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Mechelle Y Faulk

Marriage and prenuptials Attorney at Denver, CO

5.0   16 reviews

Licensed for 20 years

About Mechelle

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Mechelle Faulk excels at resolving her clients’ most personal and private matters, including those regarding wealth preservation, divorce, children, marital agreements, adoptions and cohabitation. She is an experienced litigator and negotiator, often representing clients with high net worth, complex financial issues and/or significant child-related matters. Mechelle’s knowledge of specialized industries enhances her value to clients, including professional athletes, Olympians, artists, collectors, owners of working interests in oil and gas, trust grantors and beneficiaries, music/concert promoters, musicians, hedge fund managers, individuals with family wealth, and business owners. With a high-profile, high-net-worth clientele, Mechelle is especially sensitive to and adept at privacy concerns.
Mechelle is an experienced, detail-oriented attorney well known for her exceptional counsel and professionalism. For more than a decade, she has provided sophisticated counsel to clients, guiding them through private family-related matters, including divorce, child custody, support and maintenance issues, and post-dissolution issues, including modification proceedings.

Skilled at handling particularly complex and intricate financial issues, Mechelle works seamlessly with experts to assess the value of assets, such as closely held companies, professional practices, private equity investments and other types of business or trust interests. Her experience extends to representing clients regarding parental responsibilities, same-sex marriage, reproductive rights, adoption, grandparent rights, relocation issues and protective orders. In each instance, Mechelle thoroughly learns the client’s specific needs, objectives and the facts. Then she actively strategizes with the client throughout the case to help ensure that both the client’s short-term needs and long-term goals are met to the greatest extent possible.

Licensed for 20 years
State CO
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 10/04/2022

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

Contact Mechelle

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
1144 15th Street
Suite 3400
Denver, CO, 80202

