Steve was trained in collaborative practice very early in his career working with divorcing people. He was a founding member of the Boulder Collaborative Group, and though he has his office in Centennial, has worked with clients in Boulder and the surrounding area for many years.
Steve’s approach to helping people with divorce is as a facilitator, problem solver and financial expert. Divorce is not a legal problem unless it is made that way because people are unable or unwilling to work on reaching agreements. Thus, how we approach helping people to work through one of the toughest challenges they are likely to face in life is critical to helping them find resolution peacefully and with dignity. He combines logic, skill, compassion, creativity, and calm – with a bit of humor – to help his clients work through the difficult issues of their divorce. He understands the stress and grief that accompany divorce, and also that many people need considerable support when going through the divorce process. Helping clients reduce their anxiety during one of the most difficult times of their lives is central to Steve’s approach.
Steve qualified as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst in 2003, and since then has been trained in mediation, collaborative divorce, QDRO preparation, business valuation, early neutral evaluation, and advanced family law issues. He is also a Certified Financial Divorce Specialist. He has been accepted as an expert witness on divorce financial matters and retirement plans by Douglas County and Jefferson County District Courts.
In addition to being a member of the Boulder Collaborative Divorce Practice group, Steve is a also member of the Rocky Mountain collaborative law practice groups, and both the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals. He is a Professional Mediator recognized by the Mediation Association of Colorado, a Patron of the Colorado Bar Association (and a member of its Family Law and ADR Sections), a member of the Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts, a member of the Financial Divorce Association, and a founding member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators. He is a former member of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. He has been a voluntary mediator for the Denver Probate Court and the Denver Small Claims Court.
He has written a number of articles on divorce and is a contributor to Collaborative Divorce: Helping Families Without Going to Court, by Forrest S Mosten (Jossey-Bass, 2009). He was a regular contributor to the magazine Divorce Edition on divorce financial and tax issues, and has been a presenter at Colorado collaborative law annual conferences.
Steve holds a BS from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. His previous career was in management consulting, working with businesses, public sector organizations and not-for-profits to help them improve performance through better leadership, people development and planning.
He is a father, husband, grandfather, musician, artist and former rugby player and coach.