Kristi Anderson Wells

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Denver, CO

Wells Family Law, P.C.
 | 1660 Lincoln Street, Suite 1525
Denver, CO 80264
Phone: 303-309-1077
Fax: 720-677-0110
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (90%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

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

 
Practice Areas
  • 90%Family Law
  • 10%Alternative Dispute Resolution
Focus Areas

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

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020

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About Kristi Wells

Admitted: 1997, Colorado

Professional Webpage: https://wellsfamilylawcolorado.com/kristiwells/

Honors/Awards:

  • Superb Rated Attorney, AVVO
  • Colorado Super Lawyer, 2015 - Present
  • 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
  • Academy of Collaborative Divorce Professionals, Fellow

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presentor: A Brief Summary of Taxation of ISOs and Nonquals (Presented at the University of Washington School of Law, Spring, 2003)
  • Commentator: Complex Taxes (National Public Radio broadcast, Morning Edition, April 15, 2002) 
  • Speaker, Advanced Tax Issues in Divorce, Colorado Bar Association Family Law Institute, 2015
  • Commentator: New Tax Law (National Public Radio broadcast, Morning Edition, August 21, 2001)
  • Commentator: Estate Tax - the Mysterious Disappearing Repeal of the Estate Tax (National Public Radio broadcast, Morning Edition, June 7, 2001)
  • Author, Benefits Issues Arise When Same-Sex Relationships End, The Colorado Lawyer, Colorado Bar Association, 2013
  • Commentator: Tax Time Commentary -- An Ode to the Code (National Public Radio broadcast, Morning Edition, April 16, 2001)
  • Co-Author, Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA Raises More Questions Than It Answers for Colorado Families, CBA CLE Legal Connections, Colorado Bar Association, 2013
  • Implementing a Domestic Partner Benefits Program, Maine Business and Employment Law (Northern New England Publishers, Inc., Naples, Maine), January, 2001
  • Speaker, Divorce: Classifying, Valuing and Dividing Executive Employment Benefits, Strafford Family Law Webinar, 2013
  • Domestic Partner Benefits: Legal Issues, Maine Business and Employment Law (Northern New England Law Publishers, Inc., Naples, Maine), December, 2000
  • Speaker, Attorney Fees in Family Law, Colorado Bar Association Family Law Institute, Colorado Bar Association, 2013
  • Providing a practical guide to understanding, negotiating and dividing assets in the category of executive compensation in divorce. A clearly written roadmap, this book helps you avoid the common pitfalls associated with these complex assets and allows you to explain these issues to your clients., Author, The Executive Compensation Handbook: Stock Option Awards, Restricted Stock Grants, Cash Bonuses, Incentives, and Other Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation in Divorce, American Bar Association, 2018
  • Speaker, The Duty to Confer, Colorado Bar Association Family Law Institute, Colorado Bar Association, 2013
  • Addressed the novel issues that can arise in a divorce involving a marijuana business including: Navigating the various municipal, county, state and federal rules and laws; Issues in appointing a receiver over a marijuana business; Methods of obtaining discovery; How federal tax returns are different in a marijuana business; Valuation issues in a largely cash business; Parenting issues in an MJ divorce; and Drafting Considerations, Speaker, Rocky Mountain High: Navigating the Marijuana Divorce Without Losing Your Mind, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2018
  • Speaker, Same Sex Issues in Family Law: When it Isn't "Husband and Wife", MDIC March Luncheon, Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee, 2013
  • Speaker, Unveiling the Mysteries of Dividing Executive Compensation, Stock Rights and Severance in Divorce, Colorado Bar Association Family Law Institute, Colorado Bar Association, 2012
  • Moderator, Judges Panel on Business Valuations in Divorce, CBA Family Law Section February Meeting, Colorado Bar Association, 2012
  • Speaker, Spoils of War: Dividing Deferred Compensation in Divorce, CBA CLE 2011 Spring Family Law Update, Colorado Bar Association, 2011
  • Trial Preparation and Practice, co-presented with John Tatlock, Colorado Bar Association, 2014 Fall Family Law Update, October 31, 2014, Speaker, Trial Preparation and Practice, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2014
  • 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
  • "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
  • 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
  • Unveiling the Mysteries of Dividing Executive Compensation, Stock Rights and Severance in Divorce, at the Family Law Institute in Vail, Colorado, August 11, 2012
  • How Technology and Social Networking Inform the Divorce Process, Colorado Serenity Magazine, December 2011
  • COBRA Subsidy Program Extended, Sherman & Howard Employment Law Newsletter (January 2010), co-authored with Ted Olsen
  • Sherman & Howard LLC ERISA Advisory: Congress Extends COBRA Premium Subsidy, December, 2009
  • Sherman & Howard LLC ERISA Advisory: New Notice, Disclosure and Special Enrollment Rights in CHIPRA, February 2009
  • Note/Comment, The Uncertain Scope of Sovereign Immunity in Washington AfterSavage v. State, 71 Wash. L. Rev. 1069 (1996)
  • 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
  • New Administration: New COBRA Premium Subsidy Rules, Van Gilder Breakfast Club, April 2009
  • New Administration: New Issues in Employee Benefits, Southeast Metro Law Club luncheon, March 2009
  • Faegre & Benson LLP Practical 409A: Continued Insurance Coverage, Reimbursement and In-Kind Benefit Commitments Under 409A (March 2008), co-authored with R. Gegelman
  • 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
  • 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
  • What's New Under the Final 409A Regulations? Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis Compensation and Benefits Alert (May 2007), co-authored with D. Ellis
  • Preston Gates & Ellis E-lert: IRS Extends Transition Relief for Section 409A Compliance, October 5, 2006
  • Presentor: SEC's Proposed Rules on Executive Compensation Disclosure (Presented to the Seattle Pension Roundtable, March 16, 2006)
  • Presentor: New COBRA Notice Requirements (Presented to the Seattle Pension Roundtable, December, 2004)

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

Comments

  • “Very knowledgeable regarding business issues in the family law arena, and an excellent negotiator.”
  • “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.”
  • “Kristi is a powerhouse.”
  • “Kristi is awesome.”

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

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Office Location for Kristi Anderson Wells

1660 Lincoln Street
Suite 1525
Denver, CO 80264

Phone: 303-309-1077

Fax: 720-677-0110

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Last Updated: 1/22/2020

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