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Nicola Winter

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Nicola has dedicated her legal career to the practice of family law. Nicola’s practice is settlement-focused, as that is usually what is most favorable to her clients. Nicola excels in negotiation and mediation, working to obtain optimal resolutions for her clients outside of the courtroom. However, when litigation becomes necessary, Nicola is a fierce advocate for her clients. With a penchant for thorough preparation, Nicola is confident and effective in a courtroom setting.

Nicola handles all types of cases, including high-asset and complex financial matters. When it comes to parenting issues, Nicola is especially passionate about cases involving neurodivergent or special needs families and high-conflict situations. Nicola handles each client with empathy and understanding, forging meaningful connections, and guiding them through the legal process with precision, diligence, and compassion.

Nicola has been recognized by Super Lawyer as a “Rising Star” numerous times, included in the Best Lawyers’ “Ones to Watch” list, and the Colorado Supreme Court has honored her with the Pro Bono Achievement Award.

Having grown up in San Francisco and rural southwest Montana, Nicola spends her free time riding horses, skiing, fly fishing and caring for the ever-increasing number of animals she somehow keeps acquiring. 

Areas Of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Maintenance and Child Support Issues
  • Adoption
  • Guardianship
  • Same Sex Issues

Bar Admissions

  • Montana, 2017
  • Colorado, 2016


  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, Colorado
    • J.D. - 2015
  • Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
    • B.A. - 2009
    • Major: Political Science

Classes / Seminars

  • Presenter, "Thinking Outside the Box: Drafting Parenting Plans for Neurodivergent Families," Domestic Relations and Probate Institute and Family Law Institute, 2023
  • CCDP Collaborative Law Training, 2023
  • Co-Author, “A Primer on Executive Compensation in a Colorado Divorce – Part I, The Colorado Lawyer, May 2022; A Primer on Executive Compensation in a Colorado Divorce – Part II, The Colorado Lawyer, June 2022
  • Panelist, "Redefining Love – Polyamory and Family Law," CU Law, 2020
  • Guardian Ad Litem training with a focus on domestic violence, 2017

Honors and Awards

  • Named as a “Rising Star” in Family Law by Super Lawyers, 2021 – 2023
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America in Family Law, 2023
  • Pro Bono Achievement Award, Colorado Supreme Court, 2022
  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association, 2016 – Present
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association 2023 – Present
  • Colorado LGBTQ+ Bar Association 2018 – 2022

Pro Bono Activities

  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL) – Providing pro bono representation to low-income individuals
  • Project Safeguard – Assisting pro se litigants obtain civil protection orders
  • Florence Crittenton Legal Clinic – Public school for pregnant and parenting teens
  • Denver Pet Partners – Providing therapy dog support for children, hospitals, victims of crimes, those with special needs, etc.