Natalie Chase, Esq. is an attorney licensed to practice law before all Colorado county and district courts, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the State of Colorado. Ms. Chase’s has a diverse focus in domestic relations, dependency & neglect, criminal justice, defense, and litigation. Not only does Ms. Chase currently practice in a multitude of areas of the law, but she is also the presiding judge for the City of Deer Trail, and a substitute referee for the city of Fort Collins.
Prior to joining Hampton & Pigott in 2021, Ms. Chase spent from 2014 to 2021 serving as a district court judge for domestic relations, dependency & neglect, adoptions, juvenile, and criminal dockets in the 18th Judicial District of Colorado. As a judge, her job was to handle a variety of cases, listen to all sides of a case, and evaluate the evidence. Throughout her time on the bench, Judge Chase started Safe Babies Court in the 18th Judicial District and actively taught lawyers the rules of evidence, domestic relations law and dependency & neglect law. While on the bench, Judge Chase obtain approximately a 95% affirmation rate from the Colorado Court of Appeals, indicating that her knowledge of the law, and correct decision making was impeccable. Ms. Chase’s knowledge of the bench helps her clients through some of the most difficult times in their lives and she can explain what judges are looking for in different types of cases.
Prior to serving on the bench, Ms. Chase owned her own law practice in Colorado, and she was the President of the Arapahoe County Bar Association, co-founded the Veteran’s Court for the 18th Judicial District, and led a legislative group to fund over $2 million dollars to help domestic violence victims obtain legal services. Ms. Chase was also a substitute judge for the City of Glendale, Colorado. Her dedication to helping those in need is unparalleled.
Ms. Chase has done hundreds of trials, not only as a judicial officer, but also owning her own practice, and being an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Aurora. Her dedication to improving the judicial system, and teaching other lawyers is unmatched.
Ms. Chase has won numerous awards while practicing law including Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Colorado from the National Trial Lawyers Association, Charles Dillon Award for Outstanding Public Service from the Arapahoe County Bar Association, Top 40 under 40 Award from the National Trial Lawyers Association, and the Tommy D. Drinkwine Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year from the Arapahoe County Bar Association.
Ms. Chase attended the University of University of Denver College of Law, where she obtained her juris doctorate in 2003. Prior to studying law, she attended the University of Denver where she was Vice President of Gamma Phi Beta, wrote for the school newspaper, and was a member of the Panhellenic Committee. Ms. Chase triple majored in three years in Political Science, Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology, and Communications. She graduated in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in those three areas.
At the time Ms. Chase was appointed to the district court bench, she was the youngest female to ever receive the honor.
When not practicing law, Ms. Chase enjoys spending time with her family, reading books, baking, and traveling.