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Kimberly R. Willoughby

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Golden, CO

Willoughby & Associates
25188 Genesee Trail Rd, Suite 150
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-839-1770
Fax: 303-839-1750
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022
Licensed in Colorado Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Family Law, Estate Planning & Probate
Attorney Profile

Kimberly R. Willoughby has been practicing law in Colorado for over 25 years. She started the Willoughby Law Firm, LLC, in 1996 which became Willoughby & Associates. Ms. Willoughby limits her practice to the area of family law and estate planning.  Ms. Willoughby is also admitted to practice in South Dakota. 

After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Ms. Willoughby received her law degree from the University of Virginia in 1994. She is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell, has been named a Colorado Super Lawyer since 2006.  She has been named as a Top Lawyer in 5280 Magazine, and she has been named in Best Lawyers in America since 2006.  She has presented and written extensively in the family law and estate planning fields.  A full bio can be found at

Kim helps families in transition navigate some of life's most challenging periods with exceptional representation and legal advice.  Kim's area of emphasis is complex litigation cases involving the nexus between death and divorce, including divorces where intergenerational wealth is an issue.  Kim's practice also has a strong planning component, especially in the area of prenuptial agreements.

Willoughby and Associates is located in beautiful Genesee, Colorado, just west of the Metro area at 25188 Genesee Trail Road in Golden.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Family Law
  • 20%Estate Planning & Probate
Focus Areas

Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

Articles about Kimberly R. Willoughby appearing in Super Lawyers

About Kimberly R. Willoughby

First Admitted: 1994, Colorado

Professional Webpage:


  • Kim was named by 5280 Magazine as one of the Best Attorneys in Denver for 2015-2020.
  • Kim was named one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Colorado for 2012 and 2013, and one of the Top 50 Female Attorneys in Colorado for 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018, by SuperLawyers (a publication of 5280 Magazine and Law and Politics).
  • Kim has been selected to SuperLawyers every year for the last sixteen years (2005-2021).
  • Kim is Avvo rated "Superb."
  • Tim Gill Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year, 2004.  Awarded by the Colorado Business Council.
  • Featured in Denver Woman Magazine June 2009 issue.
  • AV Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Named one of Denver's top divorce attorneys by Divorce in Denver Magazine, January 2005.
  • Barrister of the Year, March 2001, awarded by Colorado Legal Initiatives Project.


  • Published Appellate Decisions: In re Marriage of Rooks, 16SC906, 2018 CO 85 (Colo. App. 2018).  In re Parental Responsibilities of A.R.L., 2013 COA 170, 13CA0342, Court of Appeals of Colorado, December 5, 2013. In re Madrone, 290 P.3d 478 (Colo. 2012). In re Marriage of Sorensen, 166 P.3d 254 (Colo.App. 2007). In re Marriage of DePalma, 176 P.3d 829 (Colo.App. 2007). In re Marriage of Ciesluk, 113 P.3d 135 (Colo. 2005). In re E.L.M.C., 100 P.3d 546 (Colo.App. 2004). In re Marriage of Dorworth, 33 P.3d 1260 (Colo.App. 2001).

