Diane E. Wozniak

Member

Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303.299.8128

Fax: 303.298.0940

dwozniak@shermanhoward.com

Education

  • Juris Doctor, University of Houston Law Center, 2006
    • Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Management Information Systems, magna cum laude, The University of Oklahoma, 1999

An exceptional negotiator, skilled litigator, and effective case manager, Diane represents clients with estates greater than $1 million.

Diane Wozniak focuses on delivering effective solutions to family law challenges. Diane’s experience includes resolving complex issues related to premarital agreements, same-sex marriage, common law marriage, dissolution of marriage, legal separation, paternity, adoption, the allocation of parental responsibilities, and guardianships. She has represented clients in multiple domestic hearings for permanent orders, temporary orders, protection orders, and post-decree modifications.

Her extensive experience litigating domestic and civil matters and her reputation for thorough preparation and creative solutions serve her clients well when it comes to negotiating a favorable settlement. When direct settlement proves unattainable, Diane has what it takes to resolve disputes at trial and on appeal, or through arbitration, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Diane frequently resolves matters using private judges to ensure the best possible outcomes for her clients and to allow for flexibility in an otherwise rigid process found in the district court system.

Clients appreciate Diane’s passion and concern for their well-being and the way she always strives to connect with them and understand their unique stories. Diane skillfully blends this perspective with her robust experience to establish a pragmatic strategy that helps her clients navigate the family law process with confidence and achieve a fair result.

Experience

  • Represented a physician in a complex divorce that involved parenting and financial issues, including trust issues. Through the strategic use of experts, Diane was able to achieve a favorable settlement at mediation that minimized the financial damage to her client and emotional damage to the children.
  • Represented a father falsely accused by his wife of abusing her and their children. Diane thoughtfully selected a parental responsibilities evaluator who understood the wife’s mental health issues and made appropriate recommendations. Diane settled the case after the evaluator (a joint expert) testified at trial, completely debunking the wife’s false narrative and creating significant doubt for the fact finder, in this case, a private (retired) judge.
  • Represented clients in complex, high-asset-value marital estates in court and mediation.
  • Conducted numerous hearings and settlement negotiations related to domestic matters.
  • Successfully litigated premarital agreement cases.
  • Achieved a favorable ruling in a contested dissolution-of-marriage hearing with a rebuttal expert witness.

Publications & Presentations

PRESS

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • Marital Dissolution and Estate Planning Chapter
    Colorado Estate Planning Handbook – Sixth Edition | 2017

 

PRESENTATIONS

  • Child Support
    DBA/Metro Volunteer Lawyers Post-Decree | 2019
  • Family Law Basic Skills, Child Support
    Colorado Bar Association | 2019
  • Tour Guide of Family Law Mediation… Moving Beyond the Controversies Surrounding a Divorce
    Annual Colorado ADR Conference | November 2017
  • Family Law Evidence Practicum – Practice Your Evidentiary Techniques
    Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section | June 2017
  • CWBA Lift! Mentorship Program
    Colorado Women’s Bar Association Annual Convention | May 2015

Professional Activities

  • Colorado Bar Association
    • Family Law Section
      • Treasurer, Executive Council
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
    • Former Board Member
  • Denver County Bar Association
  • Arapahoe County Bar Association
  • Douglas/Elbert County Bar Association
  • Former Coach, Family Law Practicum, University of Denver

Highlights

  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, “Top 10 Under 40 Family Law Attorney” (2016)
  • Douglas/Elbert County Bar Association, Best Young Lawyer Award (2012)