I havebeen practicing exclusively in Family Law for most of my legal career. My... more
I havebeen practicing exclusively in Family Law for most of my legal career. My practice is currently a mixture of litigation, collaboration and mediation. I believe strongly that divorcing families should do everything they can to minimize the emotional fallout from divorce, so that the experience doesnt cripple them or their children.
EDUCATION: B.A. (University of Iowa 1981, Honors program, double major in Economics... more
EDUCATION: B.A. (University of Iowa 1981, Honors program, double major in Economics and Political Science in 3 yrs); M.A.P.A. (University of Iowa 1983, Master's Degree in Public Administration, cum laude); J.D. (University of San Diego 1986, juris doctorate). MEMBERSHIPS / CERTIFICATES / AFFILIATIONS: Licensed Attorney in CA (1987) and CO (1996); Licensed General Contractor CSLB CA (2007... view profile
Selected by International Who's Who of Commercial Mediators for 2012. Named Mediator... more
Selected by International Who's Who of Commercial Mediators for 2012. Named Mediator of the Year by Law Week of Colorado (2011), Joe has mediated over 3500 cases, written over15 published articles on mediation, taught mediation and health care mediation. He has traveled from coast to coast as a mediation but generally practices in the Rocky Mountain and Southwest region of the country. He focus... view profile
I am passionate about helping people find solutions and resolve issues so they can... more
I am passionate about helping people find solutions and resolve issues so they can reach agreement during what is typically the most difficult time in their lives. At the same time, I understand that in certain cases, it's necessary to go to court and have a judge make decisions about issues that simply cannot be agreed upon. I have practied mostly family law in Boulder, Adams, Broomfield,... view profile
An award-winning lawyer, author and cutting-edge mediator, Joan knows what it takes... more
An award-winning lawyer, author and cutting-edge mediator, Joan knows what it takes to bring parties together and foster solutions. She is a shining example of excellence and easily shares her tried and true methods with others. A mediator all of her life, Joan is an attorney who conducts a dispute resolution practice in domestic and commercial conflicts through her firm, McWilliams Medi... view profile
After more than 20 years as a Denver litigator, my experiences in the court system... more
After more than 20 years as a Denver litigator, my experiences in the court system lead me to believe that for most Colorado divorce case, the court system was the wrong way to resolve a divorce case. The customary "day in court' approach was way too expensive financially and emotionally. It also caused irreparible damage to the relationships of everyone involved. So, I have punted on that ... view profile
The mediation process can help you resolve disputes without going to court. In a mediation proceeding, a neutral third party (a mediation lawyer or mediator) meets with you and the person you disagree with. Mediators are trained to find mediation solutions in legal disputes, including divorce mediation and business disagreement mediation. The mediator acts as a facilitator, helping you negotiate until a solution is found. Mediation is the most informal process for dispute resolution and is usually the least expensive method. The drawback is that, unlike an arbitrator in arbitration, the mediator does not make a final decision. So, unless the parties agree and enter into a settlement agreement, the mediation can end without the dispute being solved.