JAMS Denver is located in Denver and serves Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West
  • Arbitration, including Special Master practice
  • Mediation
  • Family Law
  • Probate
  • Hearing Officer, Title IX cases

Ann Gushurst, Esq.

Ann Gushurst has over two decades of experience in family law as a litigator, mediator and collaborative attorney. This experience extends to the issues of guardians ad litem, silver divorces and the interplay between probate and dissolution, same sex and common law marriages, and partition issues.

Ms. Gushurst approaches family law disputes with the goal of minimizing the emotional and financial costs of prolonged conflict. She is committed to looking for solutions that are fair and workable for everyone in the family. She knows that children need both of their parents and she understands the psychology and developmental considerations that make custody issues so difficult to resolve.

Ms. Gushurst’s philosophy has always been that divorce cases belong in court only as a last resort.  Whenever possible, she encourages clients to reach mutually acceptable resolutions.

Ms. Gushurst became interested in the intersection of human rights and family law through her work establishing legal parenting rights in same sex families. She successfully sued to allow same sex couples the right to marry in Colorado before the Obergefell decision became US law.  More recently, she argued the Hogsett case, redefining how the law assesses same sex common law marital relationships.

Ms. Gushurst has served on the Family Law Executive Council for more than a decade. She lectures extensively on such topics as parenting issues, court procedure and collaborative practice.  Ms. Gushurst is a past chair of the Colorado Collaborative Law Professionals and has been active in both the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Metropolitan Interdisciplinary Committee

ADR Experience

  • Complex Asset Division
  • Custody and Guardianship
  • Relocation
  • Common Law Marriage
  • Partition

Representative Matters

Family Law: Custody, paternity, domestic support issues, property division, allocation of parenting time and allocation of decision-making

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Executive Member, Family Law Executive Council of the Colorado Bar
  • Member ex officio, Board of Directors for the Colorado Collaborative Law Professionals (past President)
  • Member, Colorado Judicial Institute
  • Colorado Bar Fellow Emeritus
  • Member, Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee
  • Past Member, Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee
  • Past Editor of the Colorado Bar Association Family Law Newsletter
  • Member, Catholic Lawyer’s Guild
  • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Colorado Member, Academy of Collaborative Practice
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, National LGBT Bar Association of the American Bar
  • Past President, Board of Directors of Maria Droste Counseling Services
  • Past Director, Board of Directors, Colorado Chapter of AFCC

Selecte Awards and Honors

  • Alumna of Distinction, University of New Brunswick, 2017
  • Ally of the Year, LGBT Bar Association Foundation, 2015
  • Special Recognition Award from the Colorado Lawyer’s Committee, 2015
  • Attorney of the Year Law Week, Champions of Equality, 2014
  • Visionary Award, GLBT Community Center, 2014
  • Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers “AV” Preeminent Rating
  • Avvo: Rated 10 out of 10
  • Colorado Superlawyer: Family Law 2007 & 2010-2021, Top 50 Female Lawyers in Colorado 2011-2020; Top 100 Attorneys in the State of Colorado 2013-2020

Selected Publications

  • Colorado Lawyer
    • “Guardians ad Litem Colorado Lawyer, Part II; Serving Adults with Diminished Capacity in Domestic Relations Matters.” September, 2020 pp. 40-45.·       ·
    • “Guardians ad Litem, Part I; Serving Adults with Diminished Capacity in Domestic Relations Matters.” July, 2020 pp. 30-37.·
  • Alumna of COBAR Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Domestic Relations Law, 2d.
    • Author of “Separation Agreement” chapter 2009-current
  • Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA Raises More Questions Than it Answers for Colorado Families,” LAW WEEK Colorado, July 8, 2013
  • “Collaborative Law, Ethics, and Colorado’s Maverick CBA Ethics Committee Opinion 155, ‘Collaborative Practice: a Paradigm Shift,’” Colorado Lawyer, November, 2007
  • “Treat Your Divorce Like a Business,” ColoradoBiz Magazine, 2007
  • “Low Conflict Divorce,” ColoradoBiz Magazine, 2006
  • Editor, Colorado Family Law Section Newsletter, 2012- 2019

