Mechelle Y. Faulk
Mechelle Faulk is an experienced, detail-oriented attorney well known for exceptional counsel and professionalism. For more than a decade, Mechelle has provided sophisticated counsel to clients, guiding them through private family-related matters, including divorce, child custody, support and maintenance issues, and post-dissolution issues including modification proceedings. Skilled at handling particularly complex and intricate financial issues, she works seamlessly with experts to assess the value of assets such as closely held companies, professional practices, private equity investments, and other types of business or trust interests.
Her experience extends to representing clients regarding parental responsibilities, same-sex marriage, reproductive rights, adoption, grandparent rights, relocation issues, and protective orders. In each instance, Mechelle thoroughly learns the client’s specific needs, objectives, and the facts. Then she actively strategizes with the client throughout the case to help ensure that both the client’s short-term needs and long-term goals are met to the greatest extent possible.
With a high-profile, high net worth clientele that includes business owners and executives, celebrities, professional athletes, artists, and other talents, Mechelle is especially sensitive to and adept at, privacy concerns.
Throughout the years, Mechelle has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Rising Star. She has been listed among Colorado’s top 40 under 40 in Family Law and among Colorado’s Top 10 family lawyers.
- Represented world-renowned artist with substantial, recognizable works throughout the world, addressing intellectual property, studio valuation, and fine art-related issues in a dissolution of marriage and post-decree matters.
- Successfully litigated a multimillion-dollar dissolution valuing and tracing separate property ownership in working interests in oil and gas and involving a privately-owned oil and natural gas company engaged in exploration and production.
- Represented public or semi-public figures in divorce, family or other private matters including Olympians, professional athletes, professional disc jockeys, music/concert promoters, television reporters, musicians, and art collectors.
- Represented in family and other private matters highly regulated and specialized individuals including doctors, surgeons, financial advisors/investment advisors, hedge fund managers, executives, and business owners.
- Represented numerous real estate professionals including custom home builders, developers, and executives in family law and other private matters.
- Worked with trust experts to establish that client’s interest in generation-skipping, intentionally defective grantor trust did not constitute property for division in divorce.
- Successfully contested ambiguous language in a prenuptial agreement to the benefit of the client.
- Successfully litigated at trial court level and then defended on appeal client’s position to prevent spouse from relocating children out of state.
- Worked with business valuation experts and business experts to value client’s interest in a captive insurance company and to establish the validity of that captive as a going concern.
- Commission Member, Judicial Performance Commission for the 18th Judicial District, 2013-2018
- Team Coordinator – Judge Daniel’s Dream Team, Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence, 2009-Present
- Barrister Member, Rhone-Brackett American Inn of Court, 2012-Present
- Member, Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism in the Legal Profession, 2012-Present
- Board of Directors, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado, 2013-Present
- Judicial Nominations Committee, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado, 2013-Present
- President, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado, 2010-2011
- Member, Colorado Women’s Bar Association
- Member, Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce
- Member, Denver Bar Association, 2002-Present
- Member, Public Legal Education Committee, Colorado Bar Association
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, Colorado Bar Association, 2002-Present
- Graduated, Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Program, 2009
- Team Coordinator – Professionals Team, Stand For Children, 2009-2012
- An organization with a mission to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, college or career training.
- Board Member, Colfax Community Network, 2008-2012
- An organization that advocates for and work on behalf of families and children residing in low-income transient housing (primarily residential motels) along Colfax Avenue.
- Volunteer, CEC Middle College, 2011-2014
- A school for high school aged children with a program providing relevant, in-demand career-track options.
- Colorado State Court
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- Super Lawyer
- Rising Star
Law & Politics and the publishers of 5280 Magazine
- Top 40 Under 40 Family Lawyers in the State of Colorado
American Society of Legal Advocates
- Top 10 Best Family Attorneys in the State of Colorado
American Institute of Family Lawyers
- Compleat Lawyer
Law Week Colorado
- Presenter, Domestic Violence – The Intersection Between Criminal and Domestic Law, The 2018 Family Law Institute, “Effective Advocacy in a Diverse World”, August 2018
- Quoted, “Unlike Most Big Law Firms, Sherman & Howard Bulks up its Family Law Group,” Denver Business Journal. September 26, 2017.
- Mentioned, “All in the Family,” Law Week Colorado. October 11, 2017.
- Presenter, Fall Family Update – Post Decree Modification of Maintenance and Child Support, Colorado Bar Association. October 2017.
- Quoted, “Domestic Violence Review Board Approaches Effective Date,” Law Week Colorado. July 2017.
- Highlighted, “Making Her Mark,” Denver Business Journal. January 24, 2014.
- Presenter, Family Law Basics, Denver Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Court Orientation Program, November 2013.
- Presenter, Divorce Law Guide from A to Z, National Business Institute, April 2010.
- Author, “CFIs and APR Evaluators – Similarities and Differences,” The Colorado Lawyer. January 2008.