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Colleen Shannon McCoy

Family Attorney at Denver, CO

4.6   10 reviews

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About Colleen

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Growing up in Oklahoma, I was frequently invovled with children and education. Apart from the usual babysitting, I was also very involved helping with my mother's first grade classroom. I attended Booker T. Washington High School, which is a nationally recognized magnet school. After graduation, I attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with an associated minor in Philosophy from UNM. I began attending the University of Denver College of Law in 2000, from which I received my Juris Doctorate in 2003.

I did not take the traditional path to becoming an attorney, however. After graduating from the University of Denver I moved to Dillon, Colorado. Prior to becoming a dedicated family law attorney, I was a children's snowboard instructor for Breckenridge Ski Resort for four years. I returned to Denver in 2008 to briefly work for a personal injury firm. I did not find that personal injury was a good fit for me. I began doing intern work for Colorado Legal Services/Metro Volunteer Lawyers in 2009. This is where I received my introduction to family law. I began working for myself in 2010 and have not looked back. 

I truly am dedicated to helping people through their divorces, custody issues and all other aspects that involve family law. The cases are seldom easy from an emotional standpoint. Being a mother, myself, to three young children I understand the heartache that can result from having to share custody of your children. However, I also understand the importance of having both parents being invloved in the children's lives. I offer caring and zealous representation and promise to never stop doing my very best for Colorado families.

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Licensed for 16 years
State CO
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 01/13/2023

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

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McCoy Family Law, LLC
1665 N Grant St
Denver, CO, 80203-1601


4.6 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
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Posted by Mark | March 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank You!!
Colleen was great to work with, very knowledgeable, professional and answered all of our questions. I highly recommend her to anyone who needs a good family lawyer. Thanks again Colleen!!
Posted by Danny | March 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney Services
You'd be hard pressed to find a more dedicated, knowledgeable, honest attorney than Colleen. She is the one person you want in your corner fighting for you in some of the most difficult situations attorneys have to navigate. She has been very help in a Family case that I've had to deal with over the last year or so. I would definitely recommend Colleen to anyone that has Family Court issues to fight.
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent and professional
Incredibly professional and private. Treated myself and my family with respect, dignity and professionalism. I would recommend to anyone, without hesitation
Posted by Ashley | February 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My hero
I'm so grateful for Colleen. I had an especially unpleasant experience with my child custody case. I owe every moment I get to continue to spend with my daughter to Colleen. She fought hard for me, answered phone calls at 9 pm on a Sunday, and never backed down. I'm so grateful for her.
Posted by Amber | November 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Colleen represented me during my divorce and now with taking my ex back to court for contempt. I was put through the ringer with lies and accusations, having the police called on me and much more. I was a mess, I wanted to quit and just give in. Colleen wouldn't let me, she was right there with me the whole time. Day or night I could call or text her and she would always answer. I was so prepared, Colleen explained how everything was going to go and what to expect. I know that when I call Colleen with one of my many what if's she won't just tell me what I want to hear. She will give me her honest opinion. Thank you for everything!
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Posted by Ryan | November 16, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Brilliant advocate
If I ever have a family law question or concern, I know that I can always go to Colleen for the best advice. As a fellow attorney, I need to be able to rely on what I'm told as I handle my own cases. With Colleen, I always get a reliable answer that I know I can take to the bank. That's the sort of expertise we all need whenever we seek the help of a lawyer, especially in something as personal as family issues.
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Posted by Kevin | April 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Love her on my team!
Colleen as shown me the type of professionalism yet personalism every person wants when your in a position that is less than comfortable. Colleen as stood by my side through some very difficult times and as always been extremely diligent and methodical in her approach towards our battles. I can not recommend her enough to all my family and friends. Thank you as always Colleen! Kevin Byerly
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Posted by Anna | April 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce and Child Custody
Just a BIG thank you for being such a great attorney on my divorce case. It was just great how when I said Please don't let me walk out of court with nothing. You made sure that I didn't even if he did make big money and an Attorney that was just cruel to me and tried to make me look like a bad person case I had an education and he only went though the 10th grade. Just a Big thank you for all you have done for me. It just goes to show you that if, a person gives their Attorney (Colleen McCoy) the information and all the proof to go with it that you will come out on top, at least in my book. All the friends that I have given your name to and that you have helped I thank you for that too. Thank you, Anna
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Posted by Roger | February 24, 2015
Colleen is efficient, knowledgable, and friendly. She did an amazing job in my custody hearing and I would highly recommend her to anyone needing help in regards to family law.
Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Not reliable and ineffective as an attorney
I hired Colleen for a divorce, and during the initial consultation I was told everything I wanted to hear in order for her to get my retainer, then it all went downhill from there. I do not think it is ethical for attorneys to make false promises to clients, and have no accountability for poor performance. Colleen was never on time for a single appointment we arranged, and it was clear that she took on more cases than she could handle to maximize her revenue, even as it diminished the quality of her legal work. I would go into hearings having no idea what was going on, as there was inadequate or no preparation at all. In the end, I was coerced into a settlement agreement I did not want to sign, with Colleen complaining beforehand about collecting more attorneys fees, and her not wanting to do a full day hearing. You'd honestly be better off representing yourself.
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Response from Colleen McCoy December 1, 2021
To be clear, I do not make promises to clients concerning outcomes so that statement is 100% false. Any client who has had a consultation with me knows that I absolutely point out the weaknesses in the case and run through possible scenarios concerning what could go wrong so we can determine how to prepare for it. Additionally, I have not had in person meetings with clients since February of 2020. So it is not clear when it was that I was late to "arranged meetings" with this person who chooses to remain anonymous. Concerning "going into hearings being unprepared", this is also a lie. I spend hours prepping clients and witnesses before hearings. Hours. I even give time on the weekend if we have a hearing coming up. I spend time reviewing all of our exhibits again and again with the client and going over the purpose of each exhibit as well as reviewing the other party's exhibits so we can try to figure out how the other party is going to use it against us. I also never "coerce" any client into doing anything. Based on the comment about me "not wanting to go to a full day hearing", I believe I know exactly who wrote this review. And if you recall, both the mediator and I gave you free services for the full day mediation we attended in order to reach that resolution. There was a sticking point for you that was very unlikely you would win. You stood to lose a lot more by going to a full day hearing, that I would have had to charge for due to the duration of the hearing and the preparation involved. There was no "complaining" about it. I was trying to help you. I'm sorry you still are not seeing that. I was trying to logically lay out for you the reality of the situation of your case as it was at that moment and counsel you on your best options. I was hoping that once your case was resolved you would be happy and be able to start fresh. I still wish that for you. Despite your negative and false review, I still wish you the best.
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Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • McCoy Family Law, LLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Delgado & McCoy, LLC
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Partner
  • Mabry and McCoy, LLC
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Owner/Attorney
  • McCoy Law Firm, LLC
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers/Colorado Legal Services
  • 2008 - 2010
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  • University of Denver
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • The University of New Mexico
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • The People of the State of Colorado In the Interest of Appellant E.C. and Concerning Respondent-Appellee A.C-D
  • The County Attorney's request for appeal was denied.


