Colorado Springs, Colorado Law Firm

Every attorney will tell you they put their clients first, but it’s how we go about it that makes us different. We understand the difference between being prepared and aggressive in court, while being understanding and pragmatic in a client meeting. Being realistic and easy to work with from a client standpoint and in the courtroom saves clients money and time, while still receiving the best service and outcome.

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Cory Tuck

Cory is a dedicated advocate for veterans and children. He grew up on a Colorado family farm and ranch making him a true native. Like most Coloradans, Cory loves hiking and is an avid Avalanche and Broncos fan. He also enjoys olympic-style weight lifting (his favorite lift is the clean and jerk). He loves traveling to and exploring tropical locations when possible.

As a soldier and attorney, Cory has dedicated his life to defending individual freedoms. Cory began his legal career as an Army Judge Advocate at Fort Carson, later joined a private practice and has since successfully litigated hundreds of cases. Known for his practical approach, Cory is dedicated to fully understanding clients and developing meaningful solutions to their problems.

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Professional Biography

Cory Tuck is a seasoned trial attorney with 13+ years of experience successfully guiding his clients through a wide variety of legal matters. He began his legal career as an Army Judge Advocate stationed at Fort Carson. During his five years on active duty he served as the lead counsel in over 60 jury and bench trials, successfully prosecuting and defending matters before courts-martial. His military service also included a year-long deployment to Afghanistan as a Brigade Judge Advocate in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Mr. Tuck continues to serve as a Major in the U.S. Army JAG Corps Reserves where he is assigned to the Trial Defense Services (TDS).

Following Mr. Tuck’s departure from active duty he worked for a large downtown Colorado Springs law firm in the areas of family, civil litigation, personal injury and military law. To better serve his clients, he has since been working in private practice focusing primarily in the area of family law and has successfully litigated hundreds of cases. He is known for his practical approach and dedication to understanding his clients’ issues and developing a meaningful resolution to their disputes.


University of Denver, Sturm College of Law (J.D., 2007)

Texas A&M University (B.S., Political Science, 2003)

New Mexico Military Institute (A.A., 2000)

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law

Family Law

Military Law

Personal Injury


Top 10 Attorney Award Under 40 - National Academy of Family Law Attorneys

Avvo Clients’ Choice

Natural Resources Distinguished Practitioner Seminar, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Bronze Star

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Meritorious Service Medal

Bar Admissions


U.S. District Court of Colorado

Professional Organizations

El Paso County Bar Association

El Paso County Young Lawyers

The Ben S. Wendelken American Inn of Court

Ryan Coward

When he’s not helping others with his expert legal skills and advice, you can find Ryan rocking the keyboards with one of several Colorado bands, jamming out to a Red Rocks concert, or hiking, kayaking, running and climbing his way across Colorado’s eclectic terrain. Ryan’s hobbies are 100 percent Colorado, including his volunteer work and active engagement with his community in groups that aid veterans and service members.

Ryan is an experienced, award-winning Colorado lawyer with over 80 successful trials under his belt. Well-versed in several practice areas, including criminal defense, employment law, military law and civil rights, and with a strong background representing individuals in high-profile trials, Ryan provides high-quality, nuanced and effective legal representation to each and every client.

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Professional Biography

Ryan Coward is a sophisticated trial attorney who has litigated high-profile cases nationally and in Colorado. Mr. Coward has litigated over 80 cases to successful completion and has won numerous jury verdicts. His primary practice areas include criminal defense, military law, employment law, civil rights and appeals.

Prior to founding Aviso Law, Mr. Coward served as an active duty Judge Advocate in the Army for nearly six years. Mr. Coward continues to serve as a Major in the Army Reserves JAG Corps. Throughout his career, Mr. Coward has worked on some of the nation’s highest profile cases, representing individuals such as: Army Maj Nidal Hasan, who was accused of murdering 12 soldiers and civilians at Fort Hood, Staff Sergeant Robert Bales (in post-trial matters) who was accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians in 2012, white collar defendants accused of stealing millions of dollars in tax credits and senior ranking government officials accused of misconduct.

Following Mr. Coward’s departure from active duty, he quickly became recognized as one of Colorado’s most astute and aggressive trial lawyers. Selected as one of Denver’s top lawyers by 5280 Magazine, a Super Lawyers Rising Star, one of the top 100 trials attorneys by The National Trial Lawyers and a top 10 under 40 criminal defense attorney, Mr. Coward seeks to provide the highest quality representation possible to each and every client.


