Experienced Family Law Attorney
New Leaf Family
Golden, CO US
Posted ago
New Leaf Family

What if there were a better way to practice Family Law?

You know, there is!

  • Better still, what if there were a better way to handle the ending of a marriage, the decisions about child custody, support and other relationship conflict issues altogether? 
  • What if there were a way for a client to be able to assess what s/he truly wants in the next chapter of his/her life?
  • What if a family law firm focused first on helping clients get clarity on what they want, before imposing the "traditional" solutions?
  • What if you got to work as the captain of a team designed to help move clients from where they are, to where they want to be, efficiently and effectively?

These are some of the questions our firm is on a mission to answer. If that line of thinking gets you excited, then you might consider working with us.

Many attorneys who have practiced family law for a while are exhausted. The level of intensity, the drama, the needless escalation of conflict, the heartbreak – it’s enough to wear anyone down. The system as practiced in many firms seems designed to wear down the clients, and the attorneys. There is a better way of doing things, so that the balance, most days, have you feeling awesome about how much you are positively affecting people’s lives, (probably punctuated by a couple of bad days here and there ... we're not magicians.)

To be a good fit for this role, you should be someone who is looking for an opportunity to focus on helping people navigate the biggest decisions they will face in their lives: changes in their family. Whether divorce, separation, custody, parenting time, visitation, or other family changes, disputes, or crises, you want to help them reach the best outcome that is consistent with their values.

We need you to be proficient in Colorado family Law practice and procedure. At the same time, we want you to not be "set in your ways," or wedded to “the way things have always been done.” You should be an optimist, and a realist, at the same time.  

We need you to be creative and able to think outside the box, while also adhering to the established parameters of law and court procedure. You are beyond having anyone pull the wool over your eyes, and well beyond ever taking it personally if they try.

Of course, you must have the skills necessary to advocate for clients before a mediator or a court, and not be afraid to do so. You also know that litigation is not always the path to the best outcome. You are not motivated by the thrill of the other side losing but are dedicated to achieving an optimal outcome for clients consistent with their values – which you may help them discover.

You understand that this process is about more than writing legal documents. You are eager to be the captain of a team that can go beyond the “bare minimum” and provides all the help the clients may need. You are excited about being part of a firm that will be there for them, even outside the strictly legal aspects of these major life changes --whether it be help finding a new home, a car, the right insurance, a babysitter, or an IT guy... 

You are committed, above all, and in everything we do, to an excellent experience for clients.

If you're still reading this, and believe this might be a role for you, let me tell you about us. New Leaf Family has started a family law practice serving Jefferson, Boulder, and Clear Creek counties (for now) of Colorado. We are combining our founders' talents of running successful law firms, with the experience of having built a very successful family law practice, and wanting to do it again (and again.)

This will serve as a model for growth in Colorado, and likely beyond. We are able to serve clients more fully, and more efficiently, bringing family law services to people who have been scared away by the high, and unpredictable costs of family law firms led by trial lawyers who can be more interested in winning, than in achieving a great outcome for their clients. We will bring this model throughout Colorado, and to other communities as well.

But ... we are starting small. What we're looking for is someone who is OK coming on as a Contract Attorney for 2-3 months, and then full-time after that. We have committed substantial resources to attract the right clients to the firm, in the right quantities to build this up quickly ... but not so quickly as to compromise the excellent client experience.

When you apply, please briefly let me know why this role, in particular, gets you excited... This is key. Don't skip it!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Responsibilities

  • You will help clients to develop and articulate a vision of the future they are working to achieve and prepare a strategy that helps them to achieve it. This may take some time, but it is important that we not impose what we see as "the solution" onto clients' lives
  • You will understand the needs of clients, beyond what they need in court or litigation. We are here to help them navigate one of the most challenging times of their lives. We empower clients to make the best decisions for themselves and their families
  • You will be ready, willing and able to advocate for clients in a variety of forums, including mediation, litigation, trial, etc.
  • You will serve clients effectively, and efficiently so that they can reach their solutions as quickly, and affordably as possible
  • You will put clients in touch with additional resources, both inside and outside the firm. These could be closely affiliated, like parenting coordinators, divorce coaches, and financial planners, to other resources that clients may need, like real estate brokers, car dealers, personal trainers or makeover artists
  • You will help clients make, and implement, a plan for after their divorce or other family change
  • You will lead a team of associated professionals to help serve clients with excellence
  • You will be a positive ambassador for the work of the firm
  • You will be a leader in the legal community
  • You will be a leader among our team, and help us grow and attract more lawyers like you!
  • You will be a strong member of a distributed team. We don't all meet in person too often, so being able to be a strong team member in a remote work setting is crucial.
  • You will take care of yourself so that you can take care of clients.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years experience in Family Law
  • Strong empathy with clients, with the ability to hear their hopes, dreams, and desires as well as deliver difficult truths to them
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a team
  • Ability to work independently, yet also comfortable with reaching out for assistance, and knowing when to do so
  • Proficiency with technology that facilitates working with a distributed team, and servicing clients in ways most convenient to them
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Commitment to excellent client service
  • Colorado Bar

Compensation
$70,000 - $85,000 yearly + incentives
About New Leaf Family

New Leaf Family is a law firm, yes. But we do things ... differently. We understand that our clients don't come to us with legal problems. They come to us with personal problems, for which the solutions may have an intersection with the law.

We understand that our work doesn't begin and end with a legal process, but that is part of our larger mission to help solve the entire problem, sometimes including other professionals in our work.

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