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Posted by James | June 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cool headed and morally sound professional during a difficult period
Mechelle Faulk and her team were great during a difficult divorce and provided me excellent representation. She avoided getting into unproductive "mud" slinging and isolated the children as much as possible. I should've headed her advice more than I did, she provided excellent advise with a moral and ethical focus, something that is lost many times in todays world.
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Posted by Jennifer | June 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation
Having been referred to Ms. Faulk by a friend who also retained her as an attorney, I was impressed with her professionalism upon our initial consultation. She listened carefully to me and explained the process of divorce thoroughly. I was pleased with her very clearly defined recommended course of action and retained her. She brought diplomacy to my nasty divorce and kept me calm during the process. She facilitated our Parenting Plan, Child Support, Separation Agreement and later walked me through the Protection Order that became necessary. After settling the intitial divorce matters, she also came back on board to help settle a custody dispute several years later. Without her guidance, I might have naively settled outside of court. Ms. Faulk kept me informed each step of the way and never made any promises about what would or would not happen. However, she was dead on when she said how the court would 'likely' rule. Her experience within the court system brought me great confidence and her knowledge of law put to rest the weak legal threats I was receiving from the defendant. I would hire Ms. Faulk again if necessary.
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Posted by Norman | April 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely intelligent, professional, committed and tenacious
Mechelle represented me in a very complicated divorce and child custody case, in which my children were at risk of being moved out of state. If you aren't familiar with family law and child custody as it pertains to the state of Colorado, we had an uphill battle. But as a result of Mechelle's outstanding work, perseverance and tenacity, the court ruled in our favor and in the best interest of the children, allowing them to stay in Colorado, and granting joint custody. It was a very difficult and trying case, but Mechelle always maintained a 'can win' attitude and was very supportive, because she absolutely believed it was the right thing to do for the children. Mechelle was very thorough, always well-prepared and steadfast in working through my situation. Her team was also outstanding, very efficient and extremely professional. I would highly (and only) recommend Mechelle Faulk to fight for your family.
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Posted by Jonathan | April 6, 2015
LIFESAVER!!!!!!! PROTECTS MY CHILDREN LIKE THEY WERE HER OWN!!
Mechelle Faulk has been my attorney since 2012. Through a contentious divorce, and still ongoing battle to keep my children safe, Mechelle has worked tirelessly on behalf of my family! Mechelle is intelligent beyond belief, kind, caring, and real. My family would not be where we are today without her dedication to the best interest of my children! Mechelle has been a Godsend to my family, and I cannot even use words to accurately describe how invaluable she has been... All I can say is that, to me, Mechelle is a gift from God. I trust her with mine, and my children's lives. Best lawyer in Colorado, hands down!!!!
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Posted by DeAnne | October 12, 2014
Amazing! Changed the direction of my high conflict divorce.
Michelle Faulk is an amazing lawyer and came into my messy divorce at just the right time. Well, earlier might have been better to avoid the disaster created by my ex husband and previous attorney firm. I walked into separation unrepresented and had hoped my ex and I could dissolve our marriage without conflicts and arguments. That was the worst mistake ever! In the following two years he NEVER paid a single child support check, paid or supported a single activity/ sport for any of our 4 children, NEVER paid the mortgage on the house he kept in the separation, NEVER paid a dime toward the equity owed to me from the house, kept all of our belongings except the small amount he allowed me to take when I moved out, and skipped out on any of the parenting responsibilities outside of providing food and shelter for our children although he had 50% parenting time. I finally retained my previous lawyer when our house was foreclosed, I had nothing for equity, our children were doing poorly in school (when he had them attend), and I was financially crippled. My previous attorney did a terrible job and left me with little faith in our court system. After this court appearance I spoke with Mechelle to see if she could just "make the bleeding stop". In the 3 years since that court date she has completely turned my life around and gave me hope. It's not that I expected to 'steal' everything from my ex, I just wanted it fair for both of us and in the best interest of our 4 children. I just needed need the court orders to be followed and the children to be a priority. Mechelle has made such a difference. She is very knowledgeable, honest, and compassionate. She has been very available and when she is at her busiest she is able to send out an email, make a quick call, or have someone in the office call and set up an appointment for us to meet. If I were to select just one situation that she handled for me, and there have been many, I would choose her expertise when my ex husband dropped my oldest daughter (13 yrs old) off at my house, at night, while I was at work, and drove away. He never called to check on her nor did he call to let me know she was at my house. I am an RN and work 12 hour night shifts. Mechelle was immediately concerned and spoke with me that evening (during her off time) so we could come up with what I needed to do next. She contacted our CFI, set up for supplemental CFI report, got the information in front of the judge, and now I have full parenting custody of our oldest child. She not only handled this situation as an exceptional lawyer, but also reached out to me with comfort in the horrible ordeal. I trust her completely and always feel like she is in my corner. I will always recommend Mechelle Faulk as she is top of the top! My divorce has been horrible, but she has given me hope and helped restore my faith in our court system.
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Posted by Todd | August 19, 2014
The BEST! Reliable and compassionate.
I unfortunately had to get a divorce. I was lost, scared and had no idea of what to do or what was going to happen. I met with Mechelle for my initial consult and I was so amazed by how confident she was that everything would turn out just fine. Throughout the process so much 'crap' would come up and I would email or contact her and she would respond in a very timely fashion. Divorce isn't easy on anyone emotionally and Mechelle definitely understood that and put so much of my anxiety and worries at ease. Everything that she said would happen, happened. I couldn't have been more happy the day I picked up the phone and called her.
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Posted by Jerry | August 19, 2014
An Amazing Attorney!
I worked with Mechelle for some time due to the contentious nature of my divorce. I always felt that she kept my best interests at heart. I was very impressed at her competence. Divorce is a very difficult process to go through but I'm certainly glad Mechelle was on my side. I came out of the divorce with what I thought was a fair settlement and at the start things did not look so rosy (my spouse,who initiated the divorce, was totally disabled). I would, without question recommend her. Mechelle is an amazing attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2014
You can't do better than this attorney!
Mechelle has handled my divorce and post decree matters for the past 2+ years. Before writing my review, I read the others and felt compelled to respond to some of the negative comments by writing there is no way the reviews about poor court performance, writing and personal appearance are accurate. I suspect they were not written by actual clients, but by disgruntled third parties who've lost to Mechelle. My case was complicated and required beyond average attention from an attorney and Mechelle did an amazing job in managing the many issues that arose from pre-divorce to the present. My divorce involved three children, multiple properties and a business as well as domestic violence. This was not an easy divorce by any means. Therefore, I checked around before retaining her and discovered she has one of the best reputations within the legal community and is thought of as one of the best attorneys in Denver. Mechelle is an extremely professional, thorough, prepared, and skilled family law practitioner. In court Mechelle has proven to be very effective, while maintaining a high level of courtesy and professionalism towards everyone. Mechelle and her team were excellent at managing my case, keeping me informed during the process and getting me prepared for court. I feel my needs have been met and goals reached and was very pleased with my outcome. Mechelle handles matters expeditiously and does not waste time nor money in the process; which I greatly appreciated. I can honestly write I've never had better nor more effective representation than Mechelle.
