Committee (Former Chair).

Areas of Practice (19)

  • Criminal Law
  • DUI / DWI
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Animal Bites
  • Car Accident
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Criminal Defense
  • Government Contracts
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Traffic Ticket
  • Wills
  • Wrongful Death
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Personal Injury - Plaintiff
  • Assault & Battery -- Plaintiff

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
970-372-2036  Phone
888-830-9445  Phone
970-493-3625  Fax
www.northerncoloradolawyer.com
University Attended:
State University of New York College, Brockport, B.S., 1982
Law School Attended:
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan, J.D., 1992
Year of First admission:
1993
Admission:
1993, Colorado; 1994, U.S. District Court District of Colorado
Memberships:
Colorado Bar Association, Larimer County Bar Association, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association.
Birth Information:
Binghamton, New York, April 29, 1960
ISLN:
900561038
Payment Information:
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  • Peer Reviews

    • 4.5/5.0 (16)
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    • Eric A. Sunness

      5.0/5.0 by a Judge on 05/10/13 in Criminal Defense on 05/10/13

      Mr. Sunness is always prepared and appropriate in court. He is a thoughtful and compassionate attorney who works hard and well for his clients.

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      Mr. Sunness is always prepared and appropriate in court. He is a thoughtful and compassionate attorney who works hard and well for his clients.

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      A lawyer should have a good understanding of the law, and be an effective negotiator, but exceptional people skills and the ability to exercise good judgment are vitally important.

    • Eric A. Sunness

      5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 04/26/13 in Divorce on 04/26/13

      I have worked with many attorneys over the years and Eric is one of the best in his areas of practice. I would not hesitate to refer my family and best clients to Eric.

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      I have worked with many attorneys over the years and Eric is one of the best in his areas of practice. I would not hesitate to refer my family and best clients to Eric.

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      I strive to understand my client's goals, communicate effectively, establish a good rapport with opposing counsel and the Court, and provide competent representation for a reasonable fee.

    • Eric A. Sunness

      5.0/5.0 by a Judge on 05/10/13 in Family Law on 05/10/13

      Mr. Sunness represents his clients well. He knows the law and thinks through difficult family law dilemmas with them to come up with workable solutions that will move th...

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      Mr. Sunness represents his clients well. He knows the law and thinks through difficult family law dilemmas with them to come up with workable solutions that will move the client forward in a positive way. He works well with other attorneys.

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    • Eric A. Sunness

      5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 04/28/13 in Family Law on 04/28/13

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    • Eric A. Sunness

      5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 04/28/13 in Criminal Law on 04/28/13

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    • Eric A. Sunness

      5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 04/26/13 in Criminal Defense on 04/26/13

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    • Eric A. Sunness

      4.6/5.0 by a Judge on 05/19/13 in Misdemeanors on 05/19/13

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    • Eric A. Sunness

      4.6/5.0 by a Other Law Firm Position on 05/13/13 in Domestic Relations on 05/13/13

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    • Eric A. Sunness

      4.6/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 04/26/13 in Domestic Relations on 04/26/13

      Mr. Sunness is a very talented attorney who only needs seasoning to be an outstanding advocate. His only observable weakness is in client control--he tends to allow his c...

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      Mr. Sunness is a very talented attorney who only needs seasoning to be an outstanding advocate. His only observable weakness is in client control--he tends to allow his clients to direct the process when he should be more persuasive about what they should do.

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    • Eric A. Sunness

      4.4/5.0 by a Judge on 05/19/13 in Domestic Relations on 05/19/13

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    Client Reviews

    • 4.9/5.0 (11)
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    • Eric A. Sunness

      5.0/5.0 on 03/14/17 on 03/14/17

      It is apparent to us that Mr. Sunness cares deeply about his clients and we know he went above and beyond what is customary on our behalf. Not only did he carefully and t...

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      It is apparent to us that Mr. Sunness cares deeply about his clients and we know he went above and beyond what is customary on our behalf. Not only did he carefully and thoroughly represent us, but he also spent the time to really understand the situation. {newline} {newline}We know that this wasn't his most important case by any stretch, but to us, he treated it as one. Many thanks!

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      5.0/5.0 on 01/16/13 on 01/16/13

      When faced with child custody issues and domestic violence I was terrified! I met with several law firms and browsed hundreds of online profiles. I came across Eric A....

