Professional Details

Joan H. McWilliams, JD, MSJA
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

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299 Milwaukee St.
P.O, Box 6216
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 830-0171
Fax: (303) 830-8422


Description of Practice

The Denver-based firm of McWilliams Mediation Group is a client-focused mediation firm dedicated to helping families navigate and resolve issues involved in their divorce, including the allocation of parental responsibilities, the division of marital assets and debts, maintenance, child support, tax concerns, and post-decree matters. The goal of the McWilliams Mediation Group is to help parties find creative and effective solutions that enable them to move forward with their lives. Special consideration is always given to the children as they, too, must be able to move forward with their lives.

Professional Background

A mediator all of her life, Joan is an attorney who conducts a dispute resolution practice in domestic and commercial conflicts through her firm, McWilliams Mediation Group Ltd. in Denver, CO. She received her BS Degree from the University of Colorado and her MSJA and JD Degrees from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She served as a law clerk for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and was a partner in a large Denver law firm where she practiced corporate banking, securities and family law. In addition to sharing her wisdom as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Joan has served as Chair of the Colorado and Denver Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Sections and has served on the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors. She is a member of the Executive Council of the CBA Family Law Section. She is a past-president of the Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee on Child Custody and was a member of the Committee that drafted the Colorado Parental Responsibilities Bill. Joan is a Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and is the recipient of the Alumni Professional Award from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the Family Law Icon Award from the Colorado Bar Association. In addition, Joan was selected by her peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America and is included in Super Lawyers. She is the author of Parenting Plans that Work and the award-winning The Peace Finder: Riley McFee’s Quest for World Peace.


University of Denver Sturm College of Law J.D. March 1982 Denver Law Journal Recipient of the DU Alumni Professionalism Award University of Denver College of Law M.S.J.A. June 1976 Judicial Administration University of Colorado, Boulder B.S. June 1964 Education/Political Science

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional