Mechelle Y. Faulk

Top rated Family Law attorney in Denver, Colorado

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Mechelle Y. Faulk
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Colorado since: 2002

Education: University of Colorado Law School

Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2017
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Ms. Faulk excels at resolving her clients’ most personal and private matters, including those regarding wealth preservation, divorce, children, marital agreements, adoptions and cohabitation. She is an experienced litigator and negotiator, often representing clients with high net worth, complex financial issues and/or significant child-related matters. Mechelle’s knowledge of specialized industries enhances her value to clients, including professional athletes, Olympians, artists, collectors, owners of working interests in oil and gas, trust grantors and beneficiaries, music/concert promoters, musicians, hedge fund managers, individuals with family wealth, and business owners. With a high-profile, high-net-worth clientele, Mechelle is especially sensitive to and adept at privacy concerns.

Mechelle is an experienced, detail-oriented attorney well known for her exceptional counsel and professionalism. For more than a decade, she has provided sophisticated counsel to clients, guiding them through private family-related matters, including divorce, child custody, support and maintenance issues, and post-dissolution issues, including modification proceedings.

Skilled at handling particularly complex and intricate financial issues, Mechelle works seamlessly with experts to assess the value of assets, such as closely held companies, professional practices, private equity investments and other types of business or trust interests. Her experience extends to representing clients regarding parental responsibilities, same-sex marriage, reproductive rights, adoption, grandparent rights, relocation issues and protective orders. In each instance, Mechelle thoroughly learns the client’s specific needs, objectives and the facts. Then she actively strategizes with the client throughout the case to help ensure that both the client’s short-term needs and long-term goals are met to the greatest extent possible.

Representative Experience

  • Represented world-renowned artist with substantial, recognizable works throughout the world, addressing intellectual property, studio valuation and fine art-related issues in a dissolution of marriage and post-decree matters
  • Successfully litigated a multimillion-dollar dissolution valuing and tracing separate property ownership in working interests in oil and gas and involving a privately owned oil and natural gas company engaged in exploration and production
  • Represented public or semipublic, including Olympians, professional athletes, professional disc jockeys, music/concert promoters, television reporters, musicians and art collectors, figures in divorce, family or other private matters
  • Represented in family and other private matters highly regulated and specialized individuals, including doctors, surgeons, financial advisers/investment advisers, hedge fund managers, executives and business owners
  • Represented numerous real estate professionals, including custom home builders, developers and executives, in family law and other private matters
  • Worked with trust experts to establish that client’s interest in generation-skipping, intentionally defective grantor trust did not constitute property for division in divorce
  • Successfully contested ambiguous language in a prenuptial agreement to the benefit of the client
  • Successfully litigated at trial court level and then defended on appeal client’s position to prevent spouse from relocating children out of state
  • Worked with business valuation experts and business experts to value client’s interest in a captive insurance company and to establish the validity of that captive as a going concern

Ms. Faulk sat on the Judicial Performance Commission for the 18th Judicial District of Colorado.  She is a past President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado.  She was also a member of the Supreme Court Commission for Professionalism in the Legal Profession and is a member of a Legal Dream Team with the Center for Legal Inclusiveness, the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, and the Rhone-Brackett Inn of Court. 