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      When faced with child custody issues and domestic violence I was terrified! I met with several law firms and browsed hundreds of online profiles. I came across Eric A. Sunness. I learned more in the first phone call with Eric Sunness about any legal issues regarding my case than I did during the 3 weeks of phone calls and visits with other firms! Eric was able to resolve the interstate child custody issue at hand and domestic violence charge was dropped before a trial

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      5.0/5.0 on 12/13/12 on 12/13/12

      I had met with other lawyers before I hired Eric and could not find anyone who made me feel comfortable and who I felt would not push me to be aggressive. Eric explained...

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      I had met with other lawyers before I hired Eric and could not find anyone who made me feel comfortable and who I felt would not push me to be aggressive. Eric explained my rights and let me proceed in the way which I was most comfortable. He was encouraging when I needed encouragement and became a friend through one of the most difficult times in my life. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a lawyer that goes above and beyond. Eric is fair, knowledgeable, and trustworthy.

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      5.0/5.0 on 12/12/12 on 12/12/12

      Eric made a tough and frustrating time in my life manageable. Every time that I had an issue come up in my divorce Eric had it handled before I truly knew what they mean...

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      Eric made a tough and frustrating time in my life manageable. Every time that I had an issue come up in my divorce Eric had it handled before I truly knew what they meant. Many times I would walk into Eric's office frustrated beyond belief and then found myself leaving calmed down and actually happy. Sadly I have had a few friends go thru divorce's recently and I recommended Eric to them. They both had a great experience with Eric as well.

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      5.0/5.0 on 12/12/12 on 12/12/12

      After receiving back to back DUI's I was facing up to a year of jail time with one year of probation. I sought out the assistance of Mr. Sunness who went above and beyon...

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      After receiving back to back DUI's I was facing up to a year of jail time with one year of probation. I sought out the assistance of Mr. Sunness who went above and beyond the call of duty even after my trial. He was very personable and made my situation a lot easier. With his help I received two weeks of jail time with minimal probation. He and his staff are great and caring people to work with. I would recommend him to anyone who needs legal advice.

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      5.0/5.0 on 12/12/12 on 12/12/12

      I was charged with domestic violence and trespassing. In my mind and the mind of most people, my charges were false. However proving these charges to be false was going t...

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      I was charged with domestic violence and trespassing. In my mind and the mind of most people, my charges were false. However proving these charges to be false was going to be a huge challenge. Eric was able to convince the District Attorney to drop all of the charges. Needless to say, Eric A. Sunness earned every dime that I paid him. I will always be grateful that I hired him.

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      5.0/5.0 on 12/05/12 on 12/05/12

      I am very pleased with the outcome of my case. I was charged with a class IV Felony for theft. I was facing two to six years in prison and three years of mandatory parole...

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      I am very pleased with the outcome of my case. I was charged with a class IV Felony for theft. I was facing two to six years in prison and three years of mandatory parole. Mr. Sunness was able to get me an unsupervised deferred sentence for one year with no jail time, no supervised probation and no Useful Public Service. He really came through for me. He was very knowledgeable and listened to my concerns and fears. If you are facing jail time contact him, he can and will be able to help.

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      4.8/5.0 on 12/18/12 on 12/18/12

      I was very pleased with my experience and the outcome of my situation. I felt that Eric handled my case with pristine care and did everything he could to have a positive...

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      I was very pleased with my experience and the outcome of my situation. I felt that Eric handled my case with pristine care and did everything he could to have a positive outcome for me. I was originally convicted of a DUI and was told I was going to lose my driver’s license for a year. Eric was able to drop the charges down to a DWAI and I did not lose my license which was huge for me! I would definitely use him again in the future and recommend any of my friends or family to him.

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    • Eric A. Sunness

      4.8/5.0 on 12/17/12 on 12/17/12

      I faced 13 felonies. Mr. Sunness was able to get it reduced to 1 felony. I faced 4-12 years in prison, but received 4 years of probation and 320 hours of community servic...

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      I faced 13 felonies. Mr. Sunness was able to get it reduced to 1 felony. I faced 4-12 years in prison, but received 4 years of probation and 320 hours of community service instead. I am so very grateful to Mr. Sunness and his staff for guiding me through this process and allowing me to continue on with my life after the horrible mistake I made.

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    • Eric A. Sunness

      4.5/5.0 on 12/26/12 on 12/26/12

      Eric helped me out of a tough situation when I made a childish mistake. He is a mature and responsible individual who knows his line of work. Not once did he treat me lik...

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      Eric helped me out of a tough situation when I made a childish mistake. He is a mature and responsible individual who knows his line of work. Not once did he treat me like a criminal, but rather, like a fellow human being. Anyone in legal trouble would be downright stupid to not seek his help. Thanks Eric!

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