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Wesley Parks

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Denver, CO

Parks Mediation
1720 South Bellaire Street, Suite 205
Denver, CO 80222
Phone: 406-214-9696
Selected to Rising Stars: 2020 - 2022
Licensed in Colorado Since: 2014
Practice Areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family Law, Bankruptcy: Consumer
Attorney Profile

The founder of Parks Mediation, Wesley Parks provides alternative dispute resolution services for businesses and people throughout the state of Colorado from the firm’s offices in Denver. He is also an attorney at a Denver law firm where he handles a variety of civil matters for clients. Mr. Parks has been admitted to practice before all Colorado state courts since 2014, and he is additionally admitted to practice in Montana.

Mr. Parks has handled well over 100 cases as a trained mediator, and the types of matters that he has been involved in as a neutral third party have included landlord-tenant disputes, divorce and other family law issues, contract breaches, and small claims. While it is not always possible to achieve a total resolution after one or more sessions, he helps the parties to, at minimum, identify the issues that they are confronting with the hope that an accord can ultimately be reached. Another area that Mr. Parks has experience in is the process of facilitation, where he works with parties that need to obtain a consensus on certain types of matters before moving forward.

In his capacity as an attorney in private practice, Mr. Parks has worked on several types of civil transactions and disputes. His experience in this regard has encompassed many of the same types of matters that he has worked on as a mediator, but he has additionally provided advice and counsel to consumers who have become overwhelmed by their seemingly insurmountable financial obligations. Mr. Parks advises them of the options under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code while explaining other forms of debt relief that might be available. He has received a 10.0 “Superb” peer review through Avvo in recognition of the superior quality of his work in all of his professional endeavors. 

We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 20%Family Law
  • 10%Bankruptcy: Consumer
Focus Areas

Mediation, Mediation & Collaborative Law

Selections

3 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2020 - 2022

About Wesley Parks

First Admitted: 2014, Colorado

Professional Webpage: https://www.parksmediation.com/

Educational Background

  • The University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana, J.D., 2013; Class of 2013 Outstanding Law Student Award; Mediation Clinic Intern (2012-2013); Emmett C. Angland Excellence in Clinical Work Award (2013); ABA Mediation Competition Regional Finalist (2013); Scholarships: Hickman (2011) & Garlington, Lohn, & Robinson (2012), 2013
  • The University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri, B.A. Art History, 2003; Graduated with Distinction; Undergraduate Research Award (2003); Ilus W. Davis Writing Competition, Second Place (2003); 2001 Eddie Jacobson Scholarship for International Studies (2001); Study Abroad: Université Lyon 2, Lyon, France, (2001), 2003

Honors/Awards

  • Denver Bar Association Access to Justice Committee annually recognizes “Pro Bono Stars” for outstanding pro bono efforts., Pro Bono All Star Award, Denver Bar Association , 2021

