Leslie Monahan, Esq.

Education

Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, University of Colorado, 1983 Juris Doctor, University of Colorado School of Law, 1987

ADMITTED TO BAR:

1988 Colorado
1988 10th U.S. District

Employment

Polidori, Franklin, Monahan & Beattie, L.L.C. – of Counsel; Partner, 1996 – 2018; Polidori, Gerome, Franklin and Jacobson – Associate, 1989 – 1996

Professional Activities and Associations

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Fellow)

  • Chair, Colorado Chapter (2011-2012)

Colorado Supreme Court Standing Committee on Family Issues (Appointee)(2002-2007)

Colorado Bar Association

  • Vice President (2009-2010)

Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section

  • Chair (2002-2003)
  • Family Court Task Force Co-Chair (2007-2009)
  • Executive Council (1993-2004)
  • Legislative Committee (2005-2007)
  • Amicus Committee Chair (1996-1999)
  • Judicial Education Committee Chair (2003-2006)
  • Pro Bono Flying Squad Committee Co-Chair (2003-2006)

The Colorado Lawyer

  • Co-Editor, Family Law Column (1996-2000)

Colorado Bar Foundation (Fellow)

First Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission (Appointee, 2006-2012)

Colorado Judicial Institute (Member)

Honors and Awards

Lawyer of the Year – “Best Lawyers in America” (Colorado/Family Law – 2016-2021)

Top Lawyers/Family Law Specialty in 5280 The Denver Magazine (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019)

Colorado Super Lawyers® (2006-2020)

  • One of Colorado’s top 50 lawyers (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • One of Colorado’s top 100 lawyers (2017-2020)
  • One of Colorado’s top 25 women lawyers (2006-2011)
  • One of Colorado’s top 50 women lawyers (2012-2020)

Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (A.V. Rating)

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2019)

Listed in “Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers” (2011 – 2019)

Speaker

COLORADO BAR ASSOCIATION FAMILY LAW INSTITUTE:

  • 2015 (Vail)
    Divorce, Disability and Dementia “…Not So Happily Ever After…”
  • 2008 (Breckenridge)
    Family Court Task Force Update
  • 2007 (Breckenridge)
    Trustworthiness of Evidence: Demystifying the Offer of Proof, Voir Dire, and the Residual Exception to the Hearsay Rule
  • 2006 (Breckenridge)
    The New Sworn Financial Statement
  • 2004 (Steamboat)
    Common Law Marriage and Putative Spouses Bench/Bar Panel – 50/50 Parenting Time Debate
  • 2003 (Steamboat) Co-Chair Planning Committee
    Bench/Bar Panel – High Conflict Parental Disputes and Alienation
  • 2002 (Snowmass) Co-Chair Planning Committee
  • 2001 (Breckenridge) Planning Committee
    Bench/Bar Panel – Removal Under the New Statute

Additional Speaking Engagements

  • December 2017 (Denver) A.A.M.L./CLE in Colorado, Inc.
    Advanced Family Law Institute: Duty to Opposing Counsel and Duty to Report Violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct
  • December 2015 (Denver) A.A.M.L./CLE in Colorado, Inc.
    Advanced Family Law Institute: Balancing the Clients Interests with the Best Interests of the Child
  • December 2014 (Denver) A.A.M.L./CLE in Colorado, Inc.
    Advanced Family Law Institute: Third Party Intervention in Divorce: Who’s In Charge Here Anyway
  • December 2012 (Denver) A.A.M.L./CLE in Colorado, Inc. Advanced Family Law Institute: Civility Matters
  • April 2012 (Denver) CLE in Colorado, Inc.
    Family Law Spring Update: Preparing Evidence for Trial
  • September 2011 (Colorado Springs) AAML Faculty
    Colorado State Judicial Conference
    Complex Property Division Issues: Business Valuation, Trusts and Tracing Separate Property
  • February 2011 – 2018 (Denver) CLE
    Family Law Basic Skills in Colorado Initial Client Information
  • December 2010 (Denver) A.A.M.L./CLE in Colorado, Inc.
    Advanced Family Law Institute-Chair/Planning Committee
    The Financially Complex Divorce: Effective Use of Experts and Judicial Perspectives
  • December 2009 (Denver) A.A.M.L./CLE in Colorado Inc. Advanced Family Law Institute: Evidentiary Principles
  • October 2008 (Barbados, West Indies) 23rd Annual Lawyers Public Information Seminar Successful Strategies and Ethical Considerations for Settlement of Domestic Relations Matters
  • September 2008 (Breckenridge) Colorado State Court Judicial Training/A.A.M.L. Family Law Attorney and Expert Witness Perspective on Property Division
  • June 2007 (Denver) CLE in Colorado Inc:
    Bench/Bar Panel – Do’s and Don’ts in Domestic Trials
  • September 2006 National Institute for Trial Advocacy: Modern Divorce Advocacy Pilot Project
  • December 2005 (Denver) A.A.M.L./CLE in Colorado Inc.
    Advanced Family Law Institute: Relocation: Case Law Developments
  • February 2005 (Denver) Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section Domestic Relations Update: New Rule 16.2
  • December 2004 (Golden) First Judicial District Bar Association Domestic Relations Update: New Rule 16.2
  • December 2004 (Denver) A.A.M.L./CLE in Colorado Inc.
    Advanced Family Law Institute: It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over: Post-Decree Matters
  • April 2001 (Denver) CLE in Colorado Inc.
    Health and Life Insurance in Domestic Relations

Mediation/Arbitration for selected cases.

