Elizabeth Bonanno is a Partner at Gebhardt Emerson Moodie Bonanno, LLC, also known as GEM Family Law. Elizabeth practices exclusively in family law, having served hundreds of clients during her tenure with their divorces, parenting, and child support cases. Elizabeth’s family law practice has focused on asset and business valuation, income valuation, complex divorce, parental responsibilities, child relocation, and child support matters, among others. Elizabeth speaks both Spanish and Italian and uses these skills to assist non-native speakers in navigating through domestic matters.
Elizabeth’s outstanding legal work and professionalism has been recognized by her selection as a 2017, 2018 , and 2019 Colorado Super Lawyer® “Rising Star”, by the judicial officers of Arapahoe County, who invited her to serve on their Best Practices Committee, and by Law Week Colorado, who named her as one of only seven “Up and Coming Lawyers” for 2015.
Elizabeth graduated from the University of Colorado Law School with Honors in Juvenile and Family Law. Elizabeth practiced family law for seven years at Griffiths Law PC, and was a partner at the firm from January, 2017 through July, 2019, joining the GEM family on August 1, 2019. She received additional family law experience as a law clerk to Judge Norman D. Haglund on the domestic docket in Denver District Court, at Boulder County Legal Services, and at the Harris Law Firm.
Elizabeth trained in trial advocacy under Colorado Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice (Ret.) and displays confidence and poise in the courtroom, having run many hearings and trials. However, she is also a firm believer in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, assisting clients in settling matters before they reach the courthouse. Elizabeth is trained in Collaborative Law, whereby parties commit to resolving their dissolution of marriage cooperatively and without the court’s involvement. Elizabeth enjoys guiding clients through the Collaborative Law process to reduce the negative impact divorce has on families.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Colorado Super Lawyers||2018|
|Rising Star||Colorado Super Lawyers||2017|
|Up and Coming Lawyer||Law Week Colorado||2015|
|Finalist, Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year||Colorado Bar Association||2015|
|Juvenile and Family Law Certificate with Honors||University of Colorado Law School||2012|
|Partner||Gebhardt Emerson Moodie Bonanno, LLC||2019 - Present|
|Shareholder/Partner||Griffiths Law PC||2012 - 2019|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Denver Source for Collaborative Divorce Practice Group||Attorney Member||2016 - Present|
|Arapahoe County Domestic Relations Best Practices Committee||Attorney Member||2016 - Present|
|Our Courts of Colorado||Attorney Member||2015 - Present|
|Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee||Secretary||2013 - Present|
|Colorado Judicial Institute||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|Denver Bar Association||Attorney Member||2010 - Present|
|Colorado Bar Association||Attorney Member||2009 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Attorney Member||2011 - 2015|
|ColoradoBiz||"The Holistic Divorce: How to Separate the Family Unit without Destroying It"||2018|
|The Docket: Denver Bar Association||Calling All Spanish-Speaking Lawyers||2015|
|Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals||Collaborative Law Training||2015|
|University of Colorado School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2012|
|Truman State University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2009|
|Family Law Insitute||"Collaborative Law - Debunking the Myths: A Current Perspective on Adding the Collaborative Law Model to Your Family Law Toolbox"||2019|
|Straight Talk with Judges||“Trial Tips – Pet Peeves and Best Practices"||2018|
|National Business Institute Video Webcast||QDROs Boot Camp||2017|
|National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education Seminar||How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Theirs Out)||2017|
|National Business Institute Video Webcast||QDROs Boot Camp||2016|
|CBA and CJI's "Our Courts" Program||"Our State Courts"||2015|
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