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Mediation of Association of Colorado Professional Member, 2021
  • Mediation of Association of Colorado Professional Member, 2022
  • Mediation Association of Colorado Professional Member, 2017
  • Mediation of Association of Colorado Professional Member, 2020
  • Mediation Association of Colorado Professional Member, 2019
  • Mediation Association of Colorado Professional Member, 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • This program will provide practical tips on mediation advocacy skills, including attorney and client preparation, drafting pre-mediation statements, effective mediation opening statements, the benefits of the joint session, presentation of evidence, use of non-party witnesses, use of caucus, working with the mediator to generate movement, overcoming impasse, and drafting settlement agreements. The program will also provide an overview of ethical issues to consider when representing clients in a mediation setting., Panelist, Mediation Advocacy: Suggestions for Attorney Preparation, Colorado Bar Association - CLE, Dispute Resolution, Family Law, Civil Litigation, Business Law, Trusts And Estate, 2022
  • This program will provide practical tips on mediation advocacy skills, including attorney and client preparation, drafting pre-mediation statements, effective mediation opening statements, the benefits of the joint session, presentation of evidence, use of non-party witnesses, use of caucus, working with the mediator to generate movement, overcoming impasse, and drafting settlement agreements. The program will also provide an overview of ethical issues to consider when representing clients in a mediation setting., Moderator, Setting the Stage: Strategies for Building an Agenda and Generating Movement, Colorado Bar Association - CLE, Dispute Resolution, 2022
  • This CLE will addressed issues such as: Why out-of-court resolutions are more important than ever; The ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of out-of-court resolutions; How to prepare for, and conduct, successful remote mediations, arbitrations, and settlement conferences; and Best practices for out-of-court resolutions going forward, including what lessons have been learned during COVID that we can apply post-pandemic., Panelist, Out-of-Court Resolutions: Best Practices in a Post-Pandemic World, Faculty of Federal Advocates, Dispute Resolution, Civil Litigation, 2021
  • This program will provide new bankruptcy practitioners with a general overview of consumer bankruptcy, with a focus on representing clients in chapter 7 bankruptcy matters. The program will consist of a topical presentation on bankruptcy basics and chapter 7 client representation. The topical presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with a bankruptcy judge and trustee regarding pitfalls that new bankruptcy practitioners should avoid. Approved for 2 General Credits, Faculty - Panelist, Bankruptcy Basics, Denver Bar Association and Metro Volunteer Lawyers, Bankruptcy, 2021
  • Ethical issues often arise without warning during mediation. ADR professionals must be able to identify these matters and address them promptly and appropriately. A panel of four experienced mediators will respond to various ethical scenarios, Faculty - Mediation Association of Colorado Ethics Panelist, Mediation Ethics Panel, 14th Annual CBA-CLE ADR Conference, Dispute Resolution, 2020
  • Attorneys are often only trained in litigation, not in mediation. Mediators must educate and coach attorneys on the benefits of mediation as part of the ethical duty of ensuring a quality process. This session will provide mediators with valuable tools and techniques on coaching attorneys on the benefits of mediation., Faculty - Panelist , From Gladiators to Counselors: The Mediators' Role in Shifting Attorneys from Competing to Problem-Solving, 14th Annual CBA-CLE ADR Conference , Dispute Resolution, 2020
  • Article discusses changes to mediation as a result of its mandatory integration into the litigation process through court ordered mediation, and explores some of the ethical implications of these changes, 1st Author, Is Lawyer Presence to Blame for Mediation's Drift Away from Party Self-Determination?, Trial Talk Vol. 69, No. 2, Civil Litigation, 2020
  • Presentation will provide an overview of how bankruptcy may affect mediation and mediated agreements, and will provide an introduction to the use of bankruptcy mediation in balancing rights of creditors and debtors. Participants will gain knowledge on bankruptcy’s effect on mediation, the use of mediation in bankruptcy, and types of disputes that arise from bankruptcy, Presenter, Mediation in the Shadow of Bankruptcy, 13th Annual CBA-CLE ADR Conference, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2019
  • Often overlooked, apology is a powerful mediation tool.  Apology can be communicated without admitting liability. However, inadequate apologies often backfire and cause impasse in mediation and negotiations. This session will provide valuable information on the benefits of apology, the pitfalls of inadequate apologies, and legal protections for apology in mediation, Panelist, The Power of Apology In Resolving Disputes, 13th Annual CBA-CLE ADR Conference, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2019
  • A panel of experienced mediators and attorneys will discuss what works in mediation and pitfalls to avoid. Best Practices regarding client preparation, mediator’s briefs, opening statements, presentation of evidence, experts as resources, use of caucus, working with the mediator, overcoming impasse, drafting settlement agreements and post mediation communications will be presented, Panelist, Mediation Advocacy: Best Practices for Attorney Preparation, Participation and Documentation, 12th Annual CBA-CLE ADR Conference, Https://cle.cobar.org/eventpdfs/DR110218L.pdf, 2018
  • Mediation is supposed to provide an alternative to litigating disputes, but sometimes mediation becomes a source of litigation. This session will review recent case law that has developed where mediation caused litigation, rather than avoided it. The discussion will explore ways practitioners can minimize post-mediation litigation, Presenter, Mediation Litigation: Recent Reported Court Opinions about Mediation, 12th Annual CBA-CLE ADR Conference, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2018
  • Article discusses the need for the Montana Rules of Appellate Procedure regarding mandatory mediation to be amended to include an opt out provision for survivors of domestic violence in family law appellate matters, Author, Mandatory Appellate Mediation and Domestic Violence in Montana, Montana Lawyer, Vol. 39, No. 2 (2013), Family Law, 2013
  • In mediation, attorney-mediators, non-attorney mediators and attorney-advocates are under ethical obligations to practice with competence, i.e., each must apply respective best practices. Whose professional standard gets the “right of way”? How does this ethical tension influence mediation outcomes? This discussion explores ways to navigate through competing ethical obligations in mediation, Presenter, Multidisciplinary Professionalism in Mediation: Navigating the T-junction of Attorney-Mediators, Non-attorney Mediators, and Attorney-Advocates, 11th Annual CBA-CLE ADR Conference, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2017
  • This article discusses inconsistent reasoning courts have applied when addressing transgender marriage and argues for a subjective definition of sex for purposes of marriage, Author, Removal of the Impediment: The State of Transgender Marriage in Montana, Montana Law Review, Vol. 74, Issue 2 (2013), Family Law, 2013
  • Discussed the need for an opt out provision for survivors of domestic violence in the Montana Rules of Appellate Procedure, which required mandatory mediation for family law matters., Panelist, Mandatory Appellate Mediation and Domestic Violence in Montana, Issues, Ethics, and Opportunities in Dispute Resolution Conference, Bozeman, MT, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2013