Speaker

COLORADO BAR ASSOCIATION FAMILY LAW INSTITUTE:

  • 2015 (Vail)
    Divorce, Disability and Dementia “…Not So Happily Ever After…”
  • 2008 (Breckenridge)
    Family Court Task Force Update
  • 2007 (Breckenridge)
    Trustworthiness of Evidence: Demystifying the Offer of Proof, Voir Dire, and the Residual Exception to the Hearsay Rule
  • 2006 (Breckenridge)
    The New Sworn Financial Statement
  • 2004 (Steamboat)
    Common Law Marriage and Putative Spouses Bench/Bar Panel – 50/50 Parenting Time Debate
  • 2003 (Steamboat) Co-Chair Planning Committee
    Bench/Bar Panel – High Conflict Parental Disputes and Alienation
  • 2002 (Snowmass) Co-Chair Planning Committee
  • 2001 (Breckenridge) Planning Committee
    Bench/Bar Panel – Removal Under the New Statute

Additional Speaking Engagements

  • December 2017 (Denver) A.A.M.L./CLE in Colorado, Inc.
    Advanced Family Law Institute: Duty to Opposing Counsel and Duty to Report Violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct
  • December 2015 (Denver) A.A.M.L./CLE in Colorado, Inc.
    Advanced Family Law Institute: Balancing the Clients Interests with the Best Interests of the Child
  • December 2014 (Denver) A.A.M.L./CLE in Colorado, Inc.
    Advanced Family Law Institute: Third Party Intervention in Divorce: Who’s In Charge Here Anyway
  • December 2012 (Denver) A.A.M.L./CLE in Colorado, Inc. Advanced Family Law Institute: Civility Matters
  • April 2012 (Denver) CLE in Colorado, Inc.
    Family Law Spring Update: Preparing Evidence for Trial
  • September 2011 (Colorado Springs) AAML Faculty
    Colorado State Judicial Conference
    Complex Property Division Issues: Business Valuation, Trusts and Tracing Separate Property
  • February 2011 – 2018 (Denver) CLE
    Family Law Basic Skills in Colorado Initial Client Information
  • December 2010 (Denver) A.A.M.L./CLE in Colorado, Inc.
    Advanced Family Law Institute-Chair/Planning Committee
    The Financially Complex Divorce: Effective Use of Experts and Judicial Perspectives
  • December 2009 (Denver) A.A.M.L./CLE in Colorado Inc. Advanced Family Law Institute: Evidentiary Principles
  • October 2008 (Barbados, West Indies) 23rd Annual Lawyers Public Information Seminar Successful Strategies and Ethical Considerations for Settlement of Domestic Relations Matters
  • September 2008 (Breckenridge) Colorado State Court Judicial Training/A.A.M.L. Family Law Attorney and Expert Witness Perspective on Property Division
  • June 2007 (Denver) CLE in Colorado Inc:
    Bench/Bar Panel – Do’s and Don’ts in Domestic Trials
  • September 2006 National Institute for Trial Advocacy: Modern Divorce Advocacy Pilot Project
  • December 2005 (Denver) A.A.M.L./CLE in Colorado Inc.
    Advanced Family Law Institute: Relocation: Case Law Developments
  • February 2005 (Denver) Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section Domestic Relations Update: New Rule 16.2
  • December 2004 (Golden) First Judicial District Bar Association Domestic Relations Update: New Rule 16.2
  • December 2004 (Denver) A.A.M.L./CLE in Colorado Inc.
    Advanced Family Law Institute: It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over: Post-Decree Matters
  • April 2001 (Denver) CLE in Colorado Inc.
    Health and Life Insurance in Domestic Relations

Reported Classes

In Re the Marriage of Connell, 831 P. 2d 913 (Colo. App. 1992)

Not selected for Official Publication:

  • In Re the Marriage of Doke, 06CA2149, Colorado Court of Appeals
  • In Re the Marriage of Roth, 00CA115, Colorado Court of Appeals
  • In Re the Marriage of Modglin, 97CA242, Colorado Court of Appeals
  • In Re the Marriage of Budwig, 95CA1139, Colorado Court of Appeals
  • In Re the Marriage of DeMaio, 94CA1820, Colorado Court of Appeals
  • In Re the Marriage of Connell, 87CA0682, Colorado Court of Appeals

Services Offered

Practice limited to Family Law since 1988.

Divorce consultation with an emphasis on high asset/high income, and complex financial matters (business valuation, family trust and inheritances, real property, professional practice valuation and spousal support maintenance).

Legal expert testimony for domestic relations cases and legal malpractice cases.

Mediation/Arbitration for selected cases.