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Alexandra Pass Smits

Child custody Attorney at Denver, CO

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found

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About Alexandra

Learn Alexandra’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Child custody

    15 years, 200 cases

  2. Child support

    14 years, 200 cases

  3. Divorce and separation

    15 years, 300 cases

  4. Mediation

    23 cases

Alexandra (Ali) Smits is an experienced attorney committed to helping families navigate the emotional and financial complexities of their family law cases.  With an understanding of the toll legal disputes have on families and children, Ali works with her clients to minimize conflict and move forward with their lives.  Ali is trained in collaborative law and values the opportunity to seek resolution outside of the courtroom, whether through negotiation, mediation or collaborative law.  Ali also has extensive trial experience and is equally comfortable advocating for her clients in the courtroom when collaboration or settlement is not an option.  


Prior to committing her legal practice exclusively to family law, Ali practiced in the areas of employment law and criminal defense.  She has trial experience in both Colorado state courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.  Ali has presented to employees and mental health professionals in the area of employment law and disabilities to both the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center and the Colorado chapter of the National MS Society.  Ali’s background in employment and criminal law has provided professional insight and trial experience that have enhanced her current family law practice.  


Current Employment Position: 

Associate Attorney


Areas of Practice: 

Family Law

Alimony and Spousal Support

Child Support

Custody & Visitation


Juvenile Law


Collaborative Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution




Harrington, Brewster & Clein, P.C.
1623 Washington St
Denver, CO, 80203-1406

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Posted by Lura | September 8, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Alexandra Smits
Alexandra Smits recently represented me in a divorce case. I would highly recommend her to anyone in the midst of a divorce who is looking for quick and amicable results. She is compassionate and fair and I appreciate all of the work she did on my behalf.
Posted by Jill | March 29, 2015
Hire Ali!
Ali is not only knowledgeable she's a great attorney on a personal level. She helped me navigate an unpleasant situation and helped me come to a quick solution. My ex-husband was pursing legal action against me, and Ali handled my case very professionally. I felt at total ease when I worked with her. I would recommend her to anyone seeking one of the best family law attorneys in Denver!
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Posted by Nick | December 4, 2014
Ali is awesome.
I would highly recommend Ali Smits. She's extremely knowledgable, compassionate,reliable, prompt and trustworthy. She put me at ease during an extremely difficult time in my life and I'll be forever grateful. The thing I like the mos about Ali is that you can tell she genuine cares about her clients. I'd recommend her to anyone and in fact already have.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Harrington Brewster & Clein, P.C.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • David Littman, PC
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Cure Law Group
  • 2010 - 2012


  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • MA - Masters
  • 1997
  • University of California - Davis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996


  • Denver Source for Collaborative Divorce
  • Chairperson
  • 2016 - Present
  • Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • 2002 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association
  • 2002 - Present
  • Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Certification
  • Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals
  • 2015
  • Mediation Certification
  • Mares Dixon and Associates
  • 2015
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  • Denver Journal of International Law and Policy
  • Survey Editor
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Second Saturday Divorce Workshop
  • Divorce Options
  • 2017
  • Mediation Seminar
  • Collaborative Law/Mediation Techniques
  • 2017
  • Family Law Section Luncheon
  • Standards for 3rd Parties in Domestic Relations Cases
  • 2017
  • CBA CLE - Podcast Library
  • Family Law Podcast Recordings
  • 2017
  • Blue Iris, Divorce 101
  • Unbundled Legal Services
  • 2016
  • Blue Iris - Divorce 101
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • 2015
  • Blue Iris - Divorce 101
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • 2014
  • Member Seminar
  • Disability and Employment Law
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (11)
Endorse Alexandra
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly. I had the privilege of working with Ali on a very contested and difficult divorce matter. She was a strong advocate but very professional and easy to work with. She is one of the best!"
Child custody Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Smits was a pleasure to work against as Opposing Counsel on a contentious relocation matter. She knows the law and effectively represents her clients interests without being needlessly litigious. I endorse her for any domestic relations matter."
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ali is a wonderful, caring attorney and person. I never hesitate to send referrals her way. She is a skilled negotiator and litigator who always keeps her client's best interests in mind. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ali is an experienced, compassionate and knowledgeable family law attorney. I have sent many friends and clients her way knowing that they will receive sound legal advice with an individualized sensible approach. I strongly endorse Ali."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Ali. I have worked with her as opposing counsel and she is smart, creative, and thoughtful. I have also recently worked with Ali as a mediator. She was highly effective in helping us resolve a very complicated matter. I wouldn't hesitate to refer cases to her for her family law practice or for her mediation practice."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ali Smits is a kind, hard working, sharp and experienced family law attorney and mediator. As a family lawyer, she has the skills necessary to resolve cases so that they work out best for the family. As mediator she guides parties, sometimes having extreme disputes and broadly disparate settlement positions, to find commonality in an efficient settlement."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have been lucky to work with Ali both as a co-worker and as opposing counsel. Ali is professional, compassionate and works vigorously to achieve best outcomes for clients in the least adversarial manner possible. Ali is an extraordinary listener and problem-solver. I highly recommend Ali as a Family Law attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ali is thoughtful and creative in seeking collaborative solutions to difficult situations. I found her well-prepared and professional while also being warm and genuine in her interactions with clients and the collaborative team. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ali and I have worked together in a number of different capacities, most recently as opposing counsel. She makes the adversarial process professional and client focused. I hope to work with her again in the future."
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Ali does a great job of helping families in transitions. She is calm and caring, super smart, and motivated to help parties reach resolution with the least amount of conflict."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ali Smits is a sharp, talented and thoughtful attorney. I highly recommend her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ali is an amazing lawyer who puts her heart and soul into her cases. Her clients love her and so do the Judges. You will be in the very best hands if you decide to hire Ali."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ali is an excellent family law attorney who is dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcome for her clients, while always approaching her cases professionally and practically. I highly recommend Ali for all types of family law matters."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ali is an excellent attorney and a wonderful person. She is capable, competent, confident, and easy to work with. Her skill and experience mixed with her collaborative approach make her an absolutely fabulous lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been fortunate to work with Ali as a colleague. Ali is one of the best. She is a skilled litigator and has a keen attention to detail. She is also compassionate and works hard to obtain the best outcome for her clients. I highly recommend Ali."
Family Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ali is an excellent attorney. She cares for her clients and their well being. She puts them first, and tries to seek solutions that are right for their family. You will not be disappointed with Ali."
Family Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ali and I have worked together both on opposite sides of cases and as colleagues. Ali is professional, considerate, and cares about her clients. She feels invested in her clients' outcomes and takes the time to make sure that settlements are in her clients' best interests. I endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Smits is a knowledgeable attorney and a great advocate for her clients. I found her to be genuine, reasonable, and solution-oriented. I endorse this lawyer."
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Denver Child custody Lawyer Alexandra Pass Smits
Alexandra Pass Smits
Child custody Attorney
Denver, CO
Licensed for 21 years