DePaul University - Chicago, Illinois (B.M., Music, International Studies, 2004)

University of Illinois Chicago School of Law (J.D., 2007)

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law

Military Law

Civil Rights

Employment Law



Denver’s top lawyers - 5280 Magazine - 2015-2017, 2020

Super Lawyers Rising Star - Super Lawyers Magazine - 2015-2020

Top 100 Trial Lawyers - National Trial Lawyers

Top 10 under 40 Criminal Defense Attorney - National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys - 2015-2020

Top 40 under 40 - National Trial Lawyers

The Spirit of John Marshall Award - 2013

ABA LAMP Committee Award: For Excellence in Legal Assistance - 2008

Bar Admissions


U.S. District Court of Colorado

10th Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Published Cases

Hasan v. United States, 2012 CCA LEXIS 399 (A.C.C.A. 2012)

Hasan v. Gross, 71 M.J. 416 (C.A.A.F. 2012)

Elizabeth Thomas

A native Texan, Elizabeth has resided in Colorado since 2004. Elizabeth loves music, traveling and the outdoors, especially camping in the Rocky Mountains. She is an avid Blackhawks, Cubs and Bears fan. Most of her free time is spent with her favorite “fur child”, her German Shepard. As a Gold Star Widow Elizabeth still works closely with service members, military families, other military widows and veterans.

Elizabeth has been an attorney and litigator in family law, entertainment, corporate, probate and small business law. Elizabeth ran her own successful solo practice law firm, until closing the firm shortly after her husband’s death. As a family law attorney, Elizabeth is compassionate and understanding, having had personal experience through a divorce, being a single mom, and the unique prospective the challenges facing military families.

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Professional Biography

Elizabeth is a skillful trial attorney, having successfully owned her own solo law firm for over 8 years, representing clients in multiple areas of law. She has years of experience in family law, especially the specific issues facing military families in divorce or custody.

As a military widow, Elizabeth is committed to and fervent in her desire to educate and empower veterans and their families reacclimate to civilian life, as well as helping find resources and access to health care for “the war that has followed them home.” Her unique perspective on the issues facing military veterans brings compassion and understanding to their unique situations in family law. Following her brief break from practicing law Elizabeth joined an established law firm in family law, civil litigation and small business and nonprofit law, before joining Aviso Law in 2018. Elizabeth is impassioned and dedicated to family law and helping families find hope, resolution and aid her clients in navigating through some of the toughest situation they will ever go through. Elizabeth continues to focus on delivering powerful messages to her clients and the military community and public about cultivating strength and hope, in the face of tremendous adversity.

As one of several professional accomplishments, Elizabeth has been lead counsel in numerous standard-setting cases, including working as lead counsel in In re A.C.H. and A.F., 2019 COA 43, which established the Colorado standard for psychological parents and child support obligations.


South Texas College of Law - Houston, Texas (J.D., 2005)

Troy University - Troy, Alabama (Master of Public Administration, 2000)

College of Charleston - Charleston, South Carolina (B.A., History, 1995)

Areas of Practice

Family Law

Civil Litigation

Bar Admissions

State of Colorado

Federal District Court of Colorado

Brandon Prenger

Of Counsel

Brandon enjoys listening to country music, hiking, skiing and enjoying what Colorado has to offer. When Brandon is not in court, you can find him enjoying family time with his wife Amy and son Jack, his dog Madge, and cat Reggie.

As an experienced litigator, Brandon compliments Aviso Law’s highly skilled attorneys by bringing a nuanced understanding of the law and a straightforward approach to his representation. Brandon approaches each client with dedication and compassion and focuses on obtaining the best possible outcome for each person.

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Professional Biography

Brandon Prenger is a highly skilled litigator with years of experience in the courtroom handling complex family law matters. With hundreds of cases under his belt, Brandon brings a personalized touch to his practice by providing clients with a nuanced and tailored understanding of the law and a straightforward approach to his representation. Brandon’s primary practice areas include family law, domestic relations, parental and grandparent rights litigation, and dependency and neglect matters.

Brandon earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Missouri, double majoring in criminal justice and psychology. He attended law school at Creighton University Law School in Omaha, Nebraska, and graduated in 2013, with honors. Following his graduation from law school, he moved to Colorado where he interned for the Judge Barney Luppa in Colorado’s 4th Judicial District. Following his judicial internship, Brandon worked for several large domestic relations law firms honing his skills and advocacy to become one of Colorado Springs most sought after family law attorneys. Brandon joined Aviso Law LLC as an Of Counsel attorney in 2021.


University of Central Missouri (B.A., 2009)

Creighton University School of Law (J.D., 2013)

Areas of Practice

Family Law

Domestic Relations

Dependence and Neglect

Bar Admissions

State of Colorado