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Joseph Adam Ditlow

Family Attorney at Colorado Springs, CO

4.7   14 reviews

also known as JAD Ditlow, Joseph Ditlow

  • State Years
    Colorado - CO 14 years
    Wisconsin - WI 15 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2009
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Joseph

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A native Coloradan, I was born and raised in Boulder.  In 2001, I graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado receiving a B.S. in History.  I have served the U.S. as a systems program manager for over 15 years. Presently, I am a Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve, stationed at Peterson AFB, CO.  

I graduated Law School from Marquette University in 2009, was awarded my Juris Doctorate, and was admitted to the Wisonsin and Colorado Bars that year. While at Marquette I was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit Honor Society) and the Marquette Pro Bono Society.  Additionally, I interned for the Wisconsin Supreme Court-Justice Patience Roggensack.

In 2010, I accepted a position as a Deptuty District Attorney in the 9th Judicial District and prosecuted misdemeanor and felony level crimes.  Since August 2012, I have been practicing predominantly Family Law.  However, I have also practiced criminal defense, as a deputy municipal prosecutor, and as court appointed counsel for Dependency and Neglect and contempt defense.   

As a child of divorce, an Air Force officer, family man, and a driven attorney, I believe that my personal and professional experiences aid me in relating to clients. Moreover, I feel this makes me distinctively qualified in the practice of family law.   I am very aware of the effects this process has on the family; most notably, children.  I am keenly alert that the effects of divorce are prevalent long after the formal ending of a relationship.  I will make it a point to keep my clients focused on their children and how their actions today will impact their children’s tomorrows.  If possible, I believe that my primary goal is to aid in an amicable resolution outside the courtroom.  Yet, there are situations where there is no other option than to resolve issues in court.  Should that be the case, my extensive trial and litigation experience has prepared me to represent my clients in a courtroom setting. 

I have every hope that I can continue to spend time in our community promoting family law issues, community advocacy and restorative justice.  I enjoy the outdoors and all that Colorado has to offer.  Mostly, I am glad to be home and to have the ability to serve the Front Range. 



