Patrick M. Haines

Patrick M. Haines Associate

  • Education
  • J.D., University of Colorado law School, 2007
  • B.S., The Ohio State University, summa cum laude, 1995
  • Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • Colorado
  • Experience
  • Professional and Civic Associations

Patrick Haines practices litigation of a wide variety of civil, water, and criminal matters.  Mr. Haines combines his broad legal experience with the ability to quickly and efficiently learn the facts and nuances of a case, making him a very effective lawyer across a wide range of subject matters.  His recent successes include winning a trial judgment against an adverse applicant and in favor of a front-range municipal water rights holder client in Colorado Water Division 1; winning a not guilty verdict at trial for a client charged with DUI after suffering a side effect of prescription sleep medicine; obtaining the outright dismissal of charges in two different alleged domestic violence cases in Boulder County Court; recovery of nearly 100% of a bankruptcy creditor’s claims in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia through vigorous advocacy within the bankruptcy case and innovative pursuit of payment bond claims and negotiations with the bankruptcy estate purchaser; successful negotiation of early lease terminations for Boulder residential lease tenants; witness preparation and trial support for a multi-million dollar international commercial arbitration; and negotiating crossing agreements and maintenance agreements on behalf of mutual ditch company clients. 

Prior to joining Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti LLP, Mr. Haines served as a Deputy District Attorney for the 20th Judicial District (Boulder) where he tried dozens of criminal cases before Colorado juries. Prior to working as a prosecutor, Mr. Haines clerked for the Honorable Maria Berkenkotter.  Before starting his legal career, Mr. Haines worked ten years as an environmental scientist for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and later on Colorado’s Rocky Flats Superfund Project.  Mr. Haines also served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was decorated for his service in the first Persian Gulf War.

Mr. Haines is a current appointee to the Judicial Performance Commission for the 20th Judicial District, a Director of the YMCA of Boulder Valley, and a frequent guest lecturer on trial advocacy at the University of Colorado School of Law. 

  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Boulder Bar Association
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • YMCA of Boulder Valley, Board of Directors
  • University of Colorado School of Law, Trial Advocacy and Trial Court Competition Instructor
  • Twentieth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission, Attorney Representative
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