  • Colorado Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being
  • Task Force Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Minoru Yasui American Inn of Court
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Minoru Yasui American Inn of Court
  • Membership Committee Chairperson
  • 2018 - Present
  • Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Women Owned Law Firms of Colorado (W.O.L.F.)
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Minoru Yasui American Inn of Court
  • 2016 - Present
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association
  • 2016 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association Solo Small Firm Section
  • Chair of Sub Committee Promoting Member Advocacy
  • 2010 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2010 - Present
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • 2010 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Foundation
  • 2008 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association, Metro Volunteer Lawyers
  • 2008 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top Attorney
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
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  • International Journal Psychoneuroendocrinology
  • Stress Paradigms and Cortisol Levels in Preschool Aged Children
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • The Legal Brief
  • Family law
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (26)
Endorse Colleen
Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Colleen is an experienced, aggressive, yet still reasonable advocate. You'd be lucky to have her in your corner."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Colleen fights hard for her clients and gets good results."
Family Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Colleen is a compassionate and knowledgeable family law attorney. She is dedicated to her clients and their cases. I would highly recommend Colleen for any family law case."
Family Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Colleen is an excellent family law attorney. She is very knowledgeable and is a strong advocate for her clients. I would not hesitate to refer clients to her."
Family Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Colleen both as a colleague and as a friend. She is an excellent, excellent attorney who has an incredibly sharp legal mind. She is also very friendly, personable, and cares a lot about her clients. I would highly recommend Colleen for family law matters."
Family Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you want a consummate family law practitioner, Colleen is the real deal. She knows the law inside out, knows the courts, and will help you through the tough spots of family law. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Colleen has a background in psychology which along with her law degree makes her a perfect fit for family law cases. She is smart and a good advocate for her clients. I am glad to endorse her."
Family Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. McCoy is incredibly intelligent, client-focused, and dedicated to providing the best legal services for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I supervised Colleen when she was an intern with Metro Volunteer Lawyers. She is very hard-working and knowledgeable. She is always willing to go fight hard on her client's behalf."
Family Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Colleen is a fantastic family law attorney. She is the first person I call when I have a family law question or referral. She is very knowledgeable, passionate, and compassionate. I highly recommend Colleen for all family law matters."
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. McCoy's experience and knowledge in family law matters benefits all aspects of her practice. She is incredibly helpful and informative, and advocates for her clients with passion. I am impressed with her knowledge and her ability to provide immediate solutions for her clients. I recommend Ms. McCoy and I am confident that she will provide excellent legal advice and representation to those in need of her assistance."
Family Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Colleen is a tough litigator. She really knows her law and goes to bat for her clients. Before we began working together, I often called her to get her opinion or take on any issue I puzzled over. Her clients are lucky to have her on their team! I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Colleen is amazing! She is very intelligent, thoughtful and caring, She works tirelessly for her clients."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Colleen is an excellent litigator who is very well respected in the legal community. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Colleen McCoy is an aggressive attorney that will not back down. She has the experience, drive, resources, and skills to get results. If facing a family law issue in Colorado do not hesitate to call her."
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