Richard J. Rotole

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Denver, CO

Rotole, Rotole & Blanchard, LLC
 | 400 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite 590
Denver, CO 80246
Phone: 303-399-1600
Fax: 303-399-1607
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (80%),
  • Family Law (20%)
Attorney Profile

Richard J. Rotole is a managing member at the Denver law firm of Rotole, Rotole & Blanchard, LLC, which is a Tier One Best Law Firm according to U.S. News and World Report. Since joining the firm in 1986, Mr. Rotole has focused his practice on litigating and negotiating family law cases. In addition, he also offers mediation and arbitration services to divorcing parties and attorneys throughout Colorado.  As a Mediator, he has a very high rate of settlement.  He is a fair and thoughtful arbitrator when called upon to make decisions for parties and their counsel who choose this alternative to taking a matter to the court.

Mr. Rotole works tirelessly to achieve excellent results for his clients. While working toward a fair and reasonable settlement is always the objective, if required to litigate before the court, he has considerable trial skills and has achieved excellent results in the courtroom.  

Mr. Rotole began his legal career in 1986 after earning his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and his admission to practice law in Colorado. In addition to his admission to practice law in all of Colorado's state courts, he is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and the United States Supreme Court.

Over the course of Mr. Rotole's 33 year career, he has earned the respect of both his clients and his peers. This respect has resulted in a number of honors and awards, including the Best Lawyers in America who chose him as Lawyer of the Year in family law for Denver in 2013, Lawyer of the Year in family law mediation for Denver in 2015 and 2019, and Lawyer of the Year in family law arbitration for Denver in 2018. He is named a Top Lawyer by 5280 Magazine for 2015 through 2019.  He has achieved a "Superb" rating from Avvo and an AV Preeminent peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  He has been named a Colorado Super Lawyer each year since 2008 and is named a Top 100 Colorado Super Lawyer in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Mr. Rotole is also an active member of the legal community and his local community. He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association's Family Law Section, and he is co-chair of the Colorado Bar Association's Family Law Section Legislative Committee. In addition, he has served his community as officer and director of the Lupus Foundation of Colorado and the American Thrombosis Association.

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Alternative Dispute Resolution (80%): Arbitration, Mediation

Family Law (20%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Marital Property

Focus Areas

Arbitration, Mediation, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Marital Property

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020

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About Richard Rotole

Admitted: 1986, Colorado

Professional Webpage: http://www.rrbl.net/attorneys/richard-rotole/

Honors/Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year-Family Law Mediation - Denver, Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • Superb Rating, Avvo.com, 2010 - 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2013 - 2019
  • Best Law Firms, Tier One, U.S. News & World Report 2014-2019
  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year - Family Law- Denver, 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year - Family Law Mediation- Denver, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year-Family Law Arbitration - Denver, 2018
  • A-V Preeminent Peer Review Rating Martindale-Hubbell, 1997 - Present
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Colorado, National Trial Lawyers Association 
  • 5280 Magazine Top Lawyer 2015 through 2019

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Admitted United States District Court, District of Colorado, 1986
  • Admitted to United States Supreme Court

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • National Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2010 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court
  • First Judicial District Bar Association, Member, 1986 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1986
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, Legislative Committee, Co-chair, 2000 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member, 1986 - Present
  • Colorado, 1986
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, Executive Council, 1999 - 2015
  • Denver Bar Association, Member, 1986 - Present
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1986 - Present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Officer and Director, Lupus Foundation of Colorado, Inc., 1995 - 2005
  • Lupus Colorado Cornerstone Council, 2012
  • Director, American Thrombosis Association, 2000- 2002

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Author: Enforcing Family Law Orders Through Contempt Proceedings Under C.R.C.P. 107; The Colorado Lawyer, March 2003; 
  • Author/Co-Author: Annual Legislative Update Family Law Section Colorado Bar Association 2000 to present
  • Co-Author: Paternity Testing in the Age of DNA, The Colorado Lawyer, September 1990
  • Lecture: Enforcing Domestic Relations Orders Through Contempt, December 2006
  • Lectures: Annual Family Law Legislative Update 2000-present
  • Lecture: Efficacy of Using Contempt to Enforce Domestic Relations Orders, December 2010
  • Lecture: The Ethics of Client Control, Family Law Update, Colorado Bar Association, 2011
  • Lecture: HIPAA - It Ain't What Has Been Argued; Family Law Institute, Colorado Bar Association, 2011
  • Lecture - Real Estate Appraisal Issues in a Down Market, Family Law Institute, Colorado Bar Association, 2007
  • Lecture, Maintenance Formula - What's on the Horizon, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Institute, 2012
  • Lecture:  New Maintenance Statute and New Civil Union Statute, Spring Family Law Update; Colorado Bar Association CLE, 2013
  • Lecture:  An Introduction to 13 SB 11 -Concerning Authorization of Civil Unions; Survey of Same-Sex Marriage and Civil Unions in Other Jurisdictions and Reciprocity Issues, Colorado Bar Association, 2013
  • Lecture, Legislative Update: Maintenance; Civil Unions, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Institute, 2013
  • Lecture, Financial Experts: Joint, Cooperative, Shadow/Consulting or Rebuttal, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Institute, 2013
  • Author: Colorado Bench-Bar Handbook - Contempt, 2014
  • New Maintenance Guideline, Spring Family Law Update; Colorado Bar Association, 2013
  • Author: Colorado Judical Nominating Experience, the Application and Interview, Colorado Bar Foundation 2009
  • Author:  Colorado Bench Bar Handbook - Contempt, 2016
  • Lecture: Sorensen/GAL Issues, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Institute 2016
  • Co-Lecturer, Post Decree Enforcement of Orders, Colorado CLE, Fall Family Law Update, 2017

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • In the Interest of K.L.O-V., a Child, and Concerning K.A.V., Petitioner-Appellee, and M.F.O., 151 P.3d 637 (Colo. App 2006)

Educational Background:

  • B.A., University of Colorado, 1975
  • Community College of Denver, A.S., 1973
  • B.S., Medical Technology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 1977

Comments

  • “Had an opportunity to arbitrate a case in front of Mr. Rotole this year - he is an excellent arbitrator. His work on the legislative committee has been great.”
  • “Provides excellent litigation and mediation services in the Denver area. Very bright and capable”

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

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Office Location for Richard J. Rotole

400 South Colorado Boulevard
Suite 590
Denver, CO 80246

Phone: 303-399-1600

Fax: 303-399-1607

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Last Updated: 10/17/2019

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