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Chair Colorado Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section..., 2022
  • Vice Chair, Colorado Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section , 2021
  • Vice Chair Colorado Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 2020
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers, Denver, CO; 2018-2019; Volunteer attorney for bankruptcy and family law matters, 2020
  • Jefferson County Mediation Services, Golden, Colorado; 2015-present; Volunteer Mediator for over 89 cases and counting; Mediate family, landlord/tenant, civil, and small claims disputes; Train new mediators, 2020
  • Jefferson County Mediation Services, Golden, Colorado; 2015-present; Volunteer Mediator for over 89 cases and counting; Mediate family, landlord/tenant, civil, and small claims disputes; Train new mediators, 2019
  • Jefferson County Mediation Services, Golden, Colorado; 2015-present; Volunteer Mediator for over 89 cases and counting; Mediate family, landlord/tenant, civil, and small claims disputes; Train new mediators, 2018
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers, Denver, CO; 2018-2019; Volunteer attorney for bankruptcy and family law matters, 2018
  • Jefferson County Mediation Services, Golden, Colorado; 2015-present; Volunteer Mediator for over 89 cases and counting; Mediate family, landlord/tenant, civil, and small claims disputes; Train new mediators, 2017
  • Jefferson County Mediation Services, Golden, Colorado; 2015-present; Volunteer Mediator for over 89 cases and counting; Mediate family, landlord/tenant, civil, and small claims disputes; Train new mediators, 2016
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers, Denver, CO; 2018-2019; Volunteer attorney for bankruptcy and family law matters, 2019
  • Jefferson County Mediation Services, Golden, Colorado; 2015-present; Volunteer Mediator for over 89 cases and counting; Mediate family, landlord/tenant, civil, and small claims disputes; Train new mediators, 2015
  • Denver County Court Mediation Services, Denver, CO; Volunteer Mediator; Mediate general civil disputes, 2019

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Mediation, Negotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution , 2022
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Mediation, Negotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and ABA Representation in Mediation Team Coach, 2021
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Mediation, Negotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2020
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Denver Sturm School of Law, Mediation, Negotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2019
  • 13th Annual CBA-CLE ADR Planning Committee, Denver, Colorado, 2018-2019; Planned conference, drafted request for proposals, reviewed proposals for acceptance, 2019
  • 12th Annual CBA-CLE ADR Planning Committee, Denver, Colorado, 2018-2019; Planned conference, drafted request for proposals, reviewed proposals for acceptance, 2018
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Office Location for Wesley Parks

1720 South Bellaire Street
Suite 205
Denver, CO 80222

Phone: 406-214-9696

Last Updated: 7/25/2022

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