Marrison Family Law
225 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO, 80906
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2985 Broadmoor Valley Road
Colorado Springs, CO, 80906
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Posted by brian | February 5, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
great lawyer
I hate using lawyers and think most are incompetent. However i found a great one in Mr. Ditlow. He helped me resolve a custody issue with my sons mother and was great to work with. He communicated well, was detailed, and was very knowledgeable. He returned every email and phone call i made to him in a very timely manner and actually explained things to me in a way that i could understand. I hope i never need him again but if i do he is my man.
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2019
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Dedicated attorney
Dear potential future client, I’ve been where you are at this very moment, looking at reviews and thinking or responding to a divorce. It can be a scary moment to face alone. So much can depend on these next few actions. So please take a moment to breath and read the following. I was married for 15 years at the time the divorce was finalized. I was blindsided by my ex-wife's choice when I got the paperwork served to me. I was heartbroken and felt like a failure as a husband and more importantly as a father. I had three beautiful kids, an almost 20-year military career, a house/assets, and now a future that was in a limbo of some extreme altering from one person’s decision. It was overwhelming. So many thoughts and feelings flooded my mind and body. I knew I needed help, and quickly, so my response was to find the right people to help me through this process, which started with internet searches, reading testimonials, and making phone calls just like you, which lead me to Jad and Kara. If I can save you the wasted time please stop and call Marrison Family Law. I was quickly put in touched with Jad and Kara. Jad and Kara respond quickly and deliberately. They were able to guide and inform me of everything I needed to know and act upon to protect myself and my interests. Quickly the ex-spouse realized my legal team was head and shoulders better than her lawyer. She also realized that it was in her best interest to negotiate and play fairly otherwise she would be facing a very difficult time along with mounting legal fees and what Kara would coin the weight of a legal whale crushing down on her. This is extremely important moment for you, and there are major life decisions being made that are going to have an impact on your future. Please do not go at it alone; pick a team that has a proven track record. Listen divorce is brutal for everyone involved even if it is mutual and I would suggest having experts to help you. There are many different lawyers you can choose from, but I can personally vouch for Jad, Kara, and Marrison law firm. From the first contact until notice to withdrawal it was handled delicately and most professionally at all times. They gave me something that I was not able to find with other places I had talked to before, which was a reassurance that they had my back no matter what. Throughout the entire process, I did not have to worry unlike my ex-wife, which allowed me to place my focus on other more important aspects of my life, like spending time with my kids, getting the things I needed to help me move forward, and peace of mind, it is critical that you can think clearly to make decision. You have heard it over and over, if you are facing a legal issue get a lawyer. Men as a guy I went through great lengths to make sure my legal team was going to defend my rights as a male. This is them. Ladies, as a guy I would have not wanted to know that my ex-wife had just hired Jad and Kara to defend her. To Jad and Kara, sincerely I am forever grateful that our paths crossed and you helped bring closure to this life-changing event for me. A simple thank you doesn’t ever seem to be enough. However, thank you for what you did for this single father — to the rest of you still reading. I wish you the peace of mind I had while going through this process and I hope you call Marrison law firm and request Jad and Kara. It's a choice you will later thank yourself for doing.
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2017
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Look no further
If you are getting divorced, you need an attorney, and arguably, even if you are well-acquainted with the legal arena. I started my divorce without one and soon realized that I needed one, which was one of the two best decisions I made. The second, and of equal weight, was hiring Joseph A. Ditlow (JAD) of Marrison Family Law. If you don’t know what to look for in an attorney, the internet provides lists of standard characteristics that every good attorney should have. JAD has them all, but let me explain what sets him apart even further: JAD won’t compromise his integrity or reputation for a client. He careful filtered the information I gave him to ensure I was being honest and thorough, giving him a clear understanding of the coming battle. Divorces are charged with emotion. It’s easy for a client to think of an attorney as a counselor and lose track of time. Counselors are far less expensive than attorneys. Still, attorneys need a degree of history and relational information for context. JAD was mindful of the clock and my strained budget and masterfully helped me stay on track and task. More so, though, JAD captured the information he needed to understand me and my concerns. My case took unexpected and somewhat shocking turns and dives that placed enormous and sometimes short-notice demands on assessing how to respond and proceed. JAD remained unshaken, professional, and hugely supportive. His confidence and encouragement was profoundly meaningful and beneficial to me, and his ability to shift gears with speed, accuracy, and clarity exceeded measurable value. I was sometimes given information I didn’t like, or that I thought was wrong or found unfair. JAD understood and helped me face some facts with candor but grace, even when I responded with a lack of grace myself. There was a lot of noise in my case, and because there is only so much time in the court room, we had to discern very carefully what really mattered. JAD focused on my desired outcomes while advising me on what was realistic, what should be our priorities, and what risks should be abandoned until we reached an agreement based on what I could live with. In my case, his method and approach was monumentally successful. There were several things he did that were really the glue that held everything together: uncompromisingly ethical; researching; exhaustively exploring and/or pursuing preferred options with opposing counsel; having flexibility; making connections; really hearing me; checking in on me; being tirelessly attentive and responsive to my case, even after hours; educating me; coaching me on the value of timing and waiting; his own self-discipline; and especially, meeting me where I am based on my world view. JAD and I were together on my case for a long time. Time can make or break any relationship because it provides the opportunity to really see what someone is made of. I am certain that my case is only quiet for the moment, and not really closed. Therefore, knowing what JAD is made of, we will be working together again, eventually. I don’t know what JAD’s personal worldview is. He has never volunteered it, and I have never asked. What I do know is this: My worldview prompts me to thank God for him.
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Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2016
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Highly Recommended
I am very grateful that I hired Joseph Ditlow for several reasons. First, I always felt as if he genuinely had my best interest in mind. He was always honest with his dealings with me and was extremely responsive to my needs and questions. I am very please with his service and feel lucky to have him in my corner.
Posted by Beverly Mays | October 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Ditlow is caring and respectful of your case and situation. Aggressive to get your case won and put you in the best position possible for your circumstances. He is extremely confident, tactful and intelligent. His communication with me threw my process was exceptional!!! I never had to worry, it was always communicated and taken care of. JAD thank you for always looking out for me and going the extra mile. Thank you Bev
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Posted by evgeniy | September 2, 2016
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Best Lawyer in the state of Colorado
