Kristi Anderson Wells

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Littleton, CO

Gutterman Griffiths PC
 | 10375 Park Meadows Drive, Suite 520
Littleton, CO 80124
Phone: 720-773-6459
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

As shareholder at Gutterman Griffiths PC, Kristi Anderson Wells is committed to representing clients in Denver, Colorado, as well as the surrounding areas. She focuses her practice on family law cases that involve the following matters: retirement assets, stock options, executive compensation, the tax implications of property transfers and spousal maintenance, same-sex partnerships, same-sex marriages, same-sex civil unions, child support modifications, valuation issues, parenting plan modifications, arbitration, special master, collaborative law, divorce, mediation, alternate dispute resolution, parenting time, parental responsibilities, visitation, custody, grandparents' rights, third-party visitation, adoptions, annulments, paternity, Hague Convention, settlement conference, post-decree modifications, custodial parent relocation and dissolution of civil unions.

Ms. Wells earned a Bachelor of Arts and graduated magna cum laude, from the University of Washington, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. After graduating with honors and a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law in 1997, Ms. Wells went on to earn a Master of Laws in Taxation from the same school in 1998.

Bringing compassionate representation to her practice, Ms. Wells helps families resolve matters through collaboration, mediation and, when appropriate, litigation . She relies on more than 18 years of experience to help families reach mutually agreeable resolutions, and she aggressively protects clients' rights when necessary. For her successes, Ms. Wells holds an Avvo "Superb" rating and NPR has featured her as a tax commentator.

A published author and experienced presenter, Ms. Wells hold memberships with the Washington State Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association's Family Law Section, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the American Bar Association.

 
Practice Areas
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Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

Focus Areas

Family Law: Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017

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About Kristi Wells

Admitted: 1997, Colorado

Professional Webpage: http://www.ggfamilylaw.com/content/kristi-anderson-wells

Honors and Awards:

  • Colorado Super Lawyer, 2015
  • Client Distinction Award, Martindale Hubbell, 2013
  • Washington Bar Review Contributing Editor, 1997
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1994
  • Superb Rated Attorney, AVVO
  • "Kristi Anderson Wells: From Ford Model to Family Law", The Docket, February 24, 2014

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • LL.M., Federal Taxation, University of Washington School of Law, 1998

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section Executive Council Member, 2015
  • Former Secretary on the Board of Directors, Western Pension & Benefits Conference
  • Colorado Bar Foundation Fellow, 2012 to Present
  • Park Meadows Collaborative Practice Group
  • Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • Washington Bar Association
  • Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Colorado Bar Association Domestic Violence and Legal Issues Committee
  • Colorado Judicial Institute Family Law Committee
  • Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Washington State Bar Association Family Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Alternative Families and Taxation Committees

