Richard J. Rotole

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Denver, CO

Rotole, Rotole & Blanchard, LLC
 | 400 South Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO 80246
Phone: 303-399-1600
Fax: 303-923-3947
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Attorney Profile

    Richard J. Rotole is the managing member at the Denver law firm of Rotole & Rotole, 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 complex family law cases. Through his firm Denver Mediation Experts, he currently focuses his practice on mediation, arbitration and special master appointments in complex family law cases. 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.  When appointed by the Court in the role of Special Master, he often addresses very complex issues such as business valuations, classification and valuation of separate and marital property, validity of pre-nuptial and marital agreements, discovery disputes and other exceptional circumstances that need the attention of a recognized expert.

    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 demonstrated considerable trial skills and has achieved excellent results in the courtroom over the span of a 35 year career.  

    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 35 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 Best Lawyers in America, who chose him five times, 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 and 2021. He is named a Top Lawyer by 5280 Magazine for 2015 through 2021.  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 and 2015 through 2021.

    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
    • 100%Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Focus Areas

    Arbitration, Mediation


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    Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2021

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    About Richard Rotole

    Admitted: 1986, Colorado

    Professional Webpage:


    • Lawyer of the Year - Family Law Arbitration - Denver, Best Lawyers in America, 2021
    • Lawyer of the Year-Family Law Mediation - Denver, Best Lawyers in America, 2019
    • Best Arbitrator - People's Choice, Law Week Colorado, 2019
    • Superb Rating,, 2010 - 2021, Avvo
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2013 - 2021, Best Lawyers in America
    • Best Law Firms, Tier One, U.S. News & World Report 2014-2021, U.S. News & World Report
    • 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 2021, 5280 Magazine

    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


    • 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
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    • “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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    400 South Colorado Boulevard
    Denver, CO 80246

    Phone: 303-399-1600

    Fax: 303-923-3947

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