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Posted by Anne | August 19, 2014
Review for mechelle Faulk by Dr. Anne Woodward
Mechelle Faulk handled my divorce professionally and kept me informed of my rights under the law. She was very ethical even when the opposing counsel was not. I would highly recommend her without reservation.
Posted by Pattie | August 19, 2014
Great Family Lawyer
I hired Mechelle to represent me in my divorce and am so pleased that I did. Being in the legal field myself but not having any experience with family law, I was concerned about hiring the wrong lawyer and to me that would have meant someone who was unnecessarily elevating fees or creating unnecessary contentions, or someone who was not familiar with the complicated issues in family law. While advocating on my behalf, Mechelle never "wallowed in the mud" with the other side over petty issues, was professional in all communications and correspondence, and monumental in helping me understand what my rights were and how the court and our state would likely rule on important issues. This ultimately saved in legal fees and made it possible to reach agreements with my ex, in spite of the delay tactics that were evident from the time I filed for divorce. Mechelle's knowledge of local family law practice is amazing and her ability to compose, draft and edit documents on the fly was not only efficient but awe-inspiring. Mechelle also has an associate and a paralegal who are both very experienced in family law, which allowed a very efficient and cost-effective representation without sacrificing quality or professionalism.
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2013
Fantastic counsel
Mechelle was actually opposing counsel on my termination of parental rights case. She was gracious and understanding, all the while making sure her client's needs were met. Her friendliness and professionalism made an emotionally difficult process and easy as it could possibly be. She was understanding and gracious in all of my interactions with her. I could not imagine someone handling a case like this better than she did. I would absolutely recommend hiring her for any family court proceeding you might have.
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2013
Reality Check on this Excellent Lawyer
Mechelle has been a complete lifesaver for me and my family. Without providing too much detail, I was involved in a high-conflict situation with very significant assets at stake and a spouse who was doing everything possible to ensure that I would not have contact with my children in the future. Mechelle and her team listened carefully to my situation and worked hard with me every step of the way to not only ensure that the court understood all of the financial matters, but that my relationship and time with my children were protected. I could not disagree more with the reviews below that state Mechelle performs poorly in court or that she does not write well. We appeared before the judge numerous times in my case and in each instance Mechelle was prepared, made well-presented arguments supported by the law and, in many instances, she was thanked by the court or the court made a comment about how well-represented the parties were. As a result, Mechelle and her team helped me to achieve very favorable outcomes. What I mean by the "reality check" in my comment above is that when an attorney takes on highly-contested cases, emotions often run high. Unfortunately, in family law cases, the party who does not prevail may end up really disliking the attorney representing the other side. I believe that is what is occuring here -- that some of these reviews have been written by the opposing party and not Mechelle's client. Those negative reviews are so fundamentally different than my experience with Mechelle and her team -- which has been irreplaceable. I highly recommend Mechelle and if my friends and colleagues need a family law attorney in the future, I will send them to her.
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2011
A True Advocate on Your Side
I cannot express how grateful I am to Mechelle and her team for guiding me through my divorce in a sophisticated and sensitive way. Mechelle always took detailed notes, both in our individual discussions and at hearings before the Court. She is one of the most organized attorneys I have ever worked with. And, she was careful to use those notes and the other documents in my case to craft detailed settlement proposals and detailed arguments which were persuasive and easy to understand. As a result of her attention to the facts of my case and her attention to the finer points of the law, my case (which consisted of significant assets and issues related to children) was concluded in a fair manner. Most importantly, even though there was a significant amount of anger and distrust in my case, Mechelle worked hard with me to file motions only when absolutely necessary and to avoid increasing the anger and distrust. While the divorce was not an easy process, it was made infinitely easier with Mechelle on my side. I would like to comment on the negative review below. I cannot imagine a more inaccurate description of Mechelle and the manner in which she practices law. Mechelle takes her ethical responsibility very seriously and was always very careful to reflect the facts and precisely what the judge ordered in all documents filed with the Court. In fact, the reviewer’s description of temporary orders simply could not occur the way he described it. When an agreement is read into the record, both parties (and their attorneys if they have them) are sitting there listening to it read into the record. If Mechelle were to state a term that was not agreed upon, the other party (or his or her attorney) would have the opportunity to tell the judge that term was not agreed upon. Therefore, the reviewer’s comments that Mechelle read an agreement into the record that was not actually the agreement simply could not have occurred. It is unfortunate that reviewers posting negative reviews do not have to post their names as I believe the two negative reviews of Mechelle have been posted by opposing parties. Mechelle is a true advocate who cares about her clients and her work. I would recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2011
Excellent attorney
I have been working with Mechelle for 8 months now. In that time, she has shown herself to be very professional, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. My divorce was unexpected for me and not something I wanted whatsoever, and Mechelle has helped navigate through this with as little damage emotionally and financially as possible. I cannot say that for the opposing attorney. She is very accessible and seems to remember everything about my case. There is a reason Mechelle is listed in 5280 Magazine as one of the rising stars of Denver. I would recommend her without reservation. I'll also agree with the other reviewer noting that the one negative review about Mechelle is likely to have come from someone who was on the opposing side and did not use Mechelle personally. That write-up does not accurately describe the situation at all.
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Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2010
Highly Recommended
I have been meaning to write a review of Mechelle for quite some time, and am happily doing it now even though I am a very busy professional. Mechelle was recommended to me by a colleague (who is an attorney) after I had expressed how unhappy I was with the lack of foresight, detail and communication with my counsel at the time. After Mechelle came on as my counsel, the entire case changed. She not only made real, significant efforts to communicate with opposing counsel to identify what my wife and I could agree on, but she also made some key litigation moves (after discussion with me and with my consent) that helped me to obtain points for negotiation and put me in a better place for litigation. She was very accessible and usually e-mailed, texted or called me back within hours of a communication to her office. She is knowledgeable about the law and is very detail oriented -- which was an extreme benefit in my case as we own businesses and many other investments. It was also helpful that Mechelle is experienced in working with experts and understood the complexity of the child-related issues present in a divorce matter. She was professional, smart, sophisticated and tough. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2010
She's great!
I used Mechelle for a very complicated family law issue and she handled all aspects of my case with professionalism and persuasiveness. I am a professional who has worked with numerous lawyers in the past, and I was quite impressed with Mechelle's knowledge of the law and with her commitment to her clients. With difficult issues, my family and I came out very well. She knows the law and knows how to use it. I am surprised to read the above review, as that is not at all my experience with her. In fact, I almost believe that the person writing that review was not a client, but was an opposing party. When you have Mechelle as your attorney, you really have someone great on your side. I recommend her highly.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Litigation Counsel
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • 2020 - Present
  • Member
  • Sherman & Howard, L.L.C.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • Dufford & Brown, PC
  • 2009 - 2016
  • Associate Attorney
  • Dufford & Brown, PC
  • 2004 - 2009
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Education

