Denise K. Mills


Denise K. Mills

Denise K. Mills

Denise concentrates her practice primarily on complex divorce cases including complicated financial, business and professional practice valuation issues.  Most of her cases settle without going to court.  She particularly enjoys working on creative strategies and solutions for settlement.  She also prepares Premarital Agreements.           

Denise is a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and she served as a past chair of the Colorado Chapter and as the Colorado Representative to the National Board of Governors, including serving on several National Committees.  She has served as a past chair of the Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association.  She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995 and was selected as Best Lawyers’ 2012 Denver Family Law Lawyer of the year.  Denise has also been recognized as one of Denver’s top Super Lawyers since its introduction in 2001, including the top 50 Colorado Super Lawyers and the top 50 Colorado Women Lawyers.

Career History

  • VISTA Volunteer, North Carolina: 1973-1974
  • Golden Gate University School of Law, Law Library Assistant: 1975-1977
  • National Center for State Courts, San Francisco, California: 1976-1977
  • Feder, Morris, Tamblyn & Goldstein, P.C.: 1977 to 9/96 (shareholder from 1981 - 1996 when operations ceased)
  • Mills & Weitzenkorn, P.C.: 9/96 to present, President

Legal Organizations and Affiliations

  • Certified Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (since 1989)
  • President, Colorado Chapter: 1996-1997
  • Representative to National Board of Governors 2007-2013
  • Colorado Alliance of Professional Women, 1985-present
  • Colorado Bar Association
    • Member of Board of Editors of The Colorado Lawyer: 1983-1993
    • Chairperson, Board of Editors of The Colorado Lawyer: 1988-1992
    • Family Law Section, Treasurer: 1983-84, Secretary: 1984-1985, Chair Elect: 1985-1986, Chair: 1986-1987 (Member of Executive Council since 1982)
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association, 1978 to present
  • Denver Bar Association
    • Board of Governors Representative, 1988-1990
  • First Judicial District Bar Association
  • Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee
  • Colorado State Interdisciplinary Committee
  • American Bar Association, 1978 to present
  • State Bar of California (inactive status)

Special Committees 

  • Chairperson, Domestic Relations Case Management/Disclosure/Discovery Rules  
    Subcommittee of the Special Colorado Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Rules Pertinent to Discovery and Motions Practice in Civil Litigation, 1992-1995
  • Member, Supreme Court Committee Concerning the Use of Magistrates in District, County, Juvenile, Probate, Small Claims, and Water Courts, 1999
  • Member, Legislative Committee of the Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, 1994-1999
  • Chairperson, Colorado Bar Association Task Force on Common Law Marriage, 2007

Honors and Awards

  • Women Leaders of Colorado, Who's Who Among Colorado's Outstanding Leaders: 1991
  • Who's Who Among Rising Young Americans: 1992
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America: 1995 to present
  • Featured as one of the top family law lawyers in Denver, 5280 Magazine,  April/May 2001; Top Fifty Colorado Super Lawyers and Top 25 Colorado Women Lawyers – April 2006 to 2012.  Top 50 Colorado Women Lawyers – 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Mills & Weitzenkorn, P.C. honored as one of Denver’s Best Family Law Firms  by  The U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2010 to present
  • Selected as Best Lawyers’ 2012 Denver Family Law Lawyer of the Year

Publications and Lectures

Denise served for 10 years as editor of the Family Law Column in The Colorado Lawyer from 1982 -1993.   She published a handbook on evidence for family law lawyers titled Playing by the Rules – Winning with Evidence in Colorado Family Law Cases, Denver: Bradford Publishing Company, 2007.

Denise has been a lecturer in Colorado and nationally on family law topics on over 50 occasions.