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Kristi Anderson Wells

Family Attorney at Denver, CO

4.4   7 reviews

also known as Kristi Wells

Virtual consultation available
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  • State Years
    Colorado - CO 16 years
    Maine - ME 24 years
    Washington - WA 26 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State ME
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Kristi

Learn Kristi’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%

  2. Family
    50%
    Dissolution; child custody and relocation; modification of parenting time; modification of child support; pre-marital agreements; domestic partner issues.

COMPLEX DIVORCE PRACTICE WITH A FOCUS ON CLOSELY-HELD BUSINESSES, PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS, TRUSTS AND DIVIDING EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION AND STOCK RIGHTS.

My goal is to provide clients with a balance of advocacy and sound practical advice.  When going through a divorce -- one of the most difficult times in anyone's life -- people need compassionate representation, guidance from someone who can weigh the costs and benefits of pursuing a legal remedy, help in reaching a mutually agreeable resolution, and an aggressive advocate on their side when the situation warrants it.  My background includes significant experience with complex issues such as trusts, prenuptial agreements, business valuations and stock rights (options, restricted stock, restricted stock units, phantom stock, etc.).  Most recently I wrote the Executive Compensation Handbook published by the American Bar Association.

 

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Location

Wells Family Law, P.C.

Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2011
Wonderful attorney
Kristi worked on my unconventional divorce. She was prompt and professional. She helped to draft the divorce the way I wanted it. She was respectful to my now ex-husband. Her manner and respect helped to craft a great environment for my family to move forward together despite the marriage ending. I would recommend her whole heartedly!
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Response from Kristi Wells April 6, 2023
Thank you for your review. I so enjoy hearing from people who have moved forward while continuing to maintain a good relationship with their co-parent.
Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2011
Domestic Partner Separation
Kristi is very professional and understanding. She consistently answered all my questions and was very helpful in keeping me focused on making decisions based on facts and logic rather than on emotion. She did, however, continue to acknowledge and validate the very difficult emotional situation I was in related to my case. It was very comforting to be able to contact her whenever and have questions answered. She kept me informed at every step of the way and although my case is not yet resolved I am confident she will continue to assist me with the same level of support and professionalism until it is.
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Response from Kristi Wells April 6, 2023
I appreciate the feedback!
Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced, Ethical and cares about her clients
I had interviewed several attorney's and when I met with Kristi I knew I wanted her to represent me. She spoke with confidence about my Prenuptial agreement in that it was valid and defensible. Kristi works with opposing counsel to find solutions however, by all accounts my divorce was complex and with high-conflict. We were able to establish a parenting plan through the use of mediation which was a great accomplishment. However, we did end up in court over finances and assets where the Prenuptial agreement was upheld and Kristi was skillful and sharp. I am a male and can say that I received an very fair ruling from the court. One that will allow me to pick up the pieces and rebuild from a very painful experience. Conference calls and meetings were always on topic and lasted only as long as they needed to. Kristi has great advice and lets you know she is in your corner and has your best interests in mind.
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Response from Kristi Wells April 6, 2023
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. It's such a pleasure to hear from clients who have good outcomes.
Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kristi Wells is the best divorce attorney you will ever, EVER hope to help you through a divorce. (If you are just that lucky.)
There are many of us out there- intelligent, beautiful women with careers, who fall for a man with smooth words- and when we fall for that man, and his promise of a dream, there may come a time when we WAKE.UP!! and find ourselves alone, isolated: Beaten down. An identity, and a dream lost with two words and a legal contract. Sometimes we are mothers or entrepreneurs or just housewives. (But what we ARE NOT anymore is....ourselves.) So we look back at that gorgeous, smart woman that we once were; we grasp for any strength left...for our daughters...for our mothers...FOR OUR FUTURE SELVES....and we call Kristi Wells, Attorney at Law, J.D. And we talk, and we set up a plan, and we gain hope, we conquer fear, we laugh again; we look to a new, spectacular future. With our babies. Or our business. Or just...ourselves. And we WIN!!!! THAT is what happens when you hire Kristi Wells as your attorney. You. Get. Your. Life. Back. (Period) AND IT IS AMAZING!!! Thank you Kristi and Co. for guiding me, holding my hand, helping me stand again, forcing me to run, and -eventually- teaching me how to dance again. Xo
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Response from Kristi Wells April 6, 2023
This is the best part of what we do -- hearing from clients who come back strong from divorce. Thank you for your kind words.
Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce with Custody Dispute
Kristi responded promptly and thoroughly responded to all of my questions and concerns. She was straightforward on the laws and what to expect throughout the divorce process. Kristi is very knowledgeable in her field and had complete confidence in her to advise me. I was very satisfied with the outcome of my divorce, particularly the child custody dispute aspect. I would recommend Kristi to anyone going through a divorce!
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Response from Kristi Wells April 6, 2023
Thank you so much for your recommendation!
Posted by Bill | February 14, 2011
excellent counsel
Kristi has given me excellent counsel on a tough, emotional legal issues. Knowing divorce law and the options is one thing. Knowing that the law and the options don't make divorce any easier is another. Kristi knows both and I am thankful too have her excellent counsel.
Response from Kristi Wells April 6, 2023
Divorce is not just about law, it's about grief and healing. Thank you so much for your kind review.
Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would avoid working with this attorney
Unfortunately I had a highly negative experience working with Kristi and her firm. I found her to be overly combative, a poor listener and communicator, and inefficient with fees compared to other attorney's I've worked with. I wouldn't recommend working with her based on my experience.
Response from Kristi Wells October 25, 2021
I am sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with your experience with us. We strive to provide exceptional service to our clients during what can be a very difficult process. If you have concerns about fees, we are happy to submit any dispute to the Colorado Bar Association's Legal Fee Arbitration Committee who may be able to assist us in resolving the issue. I would like the opportunity to speak further with you about your specific concerns. Please feel free to reach out to my office at (303) 309-1077.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • University of Washington School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1998
  • University of Washington School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Associations

