Rebecca C. Alexander
Rebecca C. Alexander

Member

Phone: 303.299.8117

Fax: 303.298.0940

ralexander@shermanhoward.com

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Legal Secretary

Diane Mahoney
303.299.8228

Areas of Emphasis

Family Law

Litigation, Trials and Appeals

Education

  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, Northwestern University School of Law, 1993
    • Order of the Coif
    • Northwestern University Law Review
  • Bachelor of Art, Psychology, Swarthmore College, 1987

Rebecca Alexander’s practice focuses on high-end family law for private clients with estates of more than $5 million, and often involving estates of more than $25 million. Ms. Alexander is passionate about working with individuals as they navigate difficult personal situations involving the law, and brings considerable diplomacy to her family law practice. In addition to taking a hands-on approach in complex divorces involving substantial assets, business valuations, tax and trust issues, she also frequently serves as a consultant to other divorce lawyers on trust issues in divorce proceedings. Ms. Alexander’s background in trust/estate litigation makes her uniquely situated to address these issues. She also is one of relatively few family law attorneys who draft and negotiate premarital agreements. Having drafted hundreds of premarital agreements throughout the country, Ms. Alexander utilizes insight from all aspects of her family law and estate litigation practice to tailor each agreement to the specific needs of her clients. She does not believe in a one-size fits all approach.

Representative Matters

A sampling of Ms. Alexander’s family law experience follows:

  • Used the creation of trusts for the benefit of a less-propertied spouse as a way to meet that spouse’s monetary needs during a divorce while preserving family wealth for the benefit of future generations.
  • In high-profile divorce cases, employed an often overlooked statute that allows for the appointment of a private judge to protect client privacy.
  • Used irrevocable life insurance trusts as a means of guaranteeing a client’s obligations under a divorce decree.
  • Defended a claim that a trust beneficiary’s failure to exercise a power of withdrawal from the trust gave rise to marital property.
  • Assisted a client in avoiding potential civil and criminal tax liability discovered during divorce proceedings through the use of the IRS’ voluntary disclosure program.
  • Orchestrated the unwinding of a complicated and ill-conceived closely held family investment entity that held virtually an entire multimillion-dollar marital estate and gave rise to significant tax liability exposure.
Professional Activities
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2017-present
  • Executive Council, Family Law Section, Colorado Bar Association, 2013-2017
  • Program Co-Chair, Family Fall Update, Colorado Bar Association CLE, 2015
  • Co-Chair, Denver Bar Association Barrister’s Ball, 2006
  • Board of Governors, Denver Bar Association, 2004-2005

 

Civic Activities

  • Board Member, Florence Crittenton Services, 2012-present
    • A Denver-based nonprofit that empowers struggling teen families to be productive members of the community
  • Legal Advisor, Denver Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure, 2008-2013
    • The world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease.
  • Board of Trustees, Colorado Legal Aid Foundation, 2010-2011
    • A foundation helping to ensure that free civil legal services are available to low-income Coloradans

 

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Colorado State Court
Honors and Awards
  • Inspiring Role Model in Promoting Gender Diversity in the Legal Profession Award
    Chambers Women in Law
    2017
  • Mary Lathrop Award
    Colorado Women’s Bar Association
    2017
  • Best Lawyer – Denver Family Law
    The Best Lawyers in America
    2011-2019
  • Top Lawyer – Family Law/Divorce
    5280 Magazine
    2015-2019
  • One of Colorado’s Most Powerful and Influential Women
    National Diversity Council
    2014
  • Outstanding Women in Business Award
    Denver Business Journal
    2013
  • Super Lawyer
    Super Lawyers
    2010, 2016-2019
Publications and Presentations

Recent Media

 

Recent Publications

  • Premarital and Marital Agreements
    Colorado Bench/Bar Book (treatise on Family Law prepared for Colorado Judges)
    2016
  • Trusts in Divorce
    Colorado Bench/Bar Book
    2016
  • 10 Reasons Why Premarital Agreements Make Sense
    Law Week Colorado
    July 20, 2015
  • Trusts in Divorce: A Problem or Solution?
    Law Week Colorado
    July 21, 2014

 

Recent Presentations

  • The Alphabet Soup of Trusts
    2017 Annual Advanced Family Law Conference
    December 2017
  • The Expert’s Role in the Formation and Implementation of Premarital Agreements
    American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Annual Valuation Conference
    November 2017
  • High Net Worth Divorces
    American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Annual Valuation Conference
    November 2017
  • Inspiring Role Models in the Promotion of Gender Diversity in the Legal Profession
    Janders Dean & Chicago-Kent Legal Horizons Conference
    July 2017
  • 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
  • Marital Agreements and Estate Planning: Focusing on Estate Planning Issues and Trusts in Divorce or at Death
    Denver Estate Planning Council
    February 2017
  • Legal Separation: Is it Possible to Be a Little Bit Married?
    Colorado Bar Association CLE, Family Law Fall Update
    October 2016
  • Premarital and Marital Agreements
    Presentation to Boulder County, Colorado District Court Judges
    2016