I hired Marrison Family Law for my custody case, I was then given the attorney whom was going to take the case. I met Joseph and from the start he got the case going immediately. The mother of my child kept my son away from me for over a year. We ended up going to court and Joseph won me 50/50 custody and decision making. That was more than I had expected. The whole time joseph was courteous, understanding, but very strong and destroyed Colorado legal services in court ( respondents attorney). This attorney is someone who never gives up on your case and truly helps fathers get the parenting they deserve with their child. My case was very difficult in which I had a mother who tried every trick in the book to keep me away from my son. I'm happy with Marrison Family Law and especially Joseph Ditlow.
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Posted by Tracy | September 17, 2015
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Sleeping Case File
Mr. Ditlow and I spoke briefly on the phone when he was assigned my "sleeping" case file after my attorney had left the firm. It hadn't be active for 9 months. A few months later, my case became active! I have never met Jad face-to-face. Yet he was able to verse himself quite well with my case in a matter of days. Even while I was on vacation, he handled everything for me in and out of court. I was ecstatic with how he approached the situation and was able to get everything wrapped up neat and clean... pretty much with a bow on top, take care of a few snags and close my case beautifully!!! I am extremely glad to have had Mr. Ditlow on my side as my attorney!! He kept me in the loop, fully informed. He made me feel comfortable, even while I was out of state and knowing that he hadn't been with me from the beginning. He was able to close my case with more than I thought possible! I can not wait to shake his hand and tell him thank you! I am sincerely blessed and pleased with what he was able to do in one months worth of time!!! I highly recommend Mr. Ditlow!!!!
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Posted by Jim | October 14, 2014
Joseph Ditlow Review
Joseph is a outstanding attorney. He kept me informed at all times, is detailed oriented, and always seemed to be a step or two ahead of the game. He works extremely hard and knows his craft. He is always prepared and willing to go that extra mile for his client. I would hire JAD in a heart beat.
Posted by Terie | January 17, 2014
Recommendation for Joseph A. Ditlow and the Law Office of Angela Roff
I would recommend Joseph A. Ditlow, who works at the law office of Angela Roff, to anyone looking for a trustworthy lawyer. Both he and Angela helped me navigate the divorce process. It was an extremely challenging 2-year period for me, and with their help, I managed to transform my life all on my own. Both lawyers always knew the law, kept their deadlines, kept me on task as to what needed to happen and, generally, kept emotions out of all of it. I hope I don't need their services again... But I would most certainly look to them first.
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Posted by Kent | January 2, 2014
Excellent and Professional Attorney!
One of the best lawyers on the western slope of Colorado. Mr. Ditlow has handled my legal problems with great success and I highly recommend him for your legal needs. You will be completely satisfied with his services, professionalism, quality of work, caring and hard work. Mr. Ditlow will act as your advocate and will argue the merits of your case vigorlously. He never gives up on a cause he believes in or his clients. Therefore, I recommend Mr. Ditlow without hesitation.
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Posted by Janet | January 2, 2014
Effective Legal Help
We hired Joseph Ditlow to represent our family member in a domestic dispute, between husband and wife. He did an excellent job representing our fanily member in court. He made the process easier for everyone involved and he helped minimize hard feelings among family members. He helped this family make positive progress. Joseph was professional, knowledgeable, understanding, and effective.
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Posted by Robert | January 2, 2014
Competant, Compassionate and Insightful
After speaking to several attorneys about a serious traffic infraction involving a teenager, we settled on Jad Ditlow for several reasons. Foremost, Jad is a person of integrity who we felt an immediate trust for. This trust was born out of his ability to be compassionate towards our circumstances, his knowledge of the charges and the system, and the realistic interpretation of possible outcomes. He did not sugar coat these possible outcomes nor promise us too much in terms of possible outcomes. He was able to connect with our teen as well which was important for us. Jad was not a high pressure lawyer and even advised that we could possibly handle this case on our own but he gave us such a peace of mind that we insisted on retaining his services. He reviewed the legal process with us and was clear about his process (including billing procedures). After speaking with us, Jad researched our case and contacted the appropriate authorities to negotiate a lesser charge based on our circumstances. He made several important recommendations to us that assisted in attaining these lesser charges as well. Entering into court, Jad walked us through the procedures and prepared us and our teen well for what we were going to experience. Because of his preparation and good communication skills with us, there were no surprises to us on that day. We were not disappointed at any point along the way with Jad's services and I would highly recommend him to others.
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Posted by Doug | December 30, 2013
Excellent Representation
I was very happy with Josephs knowledge of colorado law and my rights as a father. He treated me with respect and helped me threw a very hard time with my ex wife. I was able to fianalize a very stressful divorce with a very good out come. I would recammend Joseph to anyone. He was very good at keeping me calm and made sure that i was not taken advatige of by my ex wife and her lawer. He is a very honest and hard working lawer. He did not waist time and was able to take care of issues as they arose.
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2013
To new and inexperienced for me.
"JAD" Ditlow is an attorney I would not use again. He did me a complete disservice and I am still suffering from it. His retainer was way WAY OVER THE TOP! Guess that is the only way he can keep clients from changing to another and probably more competent lawyer. Not some one I would use again or who I could recommend with any confidence. Check out his record or cases, where her worked and for HOW LONG? The more questions you ask, the better you will understand.
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Response from Joseph Ditlow December 5, 2013
It is the goal of myself and the law office of Angela Roff PC to provide competent, intelligent, probative, and affordable legal counsel. It is concerning when clients are dissatisfied with the outcome of their case; sadly, it is sometimes unavoidable. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or concerns. ~JD
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Senior Associate
  • Marrison Family Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate
  • Marrison Family Law, LLC
  • 1900 - Present
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Angela Roff PC
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • The 9th Judicial District Attorney's Office
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Acqisitions Program Manager
  • United States Air Force (Active Duty/Reserve)
  • 2001 - 2020
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  • Air Command and Staff College
  • Certificate
  • 2017
  • Marquette University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Squadron Officers School
  • Certificate
  • 2008
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2001
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  • El Paso County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Colorado Springs Teen Court
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2017 - Present
  • Pikes Peak Justice and Pro Bono Center
  • Vice Chair Board of Directors
  • 2017 - Present
  • Community Justice and Pro Bono Center
  • Grants Committee Chair
  • 2017 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Alpha Sigma Nu
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Air Force Academy Association of Graduates
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • National Eagle Scout Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2017
  • 9th Judicial District Access to Justice Committee
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • 9th Judicial District Dependency & Neglect Best Practices Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2015
  • 9th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Marquette Pro Bono Society
  • Marquette University Law School
  • 2009
  • Level II Certified Acquisition Professional
  • United States Air Force
  • 2008
  • Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 1993


