David Littman
  • Owner/Senior Attorney


Denver, CO





"I enjoy the challenge of resolving family law problems and the sense of mutual accomplishment I feel with clients when they can move forward with their lives. I really appreciate hearing from clients and knowing how they are doing long after our work together has been completed."

David Littman, a Family Law attorney, who is a highly experienced litigator, believes in utilizing Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques including Collaborative Law or Mediation, when possible, before turning to the courtroom to resolve family law disputes.  These approaches generally lower the cost and shift the pace and control of the divorce and custody process from the judges and lawyers to the clients. Understanding that litigation is far more costly than negotiated resolutions, David is sensitive to the preservation of your family’s financial resources. 

Respectful and compassionate, he is a careful listener and an astute problem solver.  He will help you explore your options and make the choices which will produce the best outcomes for you and your family.  David’s goal is to help you gain the knowledge and provide the advocacy you need to restructure your life after a divorce or other Family Law matters.

When litigation is required, he draws on his many years of federal and state jury and court trial experience to advocate persuasively and effectively for his clients. A former part time Magistrate in Denver and Jefferson Counties, he has special insight into the inner working of the courtroom process.

David's background in psychology and mental health counseling assists him in working with your complex family issues.  He has recognized competency in dealing with extremely difficult matters, including those involving sexual abuse, substance abuse and mental illness. His concern for the unique issues military families face during their service has prompted his interest in working with these families.

David's pro bono work earned him the Foster Parent Association of Colorado Advocate of the Year Award, as well as recognition by the Colorado Supreme Court.  He is a past Chairman of Colorado CASA Board and a strong supporter and participant with Metro Volunteer Lawyers.

David has been recognized by both his clients and his peers for his outstanding work as an effective and caring attorney.  Martindale Hubbell has given him their highest rating of Preeminent Status (AV). Avvo has given him their highest rating (10.0) and has also awarded him the Client's Choice Award. He was recently honored by again by being named as a Colorado Super Lawyer.

Areas Of Practice

  • Divorce
  • Mediation
  • Pre-divorce Planning
  • Collaborative Law
  • Arbitration
  • Parenting Plans
  • Child Support
  • Custody and Parenting Time
  • Spousal Support/Maintenance
  • Asset Preservation and Division
  • Military Family Law Issues
  • Child and Family Investigation
  • Early Neutral Assessment
  • Adoptions
  • Post-Decree Matters
  • Parenting Coordinator and/or Decision-Maker
  • Juvenile Law and Adoption

Certificated Legal Training

  • Annual Symposium on Domestic Violence, The Office of the Denver District Attorney, October, 2016
  • Levels I, II and Advanced Collaborative Law Training
  • Mediation Skills Training and Advanced Mediation Training Seminars
  • Early Neutral Assessment
  • Hastings College of Law Trial Advocacy Program

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1980
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1980


  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1980
    • Honors: Moot Court, 1978 - 1980
    • Honors: Moot Court Board, 1979 - 1980
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award in Contracts
  • Washington University, St Louis, Missouri
    • M.A. Ed. - 1973
    • Major: Counseling Psychology
  • Washington University, St Louis, Missouri
    • M.A.T. - 1970
    • Honors: Social and Behavioral Sciences Tuition Fellowship, Washington University
  • Washington University, St Louis, Missouri
    • B.A. - 1969
    • Honors: Chancellor's Award, 1968

Published Works

  • Parental Responsibilities/Child Legal Representative / Child and Family Investigator/ Parenting Coordinator/ /Arbitrator. Domestic Relations Law and Orders, 2016
  • Bench Bar Book, Family Law Section CBA [edited by Cynthia Ciancio and Angela Arkin, “Adult Guardian ad Litems,” 2014 [with Ashley Emerson]
  • Advocates for Children: “The CLR, CFI and PRE in Colorado Physical, Emotional and Sexual Abuse Cases," 2012 [with Natalie Simpson]
  • The Colorado Lawyer: “Child and Family Investigator Standards in Colorado," 2006 [with Robert Smith and Lael Montgomery]

Sampling of Classes and Seminars Taught

  • Co-Lecturer, Family Law Basic Skills Course "Professionalism in the Practice of Law, March 2018
  • Lecturer, Collaborative Arbitration, Colorado Collaborative Professionals, June 2017
  • Lecturer, Family Law Basic Skills Course "Professionalism in the Practice of Law, 2016 & 2017
  • Lecturer, Colorado Continuing Legal Education Courses: Domestic Relations Issues
  • Lecturer, Colorado Continuing Legal Education Courses: Children's Legal Issues
  • Lecturer, Family Law Institute, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Protecting Your Client at the End of Their Case
  • Lecturer, Family Law Institute Breckenridge, Colorado, on Parenting Plans for Infants and Toddlers (presented with Barbara Shindell, LSCW)
  • Lecturer, Colorado Continuing Legal Education Courses: Domestic Violence
  • Family Law Institute, Vail Colorado, Client Competency Issues
  • Colorado State ADR Conference, ADR and Client Competency Issues (co-presented with Ashley Emerson of Littman Family Law)
  • Colorado State ADR Conference, ADR, Collaborative Law and Client Competency Issues (co-presented with Ann Gushurst of Gutterman Griffiths)
  • Lecturer, Colorado Continuing Legal Education Course: Alternatives to the Traditional Litigation Model in Family Law cases
  • Lecturer, Colorado Continuing Legal Education Courses: Including High Conflict Dissolution and Use and Interpretation of Psychological Tests and Representing Victims of Sexual and Ritual Abuse
  • Lecturer, MDIC, Representation of the Mentally Impaired Client

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers, 2018
  • Colorado Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell
  • Avvo 10.0 Rating
  • Avvo Client’s Choice Award
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Colorado Supreme Court Pro Bono Recognition Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals , Executive Board, 2016
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section Executive Council, 1997 - Present, Chairman 2008 - 2009
  • Denver County Bar Association, 1980 - Present
  • Colorado Supreme Court Standing Committee on Families 2015 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Ethics Committee, 2009 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Committee on Client Competency Issues
  • Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Council on Child Custody (MDICCC), Executive Council, 1997 - Present
  • Academy for Collaborative Law Practice, 2004 - Present, Treasurer 2007 - Present
  • Mediation Association of Colorado
  • Colorado Collaborative Law Professionals, 2001 - Present
  • Colorado CASA Board of Directors, 2001 - 2008, President, 2005 - 2007

Selected Past Legal Employment Positions

  • Denver County Court, Magistrate, 1989 - 1994
  • Jefferson County Court, Magistrate, 1981 - 1986
  • City and County of Denver, Special Prosecutor, 1991

What Our Clients Say

“I had the pleasure of working with attorney as my counsel in family court for my divorce and child custody case.”
“Attorneys met my divorce needs in a time when I was emotionally tired and looking for accurate solutions for myself and our young child.”
“We hired David as a mediator for a post-divorce issue involving many difficult areas of concern.”
“My case included a variety of variables that could have potentially created high amounts of anxiety.”