About Diana

Diana Powell focuses her practice on high asset divorce representation and is a leader in Collaborative Law in Colorado. Prior to joining Gutterman Griffiths, Diana acted as lead counsel to buyers or sellers in over 100 merger and acquisition transactions ranging from $1 million to $150 million, and helped hundreds of companies raise private and public equity and debt finance.

Diana’s divorce clients benefit from her deep knowledge of business issues. Having prosecuted accounting fraud cases and investigated concealed assets, as well as having responsibility to assist in preparation of disclosure documents in public and private securities and lending transactions, Diana has an excellent understanding of complex financial issues. She brings a high degree of expertise to formulation of agreements that protect the parties and their businesses from the economic risks inherent in divorce.

In addition, Diana believes a business solution that works for the parties in a divorce can best preserve the quality of their long-term relationship. Diana is a strong mediator, negotiator, and collaborator.

Diana is a frequent speaker at seminars for lay and professional audiences on financial issues in divorce, business valuation, venture finance, sales of business, corporate governance, asset division in divorce and special needs parenting plans.


Honors & Distinctions
  • Colorado Super Lawyer, 2006 – 2017, included in the list of Top 50 Women Lawyers and Top 100 Lawyers.

  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America©, 2013-2017, Family Law

  • 10 out of 10 “Superb” rating on AVVO

“Collaboration does not mean capitulation, but rather is a process to resolve real conflicts.”

- Diana Powell
Memberships
  • Colorado Judicial Institute, Board of Directors, 2012 to present

  • Academy For Collaborative Law Practice, Board of Directors and former President

  • Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee, Board of Directors

  • Colorado Bar Association
    • Colorado Bar Association, Executive Committee Family Law Section, 2012-2015

  • New Families New Futures (web-based video resource center), Board of Directors, 2012-2015

  • Military Families Association, former Vice President, former Director

  • Association for Corporate Growth, Denver Chapter, former Vice President, former Director

  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section

  • Fellow of the American Bar Association

  • Fellow of the Colorado Bar Association

  • College of the State Bar of Texas

  • Pro-Bono College of the State Bar of Texas

“Generally, divorce is not the end of the relationship.”

- Diana Powell
Education
  • Juris Doctor, Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley, 1980. Editor, California Law Review

  • Bachelor of Arts, Cornell College, Iowa, 1973, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Distinction in History and Political Science

Licensure
  • State Bar of Colorado

  • State Bar of Texas

  • District of Columbia Bar Association (inactive)

Authorships & Presentations
  • “The Do’s and Don’ts of Divorcing your Business Partner”, ColoradoBiz Magazine (Online), September 2016

  • “Getting Your Kicks on Rule 66,” with Jack Berryhill published in Law Week Colorado, July 2016

  • “QDROs Boot Camp,” with Jennifer Holt and Elizabeth Bonanno, National Business Institute CLE, July 2016

  • “Good, Bad and Ugly—Getting Kicks on Rule 66—Use of a Rule 66 Receivership to Manage Business Assets in Divorce”, Lawyers’ Public Information Foundation, Seminar, Cancun, Puntarenas, Mexico, October, 2015

  • “Pitfalls to Avoid Malpractice in Post-Decree Asset Transfers,” with Peter Griffiths, CLE in Colorado, Family Law Institute, Breckenridge, Colorado, August 2015

  • Guidelines to Preserve Business Value in Divorce”, ColoradoBiz Magazine, Denver, Colorado, republication of 2003 article, June 2015

  • “Discovery of Electronically Stored Information”, National Business Institute, Paralegal Institute Seminar, Denver, Colorado, February 2015

  • “Impact of Divorce on a Business Partner,” presented by Diana Powell and Margot Alicks, CBA Business Law Institute CLE, October 2014

  • “2014 Domestic Relations Law and Order Benchbook”, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, authored nine chapters, July 2014, co-author past three editions.

  • “New Families, New Futures” YouTube Program, New Families, New Future, Inc., Denver, Colorado, May 2014

  • “Business Issues in Divorce”, Colorado Bar Association, Business Law Section Seminar, Denver, Colorado, October 2013

  • “New Statutory Guidelines for the Determination of Spousal Maintenance”, Law Week, Denver, Colorado, July 2013

  • “Divorce and the Special Needs Child, Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, Emancipation and Other Issues”, CLE in Colorado, Family Law Fall Update, Denver, Colorado, October 2012

  • “Use of Rule 53 Special Masters to Avoid Post-Decree Litigation” Lawyers’ Public Information Foundation Seminar, Costa Rica, October 2011

  • “10 Tips to Minimize Divorce Trauma During the Holidays”, The Villager, Douglas County, Colorado, December 2010

  • “Family Law Section Comments to Uniform Collaborative Law Act”, with Kathy Hogan, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, October 2010

  • “Level One Training Materials,” Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals Seminar, Lone Tree, Colorado, November 2009

  • “Collaborative Solutions for Business Issues in Divorce”, with Brian DesMarteau and Deb Johnson, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section CLE in Colorado, Family Law Institute, Breckenridge, Colorado, August 2009

  • “Section 10 – Property Division”, Domestic Relations Law & Orders Book, Benchbook, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, Denver, Colorado, August 2009

  • “Business Valuation in Collaborative Divorce”, Colorado Collaborative Law Professionals, Advanced Seminar, Breckenridge, Colorado, October 2008

  • “Special Needs Children: Autism Spectrum Disorders,” with Audrey Blakeley Smith, PhD, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section Seminar, Breckenridge, Colorado, August 2008

  • “Effectively Using Experts in Family Law” with Jennifer Holt, National Business Institute Seminar, Denver, Colorado, May 2008

  • “Assembling the Expert Team”, National Business Institute Seminar, Denver, Colorado, May 2008

  • “The Role of Mental Health Professionals and Social Workers in Parenting Time and Parental Responsibility (Custody) Disputes”, National Business Institute Seminar, Denver, Colorado, May 2008

  • “Child and Family Investigator 40 Hour Training”, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section Seminar, Denver, Colorado, June, July 2008

  • “Law Firm Transitions, Holding Down the Fort While Shoring Up the Firm”, Family Law Advocate, Vol. 30, No. 2, American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Chicago, IL. September 2007

  • “Depositions A to Z – How Do You Appear?”, National Business Institute Seminar, Denver, Colorado, August 2007

  • “Go Beyond ‘Know Your Deponent”, National Business Institute Seminar, Denver, Colorado, August 2007

  • “Deposition Strategy – Time for Delivery”, National Business Institute Seminar, Denver, Colorado, August 2007

  • “Evidence-How to Lay the Foundation”, National Business Institute Seminar, Denver, Colorado, December 2006

  • “2006 Domestic Relations Bench Bar Book”, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section Denver, Colorado, May 2006

  • “Analyze Financial Information in Divorce”, National Business Institute Seminar, Denver, Colorado, May 2006