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Richard Joseph Rotole

Mediation Attorney at Denver, CO

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Dick Rotole

  • Licensed for 37 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Mediation
    50%
    I have a very active Family Law Mediation practice as a neutral third party. I use my litigation experience to help attorneys and parties reach creative and fair settlements. I settle a high rate of the cases I mediate. My hourly rates are fair and competitive.

    26 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    40%
    My practice focuses on litigation, negotiation and settlement of complex family law cases including divorce, separation, child custody, maintenance, child support, property, prenuptial agreements and paternity matters. I am energetic and tireless in my representation of clients.

    38 years

  3. Arbitration
    10%
    I am an unbiased and fair arbitrator. I offer the parties and their counsel the opportunity to fully present their cases. I promptly enter a written award after the hearing.

    26 years

Location

Richard Joseph Rotole
400 So. Colorado Blvd., Suite 590
Denver, CO, 80246
Richard Joseph Rotole
19039 E. Plaza Drive
Parker, CO, 80134-9012
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Reviews

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Posted by Laurie | May 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dick saved my life! There is no better lawyer anywhere!
I hired Dick to take over a very complicated case nearly 20 years ago. My hearing date was actually on September 11, 2001 And was rescheduled when the court closed after the planes hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I had a very complex & emotional case. I was young & naive & married a man I thought I knew but didn’t. He was a fantastic liar & could charm anyone by telling them exactly what they wanted to hear. He was able to convince his lawyer & mine that I was the one lying when it was him. I had been severely injured in a car accident not long after I met him. I got a substantial settlement for my injuries & the future medical expenses, the life ahead of me of severe chronic pain and inability to earn the income I would have without the pain. The man I married changed into someone else the moment we returned from our honeymoon. I was foolish & naive & put all of that money in a joint account (legally making it equally his even though the accident & settlement both occurred before we got married.). My ex spent it all. I trusted and believed he worked very long hours and traveled as needed with his job. I was focused on a series of major medical procedures like reconstruction of my jaw and face (5 surgeries and still need a titanium total joint replacement for my jaw). Having to leave my job & find another one before my short term disability ran out while getting my surgeries. I decided to finish my MBA in one semester before going back to work so was very distracted with the pain, procedures, moving and getting my MBA. When that money was gone he turned to credit cards I was unaware of & ran up $50k in debt that I was legally half responsible for. ( Full of charges to places I had never been & things from Victoria’s Secret that I never saw.) I was not around much & when I was I was either doing homework or resting from the constant chronic pain & series of surgeries and recovery. He went from the perfect charming man for me telling me everything I wanted to hear & believe about him to a completely different man the day we got home from our honeymoon. He became increasingly violent and dangerous until the day I left. The day I left he started loading a 9mm gun while screaming at me that he would NEVER let me leave! He demanded instructions to get the money from my life insurance policy from my employer. He had a perfect plan to put my body in a wood chipper after I was dead to destroy my body & all evidence. We were needing to landscape at the new house & it was perfect to just mix my body in with the mulch. He would tell everyone I abandoned him & left everything with him. I managed to get the loaded gun from him & ran out the door with my purse, keys, gun, the clothes on my back and — MY LIFE! I hired a “low cost” attorney who drug things out ran up the retainer & told me I had to return the gun to my ex for HIS 2nd amendment rights. He also got me a restraining order with my location on it! I had to move again & hire a new attorney! I had already spent $10,000 to get nowhere. I found Dick & he fixed everything! In court Dick & his associate had a full day of questioning my ex until he lost track of his lies. He couldn’t fight with a real man when he was used to picking on women. My ex even insulted the judge! Dick came into a mess of a case with deadlines that had passed & I was an emotional, terrified wreck. Dick was able to make me feel safe & return me to as close to financially & emotionally whole again as possible. He was THE BEST Lawyer in 2001, & I can’t begin to imagine how good he is now. He saved my life literally & financially so I could get a new start. He is worth EVERY penny! Dick is extremely knowledgeable of the laws, he is great with negotiating in virtually impossible situations. He is tough as nails, but also sensitive to what his client is going through & gets results.
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Mediator - Helped settle in the 11th hour
My divorce took nearly two years. We were weeks away from having to endure the expense and emotional toll of a two day trial. Dick was referred by my ex-husband's attorney for the final mediation attempt. I am grateful that we agreed to use him. His experience and professional, yet direct communication and explaination resulted in the impossible, a settlement. He not only saved our marital estate thousands of dollars, he made the road to rebuilding our sanity, trust and communication for the sake of our children happen that much sooner. I will be forever grateful for his professionalism, experience and ability to communicate with both sides in an honest and direct manner.
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Posted by lisanebula | August 1, 2014
Great Lawyer
I recently went through a divorce and Mr. Rotole was recommended to me but a co-worker. Mr. Rotole was extremely knowledgeable and was not afraid to take on my strange situation as I was a resident of Colorado and my ex husband lived out of state (I am active duty military and my ex-husband was former military). Mr. Rotole and his staff were constantly keeping me informed on communications they had with my now ex-husband. Even though my ex-husband choose not to participate in the divorce Mr. Rotole and his staff made sure he was always aware of what was going on and important court dates. My ex-husband made Mr. Rotole and his staffs job difficult at times, he would claim to not have gotten documents that were sent 3 different ways, he would call yelling at the staff. Mr. Rotole and his staff were never anything but professional and accommodating. I am extremely pleased with my experience with Mr. Rotole and his staff. Divorce is never an easy or fun experience but Mr. Rotole made it as painless as possible. I could not have been any more pleased with the out come. Thank you
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Posted by Gary | July 21, 2014
Here's the Divorce Attorney for You...
I found Mr. Rotole to be extremely knowledgeable about divorce proceedings, especially with respect to being able to respond to all of the unexpected twists and turns that my case took. He is very well connected and respected in Denver and CO, and his background knowledge of relevant case law is impressive. His knowledge of other attorneys, both with respect to opposing and helpful counsel, as well as his experience with other experienced professionals that may be needed is very good. If I had to do it all over again (which I do NOT want to do !!), I would again choose Mr. Rotole. I also was happy working with the support staff in his firm. I highly recommend him and his firm.
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Posted by Michael | December 17, 2010
One of Denver's best
Richard Rotole has been my attorney for several years now and I would recommend him to anyone who wants an honest, hardworking, and ethical attorney. He is truly a public servant who wants to find a resolution to a problem not just make a case.
Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2010
Excellent representation
Dick provided me with excellent representation. He did a great job and I recommend him
Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2009
Best in Colorado
Dick is simply the best in the state of Colorado. You will be unable to find anyone that knows the law better than Dick Rotole. He represented me in a very complex case and did an amazing job! He has been awarded "Super Lawyer" and is well known in the state. I highly recommend him 5 stars all around on every topic!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-450 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Rotole, Rotole & Blanchard, LLC
  • 1986 - Present

