Diane Michele Carlton

Top rated Family Law attorney in Lone Tree, Colorado

Griffiths Law PC
Diane Michele Carlton
Griffiths Law PC

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Colorado since: 1977

Education: University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2024

Griffiths Law PC

10457 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree, CO 80124 Visit website


Diane Michele Carlton is a dedicated legal advocate, holding the position of special counsel at the Lone Tree-based law firm, Griffiths Law PC. She stands as a staunch advocate for the people of Colorado, focusing on the intricate realm of family law. With a remarkable career spanning over four decades, she has been unwavering in her commitment to guiding high net worth clients and their families through the complex journey of divorce. Furthermore, she has taken on the role of co-counselor in divorce proceedings that have featured multiple legal representatives.

A compassionate professional, Ms. Carlton diligently collaborates with her clients to navigate their cases toward positive and fruitful outcomes. Her primary objective is to facilitate settlements whenever feasible. Her proficiency in trial law is a direct result of her prior roles as a Colorado deputy public defender and municipal judge, along with her wealth of trial experience in handling divorce cases.

After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and social ecology from the University of California, Irvine, Ms. Carlton furthered her education by obtaining a law degree in 1977 from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. In that same year, she was granted admission to practice law in Coronado. She holds memberships in several professional organizations, including the Colorado Bar Association, the Arapahoe Bar Association and the Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals. She also serves as a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Leveraging her comprehensive knowledge, Ms. Carlton willingly imparts her wealth of knowledge by delivering presentations at various family law conferences and offering her legal services pro bono at Metro Volunteer family law clinics. Demonstrating her outstanding professional reputation, she has earned an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, the highest accolade bestowed by the organization. She has further maintained her inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America list since 2006. Also, she holds a near-perfect score of 9.8/10 on Avvo.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Divorce, Mediation & Collaborative Law

First Admitted: 1977, Colorado

Professional Webpage: https://www.griffithslawpc.com/attorneys/diane-carlton/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Family Law Institute-How to Handle Unrepresented Parties in Divorce Cases
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Minnesota chapter-Alternatives to the Maintenance Status Quo
  • Lawyers Public Information Foundation-Post Decree Motions Regarding Property
  • Colorado Bar Association CLE-Direct and Cross Examination and Objections in Family Law; Deposition Strategies that Work
  • Family Law Basic Skills program, Trial Preparation, Presenter, 2001 to 2022
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers: Past President Colorado Chapter, National Board of Governors 2013-2019
  • Fellow of the Arapahoe Bar Foundation
  • Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals
  • Member/Chair, 18th Judicial District Judicial Performance Committee 1989-2004
  • Member, Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President of Colo chapter 2001-2002, National Board of Governors 2014-2020; 
  • Member, American Bar Association and Family Law Section
  • Member Colorado Bar Association and Family Law Section, Board of Governors 1996-1998, 2001-2002
  • Member Douglas/Elbert Bar Association
  • Arapahoe Bar Fellow
  • Colorado Bar Association: Past Board of Governors, Fellow of the Colorado Bar Association, 2023
  • Member Arapahoe Bar Association, President 1997-98, 1983
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America
  • Top Lawyer in Family Law in Denver, 5280 Magazine, 2016-2019
  • Colorado Super Lawyer®, 2006 – 2023 and voted top 50 women and top 100 attorney by Super Lawyers
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America©, 2006-2024, Family Law
  • Elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2023
  • Colorado Super Lawyer Listed in Colorado Super Lawyers as top 50 female attorney in all areas of legal practice Listed in Colorado Super Lawyers as top 100 attorney in all areas of legal practice, Super Lawyer, Colorado Super Lawyers
Educational Background:
  • University of California, Irvine, 1974
Representative Clients:
  • Peo. v. Cobb, 690 P.2d 848 (Colo. 1984), 1984
  • Peo. In Interest of S.E.G., 934 P.2d 920 (Colo. App. 1997), 1997
  • Peo. v. Rodriguez, 786 P.2d 472 (Colo. App. 1989), 1989

Office location for Diane Michele Carlton

10457 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree, CO 80124

Phone: 720-773-6459

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