Hi, I’m Dianne A. Van Voorhees. I am the Senior Associate for Teddi Ann Barry, P.C. and manage our North Metro operations. I advocate for people with domestic relations matters associated with divorce and custody, foster parenting, adoption, grandparents’ rights, and other domestic relations matters. I have represented parties who endured domestic violence, sexual assault, employment discrimination, immigration issues, landlord tenant disputes, and others whose children needed advocacy for their children’s educational needs. In my capacity as an attorney and as a former municipal court judge, I have witnessed lawyers, clients, and pro se litigants maneuvering and searching for resources to address the multitude of intersecting legal issues that often accompany domestic relations matters.
I have practiced law for 17 years and have appeared in courts throughout the Denver Metro Area, La Plata County, the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court, and the federal Bankruptcy and Immigration Courts. I have practiced in the areas of family, juvenile, consumer, bankruptcy, immigration, landlord/tenant, and Federal Indian law, among others.
I received my law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law. I received my undergraduate degree from Fort Lewis College. A third generation Colorado Native, I was born in Leadville and raised in Durango. I have lived in the Boulder and Denver metro areas since 1997.
By Myers Briggs standards, I am an ENTP. The ENTP personality type is sometimes referred to the “Lawyer” type. The ENTP “lawyer” quickly and accurately understands a situation, and objectively and logically acts upon the situation. With Extraverted Intuition dominating their personality, the ENTP’s primary interest in life is understanding the world that they live in. They are constantly absorbing ideas and images about the situations they are presented in their lives. Using their intuition to process this information, they are usually extremely quick and accurate in their ability to size up a situation. In general, ENTPs are upbeat visionaries. They highly value knowledge and spend much of their lives seeking a higher understanding. They live in the world of possibilities, and become excited about concepts, challenges and difficulties. When presented with a problem, they’re good at improvising and quickly come up with a creative solution. Creative, clever, curious, and theoretical, ENTPs have a broad range of possibilities in their lives.
According to Kiersey, I am a Rational. “With Extraverted Intuition dominating their personality, the ENTP’s primary interest in life is understanding the world that they live in. They are constantly absorbing ideas and images about the situations they are presented in their lives. Using their intuition to process this information, they are usually extremely quick and accurate in their ability to size up a situation.”
In my work to improve the legal system, I helped to develop the Colorado Domestic Violence Bench Book. I have also taught other professionals about Colorado policies concerning unbundled legal services, the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Law Student Practices Act, and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.
Throughout my legal career, I have been committed to the improvement of the legal profession, the legal system, and the public perception and experience of both.
I am the Chair of the 1st Judicial District’s Access to Justice (ATJ) Committee and he immediate past Chair of the 17th JD ATJ Committee.. As part of my volunteer duties on the Sean May Memorial Run Walk Committee, I maintain and update the event’s website and social media profiles.
I am a recipient, along with other dedicated 17th Judicial District ATJ committee members, of the Adams Broomfield Bar Association’s 2012 Citizen of the Year Award. In 2015, I was honored with the Denver Indian Center, Inc.’s Local Community Impact Award. And, in October 2015, I received the Denver American Indian Commission Mayor’s Diversity Award.
In addition to practicing law, I serve on the Board of Trustees for Fort Lewis College and I am a past Chair of Colorado’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council. I also volunteer with Mother Gaia Animal Rescue and with Extreme Community Makeover.
Regularly volunteering to provide legal assistance and procedural advice at legal clinics and through organizations such as Metro Volunteer Lawyers, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Rocky Mountain Immigration Advocacy Network, and Project Safeguard reflects my commitment to always work for a better legal system.
I believe that Teddi Ann Barry, P.C. is a great choice for anyone experiencing divorce or needing family law help because we use a team approach to apply compassion and caring in advocating for our clients’ interests, and their children’s well-being, through rational and creative problem-solving.