Education

  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of Colorado - Boulder
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975
  • Community College of Denver
  • Associate of Science
  • 1973

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In the Interest of K.L.O.V, 151 P.3d 637 (Colo. App. 2006)
  • Not Available

Associations

  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, Legislative Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2000 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • First Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Executive Council
  • 1999 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Attorneys in Colorado -Colorado Super Lawyers
  • Denver Post/ Thomson Reuters
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyer
  • 5280 Magazine
  • 2019
  • Lawyer of the Year - Family Law Mediation - Denver
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Attorneys in Colorado- Colorado Super Lawyers
  • Denver Post/Thomson Reuters
  • 2018
  • Lawyer of the Year - Family Law Arbitration - Denver, CO
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Denver Post/Thomson Reuters
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyer
  • 5280 Magazine
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Attorneys in Colorado - Colorado Super Lawyers
  • Denver Post/Thomson Reuters
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer
  • 5280 Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Attorneys in Colorado - Colorado Super Lawyers
  • Denver Post/Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer
  • 5280 Magazine
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer
  • 5280 Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Law Firm
  • US News & World Report
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Lawyer of the Year - Family Law Mediation - Denver
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Denver Post
  • 2014
  • Top Law Firm
  • US News and World Report
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • 5280 Magazine/Denver Post
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Colorado Super Lawyers
  • 5280 Magazine/Denver Post
  • 2013
  • Lawyer of the Year Family Law -Denver
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • 5280 Magazine
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Attorneys in Colorado; Colorado Super Lawyer
  • 5280 Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Attorneys in Colorado
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Colorado
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • 5280 Magazine
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • 5280 Magazine
  • 2010
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • 5280 Magazine
  • 2009
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • 5280 Magazine
  • 2008
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
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Publications

