Richard J. Rotole (Dick)

What does hiring Richard J. Rotole (Dick) as Mediator or Arbitrator mean for you?  It means you will be provided with unparalleled and skilled Mediation and Arbitration services honed over a highly successful 35 year legal career.  If you want to maximize the chance of settlement, eliminating the need to go to court, then Dick should be your Mediator of choice. If you want to arbitrate your case, Dick has the reputation of being a knowledgeable, fair and thoughtful Arbitrator when called upon to make decisions for parties who choose this alternative over going to the court.  Either way, Dick serves as an independent and neutral third party with the ability to listen and hear both sides of a disputed case to move it toward a successful resolution. He has mediated over 1500 domestic relations cases with a 90% rate of settlement.  He knows how to settle a case.
What is Dick’s background? Dick is a Denver native. He attended the University of Colorado, earning two undergraduate baccalaureate degrees, and the University of Denver Sturm School of Law, earning the Juris Doctor degree. Dick has practiced law in Colorado for 35 years with a Tier One Best Law Firm according to U.S. News and World Report. He is recognized by individuals, peers and judicial officers as one of the premier Attorneys, Mediators and Arbitrators in Colorado. 

Dick has authored treatises and publications on family law topics and is a contributing author to the Colorado Bar Association Family Law Bench-Bar Handbook relied upon by judges as an excellent legal resource for domestic relations cases. He has lectured frequently at continuing legal education programs on many different family law topics.  Dick is the former Co-Chair of the Colorado Bar Association’s Family Law Section Legislative Committee working with members of the Colorado General Assembly to draft legislation on various family law related laws. He continues to be a member of that committee and a member of the Association’s Family Law Section.
How has Dick been recognized? Dick has earned the respect of his clients, judges and peers resulting in a number of peer honors and awards. He has been named in the annual edition of Best Lawyers in America since 2013 and has been named Best Lawyer’s “Lawyer of the Year” in Denver five times between 2013 and 2021 in the areas of Family Law Mediation, Family Law Arbitration and Family Law. He is named a Top Lawyer by 5280 Magazine. He is named Law Week Colorado’s Barrister’s Best People’s Choice in Family Law Arbitration for 2019. He has achieved a "Superb" rating from Avvo and an AV Preeminent peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  He has been named a Colorado Super Lawyer each year since 2008 and is named a Top 100 Colorado Super Lawyer in 2012, 2013 and 2015 through 2021.

What issues has Dick litigated, mediated and/or arbitrated over 35 years that makes him a successful Mediator and Arbitrator? Dick’s family law mediation, arbitration and litigation practice experience includes the following and many more:

  • Complex financial and high asset divorce cases
  • Valuing professional practices such as accountants, physicians, dentists, attorneys, engineers and other professionals
  • Valuing small businesses, closely held corporations and partnerships
  • Analyzing, valuing and dividing stock options, restricted stock & private equities
  • Analyzing and valuing Trusts and Trust interests
  • Analyzing and establishing the income of self-employed individuals for maintenance and child support issues
  • Litigating and testifying as to the validity and enforcement of pre-nuptial and marital agreements
  • Classification and valuation of marital and separate property claims
  • Valuing and tracing separate property claims
  • Using tax experts to analyze tax ramifications in divorce cases
  • Establishing maintenance and child support
  • Modifications of maintenance and child support
  • High conflict custody and parenting time disputes and allocation of parental rights and responsibilities
  • Modifications of custody, parenting time and decision-making responsibilities
  • Attorney fees issues 

What other qualities does Dick have that make him a successful Mediator and Arbitrator? As a litigator Dick has worked tirelessly to achieve excellent results for his clients. He has strong negotiation and litigation skills. While working toward a fair and reasonable settlement is always Dick’s objective, if required to litigate before the court, he has demonstrated considerable trial skills achieving excellent results in the courtroom for his clients. These skills and “on the job” experience transfer directly to successful mediation settlements and fair and equitable arbitration results. These skills mean that  to help solve your case, you and your attorney will have the assistance of a highly skilled, competent and neutral Mediator or Arbitrator who knows Colorado law and understands the difficulty of domestic relations disputes.
How do I hire Dick as Mediator or Arbitrator?  You or your attorney can simply call or send me an email. I’ll get you set for mediation or arbitration. Call Dick at 303-399-1600 or reach him via email at You can also contact Dick’s assistant, Carrie Reynolds at or at 303-399-1600.

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