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Colorado Mediator
Christopher L. Griffith, J.D., M.S.

Joining Larry at Divorce Resolutions® is Christopher L. Griffith, J.D., M.S.

Chris' Educational & Professional Background

photo of Colorado divorce attorney mediator Christopher GriffithChris draws upon the unique experience and skills he has gained through years of practice as not only a family law attorney but also as a marriage and family therapist.

Chris received his undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University (cum laude, with Honors in Psychology). He then continued with advanced studies at East Carolina University, where he obtained a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, graduating first in his class.

Chris worked as a marriage and family therapist in North Carolina with a family therapy clinic and substance abuse treatment center. After that real world experience assisting many couples and families in therapy, Chris entered law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in order to combine his background in marriage and family therapy with the education and training of a lawyer.

Chris began to forge a vision of his “life’s work” as that of assisting divorcing couples in a positive way that would empower them to have a different type of divorce experience — one focused on cooperation and their future, rather than one encumbered by conflict and their history.

After graduating from law school, Chris practiced law exclusively as a family and divorce attorney in both North Carolina and later Atlanta, Georgia. Chris’ domestic law practice included substantial asset divorces as well as intractable and high conflict custody cases.

While his Atlanta family law practice involved extensive litigation, Chris also trained and practiced in the emerging field of Collaborative Family Law, and received his formal training in divorce and family mediation. Chris’ years as a divorce attorney provide him with great experience and substantive expertise in matters of tax analysis, business valuation and other complex asset division issues.

As Professional Colorado Mediator

Chris is licensed as a Colorado attorney. Prior to joining Divorce Resolutions®, Chris Griffith worked as a Colorado divorce mediator with his own Boulder company, Griffith Mediation.

In addition to participating in the Colorado attorney, mediator and family professionals’ organizations mentioned previously, Chris formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Boulder chapter of the Colorado Council of Mediators (CCMO), as Secretary and editor of its membership’s newsletter.

In addition, Chris previously served as the Co-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section of the Boulder County (Colorado) Bar Association. The ADR section of the Boulder Bar is a group of Colorado attorneys committed to non-adversarial alternatives to litigation, including mediation, for out-of-court settlement of Colorado divorce, family, neighborhood, community or other civil issues.

Chris has authored mediation practice articles for publications  including the Boulder County Bar Association's monthly newsletter. Chris has additionally taught mediation process and Colorado family law (including Colorado property division, child support and maintenance law) to new mediators, with the City of Boulder's Housing and Human Service Department's Children, Youth and Family Mediation Program. Chris has presented at workshops for Colorado divorce professionals, including family law paralegals.

Chris has participated in a monthly mediation peer review and consultation group, comprised of other Boulder, Colorado area mediators assisting families in divorce or family matters. Chris is a member of the Boulder, Colorado Interdisciplinary Committee on Child Custody (a consortium of Boulder, Colorado professionals of various backgrounds concerned with issues involving children and parental responsibility) as well.

Chris has mediated more than 1,500 Colorado families' divorce and family law cases.

Clients’ Experience Working With Chris

Chris’ clients appreciate the breadth of his background and skill in using it to lead them to find workable options to resolve their Colorado divorce or other parenting issues.

Chris' clients write:

  • “Chris' ability to bring us to an agreement was an amazing thing!  He kept us focused on the process and the goal, and helped us keep our emotions out of the financial decisions.” — J.M.
     

  • “Although we have a very amiable relationship, both my wife and I still felt some trepidation prior to our first meeting with Chris. Any fears or misgivings that we may have had vanished 15 minutes into our first meeting. Chris is the consummate professional. Each session we had with Chris was incredibly productive and yet we never felt harried. Chris took the time to ensure that we were comfortable with all of our decisions.” — R.L.
     

  • “Chris, you are terrific at what you do and your humanity and professionalism made a difficult experience fun in its own way.” — F.G.
     

  • “Chris, thank you for helping my wife and I validate the agreement we reached through our negotiations. We needed an objective professional so we could find closure!” — B.M.
     

  • “Chris, the Magistrate was very complimentary of the Plan you wrote, and commented that he wished more couples were as well prepared — a testament to your good work! Thank you for your extremely professional help through this painful process.” — J.K.
     

  • “I highly recommend Chris and Divorce Resolution®'s services. Chris brought us through a difficult time, with challenging decisions, and successfully mediated our difficult divorce (following a 20 year marriage). With Chris' help, my former wife and I both feel we divorced well.”
    — M.W.

And, another notes regarding the impressions of her divorce attorney:

  • “The divorce attorney that reviewed Chris’ memorializing of our agreement said it was the most comprehensive and well written mediation agreement she had ever seen.” — S.A.

From Chris

Chris writes the following about himself and his approach to mediation:

  • “After spending several years in the ‘trenches’ as a family law litigator, and watching couples spend their energy and resources battling each other (and only to end up with more distrust and hard feelings), I knew there had to be a better way. My background in marriage and family therapy as well as family law naturally led me to the work of divorce and family mediation.

  • I know firsthand how my work in mediation offers divorcing couples strength in a time of crisis and ultimately affords them dignity and control of their lives. It is a great privilege to guide clients forward to the future and through events and times that could have left them stuck in anger and powerlessness. It is an easy fit for me and highly rewarding work.”


 

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“Chris' experience and knowledge kept our negotiations moving smoothly. He has a superb ability to handle the touchy moments when tempers and emotions begin to get in the way.”
- J.M.

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