Rebecca C. Alexander

Partner

Denver
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Rebecca Alexander's practice consists of high-end family law for families with estates valued upwards of $5 million, routinely involving estates in the $25 million to $100 million range. She also frequently serves as a consultant for divorce lawyers on trust issues and takes a hands-on approach in complex divorces involving substantial assets, business valuations, tax and trust issues. Rebecca appreciates the many situations in which the law intersects with personal relationships and, having reached positive outcomes in divorces involving some of Colorado's wealthiest families, she understands the issues that can arise in high-profile divorce cases involving individuals with substantial community ties. Rebecca believes family disputes are best solved outside the courtroom, and brings diplomacy and creativity to the dispute resolution process while achieving outcomes not possible in court. She is adept at handling difficult cases involving the allocation of parental responsibilities, understanding the importance of keeping the best interests of children in mind. Having drafted hundreds of premarital agreements throughout the country, Rebecca utilizes insight from all aspects of her family law and prior estate litigation practice to help her clients individually as they consider the types of provisions that could be most beneficial for them.

Rebecca is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Family Law. She is a member of the firm-wide Women's Committee and Investment Committee. In addition, Rebecca developed the GOT Initiative, a program designed to assist seven-plus year associates, counsel, and non-equity partners in their growth as business developers. She currently serves as the Denver Office Business Development Leader.

Select Experience

  • Rebecca has used the creation of trusts for the benefit of a less-propertied spouse as a way to meet that spouse's monetary needs during a divorce while preserving family wealth for the benefit of future generations.
  • In high-profile divorce cases, Rebecca has employed a seldom-used statute that allows for the appointment of a private judge to protect her clients' privacy.
  • Rebecca has used irrevocable life insurance trusts as a means of guaranteeing a client's obligations under a divorce decree.
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Experience

  • Rebecca has used the creation of trusts for the benefit of a less-propertied spouse as a way to meet that spouse's monetary needs during a divorce while preserving family wealth for the benefit of future generations.
  • In high-profile divorce cases, Rebecca has employed a seldom-used statute that allows for the appointment of a private judge to protect her clients' privacy.
  • Rebecca has used irrevocable life insurance trusts as a means of guaranteeing a client's obligations under a divorce decree.
  • Rebecca defended a claim that a trust beneficiary's failure to exercise a power of withdrawal from the trust gave rise to marital property.
  • Rebecca assisted her client in avoiding potential civil and criminal tax liability discovered during divorce proceedings through the use of the IRS’ voluntary disclosure program.
  • Rebecca orchestrated the unwinding of a complicated and ill-conceived closely held family investment entity that held virtually an entire multimillion-dollar marital estate and gave rise to significant tax liability exposure.

Recognitions

  • Colorado Women's Bar Association: Mary Lathrop Award (2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2011 to 2017)
    • Denver: Family Law
      • Best Lawyers® 2017 "Lawyer of the Year"
  • 5280 Magazine: Top Colorado Lawyer, Family Law (2015 to 2017)
  • National Diversity Council: One of the "Most Powerful and Influential Women of Colorado" (2014)
  • Denver Business Journal "Outstanding Women in Business" (2013)
  • BakerHostetler Denver Office "Mentor of the Year" (2012)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent
  • Colorado "Super Lawyer" (2010, 2016, 2017)

Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association
    • Family Law Section: Executive Council (2013 to 2017)
  • Denver Bar Association
    • Barrister’s Ball: Co-Chair (2006)
    • Board of Governors: Representative (2004, 2005)
  • Colorado Legal Aid Foundation
    • Board of Trustees (2010 to 2011)
  • Colorado Pledge to Diversity: Firm Representative (2007 to 2010)

Community

  • Florence Crittenton Legal Services of Colorado: Board Member (2012 to 2017)
  • Florence Crittenton High School Legal Clinic: Founder and Volunteer (2014 to 2017)
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation
    • Legal Advisor to the Denver Affiliate (2008 to 2013)

Services

Prior Positions

  • BakerHostetler:
    • Diversity Committee (2011 to 2013)
    • New Business Committee (2011 to 2012)
    • Denver office Risk Management Partner (2011 to 2012)
    • Denver office Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee
      • Chair (2007 to 2010)
    • Denver office Hiring Partner and Head of Summer Associate Program (2001 to 2010)
  • Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Jim R. Carrigan, United States District Court, District of Colorado (1993 to 1995)

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1995
  • Colorado, 1993

Education

  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1993, cum laude, Order of the Coif, Northwestern University Law Review
  • B.A., Psychology, Swarthmore College, 1987