Marte B. Timmers
Marte B. Timmers

Member

Phone: 303.299.8135

Fax: 303.298.0940

mtimmers@shermanhoward.com

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Legal Secretary

Diane Mahoney
303.299.8228

Areas of Emphasis

Family Law

Litigation, Trials & Appeals

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 has been practicing law for more than 20 years and focusing on family law for more than a decade. She is a former juvenile court magistrate judge appointed by the chief presiding judge for the Denver Juvenile Court. In that role she presided over child support enforcement and parenting time cases, contempt matters, and some adoptions. As a result, Marte knows firsthand how the bench may view a case and how to advocate effectively for her clients. That rare perspective and experience prove invaluable in building the strongest cases for her clients and in helping them navigate litigation matters and all aspects of the court process. Marte also served as a judicial clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In these roles, she gained clear insight into the judicial process and how best to argue on her clients’ behalf.

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. A savvy, skilled negotiator, Marte also has a strong record of achieving favorable settlements for clients through mediation.

She is well versed in high conflict business and financial disputes as well as parenting issues including difficult relocation cases, alienation, and substance abuse and mental illness and their effect on families. She also assists clients in drafting and reviewing marital agreements and cohabitation agreements. Marte’s ability to connect with people along with her skill in resolving complicated business, tax, and trust-related disputes enables her to help people in all aspects of their legal processes.

Over the course of her career, Marte has established effective working relationships with the mental health community and a wide variety of experts including business valuation experts, accountants, and parental responsibility evaluators in Colorado.

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.

Representative Matters
  • 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.
Professional Activities
  • Executive Committee and Vice-President, Parents’ Association, Colorado Academy, 2015-2017
  • Volunteer and Co-Founder, Florence Crittenton High School Legal Clinic, 2014-present
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association: Family Law Section, 2011
  • Admitted U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2000
  • Admitted U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2000
  • Admitted U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2000
  • Admitted Colorado, 2000
Honors and Awards
  • Top Lawyer- Family Law/Divorce, 5280 Magazine, 2019
  • Young Lawyer of the Year, Denver Bar Association, 2003
Publications and Presentations

Recent Media

  • 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

 

Recent 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

 

Recent Publications

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