Mechelle Y. Faulk

Counsel

Overview

Mechelle Faulk excels at resolving her clients’ most personal and private matters, including those regarding wealth preservation, divorce, children, marital agreements, adoptions and cohabitation. She is an experienced litigator and negotiator, often representing clients with high net worth, complex financial issues and/or significant child-related matters. Mechelle’s knowledge of specialized industries enhances her value to clients, including professional athletes, Olympians, artists, collectors, owners of working interests in oil and gas, trust grantors and beneficiaries, music/concert promoters, musicians, hedge fund managers, individuals with family wealth, and business owners. With a high-profile, high-net-worth clientele, Mechelle is especially sensitive to and adept at privacy concerns.

Mechelle is an experienced, detail-oriented attorney well known for her exceptional counsel and professionalism. For more than a decade, she has provided sophisticated counsel to clients, guiding them through private family-related matters, including divorce, child custody, support and maintenance issues, and post-dissolution issues, including modification proceedings.

Skilled at handling particularly complex and intricate financial issues, Mechelle works seamlessly with experts to assess the value of assets, such as closely held companies, professional practices, private equity investments and other types of business or trust interests. Her experience extends to representing clients regarding parental responsibilities, same-sex marriage, reproductive rights, adoption, grandparent rights, relocation issues and protective orders. In each instance, Mechelle thoroughly learns the client’s specific needs, objectives and the facts. Then she actively strategizes with the client throughout the case to help ensure that both the client’s short-term needs and long-term goals are met to the greatest extent possible.

Representative Experience

  • Represented world-renowned artist with substantial, recognizable works throughout the world, addressing intellectual property, studio valuation and fine art-related issues in a dissolution of marriage and post-decree matters
  • Successfully litigated a multimillion-dollar dissolution valuing and tracing separate property ownership in working interests in oil and gas and involving a privately owned oil and natural gas company engaged in exploration and production
  • Represented public or semipublic, including Olympians, professional athletes, professional disc jockeys, music/concert promoters, television reporters, musicians and art collectors, figures in divorce, family or other private matters
  • Represented in family and other private matters highly regulated and specialized individuals, including doctors, surgeons, financial advisers/investment advisers, hedge fund managers, executives and business owners
  • Represented numerous real estate professionals, including custom home builders, developers and executives, in family law and other private matters
  • Worked with trust experts to establish that client’s interest in generation-skipping, intentionally defective grantor trust did not constitute property for division in divorce
  • Successfully contested ambiguous language in a prenuptial agreement to the benefit of the client
  • Successfully litigated at trial court level and then defended on appeal client’s position to prevent spouse from relocating children out of state
  • Worked with business valuation experts and business experts to value client’s interest in a captive insurance company and to establish the validity of that captive as a going concern

Services & Industries

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Colorado

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Education

University of Colorado Law School
J.D. (2002)

Colorado State University
B.A. in Rhetorical Communication and Technical Journalism, News/Editorial Writing (1999)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives

Media Mentions

  • Domestic Violence — The Intersection Between Criminal and Domestic Law, The 2018 Family Law Institute, August 2018
  • Fall Family Update — Post-Decree Modification of Maintenance and Child Support, Colorado Bar Association, October 2017

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Green & Gold Foundation — Endowment Fund Committee member (2019-present)
  • Dream Team, Center for Legal Inclusiveness — member and team coordinator for chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Wiley Daniel’s team (2010-18)
  • CEC Middle College, volunteer (2011-14)

Professional Associations

  • Rhone-Brackett American Inn of Court, Barrister member
  • Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism in the Legal Profession
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado; Board of Directors; Judicial Nominations Committee; former president
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce
  • Denver Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association; Public Legal Education Committee
  • Judge Daniel’s Dream Team, Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence, Team coordinator 
  • Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Program, Graduate
  • Judicial Performance Commission for the 18th Judicial District, Former commission member

Honors

  • Named as one of the “10 Best Attorneys for the State of Colorado” by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (2014-18)
  • “Rising Star,” Law & Politics, Colorado (2009-17)
  • Recognized by the Denver Business Journal for “Making Her Mark” (January 2014)
  • Named as one of the “Top 40 Under 40 Family Lawyers in the State of Colorado” by the American Society of Legal Advocates (2013)
  • Named as one of Lawyers of Color ‘s inaugural “Nation’s Best” List, recognizing exceptional law firm partners and senior-level corporate counsel who have achieved prominence and distinction in their fields and demonstrated a strong commitment to advancing diversity in the legal profession. (July 2019)

Awards Methodology


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