Carrie C. Eckstein

Partner and Attorney Carrie C. Eckstein

About Carrie

Carrie Chaille Eckstein is a Partner at Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C. Carrie is a member of the distinguished Family Law Team. Her practice includes handling high asset matters, drafting marital agreements, working as a mediator between cooperative clients, and resolving child custody disputes.  Carrie handles many high-net-worth clients in litigation and in marital agreements. She has reviewed many business partnership agreements, closely held family businesses, and complex trusts in the course of divorces and marital agreements.

Carrie’s experience as a Guardian Ad Litem and Child & Family Investigator for the Colorado Courts has given her extensive experience into court processes as well as into the needs of children and their families. Her work as a Parenting Coordinator/Decision-Maker has given her sharp insight into family situations, allowing her to bring clarity into emotionally confusing circumstances while protecting families.

Few things distinguish young attorneys like the Super Lawyers “Rising Star” award. A Rising Star fulfills all the rigorous standards of a Super Lawyer, and they are either younger than 40 years old or have been practicing for less than 10 years. For perspective, less than 2.5% of the lawyers in Colorado meet these criteria. Carrie has been selected by her peers for the honor consecutively from 2011 to 2020.

Carrie has also been recognized for her volunteer work as a lawyer, winning the Pro Bono Legal Service Award. Her passion for helping others first expressed itself during law school, when she interned for an international adoption agency. She also gained valuable experience clerking for the Circuit Court in Indiana and as a legislative intern at the Arizona State Senate.  Carrie enjoys mentoring young attorneys in the practice of law, law students seeking entry into the legal profession, and high school students preparing for their professional career in law.

Clients who have worked with Carrie, speak to their trust in her strength as an advocate and as a family law attorney. She aggressively and passionately represents her clients against situations that would threaten their well-being as individuals and as a family. Regardless of the situation, rest assured that Carrie can handle your case with a high-level of skill and deep compassion.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Marital Agreements
  • Allocation of Parental Responsibilities
  • Child Support and Maintenance
  • Adoptions (Stepparent, Second Parent, Guardianship, and Kinship)
  • High Asset Divorce
  • Protection Orders
  • Post-Decree Modifications of Custody, Child Re-locations, Child Support, and Maintenance
  • Parenting Coordinator/Decision-Maker
  • Mediation
  • Paternity

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Mediator
  • Child & Family Investigator (CFI)

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2006


  • University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio
    • J.D. – 2006
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
    • B.A. – 2003

Published Works

  • “Court Considerations for a Parent’s Use of Marijuana: Does It Endanger the Child?,” Law Week Colorado, 2016
  • “Clarification from the Colorado Supreme Court for Adoption Cases: Terminating Biological Parental Rights,” Law Week Colorado, 2016
  • “How Do I Collect Unpaid Support?,” Denver Business Journal, 2016
  • “Fiduciary Responsibilities of Parents for Children’s College Education Accounts,” Denver Business Journal, 2016
  • “Saving Money with Online Self-Help Tools,” Denver Business Journal, 2015
  • Family Law Trends: “Saving Money” with Online Self-Help Tools Leads to Subsequent Modifications, Law Week Colorado, 2013
  • “Family Law Trends,” Law Week Colorado, 2012
  • “Intricacies of Relocation Cases,” Law Week Colorado, 2011
  • “Are Divorces Less Costly Using Online Self-Help Tools?,” Denver Business Journal, 2011
  • “What’s (Still) Hot and What’s Not in Alternative Dispute Resolution,” Law Week Colorado, 2010


  • Post-COVID Financial Issues,” Advanced Family Law Institute, Co-Presenter with Cyndy Ciancio, Jordan Fox, and experts, 2022
  • “I Signed A Premarital Agreement, What Did I Do?” Family Law Institute, 2022
  • “The Art of the Consultation:  Best Practices,” Family Law Institute, 2021
  • “Privilege Quagmires for Attorneys and Judicial Officers Working with Therapists in High Conflict Divorce,” Advanced Family Law Institute, Co-Presenter with Honorable Arkin, Jane Irvine, 2020
  • “Family Law and Immigration Considerations,” Family Law Institute, 2019
  • “Family Law Mediations: Best Practices,” Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section Update, 2018
  • Family Law Evidence Practicum, Colorado Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Faculty Presenter, 2018
  • “Attorney Client Relationship Ethics,” Family Law Institute, Ethics Faculty, 2018
  • “Family Law Mediations: Knowing Your Limits,” Alternative Dispute Resolution Annual Seminar, 2017
  • “Prenuptial Agreements, Trusts, Dissolution of Marriage, and Replanning,” The Union of Colorado Family Law and Estate Planning, 2017
  • “The Union of Colorado Family Law and Estate Planning,” The Union of Colorado Family Law and Estate Planning – Three-Part Educational Series, 2016

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law – 2023
  • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law Mediation – 2023
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2019 – 2022
  • Best Lawyers, Best Women in Law, 2020
  • Colorado Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” 2011 – 2020
  • Lawyers of Destination, 2018 – 2019
  • Certificate of Appreciation by the People’s Law Project and the Colorado National Lawyers Guild, 2009
  • AVVO Superb Rating 10 Out of 10
  • 2021 Super Lawyer Rising Star

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • 2023 Legislative Engagement Committee: Colorado PTA (Parent Teacher Association)
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado District Court Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association, Family Law Division & Young Lawyer Liaison
  • Jefferson County Bar Association

Past Employment

  • The Harris Law Firm, Partner, 2009 – 2020
  • Chaille Law Firm P.C., Founding Attorney, 2008 – 2009
  • Booth Law Firm, 2006 – 2008

Pro Bono Activities

  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL), 2009 – 2019
  • Family Tree, 2015 – 2020
  • Mentor Legal Externs during Law School
  • Mentor High School Students Interested in the Legal Profession