STEPHEN J. HARHAI, ESQ.
Since establishing the firm in 1976, Steve has concentrated exclusively on family law. He recognized early in his practice that many of Colorado’s laws did not serve families and children well. That realization led to a 10 year effort during which he contributed to redrafting the majority of the statutes relating to divorce while serving as the Chair of the Legislative Committee of the Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. That commitment led to his appointment by the Governor of Colorado to Chair the Colorado Child Support Commission from 1990 through 1995 and as legal adviser to the Task Force on Responsible Fatherhood. Steve has also been appointed by the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court to serve on family law projects, including a comprehensive review of the divorce process in Colorado with the goal of creating a more efficient and responsive system. He is particularly proud of his work on the statute that permits divorces to be granted without appearing in court. That legislation has saved divorce clients literally millions of dollars in fees and is consistent with our philosophy of avoiding unnecessary expense wherever possible.
Steve has taken an active role in incorporating technology into our practice for more than 20 years. He has developed spreadsheet models used for the analysis of complex financial issues and designed the electronic case file system that powers our paperless office.
Steve is recognized as one of the best family law attorneys in the country. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. The Superlawyers ratings placed him in the top 50 lawyers in Colorado. He is a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and was honored as Fellow of the Year. He is past President of the Colorado Chapter of the Academy. TEN LEADERS includes him in the top ten divorce lawyers in Denver. He has been honored by election as Chair of the National Association of Counsel for Children, Chair of the Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, and has served on the Board of Governors of the state bar and as a trustee of the Denver Bar Association. At the national level, Steve has chaired the Admissions Procedures Committee of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, chaired the Website Committee and has chaired the Technology Committee of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association. Steve has been awarded the Chair’s Cup, the highest honor of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association.
Steve has a particular interest in working with complex financial matters, including business and professional practice valuations, analysis of trusts, and creative strategies for dividing large marital estates.
Steve lectures regularly for lawyer groups from Puerto Rico to Hawaii and most points in between on family law and technology topics, including presentations to national meetings of the American Bar Association, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Steve received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
Steve is an avid runner, reader and snowboarder. He qualified and medaled in the NASTAR National Championships in snowboard in 2009 and 2010.
SELECTED PUBLISHED CASES
In re C.T.G., 179 P.3d 231 (Colo. App. 2007)
In re Marriage of Nimmo, 811 P.2d 1002 (Colo. 1995)
In re Marriage of Murphy, 776 P.2d 1171 (Colo. App. 1989)
In re R.C., 775 P.2d 27 (Colo. 1989)
In re Marriage of Pierce, 720 P.2d 591 (Colo. App. 1985)
In re Marriage of Fjeldheim, 676 P.2d 1234 (Colo. App. 1983)
In re Marriage of Rappe, 650 P.2d 1352 (Colo. App. 1982)