Elizabeth Bonanno

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Denver, CO

Gebhardt Emerson Moodie Bonanno, LLC
 | 650 S Cherry St, Suite 1225
Denver, CO 80246
Phone: 303-317-3239
Fax: 720-438-7509
Selected To Rising Stars: 2017 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2012
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish,
  • Italian
Attorney Profile

Elizabeth Bonanno is a Partner at Gebhardt Emerson Moodie Bonanno, LLC, also known as GEM Family Law. Elizabeth practices exclusively in family law, having served hundreds of clients during her tenure with their divorces, parenting, and child support cases.  Elizabeth’s family law practice has focused on asset and business valuation, income valuation, complex divorce, parental responsibilities, child relocation, and child support matters, among others. Elizabeth speaks both Spanish and Italian and uses these skills to assist non-native speakers in navigating through domestic matters.

Elizabeth’s outstanding legal work and professionalism has been recognized by her selection as a 2017, 2018 , and 2019 Colorado Super Lawyer® “Rising Star”, by the judicial officers of Arapahoe County, who invited her to serve on their Best Practices Committee, and by Law Week Colorado, who named her as one of only seven “Up and Coming Lawyers” for 2015. She was also a finalist for the Gary McPherson outstanding young lawyer of the year award from the Colorado Bar Association in 2016.

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Colorado Law School with Honors in Juvenile and Family Law. Elizabeth practiced family law for seven years at Griffiths Law PC, and was a partner at the firm from January, 2017 through July, 2019, joining the GEM family on August 1, 2019.  She received additional family law experience as a law clerk to Judge Norman D. Haglund on the domestic docket in Denver District Court, at Boulder County Legal Services, and at the Harris Law Firm.  

Elizabeth trained in trial advocacy under Colorado Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice (Ret.) and displays confidence and poise in the courtroom, having run many hearings and trials. However, she is also a firm believer in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, assisting clients in settling matters before they reach the courthouse.  Elizabeth is trained in Collaborative Law, whereby parties commit to resolving their dissolution of marriage cooperatively and without the court’s involvement.

Along with her law practice, Elizabeth has authored articles for publications and has presented at seminars on family law topics. She is a member of several professional organizations, including Secretary of the Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee, an organization committed to the improvement of family law via the intersection of the mental health and legal fields, the Denver Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Judicial Institute and the James E. Doyle American Inn of Court, and is a member of the Arapahoe County Best Practices Committee, an invite-only group of judicial officers, clerks and attorneys focused on improving family law in Arapahoe County.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

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

Focus Areas

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


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Rising Stars: 2017 - 2020

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About Elizabeth Bonanno

Admitted: 2012, Colorado

Professional Webpage: http://familylawco.com/about/elizabeth-bonanno/


  • “Up & Coming Lawyers” by Law Week Colorado, 2015
  • The highest rating on attorney rating service, AVVO., “10/10” AVVO rating
  • Colorado Bar Association’s Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year finalist, 2016
  • Colorado Super Lawyer® “Rising Star”, 2017-2018
  • Honors in Juvenile and Family Law, University of Colorado Law School, 2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Arapahoe County Domestic Relations, Best Practices Committee
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Circle of Minerva
  • Doyle’s American Inn of Court
  • Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee, Secretary
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Colorado Judicial Institute
  • Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals Training, 2015
  • Denver Source for Collaborative Divorce Practice Group
  • Denver Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “QDROs Boot Camp,” National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education Program, co-presenter, July 2016, July 2017
  • Presented with judicial officer regarding best practices in the courtroom, March, 2018, Co-Presenter, “Trial Tips – Pet Peeves and Best Practices”, Colorado Judicial Institute, 2018
  • Article published in ColoradoBiz Magazine online, December, 2018, Author, “The Holistic Divorce: How to Separate the Family Unit Without Destroying It”, ColoradoBiz Magazine, 2018
  • “Calling All Spanish-Speaking Lawyers” by Elizabeth Bonanno, The Docket, February 2015, Vol. 37, No. 2
  • Presenter, Colorado Bar Association
  • Presenter, Colorado Judicial Institute’s joint public education project
  • "How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Theirs Out)", Presenter, National Business Institute

Educational Background:

  • Truman State University, B.A., Political Science and Spanish, magna cum laude, 2009
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Office Location for Elizabeth Bonanno

650 S Cherry St
Suite 1225
Denver, CO 80246

Phone: 303-317-3239

Fax: 720-438-7509

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Last Updated: 10/19/2019

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