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 2002, Colorado

Educational Background:
  • Colorado State University, Bachelor of Arts, Majors: Rhetorical Communication and Technical Journalism, 1999
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member of the Endowment Committee of the Green and Gold Foundation., 2019
  • Supreme Court Commission on the Legal Profession – Commission Member (2011 to 2019); Working Group C (2011 to 2018)., 2019
  • Judicial Performance Commission for the 18th Judicial District, Member (2013-2017), 2017
  • Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence, Legal Dream Team, Team Lead (2010-2018), Member (2018-present), 2020
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member (2002-present), 2020
  • Denver Bar Association, Member (2002-present), 2020
  • Stand for Children, Team Lead (2010-2012), 2012
  • Colfax Community Network, Board of Directors (2008-2011_, 2011
  • Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training, Member, 2009
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado, Past President (2008-2009), Judicial Nominations Committee (2011-2018), Board of Directors (2007-2018), APABA Foundation Board Member (2009-2010), Member (2003-present), 2020
  • Rhone-Brackett Inn of Court, Master Member (2012-present), 2020
  • Ms. Faulk was named to the inaugural “Nation’s Best” List of Lawyers of Color, recognizing exceptional law firm partners and senior-level corporate counsel who have achieved prominence and distinction in their fields and demonstrated a strong commitment to advancing diversity in the legal profession., Named to "Nation's Best" List, Lawyers of Color, 2019
  • Rising Stars are attorneys who are 40 or under or who have been practicing for 10 years or less, who have been nominated by colleagues who have personally observed them in action. No more than 2.5% of the lawyers in the state of Colorado are named to the list (2009-2017), Rising Star, Law & Politics and 5280 Magazine, 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40 Family Lawyers in the State of Colorado, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2013
  • One of five attorneys in the Denver area chosen as a Compleat Lawyer. As described by Law Week Colorado, the “Compleat Lawyer” is the whole package, the equivalent of a modern day renaissance personality - think of someone who not only excels at their area of legal expertise, but generates business, promotes their firm’s values, stays on top of current trends and has a personality that dazzles., Awarded "Compleat Lawyer", Law Week Magazine, 2009
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Legal Dream Team, Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence, Team Lead (2010-2018), Member (2010-present), 2020
  • Board of Directors, Colfax Community Network (2008-2011), 2011
  • Team Lead, Stand for Children (2010-2012), 2012
  • Volunteer, CEC Middle College (2011-2014), 2014
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • It is increasingly common for parties to own passive, minority interests in privately-owned businesses as one of the assets in a divorce or legal separation action.  That ownership interest results in a yearly K-1 form.  Such interests may be owned outright as an investment made by one or both of the parties, via contribution to a mutual fund or retirement fund which owns such an interest, or via ownership in an investment company which owns such an interest.  This panel discussion analyzed the discovery rules, procedural rules, and valuation issues relating to such passive, minority business interests including active case management, discovery issues and limits, the requirement to cooperate with experts as well as whether a cost-based valuation approach is reasonable or appropriate when the minority owner can not require a liquidation of underlying assets owned by the business.  The panel will also analyze a line of recently and closely-watched tax court cases regarding use of various valuation methodologies and the disparity in value that results when a valuation approach assumes a liquidation of a company's assets., Lecturer/Faculty, Colorado Family Law Institute: A Panel Discussion Regarding Discovery and Valuation of Passive Minority Business Interests, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Professionals, Business Valuation Experts, 2021
  • Mediation, arbitration, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) can be powerful tools for resolving disputes.  This panel of Faegre Drinker attorneys and in-house counsel will introduce participants to the mechanics, costs, and benefits of various types of ADR, including mediation and arbitration. They will delve into the application of ethics rules to settlement negotiations, mediator and arbitrator obligations, the confidentiality of ADR proceedings, and other facets of ADR. The panel will also discuss strategies for succeeding at ADR and avoiding more costly and time-consuming litigation proceedings., Faculty/Lecturer, Colorado Diversity, Equity & Inclusion CLE Event: Choose Your Path: A Primer on Alternative Dispute Resolution Options, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, Litigation, General Counsel, Corporate Counsel, 2021
  • Presented and moderated on various issues which arise when domestic violence allegations are raised in the context of a family law case., Presenter/Lecturer, Domestic Violence - The Intersection Between Criminal & Domestic Law, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Attorneys, Judges, And Clients, 2018
  • Lecture regarding standards, procedure and law regarding modification of child support and maintenance in Colorado., Presenter, Fall Family Update — Post-Decree Modification of Maintenance and Child Support, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Practitioners, 2017
  • Interviewed about being the youngest and only female partner at Dufford & Brown, as well as community service work and her successful family law practice, Article subject , Making Their Mark: Mechelle Faulk advocates for women, youth, Denver Business Journal, 2014
  • Presented detailed information relating to required documents, deadlines, and standards relating to a family law practice , Presenter/Lecturer, Family Law Basics Presentation, Denver Bar Association Young Lawyer's Division Court Orientation Program, 2013
  • Presented hands-on, nuts-to-bolts training regarding law and standards applicable to divorce in Colorado., Presenter/Lecturer, Taught "Divorce Law Guide from A to Z", National Business Institute, Colorado Family Law Practioners, 2010
  • Published article discussing the detailed differences and standards between a Child and Family Investigator and a Parental Responsibilities Evaluator., Author, CFIs and APR Evaluators – Similarities and Differences, The Colorado Lawyer, 2008
Industry Groups:
  • Business Owners
  • Complex Financial Circumstances
  • Domestic Issues
  • Family Wealth
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Interstate Or International Custody Issues
  • Oil Gas And/or Water Rights
  • Royalties
  • Trusts; High-profile Or Public Figures

Office location for Mechelle Y. Faulk

1144 15th St
Suite 3400
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-607-3500


9 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2009 - 2017

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