Kristi brings many years of experience in the areas of taxation, benefits and executive compensation to the practice of family law. Her practice exists at the intersection of these areas of law, focusing on complex financial issues such as the division of executive compensation, retirement assets, and stock rights in divorce.

Kristi’s goal is to provide her clients with a balance of advocacy and sound practical advice. When going through a divorce – one of the most difficult times in anyone’s life – people need compassionate representation, guidance from someone who can weigh the costs and benefits of pursuing a legal remedy, help in reaching a mutually-agreeable resolution and an aggressive advocate on their side when the situation warrants it.

Child-focused and committed to minimizing the sort of collateral damage that can accompany dissolution actions, Kristi works diligently to create positive outcomes for her clients and their children.


Honors & Distinctions
  • Colorado Super Lawyer®, 2015- 2017

  • Top 50 Women, Colorado Super Lawyer®, 2016

  • AVVO – Rated 10 “Superb”, 2011 to 2016

  • “AV Preeminent” Martindale-Hubbell rating

  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award, 2013 and 2015

“At the end of the day, it’s important to recognize that families continue after divorce, just in a different form.”

- Kristi Anderson Wells
Memberships
  • Colorado Judicial Institute, Family Law Committee, 2013 – Present
    Co-Chair, 2017 – Present

  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section Executive Council, 2015 – Present

  • Academy For Collaborative Law Practice, Fellow, 2015 – Present

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2013 – Present

  • Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee, 2012 – Present

  • Colorado Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2012 – Present

  • Colorado Bar Association, 2007 – Present

  • Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals

  • National Association of Professional Women

  • Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce

“We are successful in representing our clients because we have the breadth and depth of experience to provide each client with individualized attention for their complex issues.”

- Kristi Anderson Wells
Education
  • University of Washington School of Law, Master of Laws (LL.M.), Federal Taxation, 1998

  • University of Washington School of Law, Juris Doctor (J.D.), with honors, 1997
    • Member and Contributing Editor, Washington Law Review

  • University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts (B.A), Journalism, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1994

Authorships & Presentations
  • “A Fool and His Money are Soon Parted”, ColoradoBiz Magazine (online), April 2017

  • “Model Lawyer: How Kristi Anderson Wells’ life as a Ford model paved the way to a successful family law practice”, Super Lawyers, March 2017

  • “How to Make the Holidays Work When You’re Divorcing”ColoradoBiz Magazine (online), November 2016

  • Civility in the Practice of Family Law, presentation, Colorado Bar Association Fall Family Law Update, October 2015

  • Advanced Tax Issues in Divorce, co-presented with Brian Campbell, CPA, 2015 Family Law Institute, Vail Colorado August 2015

  • Trial Preparation and Practice, presentation, Colorado Bar Association, 2014 Fall Family Law Update October 2014

  • “Kristi Anderson Wells: From Ford Model to Family Law”, The Docket, February 24, 2014

  • Division of Benefits in Same-Sex Break-Ups: Assisting Clients in a Complex and Unsettled Area, presentation, International CLE, “Civil Unions: Family Law and Estate Issues in a Time of Rapid Change”, November 2013

  • Attorney Fees in Family Law, presentation, Family Law Institute in Vail, Colorado, August 2013

  • The Duty to Confer, presentation, Family Law Institute in Vail, Colorado, August 2013

  • Divorce: Classifying, Valuing, and Dividing Executive Employment Benefits, co-presented with Noah B. Rosenfarb, CPA, Strafford Webinar July 2013

  • “Benefits Issues Arise When Same-Sex Relationships End”, The Colorado Lawyer, August 2013

  • Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA Raises More Questions Than it Answers for Colorado Families, co-authored with Ann Gushurst, CBA-CLE Legal Connection, June 2013

  • Unveiling the Mysteries of Dividing Executive Compensation, Stock Rights and Severance in Divorce, presentation, Family Law Institute in Vail, Colorado, August 2012

  • Disgracebook: How Technology and Social Networking Inform the Divorce Process, Colorado Serenity Magazine, December 2011

  • Spoils of War: Dividing Deferred Compensation in Divorce, presentation, Colorado Bar Association, 2011 Spring Family Law Update

  • COBRA Subsidy Program Extended, co-authored with Ted Olsen, Sherman & Howard Employment Law Newsletter, January 2010

  • Sherman & Howard LLC ERISA Advisory: Congress Extends COBRA Premium, Subsidy December 2009

  • Sherman & Howard LLC ERISA Advisory: New Notice, Disclosure and Special Enrollment Rights in CHIPRA, February 2009

  • New Administration: New COBRA Premium Subsidy Rules, presentation, Van Gilder Breakfast Club, April 2009

  • New Administration: New Issues in Employee Benefits, presentation, Southeast Metro Law Club luncheon, March 2009

  • Faegre & Benson LLP Practical 409A: Continued Insurance Coverage, Reimbursement and In-Kind Benefit Commitments Under 409A, co-authored with R. Gegelman, March 2008

  • What’s Up With Your 403(b) Plan in 2008? Integrated Delivery Systems Roundtable, Co-Sponsored by Faegre & Benson LLP and the Medical Group Management Association 2008

  • Faegre & Benson LLP Practical 409A: The Impact of Disability on Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Under Code Section 409A, co-authored with R. Gegelman, November 2007

  • Faegre & Benson LLP Employment Law Update: IRS Issues Transition Relief Under Section 409A, but Don’t Stop Compliance Efforts, co-authored with P. Lin, October 2007

  • What’s New Under the Final 409A Regulations? Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis Compensation and Benefits Alert, co-authored with D. Ellis, May 2007

  • Preston Gates & Ellis E-lert: IRS Extends Transition Relief for Section 409A Compliance, October 5, 2006

  • Presentation: SEC’s Proposed Rules on Executive Compensation Disclosure, presented to the Seattle Pension Roundtable, March 2006

  • Presentation: New COBRA Notice Requirements, presented to the Seattle Pension Roundtable, December 2004

  • A Brief Summary of Taxation of ISOs and Nonquals, presented at the University of Washington School of Law, Spring 2003

  • Complex Taxes, commentary, National Public Radio broadcast, Morning Edition, April 2002 (to access commentaries, go to www.npr.org and search the term “bjornerud”)

  • New Tax Law, commentary, National Public Radio broadcast, Morning Edition, August 2001

  • Estate Tax – the Mysterious Disappearing Repeal of the Estate Tax, commentary, National Public Radio broadcast, Morning Edition, June 2001

  • Tax Time Commentary — An Ode to the Code, commentary, National Public Radio broadcast, Morning Edition, April 2001

  • Implementing a Domestic Partner Benefits Program, Maine Business and Employment Law (Northern New England Publishers, Inc., Naples, Maine), January 2001

  • Domestic Partner Benefits: Legal Issues, Maine Business and Employment Law (Northern New England Law Publishers, Inc., Naples, Maine), December 2000

  • Note/Comment, The Uncertain Scope of Sovereign Immunity in Washington After Savage v. State, 71 Wash. L. Rev. 1069 (1996)