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This program was recorded on January 15, 2020
The collaborative practice of law is a prevalent model in Colorado; however, skeptics remain among the family law bar. The collaborative approach to resolving family law cases provides a means for both parties who wish to avoid the pitfalls and risks of traditional litigation and prefer an interest-based (as opposed to adversarial and positional) approach to resolving their family law case. The goal of providing collaborative services to family law clients is not only to limit conflict, but to also provide a more well-thought out, comprehensive, and/or creative resolution to clients' cases where the well-being of the family unit is paramount or where the court's authority may fall short of the ability to address a family's desired outcome.
This presentation is intended to start a dialogue among professionals about how best to use our knowledge and skills to help families in Colorado who are in transition. In this presentation and materials, we will discuss the traditional collaborative model of practice and the ethics of the collaborative practice of law, as well as the use of collaborative skills in litigation or non-traditional collaborative models. We will also discuss the roles of neutrals and the benefit of collaborative practice for both clients and practitioners.
Chelsea M. Augelli is a licensed attorney in Colorado. Chelsea’s practice is focused exclusively on family law matters. Chelsea works hard with clients to identify their long-term goals and to strategize how to best achieve them in their family law cases. Whether preparing a case for trial or engaging in settlement negotiations outside of court, Chelsea believes that the key to helping clients succeed lies in thorough and strategic preparation. Prior to becoming an attorney, Chelsea worked as a paralegal for a prominent family law firm, specializing in high-conflict litigation for several years. Chelsea has experience working on complex financial matters in divorce, parenting time disputes, child relocation, and child-support matters. Chelsea graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2019. Chelsea’s legal career began when she worked as a legal assistant at a probate and estate planning firm during her undergraduate studies.
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Erika Alese Gebhardt is an attorney licensed in Colorado, who offers clients efficient and effective representation and tailors her services to the unique needs of each individual client. Ms. Gebhardts practice focuses exclusively on family law. Ms. Gebhardt’s clients have the added benefit of her experience in the areas of employment law, estate planning, and complex commercial litigation. Her previous experience in these areas provides her with a unique perspective and skill set, which enable her to successfully navigate more complicated issues that may arise in cases involving business interests and trusts. Ms. Gebhardt has a wide breadth of experience in family law matters, to include unique parenting time issues, non-traditional families, and high net worth families and individuals. Ms. Gebhardt works closely with her clients to ensure that their case is handled and resolved in a manner that enables them to transition smoothly beyond the legal system. Whether she is working as a mediator, collaborating with other professionals, or advocating for her clients in court, Ms. Gebhardt’s strength is her tireless dedication to making sure that each client is heard and their needs and goals considered in the pursuit of best possible results.
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