Rebecca C. Alexander

Member

Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303.299.8117

Fax: 303.298.0940

ralexander@shermanhoward.com

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 focuses her practice on high-end family law for private clients with estates exceeding $5 million, including many greater than $25 million.

Rebecca Alexander 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.

Experience

  • 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.

Publications & Presentations

PRESS

 

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

 

PRESENTATIONS

  • Business Owners and Divorce
    Exit Planning Institute | March 2020
  • 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

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Former Executive Council Member, Family Law Section, Colorado Bar Association
  • Former Program Co-Chair, Family Fall Update, Colorado Bar Association CLE
  • Former Co-Chair, Denver Bar Association Barrister’s Ball
  • Former Board of Governors, Denver Bar Association

 

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  • Board Member, Florence Crittenton Services
    • A Denver-based nonprofit that empowers struggling teen families to be productive members of the community.
  • Former Legal Advisor, Denver Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure
    • 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.
  • Former Board of Trustees, Colorado Legal Aid Foundation
    • A foundation helping to ensure that free civil legal services are available to low-income Coloradans.

Highlights

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Family Law (2011-2020)
  • 5280 Magazine, “Top Lawyer,” Family Law/Divorce (2015-2020)
  • Super Lawyers (2010, 2016-2019)
    • Top 50 Women in Colorado (2019-2020)
  • 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)