  • University of Colorado School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Colorado State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Associations

  • Judicial Performance Commission for the 18th Judicial District
  • Commission Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado
  • Judicial Nominations Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism in the Legal Profession
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Robert C. Rhone-Ava M. Brackett American Inn of Court
  • Barrister Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence Dream Team
  • Team Coordinator - Judge Daniel's Dream Team
  • 2009 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • President
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Stand For Children
  • Team Coordinator - Professionals Team
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Colfax Community Network
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Law & Politics and the publishers of 5280 Magazine
  • Rising Star
  • 2016
  • Law & Politics and the publishers of 5280 Magazine
  • Rising Star
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Law & Politics and the publishers of 5280 Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40 Family Lawyers in the State of Colorado
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • One of the 10 Best Family Attorneys in the State of Colorado
  • American Institute of Family Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Law & Politics and the publishers of 5280 Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Law & Politics and the publishers of 5280 Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Law & Politics and the publishers of 5280 Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Law & Politics and the publishers of 5280 Magazine
  • 2010
  • Compleat Lawyer
  • Law Week Colorado
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Law & Politics and the publishers of 5280 Magazine
  • 2009
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Publications

  • The Colorado Lawyer
  • CFIs and APR Evaluators -- Similarities and Differences
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Court Orientation Program
  • Family Law Basics
  • 2013
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Divorce Law Guide From A to Z
  • 2010
  • Divorce Law Guide From A to Z
  • Effective Use of Discovery; Mediation, Arbitration and Trial
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (1)
Family Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mechelle is a very smart lawyer and she gets results for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Faulk is well-respected within our Inn of Court and in Colorado's legal community as a whole. Outside her role as a mentor, I understand that she's handled several high-profile/high-stakes cases with good results. It's this experience that proves her ability on any case."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse Mechelle. She is a whip-smart advocate for her clients, and a consummate professional."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle is a brilliant and hard-working attorney. Her clients' best interests are always her top priority."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met Mechelle several years ago at a cocktail party hosted by another lawyer who knew Mechelle as opposing counsel on a divorce case he was handling. He could not stop talking about how smart and professional she was. He was so impressed with her that he invited her to his party. Since that time, I have had the opportunity to get to know Mechelle on a personal level, and I totally agree with her former opponent. She is smart, professional, and passionate about the practice of law. Like all great lawyers, she becomes personally invested in her clients' cases and is totally committed to protecting their best interests. She also has a great sense of humor and will make you smile. Fortunately, I have never needed her services. However, I have referred several people to her who did need a divorce attorney, and the feedback I have received about Mechelle has been nothing but positive. Based upon that positive feedback, I will continue to recommend Mechelle in the future."
Family Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She was exceptional in the courtroom. Knowledgeable and represented her client passionately and effectively."
Child support Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She can help you with your child support case."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very sharp lawyer."
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Denver Marriage and prenuptials Lawyer Mechelle Y Faulk
Mechelle Y Faulk
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney
Denver, CO
Licensed for 20 years