Educational Background

  • University of Colorado, Magna Cum Laude, 1992

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Kim presented to the Colorado Bar Association in February 2020 regarding the New Colorado Prenuptial Agreement Form, which she assisted in developing., Presenter, New Colorado Prenuptial Agreement Form, 2020
  • "Price of Vice:  Issues with Cannabis and Other Vice Businesses,"  AAML/BVR National Divorce Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, May, 2019, Price of Vice: Issues with Cannabis and Other Vice Businesses, 2019
  • "Double Dip Debate,"  AAML/BVR National Divorce Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, May, 2019., 2019
  • "Death and Divorce," CLE Family Law Handbook, 2003
  • "Grey Divorce," Society of Financial Service Professionals, January, 2018
  • "Estate Planning Basics," Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association, May, 2018
  • "Court Strategies for Litigants with Capacity Issues in Divorce Cases,"  Judicial Conference, June, 2018 
  • "Modifications to the Uniform Probate Code," Colorado CLE, Denver, Colorado, September 7, 2010
  • "UPC and the Law," Trusts and Estates Update, Denver, Colorado, December 11, 2009
  • "Family Law Update," Colorado Magistrates Conference, Westminster, Colorado, September 14, 2009
  • "Obtaining and Evaluating Financial Information," Colorado Family Law Practice for Paralegals, May 29, 2009
  • "Standards of Value," Business Valuation Program, National CLE Conference (LEI), Vail, Colorado, January 3, 2009
  • "Dead Exes: Probate and Probate Litigation Issues," AAML Advanced Family Law Institute, Denver, Colorado, December 12, 2006
  • Relocation Panel, AAML Advanced Family Law Seminar, Denver, Colorado, December 10, 2005
  • "Cohabitation Agreements," Relationship Agreements, CLE International, Denver, Colorado, August 12, 2005
  • "Death and Divorce: The Intersection of Family Law & Probate," Family Law Section's Annual Spring Family Law Update, May, 2002
  • "Judicial Conference regarding Appointment of GALs," September, 2017
  • "Global Health and Human Rights," University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies, May 8, 2017
  • AAML Annual Conference , Chicago, Illinois, November, "Valuation of Unique Assets", 2017
  • "Grey Divorce," Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee, October, 2017
  • "Colorado's New Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act," with Susan L. Boothby, The Colorado Lawyer, March, 2014
  • "A High Level Discussion about the Interplay Between Goodwill an Maintenance:  Expanding the Double Dip Debate," AAML Colorado Chapter, December, 2015
  • "Grey Divorce:  Special Considerations for Elders involved in the Dissolution of Marriage Process," with Melissa Moses, Esq., 2016 Elder Law Retreat, August 26, 2016
  • "GALS in Domestic Relations Cases:  Where We Have Been, Where We Are, and Why Title 15 is Where We (Think We) Are Going," AAML Colorado Chapter, December, 2016
  • "Double Dipping:  Webinar for Business Valuation Resources," January, 2017
  • "Prenuptial Agreements:  A High Level Discussion with Colorado's Premier Practitioners and Judges," Presented by Colorado CLE, February 16, 2017
  • "Modifications to the Uniform Probate Code," Trusts and Estates Retreat, Vail, Colorado, June 18 and 19, 2010
  • Family Law Fall Update, "Uniform Pre-Marital and Marital Agreements Act and Colorado Civil Union Act," Denver, CO October 25
  • "Common Law Marriage in Today's Changing World," with Herb Tucker, Esq., Colorado Women's Bar Association Annual Convention, Vail, Colorado, May 17, 2014
  • "Marital Agreements," Elder Law Institute, September, 2002
  • "Changes to Colorado's Uniform Probate Code" The Colorado Lawyer, December, 2010
  • "Family Relationships," Senior Law Handbook, Colorado Legal Education, Edition, 2010
  • "Family Law," Lawyers' Professional Liability in Colorado, Colorado CLE, Fourth Ed, 2010
  • Relocation in Family Law Cases," The Colorado Lawyer, March, 2006
  • "Think of Me When Preparing Marital Agreements," Trusts and Estates Newsletter, Colorado Bar Association, January, 2005

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel , 2021
  • National Chair of the AAML Task Force to work with the National Chair of the ACTEC Task Force on the intersection of trusts and estates and family law, 2019 to Present.
  • Executive Council Liaison between Trusts and Estates Section and Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, 2018 to Present.
  • Orange Book Committee, Trusts and Estates, Colorado Bar Association.  Helped draft Colorado's Premarital Agreement Form, 2019.
  • Denver Estate Planning Council
  • Society of Financial Service Professionals
  • AAML 2018 National CLE Committee, 2017-2018.
  • Chief Justice's Commission on the Legal Profession, Liaison, 2013-2015.
  • Statutory Revisions Committee, Trusts and Estates Section, Colorado Bar Association, subcommittees on GALs and trust decanting.
  • Past President, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Colorado Chapter, 2012-2013.
  • Board Member, Colorado Continuing Legal Education, 2002-2008.
  • Statutory Revisions Committee, Trusts and Estates Section, Colorado Bar Association, subcommittee on review of Uniform Probate Code (surrogacy issues), 2008-2010.
  • Appointed Member, Colorado Bar Association Common Law Marriage Task Force.  July to December 2007.
  • President, Thompson Marsh Inn of Court, 2006-2007.
  • Executive Council, Colorado Bar Association, 2005-2006.
  • Budget Committee, Colorado Bar Association, 2002-2003.
  • Second Vice President, Denver Bar Association, 2001-2002.
  • Executive Council, Family Law Section, Colorado Bar Association, 2001-2003.
  • Board of Governors, Colorado Bar Association, 1998-2002, 2005-2006
  • Fellow, Colorado Bar Association, 2005 to Present.
  • Board Member, Colorado Women's Bar Association, 1998-2000.
  • Chairperson, Solo/Small Firm Section, Colorado Bar Association, 1999-2000.
  • Member, Family Law Section, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, Trusts and Estates Section, Colorado Bar Association.
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Office Location for Kimberly R. Willoughby

25188 Genesee Trail Rd
Suite 150
Golden, CO 80401

Phone: 303-839-1770

Fax: 303-839-1750

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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