Marte B. Timmers

Member

Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303.299.8135

Fax: 303.298.0940

mtimmers@shermanhoward.com

Education

  • Juris Doctor, William & Mary Law School, 1999
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of the Barristers
    • Notes Editor, William & Mary Law Review
    • William & Mary Moot Court Team
  • Bachelor of Arts, Communications, University of Virginia, 1996

Marte Timmers is a strong advocate and seasoned diplomat who specializes in helping high-net worth families to preserve their wealth by reaching resolution in even the most complex of cases.

For more than twenty years, Marte has been helping high-net worth families navigate both the financial and psychological challenges that arise when a divorce is on the horizon. Specializing in cases with $5+ million in assets, Marte has successfully resolved multiple cases with more than $100 million in assets. She understands the complexities of high-net worth cases involving trusts, closely held businesses, and significant tax implications, as well as the unique challenges that arise where generational wealth is concerned.

Marte is well versed in high-conflict business and financial disputes as well as parenting issues including difficult relocation cases, alienation, substance abuse, and mental illness. She understands the devastating effect that mental health issues can have on families and is knowledgeable about the support available to families with these issues. Marte also assists clients in drafting and reviewing marital agreements and cohabitation agreements.

Earlier in her career, Marte served as a judicial clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and as a magistrate judge in the Denver Juvenile Court. As a former Magistrate Judge, Marte is astute at anticipating both sides of a case and in predicting likely outcomes for cases that are decided under principles of equity. This ability to see all sides of a case gives her a leg up in effectively advocating for her clients in court and in assessing each case for settlement purposes.

An excellent listener, Marte is deeply committed to helping her clients reach resolutions that reflect their goals and values. She understands that out-of-court settlements provide clients with much more certainty and flexibility than court-decreed orders. While skilled in all aspects of litigation, Marte is also trained in collaborative law and is able to help parting spouses resolve matters amicably, avoiding costly and contentious litigation.

Clients truly appreciate Marte’s compassion and sensitivity in handling family matters and the fact that she is always available to them to answer questions, address their concerns, and creatively strategize to resolve family issues.

Experience

  • Co-chaired a trial with a $40 million dollar business valuation dispute with complicated valuation issues in the oil and gas industry.
  • Successfully litigated a relocation case for a client in which a child was relocated to North Carolina.
  • Successfully litigated challenges to premarital agreements.
  • Litigated successfully protection orders, emergency parenting time cases and child support cases.
  • Experienced in the use of parental responsibilities evaluators, child family investigators, vocational evaluators, and business/tax valuation expert witnesses.
  • Argued at the appellate level in a high-income child support case.
  • Successfully handled an extended family member adoption in Denver Juvenile Court.
  • Has trial experience in all metro area districts, as well as outlying districts (El Paso and Weld) and mountain districts that include Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle, and Montrose districts.

Publications & Presentations

PRESS

  • All in the Family
    Law Week Colorado | October 11, 2017
  • Unlike Most Big Law Firms, Sherman & Howard Bulks up its Family Law Group
    Denver Business Journal | September 26, 2017

 

PRESENTATIONS

  • Ethics and the Difficult Client: Clients who do Bad Things: Lying, Stealing and Cheating Clients
    AAML Advanced Family Law Institute | December 2019
  • A Roadmap for an Effective Use of a Parental Responsibilities Evaluation
    Colorado Bar Associate Family Law Institute | August 2019
  • Legal Separation: Can One be a Little Bit Married
    Colorado Domestic Relations Judicial Institute | June 2017
  • Where Family Law Intersects with Immigration Law: Practical Steps for Protecting the Children of Immigrants Facing Deportation
    Colorado Bar Association | May 2017
  • How to Effectively and Persuasively Present Business Valuations to the Trier of Fact
    Colorado Bar Association Family Law Institute | August 2017

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • Reclaim The Name – Simplified Name Change After Divorce
    Family Law Section Newsletter | November 2016

Professional Activities

  • Florence Crittenton High School Legal Clinic
    • Volunteer and Co-Founder
  • Parents’ Association, Colorado Academy
    • Former Executive Committee and Vice President
  • Colorado Bar Association
    • Former Member, Family Law Section

Highlights

  • Super Lawyers, Family Law, Colorado (2021)
  • 5280 Magazine, “Top Lawyer”, Family Law/Divorce (2019)
  • Denver Bar Association, “Young Lawyer of the Year” (2003)