Family Law Representation, Mediation and Collaborative Law in Colorado

Rachel Catt

Rachel Catt has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since 2002. Her practice includes divorce, high-conflict child custody, paternity, child support, LGBT issues, contested adoptions, and appeals. Ms. Catt emphasizes mediated settlements whenever possible, but zealously advocates for her clients in court when required.

Over the years, Ms. Catt has learned to listen carefully to her clients. She strives to reach the client’s most important goals – be it protecting a pension or business, more time with the children, financial security, or being safe from domestic violence – and to do it as efficiently as possible in terms of time and money.

Before joining Harrington, Brewster & Clein, Ms. Catt practiced family law in San Francisco, California for 12 years. She is involved in the Family Law Section of the Bar Association of Colorado, serves on the Board of Directors of the LGBT Bar Association of Colorado, and serves on the Judicial Endorsements and Legislative Committees of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association.

Ms. Catt is licensed to practice law California and Colorado.

Areas of Practice:

  • Domestic Relations
  • Divorce
  • Allocation of Parental Responsibilities
  • Same-sex Divorce
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Maintenance
  • Child Support
  • Step-Parent Adoptions
  • Civil Restraining Orders
  • Appeals

Bar Admissions:

  • California (2002)
  • Colorado (2001)

Education

  • D., The George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C. (2001)
  • A., University of Colorado, Boulder (1996)

Professional Associations

  • LGBT Bar Association of Colorado, Member (2013 – present); Board of Directors (2015 – present); Chair, Amicus Committee (2015 – present), Member, Judicial Endorsements Committee (2015 – present)
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Member (2012 – present); Member, Judicial Endorsements Committee (2015 – present); Member, Legislative Committee (2014 – present)
  • Colorado Bar Association (2012 – present); Member, Family Law Section (2012 – present)
  • National LGBT Bar Association, Member, Family Law Section (2013 – Present
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Member (2013 – 2014)
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section, Member (2002 – 2013)
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member, Family Law Section (2002 – 2013)
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, Member, (2002 – 2013)
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member, (2006 – 2010)
  • National Center Lesbian Rights, Family Law Committee, Member (2002 – present)
  • Queens Bench Women’s Bar Association, Member (2002 – 2009)
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Family Law Barristers Club, Member (2003 – 2012), Chair (2007)

Previous Positions

  • Law Office of Rachel Catt, Owner, San Francisco, California (2005 – 2013)
  • Nachlis & Fink, Associate Attorney, San Francisco, California (2002 – 2005)
  • Family and Civil Litigation Clinic, Supervised Student Attorney, Washington, D.C. (2000-2001)
  • S. Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, Summer Fellow, Washington, D.C. (2001)
  • S. Department of Justice, Law Clerk, Washington, D.C. (2000)
  • Human Rights Campaign, Legal Fellow, Washington, D.C. (1999)

Professional Distinctions

  • Licensed in California (2002) and Colorado (2009)
  • Barrister of the Year (2007), Barristers Club of the Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Testified before Colorado House of Representatives in support of Pay Equity Commission (2015)
  • Testified before Colorado House of Representatives regarding family law legislation (2015)
  • Amicus Curiae on behalf of the GLBT Bar Association of Colorado, C. v. Adoption Connections, Supreme Court of Colorado (2015)
  • Denver Bar Association, Child Support Clinic Volunteer (2014 – 2015)
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers, Pro Bono attorney (2014-2015)
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Volunteer Legal Services Program (2002 – 2013): Pro Bono attorney
  • Taught “Family Law – Domestic Violence Issues,” for AIDS Legal Referral Panel (2009).
  • Taught “Same Sex Issues in Family Law,” San Francisco State University Paralegal Studies Program (2004, 2009)
  • Trial court counsel on behalf of National Center for Lesbian Rights, Charisma R. v. Kristina S.,(2006) 140 Cal.App.4th 301, 44 Cal.Rptr.3d 332 (granting a non-biological, same-sex partner parental rights)
  • Taught “Tax & Financial Planning Issues of Domestic Partnerships,” for Steven C. Dilley’s Federal Tax Workshops (2005)
  • Board member and Development Committee Chair, Colorado Legal Initiatives Project (1997 – 1998): Organized fundraising events, including inaugural Jokers, Jewels, and Justice event
  • Denver Mayor’s Gay and Lesbian Advisory Committee (1997 – 1998): Advised Denver Mayor Wellington Webb on municipal issues confronting the gay, lesbian, and transgender community