  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Children’s Law News, vol. 16, no. 2
  • The Guardian Ad Litem and Their Role In Community Justice: How Proactive Intervention Can Prevent Future Crime
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • February Luncheon
  • FAKE LAW –> How TV Shows Impact the Public’s Impression of Legal Representation
  • 2019
  • February Luncheon
  • Client Communication: Improve Communications Based on Personality Types
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (9)
Endorse Joseph
Family Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I’ve worked with Mr. Ditlow on a number of cases. Time and time again he has shown his proficiency and skill in legal strategy, case knowledge, drafting/briefing and hearing presentation. He’s an excellent attorney!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Ditlow fights hard and gets results. He is highly intelligent, unrelenting, and puts his clients interests first. He is an attorney that you want on your side."
Family Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"JAD is an exceptional attorney who takes seriously both his duty to the client and his ethical obligation to the community as a whole. He is a pleasure to work with, and will tell you the truth, whether you want to hear it or not. He is the real deal."
Family Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a formidable opponent, but very professional. He clearly prepares well, and is willing to straight-talk to his clients the strengths and weaknesses of their respective cases. He is very ethical."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse counselor Ditlow. During his tenure in the District Attorney's Office, Jad earned a reputation with the local criminal defense bar as a fair and understanding Deputy DA. These qualities will definitely serve him well in private practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met JAD when he worked in the District Attorney's Office for the 9th Judicial District. JAD is an honest and professional attorney who's work ethic and knowledge of the law are outstanding. I would highly recommend JAD to anyone."
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