I wanted to build a practice focused on family, committed to quality and with people I can trust as friends and rely on like sisters. I wanted to use my Jesuit education with grace and gratitude to serve others through law in the most professional and compassionate way possible.
Within the past 3 years, we’ve gone from me as a sole practitioner in a small office off 9th and Logan, to a team of 5 with offices in Avon, Castle Rock, Cherry Creek, Steamboat and Thornton, Colorado. We have a statewide practice and work with clients most focused on resolution and restructuring their families successfully instead of wanting a “day in court” to determine what is best for their families.
So far, over the last 16 years, I’ve worked as a guardian ad litem and respondent parent’s counsel in dependency and neglect actions (2000 -2009); I had my own family law practice as a sole practitioner for 9 years in Denver and Avon (2001 – 2010); trained to be a family law mediator and collaborative law attorney; moved to Avon, Colorado and joined a national firm to manage the domestic practice for three years (2009- 2012); left the firm in 2012 and returned to building Teddi Ann Barry, P.C.
Originally Teddi Ann Miskulin of Lakewood, Colorado, LHS class of 1992, I went to Creighton University because I wanted my college experience to include spiritual growth as well as academic. Creighton is a Jesuit Catholic university with fundamentals such as education of the whole person and students appreciating that we are educated to serve others.
After 7 years at Creighton, completing undergrad and law school in the “heartland” of Omaha, Nebraska, I returned to Colorado, passed the Colorado bar in 1999 and have happily been working to serve others through family law ever since.
On 6/7/8 I married Mr. Barry, changed my name legally to Teddi Barry – this is why I now use my middle name, and go by Teddi Ann. We had 2 beautiful children within 16 months and by September 2013 – we divorced.
After talking the talk of how people should put their children first in divorce, how to focus on the fix – not the fight, and how to move forward with grace and gratitude, I was challenged to walk the walk. Without separate counsel, through mediation and my legal experience, we were able to complete a complex divorce within the 91 days Colorado mandates necessary to divorce in Colorado.
Through this experience, I became convinced that how I had been practicing family law could and should be so different. Everything from immediate financial disclosures and settlement proposals before mediation to creative parenting plans unique for each child involved became a way of our practice.
I came to better understand how important it is for people to have a voice of reason and a safe place to vent with boundaries. I started coaching clients more through the process instead of just lawyering and litigating my way through the demise of the family as they knew it.
I realized that clients do not just need a great lawyer, but a resource broker:
- Who will value my business?
- Who will sell the home?
- Who can help us re-finance?
- Who will counsel our kids?
- Who can I talk to?
A TEAM BEHIND THE LAWYER to make the divorce process as fiscally responsible and time efficient as possible with high levels of communication and needs based assistance through their divorce, custody and parenting issues, child support and paternity matters and modifications of any other problems from previous orders.
Finally! With many years of family law experience and an entrepreneurial spirit, we are redefining family law through service and the focus on the fix – not the fight. Our clients are finding resolution, peace and a promising future.
I am so proud to be able to serve through family law, so grateful for the women who have joined the firm to help our clients, and incredibly thankful to know what is a profound loss in my personal life has brought such insight and professional empathy and determination to make the lives of our clients easier and better.
I hope anyone who reads this understands my vision for and my dedication and devotion to family law in Colorado. Please contact me to help you.