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker, Advanced Tax Issues in Divorce, Colorado Bar Association Family Law Institute, 2015
  • Speaker, Same Sex Issues in Family Law: When it Isn't "Husband and Wife", MDIC March Luncheon, Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee, 2013
  • Speaker, The Duty to Confer, Colorado Bar Association Family Law Institute, Colorado Bar Association, 2013
  • Speaker, Attorney Fees in Family Law, Colorado Bar Association Family Law Institute, Colorado Bar Association, 2013
  • Speaker, Divorce: Classifying, Valuing and Dividing Executive Employment Benefits, Strafford Family Law Webinar, 2013
  • Co-Author, Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA Raises More Questions Than It Answers for Colorado Families, CBA CLE Legal Connections, Colorado Bar Association, 2013
  • Author, Benefits Issues Arise When Same-Sex Relationships End, The Colorado Lawyer, Colorado Bar Association, 2013
  • Moderator, Judges Panel on Business Valuations in Divorce, CBA Family Law Section February Meeting, Colorado Bar Association, 2012
  • Speaker, Unveiling the Mysteries of Dividing Executive Compensation, Stock Rights and Severance in Divorce, Colorado Bar Association Family Law Institute, Colorado Bar Association, 2012
  • Speaker, Spoils of War: Dividing Deferred Compensation in Divorce, CBA CLE 2011 Spring Family Law Update, Colorado Bar Association, 2011
  • Note/Comment, The Uncertain Scope of Sovereign Immunity in Washington AfterSavage v. State, 71 Wash. L. Rev. 1069 (1996)
  • Domestic Partner Benefits: Legal Issues, Maine Business and Employment Law (Northern New England Law Publishers, Inc., Naples, Maine), December, 2000
  • Implementing a Domestic Partner Benefits Program, Maine Business and Employment Law (Northern New England Publishers, Inc., Naples, Maine), January, 2001
  • Commentator: Tax Time Commentary -- An Ode to the Code (National Public Radio broadcast, Morning Edition, April 16, 2001)
  • Commentator: Estate Tax - the Mysterious Disappearing Repeal of the Estate Tax (National Public Radio broadcast, Morning Edition, June 7, 2001)
  • Commentator: New Tax Law (National Public Radio broadcast, Morning Edition, August 21, 2001)
  • Commentator: Complex Taxes (National Public Radio broadcast, Morning Edition, April 15, 2002) 
  • Presentor: A Brief Summary of Taxation of ISOs and Nonquals (Presented at the University of Washington School of Law, Spring, 2003)
  • Presentor: New COBRA Notice Requirements (Presented to the Seattle Pension Roundtable, December, 2004)
  • Presentor: SEC's Proposed Rules on Executive Compensation Disclosure (Presented to the Seattle Pension Roundtable, March 16, 2006)
  • Preston Gates & Ellis E-lert: IRS Extends Transition Relief for Section 409A Compliance, October 5, 2006
  • What's New Under the Final 409A Regulations? Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis Compensation and Benefits Alert (May 2007), co-authored with D. Ellis
  • Faegre & Benson LLP Employment Law Update: IRS Issues Transition Relief Under Section 409A, but Don't Stop Compliance Efforts (October 2007), co-authored with P. Lin
  • Faegre & Benson LLP Practical 409A: The Impact of Disability on Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Under Code Section 409A (November 2007), co-authored with R. Gegelman
  • Presentor: What's Up With Your 403(b) Plan in 2008? Integrated Delivery Systems Roudtable, Co-Sponsored by Faegre & Bendon LLP and the Medical Group Management Association, 2008
  • Faegre & Benson LLP Practical 409A: Continued Insurance Coverage, Reimbursement and In-Kind Benefit Commitments Under 409A (March 2008), co-authored with R. Gegelman
  • New Administration: New Issues in Employee Benefits, Southeast Metro Law Club luncheon, March 2009
  • New Administration: New COBRA Premium Subsidy Rules, Van Gilder Breakfast Club, April 2009
  • Sherman & Howard LLC ERISA Advisory: New Notice, Disclosure and Special Enrollment Rights in CHIPRA, February 2009
  • Sherman & Howard LLC ERISA Advisory: Congress Extends COBRA Premium Subsidy, December, 2009
  • COBRA Subsidy Program Extended, Sherman & Howard Employment Law Newsletter (January 2010), co-authored with Ted Olsen
  • Spoils of War: Dividing Deferred Compensation in Divorce, Colorado Bar Association, 2011 Spring Family Law Update, May 13, 2011
  • How Technology and Social Networking Inform the Divorce Process, Colorado Serenity Magazine, December 2011
  • Unveiling the Mysteries of Dividing Executive Compensation, Stock Rights and Severance in Divorce, at the Family Law Institute in Vail, Colorado, August 11, 2012
  • What Happens When the Unhappy Couple Isn't "Husband and Wife"? Co-presented with Ann Gushurst at the Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee Luncheon, March 5, 2013
  • "Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA Raises More Questions Than it Answers for Colorado Families," CBA-CLE Legal Connection, June 28, 2013, Co-authored by Ann Gushurst and Kristi Wells
  • Divorce: Classifying, Valuing, and Dividing Executive Employment Benefits, co-presented with Noah B. Rosenfarb, CPA, on July 30, 2013, for Strafford Webinars Continuing Legal Education, July 30, 2013
  • Rule 121 Duty to Confer and Attorney Fees in Family Law, at the Family Law Institute in Vail, Colorado, August 10, 2013
  • Division of Benefits in Same-Sex Break-Ups: Assisting Clients in a Complex and Unsettled Area, co-presented with Ann Gushurst at the one-day International CLE program, "Civil Unions: Family Law and Estate Issues in a Time of Rapid Change," November 4, 2013
  • Trial Preparation and Practice, co-presented with John Tatlock, Colorado Bar Association, 2014 Fall Family Law Update, October 31, 2014

Educational Background:

  • University of Washington School of Law, LL.M., 1998
  • University of Washington, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1994
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10375 Park Meadows Drive
Suite 520
Littleton, CO 80124

Phone: 720-773-6459

 

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Last Updated: 4/13/2017

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