Kristi Anderson Wells

Top rated family law attorney in Denver, Colorado

Wells Family Law PC
Kristi Anderson Wells
Wells Family Law PC

Practice Areas: Family law, Alternative dispute resolution; view more

Licensed in Colorado since: 2007

Education: University of Washington School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2023

Wells Family Law PC

1660 Lincoln Street
Suite 1525
Denver, CO 80264 Visit website


Kristi Anderson Wells represents clients in Denver, Colorado, as well as in the surrounding areas and mountain towns. She focuses her practice on high asset and complex family law cases with an emphasis on stock options, restricted stock, executive compensation, retirement assets, business valuation issues, trusts, premarital agreements and other financial matters in divorce.   

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 receiving her Juris Doctor with Honors 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 20 years of experience to help families reach mutually agreeable resolutions, and she aggressively protects clients' rights when necessary. For her successes, Ms. Wells has been selected as a Colorado Super Lawyer each year since 2015, Top 50 Women in 2016, 2020 and 2021, Top 100 Super Lawyers 2021, is AV rated, holds an Avvo "Superb" rating and NPR has featured her as a tax commentator.

A published author and experienced presenter, Ms. Wells serves on the Colorado Bar Association's Family Law Section Executive Council, is a Fellow of the Academy of Collaborative Divorce Professionals, is the immediate past President of the Board of Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals, and is a member of both the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the American Bar Association.  Ms. Wells' book, The Executive Compensation Handbook: Stock Option Awards, Restricted Stock Grants, Cash Bonuses, Incentives, and Other Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation in Divorce, was published by the American Bar Association in 2018.  Ms. Wells also serves as Secretary of the Board of the Colorado Judicial Institute.

Practice areas

Family law, Alternative dispute resolution

Focus areas

Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Marital property, Mediation & collaborative law, Same sex family law

  • 90% Family law
  • 10% Alternative dispute resolution

First Admitted: 2007, Colorado

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
Educational Background:
  • University of Washington School of Law, LL.M., Federal Taxation, 1998
  • University of Washington School of Law, Juris Doctor, with Honors, 1997
  • University of Washington, B.A., Journalism, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1994
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Colorado Judicial Institute Board Member, 2019 - Present, 2019
  • Colorado Judicial Institute, Secretary of the Board, 2021
  • Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals, Board of Directors, 2021
  • Former Secretary on the Board of Directors, Western Pension & Benefits Conference
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Alternative Families and Taxation Committees, 2021
  • Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee
  • Colorado Bar Foundation Fellow, 2012 to Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2021
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section Executive Council Member, 2015 - Present, 2021
  • 2014-Present, Superb Rated Attorney, AVVO, 2021
  • 2016, 2020 and 2021, Top 50 Women Attorneys Colorado, Colorado SuperLawyers Magazine, 2021
  • , Top 100 Super Lawyer Colorado, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2021
  • 2014-Present, Martindale Hubbell AV Rated, Martindale Hubbell, 2021
  • Colorado Super Lawyer, 2015 - Present, 2020
  • , Washington Bar Review Contributing Editor, 1997
  • "Kristi Anderson Wells: From Ford Model to Family Law", The Docket, February 24, 2014
  • , Client Distinction Award, Martindale Hubbell, 2013
  • , Phi Beta Kappa, 1994
  • 2014-Present, Fellow, Academy of Collaborative Divorce Professionals, 2021
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers, Providing Pro Bono Services since 2010, 2021

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Kristi is a powerhouse.”

“Very knowledgeable regarding business issues in the family law arena, and an excellent negotiator.”

“Kristi is awesome.”

“Kristi Wells brings a unique background to family law, having practiced in other areas of the law prior to her current practice. She is smart, communicates well and is totally reliable.”

Office location for Kristi Anderson Wells

1660 Lincoln Street
Suite 1525
Denver, CO 80264

Phone: 303-309-1077


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2023

Top lists

Top 100: Colorado Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022 Top 50: Women Colorado Super Lawyers: 2016, 2020 - 2022

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