About Barb

Barb was admitted to practice in Colorado in 1989, and has been a solo practitioner focused on estate and life planning, elder law and mediation, probate and estate administration since opening her own law office in 2008.  Prior to becoming a solo, she spent the majority of her twenty-two year legal career in federal court, and also stayed at home for a few years to raise her kids. Barb values her client relationships and strives to honor and incorporate the human and compassionate face of law practice in counseling and representing her clients, and this is also true for her approach to mediation.  Formerly a “boomer sandwich” (three teenage sons and octogenarian parents until 2011), this gives Barb the life experience that informs the counseling she does with her clients.  Barb offers a range of estate and elder law services that includes assisting clients with identifying, planning, negotiating and strategizing to get to the desired result.  She does estate planning along with estate and trust administration because she thinks it is important to have a feel for how planning documents actually work.   Although she is a mediator and promotes the use of conflict resolution, if a dispute worsens and requires litigation, she will often provide representation in the litigation.

Education:

2000, University College, University of Denver, Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

1989, University of Stockholm, Sweden, Diploma in Post Graduate Legal Studies, Cassel Foundation Scholarship.

1987,  University of Denver College of Law, J.D., Editor–in-Chief of Denver Journal of International Law & Policy;  American Jurisprudence Award for Construction of Wills, Deeds & Trusts.

1984,  University of Denver, Graduate School of International Studies, M.A., Fellowship recipient at University of Tuebingen, Germany, Institute for Political Science.

1982 Metropolitan State College, B.A., History.

Memberships and Professional Organizations:

Colorado Bar Association: Past Chair  of the Solo/Small Firm Section; member of the Trusts & Estates section, active in the Orange Book Forms Committee;  Elder Law Section; founder and content contributor for the CBA’s Solo/Small Firm Section blog   www.SOLOinCOLO.com.  Barb is also a featured blogger for the CBA/CLE LegalConnection blog. She is a member of the Arapahoe County Bar Association, Women’s Estate Planning Council, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Barb has published several articles and is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education programs and community events.  She is also a guest blogger at GriefLink.net’s blog.

Barb received the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® rating (5.0)  from her peers in 2012 and the Women’s AV Preeminent®  Attorneys designation in 2013.  She has a “superb” Avvo rating.

 


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