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 & 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 focuses her practice on high-end family law for private clients with estates exceeding $5 million, including many greater than $25 million. Rebecca is passionate about helping her clients to navigate difficult personal situations involving the law and brings considerable diplomacy to her family law practice.

Rebecca takes a hands-on approach in complex divorces involving substantial assets, business valuations, significant tax implications, and trust issues. She is frequently retained as a consultant by other divorce lawyers to advise on trust issues in divorce proceedings. Rebecca spent several years earlier in her career as a trust/estate litigator. Her depth of experience with trusts makes her especially qualified for this work. When the circumstances are right, she also helps her clients to avoid the risks and uncertainties of litigation by using trusts to settle divorce cases.

Having drafted and negotiated many hundreds of premarital agreements throughout her career, Rebecca is regarded as an authority in their interpretation and is often asked to serve as an expert witness on the validity of such agreements.

Rebecca recently expanded her practice to include family law mediation. As a litigator, trained mediator, and family law advisor, Rebecca offers a well-rounded perspective and diverse practice experience. She has achieved an impressive settlement track record, no matter how complex the case or how difficult the client.

Recognized and respected by the bench and bar as a leader in the field, Rebecca is a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a sought-after speaker on family law issues.

Representative Matters
  • Created and utilized 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 complex 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
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Family Law (2011-2020)
  • 5280 Magazine, “Top Lawyer,” Family Law/Divorce (2015-2019)
  • Super Lawyers (2010, 2016-2019)
  • Chambers Women in Law, “Inspiring Role Model in Promoting Gender Diversity in the Legal Profession Award” (2017)
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association, “Mary Lathrop Award” (2017)
  • National Diversity Council, “One of Colorado’s Most Powerful and Influential Women” (2014)
  • Denver Business Journal, “Outstanding Women in Business Award” (2013)
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

  • Ethics and the Difficult Client: Clients Who Can’t Help Themselves: Sorensen/GAL/Probate and the Incapacitated/Impaired Client
    AAML Advanced Family Law Institute
    December 2019
  • Divorce and the Family Office
    American Institute of Certified Public Accounts (AICPA) Family Office Group Quarterly Meeting
    May 2019
  • The Family Office in Divorce
    Family Office Round Table (FORT)
    April 2019
  • 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