Patricia Linville, Esq.
Kottke & Brantz, LLC
2975 Valmont Road, #240
Boulder, CO 80301
Patricia Linville is an experienced family law attorney, trained in Collaborative Law. As an attorney, she has been representing divorce clients for over 20 years. In addition she is an experienced mediator who has assisted unrepresented spouses reach final agreements in their divorce cases since 1983.
When a married couple is involved in a divorce, it is because one or both spouses believe their marriage is irretrievably broken. In order to obtain a decree of divorce, decisions must be made with regard to division of property and debts and maintenance (alimony). When there are children, decisions regarding parental decision-making, parenting time, and child support also must be made. Those decisions can be made by a judge or they can be made by agreement of the parties and then approved by the judge. Patricia has a superior understanding of the law that governs divorce, but at the same time she understands the emotions, such as fear and sadness, and the distrust, guilt, and anger that people often feel at that time in their lives. Patricia feels that many couples can benefit by choosing the Collaborative Law process, in which those feelings are acknowledged, instead of the litigation process, in which those feelings are generally not acknowledged. The Collaborative Law process is for divorcing couples who want to end their marriage as amicably as possible and who want to make their own decisions with the help of legal counsel instead of leaving that decision-making in the hands of a judge. It involves a team approach to making the decisions necessary in order for the Court to enter a decree of divorce. The team is made up of the parties, their attorneys, and professionals who work toward a fair outcome for each party that takes into account the best interests of their children.
Patricia has been a partner at Kottke & Brantz, LLC since 1994. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado Law School. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado and she also holds a Masters Degree in Judicial Administration from the Denver University Law School. She is a graduate of the Institute for Paralegal Training in Philadelphia and completed training in mediation of divorce and child custody disputes through the Center for Dispute Resolution.
Her legal experience includes her current practice, previously serving as the prosecuting attorney for child support enforcement in Boulder County, and time spent as a paralegal at the Denver law firm of Sherman & Howard. From 1978 to 1990 she was the Clerk of the District and County Courts in Boulder where she was responsible for the administrative activities of those Courts.
She is a past co-chair of the Family Law Section of the Boulder County Bar Association. She is also a member of the Boulder County Collaborative Law Professionals, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Boulder County Interdisciplinary Committee, which is comprised of family law attorneys, judges, mediators, and mental health professionals. She lives with her husband, two Greater Swiss Mountain dogs, and 19-year old cat. She has an adult daughter.