Elizabeth’s practice has focused on asset and business valuation, income valuation, complex divorce, parental responsibilities, child relocation, and child support matters, among others. Elizabeth speaks both Spanish and Italian and uses these skills to assist non-native speakers in navigating through domestic matters.
Elizabeth’s outstanding legal work and professionalism has been recognized by her selection as a 2017 Colorado Super Lawyer® “Rising Star”, the judicial officers of Arapahoe County, who invited her to serve on their Best Practices Committee, and by Law Week Colorado, who named her as one of only seven “Up and Coming Lawyers” for 2015.
Elizabeth graduated from the University of Colorado Law School with Honors in Juvenile and Family Law. She received additional family law experience as a law clerk to Judge Norman D. Haglund on the domestic docket in Denver District Court, at Boulder County Legal Services, and at the Harris Law Firm. Elizabeth trained in trial advocacy under Colorado Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice and displays confidence and poise in the courtroom. However, she is also a firm believer in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, assisting clients in settling matters before they reach the courthouse. Elizabeth is trained in Collaborative Law, whereby parties commit to resolving their dissolution of marriage cooperatively and without the court’s involvement.
Honors & Distinctions
Colorado Super Lawyer® “Rising Star”, 2017
“Up & Coming Lawyers” by Law Week Colorado, 2015
Colorado Bar Association’s Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year finalist, 2016
Honors in Juvenile and Family Law, University of Colorado Law School, 2012
“The goal in family law cases is not to obtain vindication, but to figure out a solution that helps your family adapt and thrive.”
Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals Training, 2015
University of Colorado Law School, J.D., 2012
Truman State University, B.A., Political Science and Spanish, 2009 (magna cum laude)
“Trial experience is important, as it informs settlement – you have to know when to push, but you also have to know when you are pushing your luck.”
Authorships & Presentations
“QDROs Boot Camp,” National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education Program, co-presenter, July 2016
“Calling All Spanish-Speaking Lawyers” by Elizabeth Bonanno, The Docket, February 2015, Vol. 37, No. 2.
Our Courts of Colorado, Presenter for the Colorado Bar Association and Colorado Judicial Institute’s joint public education project
Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee, Board of Directors
Arapahoe County Domestic Relations Best Practices Committee
Denver Source for Collaborative Divorce Practice Group
Colorado Bar Association
• Family Law Section
Colorado Women’s Bar Association
• Circle of Minerva
Denver Bar Association
Colorado Judicial Institute
Doyle’s American Inn of Court