About Me

Gabriela Naomi Sandoval

Website 2015 Meeting color  I am an investigator and attorney located in Denver, Colorado.  Even before graduating from law school in 2004, I have been dedicated to representing and serving the most vulnerable members of society.

My previous work includes child protection cases and serving the best interests of children.  I am a board certified Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS) and in select cases I currently serve as a Child & Family Investigator or may be appointed as a Child Legal Representative (CLR) and/or Parenting Coordinator/Decision Maker in Denver and surrounding areas.  I have experience conducting numerous independent investigations and making as many recommendations to the courts, in the best interests of children.  I am a previous Guardian Ad Litem and winner of a state issued RFP/Contract – a founding member of a multidisciplinary law firm selected to represent Dependent & Neglected children in the Denver Juvenile Court.  To learn more about me and my firm please browse through my site!  To learn a bit about my training, previous employment and volunteer work, read on…

Gabriela has experience interning at and working for large for-profit corporations and nationally recognized non-profits including Outward Bound, Environmental Defense and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. She has also worked for the Colorado House of Representatives and private law firms. Gabriela is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Virginia and before the United States District Court, District of Colorado.  After reflecting on her previous employment and volunteer experiences, she turned her mission to advocate for the most vulnerable members of our society into a reality by launching her own law practice in October 2007.

No stranger to pro bono work, Gabriela has volunteered on a regular basis with local organizations including Project Safeguard and has also served on the Board of Directors of local non-profit, Rocky Mountain Animal Defense. She served as co-chair of Denver CASA’s Inclusiveness Committee and is a former member of Denver CASA’s Board of Directors.  In September 2013, Gabriela was unanimously elected to serve on the Colorado Voters For Animals Board of Directors.  She has also served as a volunteer mediator with Jefferson County Mediation Services.

In May 2008, Gabriela authored an article published in The Colorado Lawyer entitled, The Basics of Pet Trusts for Estate Planning Attorneys. Since then, she has been published in The Colorado Lawyer related to other legal issues and was quoted in a Denver Business Journal article in January 2015 on pet estate planning issues: Read it here.  Gabriela has also appeared as a guest on local news program Good Morning Colorado discussing Pet Custody issues.  She was featured in The American Dog Magazine writing about Animal Rights and related legal issues. Read Gabriela’s article on pet custody by clicking here and her article about pet shops by clicking here.

In addition to dedicating time to do pro bono work, Gabriela Sandoval attends legal trainings and seminars on ethics, litigation and strategy, insurance bad faith and important case law and statutory updates.  She is serious about staying informed and up-to-date.  She was a participant in the highly recognized National Institute for Trial Advocacy in 2007 and 2009 in addition to attending Child Welfare Law conferences in beautiful Keystone, Colorado in 2007, 2008 and 2009.  She attended the Cornerstone Advocacy conference in Broomfield in 2010 and the Salida Child Welfare conference in 2011.

In 2007, Gabriela was offered a contract with the Colorado Office of the Child’s Representative where she served as Guardian ad Litem (GAL) until January 2012.

In 2009, Gabriela served as Faculty for the March 2009 Juvenile Law CLE, Juvenile Law Hot Topics, Linking Animal Cruelty & Child Abuse.

In 2010, GAL work in Denver changed dramatically.  Gabriela was a winner of the state issued RFP and founding partner of a new multidisciplinary Child Welfare law practice.

In 2011, Gabriela completed the Colorado Child & Family Investigator Training Academy.

In 2012, Gabriela completed the Colorado Child & Family Investigator Training facilitated by Three Trusts, Inc. and sponsored by the CO State Court Administrator’s Office.

In 2012, Gabriela became a board certified Child Welfare Law Specialist, certified by the National Association of Counsel for Children.

In 2013, Gabriela completed mediation training and became a Standard Member of the Mediation Association of Colorado.

In 2013, Gabriela was unanimously elected as a Board Member of Colorado Voters for Animals (CVA).  CVA works to elect legislators that understand the significance of the humane treatment of animals, the devastating effects to our children and society without humane treatment of animals and legislators who are committed to supporting humane legislation in Colorado.

Although Gabriela has considered Colorado home since 1996, she is really an east coast girl at heart – spending her years growing up in Connecticut’s New Haven county.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University (1999) and her law degree from University of Denver, Sturm College of Law (2004).

Gabriela Sandoval is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, National Association of Counsel for Children, and the American Association for Justice.

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For a Consultation with Gabriela Sandoval call 303.954.4580 or send an e-mail.