Lectures, CLEs AND Seminars

  • Effective Representation of a Low Income Client: Tips and Tricks to keep costs down The Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association monthly meeting, March 2021 with Melissa Simonton.
  • CBA Round Table discussing the impact of the recent Supreme Court Cases of Pyfer, Hogsett and Yudkin February, 2021.  With the Hon. Judge Leith, Amy Rosenberg and John McHugh.
  • “Common Law Marriage”  Annual COBAR 2020 Family Law Institute.  With Rachel Catt and Lawrence Gendelman.
  • Capacity”December 2019 Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association
  • “Business Valuations and the Disputes that Matter: A Panel of Experts”Annual COBAR Family Law Institute, August 2019, Vail.  Moderator
  • “Interstate Collisions between Protective Proceedings and Divorce”June 2019 State Judicial Conference (with Marco Chayet, JD)
  • “Mediating Difficult Cases” (AFCC 13th Symposium Child Custody in Denver, November 2018) (presentation developed with Joan McWilliams; presented with Barbara Shindell, MSW)
  • “Therapy as a Due process right” (AFCC 13th Symposium Child Custody in Denver, November 2018) (presented with Dr. Kate McNamara and Dr. Lyn Greenberg)
  • The Interplay between Probate and Dissolution”October 2019 LPIF Conference, Cannes France.
  • “Sobriety: once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic? MDIC, November 2018 with Barbara Shindell and Lorraine Backman
  • Crafting Parenting Plans that Work”June 2018 State Judicial Conference (with Kate McNamara, Ph.D, and Joan McWilliams, JD)
  • “Constitutional Rights in Family Law”June 2018 State Judicial Conference (with Steve Epstein, Esq.)
  • “Tort Settlements and Marital Property Considerations”Spring, 2018, private seminar for PI litigation firm.
  • “The role of the PRE/ CFI” o   COBAR FLI Spring law update 2018
  • “Best Practices”o   AFCC Regional Annual Convention, October 2017, Breckenridge.
  • “Common Law Marriages; uncommon issues for same sex couples” DEBA Bar Association presentation March, 2017
  • Property and Maintenance Issues presentation for State Judicial training regarding Mediating Domestic Cases in Colorado Courts, presentation, State Court, April 2016
  • “Parenting plans for young children” Vail, ABA national conference, January 2016
  • Cultural Competency, CoBar Fall Family Law Update, October 30, 2015
  • Annual Family law Institute of the Colorado Bar association “Parenting plans for infants” August 2015
  • Family Law Institute of the Colorado Bar Associationo   “Update to legal issues in GLBT families” March 27, 2015
  • Annual Family law Institute of the Colorado Bar associationo   “DOMA, the Post-Windsor Legal Landscape, Civil Unions and Taxes” (with Preston Hofer, CPA) Vail, August, 2014
  • Annual Family law Institute of the Colorado Bar associate “Alternatives to Child and Family Investigators, Including Child Specialists” Vail, August, 2009
  • How to do Pro Bono Work, Cobar training 2013, Presenter at Collaborative Law Training: Level One   December 2009-2016
  • AFCC presentations (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts): “The Ethical Use of Research in Custody Matters” Spring Regional Conference, Grand Junction, CO 2013, “Alienation 101 for Attorneys” National Conference, Denver June 2012, “Ethical Issues in Collaborative Law” National Conference June, 2010, “Comparing the Early Neutral Evaluation Process to the Child and Family Investigator Process” National Conference, Reno   2009
  • Metro Denver and Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee/ Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee: “Endangerment, if you can prove it” MDIC March, 2018 with Mark Vick, MA., “Cultural Competency” MDIC April 2016 (with Barbara Shindell, MSW), “Legal Issues Surrounding Non-Traditional Families” 2013 (with Kristi Wells), “Use of Divorce coaches in Domestic Relations cases” 2013 (with Dr. Les Katz), “Alienating Parents, Alienating Attorneys” 2010 AFCC Annual Conference, Denver (with David Littman and Tanya Akins), “The Use of Expert Witnesses,” MDIC (with Carolyn Witkus) 2009, “Using Divorce Coaches” 2008, “Collaborative Law and Ethics” 2007
  • Colorado Collaborative Law Professions, Coaches Training.  2008
  • “Ethics Opinion: Moving Forward,” Presentation at the 1st Annual Colorado Collaborative Law Networking and Advanced Educational Conference, 2007
  • “Promoting Collaborative Law in Colorado,” Panel Discussion, 1st Annual Colorado Collaborative Law Networking and Advanced Educational Conference, 2007
  • Annual Colorado ADR Conference, “Impasse, GALs and Arbitration” (with David Littman) August, 2012
  • Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association, Presentation on the Legal Issues faced specifically by Gay and Lesbian couples in family law 2012


  • “Civil Unions in Colorado: Family Law Implications,” for CLE International (with Heather Broxterman) November, 2013
  • Ethics Task force IACP, 2007-2009
  • Family Law Council Executive Task force on Protecting Children 2010
  • Dr. Phil Show, Appeared on “Anatomy of a Divorce”
  • Gutterman Griffiths PC (later Griffiths Law PC) 2005 – 2021
  • Harrington, Brewster and Clein PC 1999 – 2004
  • Gushurst Family Law, LLC – solo practice 1998-1999 and 2004-2005
  • Gilbert, McGloan, Gillis 1994-1996 Saint John, NB CA
  • University of New Brunswick, LLB 1994, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
  • University of Toronto, B.Sc., 1985, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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