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Jennifer Shannon McDonald

Divorce and separation Attorney at Centennial, CO

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Jennifer S. McDonald, Jennifer McDonald

  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Jennifer

Learn Jennifer’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    Divorces, legal separations, relocation, contempt, financial division of assets, Post-Decree, maintenance, jurisdiction, appeals, modifications, division of assets.

    12 years

  2. Mediation
    20%
    Family law mediation in divorce and custody cases to help parties settle their cases outside of court.

    3 years

  3. Child custody
    10%
    Parenting Time, Supervised Parenting Time, Holiday arrangements, Paternity cases, child support, relocation, guardianship, grandparent rights, modifications, Relocation, modification, child support.

    12 years

  4. Child support
    10%
    Calculation of Child support, modification, sworn financial statements, post-decree. Contempt, collection

    12 years

  5. Estate planning
    5%
    Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney documents.

    5 years

  6. Marriage and prenuptials
    5%
    Prenuptial agreement drafting and review.

    10 years

Specializing in Family Law, Child and Family Investigator cases, Estate planning, and mediation.

 

Ms. McDonald focuses her practice on family law issues involving divorce, custody, and post-decree issues. She represents clients across the state of Colorado, including but not limited to Denver, Arapahoe County, Adams County, and Douglas County. 

Ms. McDonald handles cases involving high conflict divorce, dissolution of marriage, child custody, allocation of parental responsibilities, child support, maintenance, parental relocation, division of marital assets, grandparent rights, paternity, and civil protection orders, from beginning to end. 

In 2006, Ms. McDonald graduated with two undergraduate degrees in English and Broadcast Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ms. McDonald went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. During her time as a law student, Ms. McDonald served as a guardian ad litem, representing children in court cases involving dependency and neglect. Ms. McDonald is trained in mediation, and uses her skills to settle many of her cases. 

Ms. McDonald is passionate about helping families through the sensitive and difficult divorce process. She understands that every divorce is unique. Ms. McDonald works with her clients to craft arguments and settlements; and, she works hard to help clients find resolution and closure. 

Ms. McDonald is an active member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Arapahoe County Bar Association, and the Colorado Bar Association Family Law section. She is licensed in the State of Colorado and the District Court of Colorado.

Ms. McDonald is a native of Colorado. In her free time Ms. McDonald enjoys spending time enjoying the Colorado mountains with her husband and three children.

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Location

The Law Firm of Jennifer S. McDonald, LLC
6860 S. Yosemite Court
Suite 2000
Centennial, CO, 80112

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Reviews

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Posted by Andrea | January 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, kind, and helpful
I couldn't have asked for a better experience with this law firm. My husband and I decided it was time to get a will drawn up, mostly for the purposes of establishing guardianship for our children. We weren't sure who to go to for this service, and found Jennifer through a Facebook group. She was very helpful in answering all of our questions and guiding us through the process, always quick to reply to calls and emails. She also helped us to consider things we had not thought of when deciding what the will should contain. Jennifer helped make everything simple and straightforward. I personally really appreciated her kindness and professionalism. We look forward to working with this firm in the future!
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Response from Jennifer McDonald February 5, 2019
Thank you for your comments! I am so appreciative of you taking the time to post your thoughts. It was a pleasure working with you.
Posted by Aurelia | April 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Makes things happen
After our initial consultation with Jennifer, we decided she was who we needed to help us with our case. We were on somewhat of a tight deadline and she asked questions and made suggestions that helped us get our requests granted by the courts. Not only is Jennifer a true professional, she is also friendly and personable, making it easy to trust her with personal details. It was a pleasure to have Jennifer working on our behalf.
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Response from Jennifer McDonald August 15, 2018
Thank you so much for your comments. It was a pleasure working with you.
Posted by Ron | March 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dependable, Compassion and thorough
I highly recommend Jennifer as an attorney. My initial consultation with her was wonderful. I felt relief and great right after I consulted with her, most especially; I was out of state at that time. She has helped me in such a way that I don't feel intimidated. She was thorough throughout my experience as well as dependable. I was also very encouraged by her honesty and compassion. Surely I have other choices for an attorney, but I chose Jennifer because my consultation with her gave me a great impression of her qualities as I have also described above.
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Response from Jennifer McDonald August 15, 2018
Thank you so much for your comments. I have enjoyed working with you.

Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • The Law Firm of Jennifer S. McDonald, LLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Associate
  • Jones Law Firm
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Associate
  • The Law Firm Of Dennis A. Lacerte
  • 2012 - 2018
  • Colorado Law Fellow
  • Colorado Legal Services
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Colorado Law Fellow- Attorney
  • Colorado Legal Services, Legal Services Corp.
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Student Attorney
  • University of Colorado - Juvenile Law Clinic
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Legal Intern
  • University of Colorado Office of University Counsel
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Legal Intern
  • Colorado Legal Services
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Legal Intern
  • 1st Judicial District Courts
  • 2010 - 2011
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Education

  • Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals
  • Intro to Collaborative Practice Training
  • 2019
  • Colorado Judicial Branch Child and Family Investigator Training
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2017
  • University of Colorado School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2011
  • Mares-Dixon and Assoc. and University of Colorado Student Mediation Services
  • 40-Hour Mediation Training
  • 2011
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2006
  • Universtiy of Colorado At Boulder
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006
  • Loveland High School
  • N/A
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Pro Bono CFI Appointment

Associations

  • Colorado Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association, Programs Committee
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Women Owned Law Firms
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Arapahoe County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association, Metro Volunteer Lawyers
  • Volunteer Family Court Program
  • 2011 - Present
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association- Team Legally Pink for Race for the Cure
  • Volunteer
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Thompson G. Marsh American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Divorce Lawyers in Centennial
  • Expertise.com
  • 2023
  • Best Divorce Lawyers in Centennial
  • Expertise.com
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Colorado Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Fall 2011 Judicial Fellowship
  • University of Colorado
  • 2011
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Publications

  • Children's Legal Rights Journal
  • Sexting and Excessive Text Messaging: Symptoms of Teen Dating Violence?
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Employee Benefits Parent's Group
  • Estate Planning: More than Just Wills and Trusts
  • 2019
  • 2011 Area 3 Annual Meeting, Zonta International
  • Teen Relationship Violence Panelist
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (19)
Endorse Jennifer
Unknown Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jenifer is a fabulous attorney. You cannot go wrong in working with her. She is intelligent, caring and professional."
Unknown Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jennifer is ethical and very knowledgeable in family law matters. I do not hesitate to refer matters to her."
Family Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jenny is a great listener, passionate advocate for her clients and an overall ethical and competent attorney - I recommend her."
Unknown Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a respected member of the community and I would happily recommend her to anyone."
Child custody Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Ms. McDonald from a professional group. She will go the extra mile to help others. I endorse her."
Family Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer is a compassionate and zealous advocate for her clients. I can wholeheartedly recommend her."
Unknown Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer is a dedicated advocate for her clients. She is experienced, professional, and truly cares about her clients. I highly endorse this lawyer for any child custody or divorce matters."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer as she is always professional and knowledgeable about the law."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jenny is a very competent and capable attorney. She shows great dedication to her clients and has an immense passion for family law. I would recommend Jenny to anyone in need of a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jenny is a smart, poised, and dedicated attorney. She truly cares about her clients, and she does not get intimidated by difficult or complex challenges in her cases. When I refer a client to Jenny, I always know they will be in excellent hands."
Family Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jenny is a terrific attorney - excellent courtroom skills and a talent for collaboration outside the courtroom as well. Clients of hers can rest assured they are in good hands."
Family Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jennifer and I worked together as fellowship-attorneys at Colorado Legal Services. Not only is Jennifer smart as a whip, but the dedication she put into each case was truly admirable. Her attention to detail ensures that no small nuance of a case goes unnoticed and she always makes sure her clients know exactly what to expect at each stage of the case."
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