Ornelas, Barbara Lunt

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  • Managing Partner
  • Sole Practitioner






Barbara (Lunt) Ornelas has been practicing family law in Larimer County for over 25 years. Early in those years, she became recognized as a "natural" in family law. Barb graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley with a 4.0 grade point average, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She attended the University of Denver - College of Law while raising her three sons, who were 2, 4 and 5 when she started law school.

Barb has diversified her knowledge and experience by completing mediation training and interdisciplinary training as a Colorado Collaborative Family Lawyer. In order to maintain and build on her knowledge base, Barb attends the Family Law Institute annually as well as other continuing legal education classes. The Family Law Institute is an interdisciplinary multiple-day seminar where mental health professionals, lawyers and judges convene to learn the most up-to-date laws and mental health issues impacting families today.

Barb has managed numerous businesses from medical clinics to restaurants, from freight brokerage and trucking companies to water treatment companies and oil and gas drilling consulting companies. Her business experience combined with her education made her a natural for complex property cases.

Her intrinsic love of people made her a natural for "kid cases," a strong advocate for the oppressed, and a natural negotiator.

Barb's passion outside of the law is serving as a missionary with her husband, Ron, in the former Bennett Freeze area of the Navajo Reservation in Arizona

Areas Of Practice

  • Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Family Law
  • International Law
  • Adoption

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1990
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1990


  • University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado
  • University of Northern Colorado
    • B.S.
    • Major: Business Administration


  • Interdisciplinary Multiple-Day Seminar, Annual, The Family Law Institute
  • Mediation Training
  • Divorce 101, Instructor, Lunt & Associates, 2011 to 2013
  • Civil Aspects of Hague Convention: Litigating Int, Larimer County Women's Bar, 2013 to Present

Honors and Awards

  • 25 Year Anniversary- Martindale Hubbell
  • The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers 2014 & 2015
  • Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award 2014 – NAFLA
  • Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award 2015 – NAFLA
  • Excellent Rated Attorney(8.1) 2013 & 2014 – AVVO
  • Superb Rated Attorney(10) 2014 – AVVO
  • Very High Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards 2013 – BV Distinguished, Martindale/ LexisNexis
  • Superb Rated Attorney(10) 2015 – AVVO
  • Very High Rating in Both Legal Activity & Ethical Standards 2015 – BV Distinguished, Martindale/ LexisNexis
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel 2015(Top 1%)
  • Rue Ratings Best Attorney of America
  • Who’s Who Top 2015 Lawyer
  • 2014 American Institute of Family Law Attorneys “10 Best” Attorney – AIOFLA
  • National Advocates Top 100

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association, Present
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association, Present
  • Larimer County Women's Bar Association, Former President, Present
  • Larimer County Bar Association, Present
  • Hague Convention Attorneys Network, Present
  • Women's Law Caucus, Former President

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