  • Family Law Section; Colorado Bar Association
  • Family Law Legislative Update: Maintenance Guideline; Colorado Civil Union Act
  • 2013
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Family Law Legislative Update
  • 2012
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Family Law Legislative Update
  • 2010
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Family Law Legislative Update
  • 2009
  • The Colorado Lawyer
  • Enforcing Family Law Orders through Contempt Proceedings Under CRCP 107
  • 2003
  • The Colorado Lawyer
  • Paternity Testing in the Age of DNA
  • 1990
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Speaking Engagements

  • Spring Family Law Update; Colorado Bar Association
  • New Maintenance Guideline
  • 2013
  • Family Law Institute; Colorado Bar Association
  • 2013 Legislative Update: Maintenance and Civil Unions
  • 2013
  • Family Law Institute; Colorado Bar Association
  • Financial Experts: Joint, Rebuttal or Shadow/consulting?
  • 2013
  • Continuing Legal Education; Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Civil Union Act
  • 2013
  • Family Law Institute, Colorado Bar Association
  • Maintenance Formula: What's on the Horizon
  • 2012
  • Spring Family Law Update, Colorado Bar Association
  • The Ethics of Client Control
  • 2011
  • Family Law Institute- Colorado Bar Association
  • HIPAA - It Ain't What Has Been Argued
  • 2011
  • First Judicial District Bar Association
  • The Efficacy of Using Contempt to Enforce Domestic Relations Orders
  • 2010
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Family Law Legislative Update
  • 2009
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Family Law Legislative Update
  • 2008
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Legislative Update
  • 2007
  • Bench & Bar Colorado Family Law Institute
  • Real Estate Appraisal Issues in a Down Market
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (1)
Endorse Richard
Mediation Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Is an excellent mediator who was able to reach a settlement in a highly contested matter. No nonsense approach enabling both Parties to walk away feeling like they had won something. If truly desiring a settlement and want someone who will avoid wasteful back and forth, contact him and schedule."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Rotole as an opposing attorney, mediator, and as a specially appointed abitrator, wherein Mr. Rotole was tasked with entering orders regarding the division of a complex marital estate. Mr. Rotole is an extraordinarily knowledgeable and effective attorney in the area of family and domestic relations law. He is considered an authority in the area and is an asset to the profession and community."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without any reservations. It is amazing that I continue to learn from him every day from his responses on Avvo even though I have been licensed for 24 years and have served as a judge, magistrate, law professor, prosecutor, and private attorney. You can not afford not to hire him."
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dick is a fantastic lawyer, as well as mediator. I have been impressed with his ability to spot issues immediately, in both forums, to the benefit of all involved. He is tought in the courtroom, and fair outside of it."
Mediation Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dick is an excellent mediator. He is evaluative, brings his many years of experience to the table, is strong yet empathetic, and a very successful mediator. I highly recommend Dick for mediation services."
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Rotole has a breadth of knowledge equalled by his practical approach to family law. He extends himself to advance common sense approaches to litigation."
Family Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. This one of the most dedicated capable attorneys currently practicing in Colorado. He is highly regarded by everyone, including those who are unfortunate enough to be his adversaries in Court. He is simply one of the best."
Family Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very smart lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse the work of Dick Rotole. I have litigated against him and he is a fierce and worthy opponent. We have also settled cases together with a fair result to each of our clients. Dick and I have litigated several very complex cases where we represented the same client and he has been a fabulous and dependable team player. If I were going to get a divorce Dick would be my lawyer."
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Denver Mediation Lawyer Richard Joseph Rotole
Richard Joseph Rotole
Mediation Attorney
Denver, CO
Licensed for 37 years
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