As a family-centered firm, we are fully committed to protecting your family's legal needs in a way that recognizes the way most modern families live today. We're there for you in the courtroom. At school. In the hospital. And in most other arenas where you could need your voice heard and protected at life's critical moments.
Building upon nearly a decade of experience in high conflict litigation, high stakes negotiations, and public policy advocacy, our firm is primarily committed to family law, education law, and health care law as it relates to billing and enforcement of patient rights. You can learn more below.
FAMILY LAW. Life is about new chapters. We'll help you find yours. No two cases are the same and whenever possible, our starting place is one of respect and transparent negotiation, with the goal of settling in advance of, our outside of, a contested trial. Jessica is a trained mediator and she also frequently handles collaborative law cases for spouses determined to end their marriages without ugliness. For our proactive clients, we regularly draft, amend and interpret premarital, post-nuptial and cohabitation agreements. Fortunately, even when compromise just isn't possible or desirable, we'll lead the way into court. To date, we have handled more than two-hundred contested hearings.
FORENSIC EVALUATIONS / HIGH ASSET DIVISION OF COMPLEX MARITAL ESTATES. For many of our clients, the financial decisions we help them make at the time of divorce have a greater impact on their financial futures than any other decision they'll ever make as adults. To determine what is right for you and your family, you need to get the facts. And often, it is when the other side's material case facts are exposed that we find cases are most capable of favorable out-of-court settlement. For clients who have a lot on the financial line, we develop cost-effective, customized investigative strategies, through which we partner with top experts in the fields of vocational evaluation, property valuation (real property/personal property; business valuation, stock valuation; future interest; trust valuation); disability investigations (SSI/SSDI); and utilization of forensic accounting techniques.
TIME SPECIFIC REPRESENTATION IN (EMERGENCY AND FORTHWITH) LITIGATION MATTERS AND ADMINISTRATIVE COURT PROCEEDINGS. We will be there when every second matters. In Courts across Colorado, we represent parents seeking (or facing) emergency court intervention on a broad array of child-specific matters, including but not limited to the following: emergency motions to restrict parenting time; emergency protection orders; unsolicited and solicited law enforcement investigations of fatal and non-fatal child abuse and child sex abuse; allegations of domestic/international child abduction; allegations of Parental Alienation Syndrome; time-sensitive resolution of co-parent disputes over decisions related to emergency mental health matters (mental health holds; suicide intervention; medication disputes); parent disputes over a child's sexual orientation/identity, school selection, religion, vaccinations and much more.
ADOPTION & GUARDIANSHIP. There is nothing more powerful or life-affirming than watching our clients swear an oath to be a child's "forever" parent. We handle contested and non-contested adoption cases, including but not limited to grandparent adoption, stepparent adoption, kinship placement, temporary/long-term guardianship, and foster-to-adopt placement. We also handle medically-necessary emergency and permanent guardianship of adults.
JUVENILE COURT (DHS/CPS INVESTIGATIONS, PRE-FILING AND POST-FILING REPRESENTATION). For parents facing Department of Human Services/CPS investigations, there can be no scarier knock on the door than that of a government caseworker. We assist families in addressing immediate concerns over "protective capacity" and we are well versed in cycles and challenges associated with a loved one's attempts at substance abuse recovery. Maybe you're a parent seeking emergency/detox assistance, or perhaps you're a grandparent conflicted between the desire to protect your adult child and her own child. We take great pride in helping our clients find viable emergency and longterm resources for substance abuse/detox, sober living facilities, and post-incarceration sobriety and employment resources.
PROTECTION OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS IN OUR SCHOOLS, IN PUBLIC PLACES AND IN HEALTHCARE. Gone are the days when misbehavior of a child would earn, at worst, suspension from school. A record number of students are being criminally charged for non-physical altercations. Too often, students are summoned for court over their offensive--but constitutionally protected--speech. We are passionate defenders of ideological diversity and free speech. Especially in our classrooms and on our campuses.
Likewise, we also vigorously protect disabled students to receive the educational services they are entitled to. We handle modification and enforcement requests specific to 504 plans, IEPs, and ADA requirements. At any one time, we represent families in a dozen or more Colorado school districts at all levels of administrative hearing(s), appeals, and litigation.
Finally, we protect the rights of patients. When they're in the hospital, when they go home, when the massive bill arrives in the mail, and everything in between.
While we do not handle medical malpractice claims, we do help clients navigate the complex hoops otherwise blocking access to key behavioral health services, such as mental health holds (or voluntary stays), and specific placement serving those with a diverse array of challenges, including but not limited to eating disorders, homicidal ideation, post-natal depression, PTSD, and much more.