  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section Executive Council
  • Secretary
  • 2022 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section Executive Council
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Academy of Collaborative Divorce Professionals
  • Fellow
  • 2016 - Present
  • Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • 2010 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, Family Law Section
  • 2007 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section Executive Council
  • Treasurer
  • 2021 - 2022
  • Colorado Judicial Institute
  • Secretary, Board Member
  • 2019 - 2022
  • Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals
  • President, Board of Directors, Executive Committee
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, Executive Council
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Denver Bar Association, Access to Justice Committee
  • Lawline 9 Volunteer
  • 2013 - 2020
  • Colorado Judicial Institute
  • Co-Chair, Family Law Committee
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Domestic Violence and Legal Issues Committee, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Alternative Families Committee, ABA Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2018
  • Taxation Committee, ABA Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2021
  • Washington Law Review
  • Contributing Editor
  • 1996 - 1997
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Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2022
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2022
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2022
  • Top 100 Colorado Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyer, Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2022
  • Top 100 Colorado Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2021
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2021
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2021
  • Peer Review AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • Peer Review AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Peer Review AV Rated
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Peer Review AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Women to Watch
  • ColoradoBiz Magazine
  • 2017
  • Peer Review AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2017
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Peer Review AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2016
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top 50 Colorado Women Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award 5.0 out of 5.0
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Washington Bar Review, Contributing Editor
  • Washington Bar Review
  • 1997
  • Phi Beta Kappa (fka Elizabeth Kristin Anderson)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1994
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Publications

  • CBA-CLE Legal Connections
  • Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA Raises More Questions Than it Answers for Colorado Families
  • 2013
  • Willoughby & Eckleberry LLC Update
  • Untying the Knot - Tax Aspects of Divorce
  • 2012
  • Serenity Magazine
  • Disgracebook: How Technology and Social Networking Inform the Divorce Process
  • 2011
  • Sherman & Howard Client Advisory
  • COBRA Subsidy Program Extended
  • 2010
  • Sherman & Howard Client Advisory
  • Congress Extends COBRA Premium Subsidy
  • 2009
  • Sherman & Howard Client Advisory
  • New Notice, Disclosure and Special Enrollment Rights in CHIPRA
  • 2009
  • Faegre & Benson Practical 409A
  • The Impact of Disability on Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Under Code Section 409A
  • 2007
  • Faegre & Benson Practical 409A
  • Continued Insurance Coverage, Reimbursement and In-Kind Benefit Commitments Under 409A
  • 2007
  • Maine Business and Employment law
  • Implementing a Domestic Partner Benefits Program (fka Kristi Anderson Bjornerud)
  • 2001
  • Maine Business and Employment Law
  • Domestic Partner Benefits: Legal Issues (fka Kristi Anderson Bjornerud)
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Civil Unions: Family Law and Estate Issues in a Time of Rapid Change
  • Division of Benefits in Same-Sex Break-Ups: Assisting Clients in a Complex and Unsettled Area
  • 2013
  • Van Gilder Breakfast Club
  • New COBRA Premium Subsidy Rules
  • 2009
  • Southeast Metropolitan Law Club
  • New Administration: New Issues in Employee Benefits
  • 2009
  • Integrated Delivery Systems Roundtable
  • What’s Up With Your 403(b) Plan in 2008?
  • 2008
  • Seattle Pension Roundtable
  • SEC’s Proposed Rules on Executive Compensation Disclosure
  • 2006
  • Seattle Pension Roundtable
  • New COBRA Notice Requirements
  • 2004
  • University of Washington School of Law
  • A Brief Summary of Taxation of ISOs and Nonquals
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (24)
Endorse Kristi
Family Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristi was opposing counsel on a case and I found her to be well prepared, professional, and a zealous advocate for her client."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Kristi is an excellent attorney and an aggressive, detail-oriented, and mindful advocate for her clients. Her extensive and varied background makes her both a skilled negotiator and well-trained litigator. Her knowledge of executive compensation and complex financial instruments is unprecedented in the Colorado family law community. I fully endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Kristi for her professionalism and integrity."
Family Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kristi Wells has a diverse practice history and variety of legal specializations which make her particularly suited as an effective litigator in the field of domestic relations."
Family Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kristi is a highly intelligent, no-nonsense attorney who has the keen ability to cut through to the real issues in a case. She's a collaborative/cooperative attorney who gives each case her all. I highly recommend her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Kristi is a very knowledgeable attorney who is committed to providing quality representation to each and every client. She is also a great counselor and mentor, explaining complex matters and providing greater understanding to clients and fellow attorneys. It has been a privilege working with her."
Family Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Kristi's knowledge and skill with regard to family law is impressive. Her compassion for her clients and her commitment to teaching younger lawyers are even more impressive. I have learned so much from Kristi and greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kristi is an impassioned opponent, but does not let her zeal for her client outweigh her reason. She will argue effectively when the situation requires it, but negotiate equally effectively when the cost of an outcome will exceed its benefit. If you are seeking a professional and compassionate attorney with a sense of humor, you should consider Kristi Wells."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Krsiti brings passion for the work and compassion for her client to every situation. I am always comfortable knowing any issue will be in good hands!"
Family Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Other
"I have known Kristi for almost 10 years. Her knowledge, skills, and tenacity make her a stand-out advocate."
Family Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Kristi brings a powerful combination of attention to detail and strong advocacy to every client she engages."
Employee benefits Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Other
"I have known Kristi for almost 15 years. Her attention to detail and commitment to client service is outstanding. I endorse her enthusiastically"
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