Diane Carlton

Diane is dedicated to helping clients and their families move through the difficult process of divorce.  Diane is compassionate and works closely with clients to reach a constructive and productive resolution of their case.Diane is a fearless advocate for clients. In court, she is a skilled trial lawyer as a result of her previous experience as a Colorado deputy public defender, municipal judge and her extensive trial experience in divorce cases.

Diane represents clients from high net worth families and has served as co-counsel in complex divorce cases involving multiple attorneys and intersecting areas of law.  She handles settlement and trials of divorce cases throughout all of Colorado.

Representative Matters 

  • Brought in as co-counsel in multiple complex divorce cases, assisting to bring the matters to final resolution
  • Served as an expert witness on Colorado divorce law in Colorado and Texas.  On several of these occasions, the court adopted her expert witness opinion in whole
  • Represented a Fortune 500 family member as part of a team of multiple attorneys
  • Successfully stopped a former spouse from obtaining a change of custody where the expert witnesses recommended for the former spouse
  • Successfully resolved a large asset case where there was a challenge to a pre-nuptial agreement by the other spouse


  • Selected to be included in the publication The Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in “Denver’s Top 20 Lawyers”
  • Listed in Colorado Super Lawyers in field of family law
  • 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
  • Elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers


  • University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado
    • Juris Doctorate
  • University of California, Irvine
    • B.A. Spanish, B.A. Social Ecology
    • Honors: Commencement Speaker

Representative Cases

  • Peo. v. Cobb, 690 P.2d 848 (Colo. 1984)
  • Peo. v. Rodriguez, 786 P.2d 472 (Colo. App. 1989)
  • Peo. In Interest of S.E.G., 934 P.2d 920 (Colo. App. 1997)

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association: Past Board of Governors, Fellow of the Colorado Bar Association
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers: Past President Colorado Chapter, National Board of Governors through 2019
  • Arapahoe Bar Association: Past President, Fellow of the Arapahoe Bar Foundation
  • Douglas Elbert Bar Association
  • Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee on Child Custody

Classes & Seminars

  • Family Law Basic Skills program from 2001 to the present-Trial Preparation
  • Family Law Institute-How to Handle Unrepresented Parties in Divorce Cases
  • Colorado Bar Association CLE-Direct and Cross Examination and Objections in Family Law; Deposition Strategies that Work
  • Lawyers Public Information Foundation-Post Decree Motions Regarding Property
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Minnesota chapter-Alternatives to the Maintenance Status Quo

Past Positions

  • Partner, Heckenbach Carlton and Ammarell; Sole Practitioner; Partner, Carlton and Jacobi; associate municipal judge; Colorado deputy public defender

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court
  • Colorado

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