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Kristina M. Bergsten

Kristina M. Bergsten

Fighting for the Underdog!
  • Animal & Dog Law, Civil Rights, Criminal Law ...
  • Colorado, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
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I am an Aries, an unenrolled Lakota Sioux, a second degree black belt in karate, an environmentalist, a vegan, a runner, an animal-lover, a (pretty decent) cook, a risk-taker, a domestic violence survivor, and probably one of the most relatable, down-to-earth attorneys you will ever meet. I am a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Women's Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT) Program, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, the Denver Bar Association, and I serve on various committees for the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. I am a Director on the Board of Directors for Colorado Voters for Animals, a legislative animal interest group. I also serve on the Board of Directors for Rescue Ranch Animal Rescue. I volunteer for Metro-Volunteers at their Indian Legal Clinic. I participate in the Women's Leadership Roundtable. I volunteered and tabled at such events as VegFest Colorado and One Billion Rising. I work hard and I work ethically. I will fight for your rights and I will do so with integrity. When I win your case, or negotiate a fair plea or settlement, you know I did so in a respectful and professional manner. As your attorney, I represent you to prosecutors, judges, and opposing counsel; therefore, I believe I should conduct myself in a manner that you would be proud to stand behind. I keep you informed of the process the entire way. When you come into my office for an initial consultation, I am going to tell you my honest opinion and what I think your chances of success are. I am going to give you the truth. I would rather starve on my integrity than get fat off any lies. I know that when you come to see me, you are in the middle of the biggest crisis of your life. You deserve to be treated with respect and compassion. If you are still not sure whether you want to work with me, call 303-623-4000 and schedule an appointment to meet with me and see for yourself.

Practice Areas
  • Animal & Dog Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Free Consultation
    1 half-hour (30 minute) free initial consultation.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    MasterCard, Visa, and American Express. I also accept PayPal and Venmo
  • Contingent Fees
    Personal injury cases, only.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I also accept alternative payment for limited scope representation. Call today for more details on how our firm can assist you with a small piece of your litigation to fit YOUR needs.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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New Jersey
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney at Law
Bergsten Law Offices
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
J.D. (2012)
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Ohio State University - Columbus
B.A. (2008)
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Professional Associations
Colorado Women's Bar Association
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Colorado Bar Leadership Training Program
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State Bar of Colorado  # 50663
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Denver Bar Association
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Colorado Bar Association Public And Legal Services
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Legal Answers
265 Questions Answered

Q. Can my ex take my animals permanently if he bought them??? I took care of them for 5 years he did not. Help.
A: Generally speaking, whoever is on the purchase/adoption papers is who the court will award the animals to. If he bought them he would also likely win. More information is needed to answer this question.
Q. Can a breeder prevent an owner from actually obtaining the dog?
A: Without a written contract specifying everyone’s rights, it’s hard to say what can and cannot be done. Legally, in Colorado, puppies are not supposed to be sold until they are at least 8 weeks old. If the “breeder” gave you a date on which to pick up the puppy and then rescinded, you might have a cause of action to sue her for your money back or the puppy. If this woman is not a licensed breeder, but she regularly sells puppies, she might be violating several local and state laws - which would raise concerns for the health of the dogs and puppies. I always caution against people buying from pet stores, or breeders of any level. Shelters are generally much more straightforward and safe options.
Q. We bought a puppy 3 years ago. Now some random people claim its theirs. Is there a time frame where they cant claim him?
A: This is an interesting question. The rule for abandoned property in CO is 5 years, but there is case law that protects good faith third party purchasers of dogs. I would recommend speaking to an animal Attorney about your situation because more facts are necessary to properly answer this question.
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Bergsten Law Offices
1600 Stout Street
Suite 920
Denver, CO 80202
Telephone: (303) 623-4000