Todd A. Stahly
Attorney Todd Stahly's practice focuses primarily on complex divorce cases. He has successfully helped clients resolve cases involving division and valuation of closely held business interests, family trusts, family limited partnerships, start-up businesses, oil, gas and mineral interests and unique asset and debt structures. Mr. Stahly is not fearful of the courtroom, but capitalizing on creative settlement opportunities is always the first approach before engaging in trial. Using this approach helps him keep control of the outcome in the client's hand. However, if all settlement approaches fail, he will have taken the steps necessary to ensure the client's interests and rights are preserved to advance the case through trial to full resolution.
Mr. Stahly has handled numerous complicated cases involving custody, interstate custody, parenting time, decision-making, parental alienation and addressing both founded and unfounded allegations of child abuse and neglect. He relies on a unique approach to these cases that is child-based and focused, allowing solutions to be reached, inside and outside the courtroom, that account for the best interests of the child.
Mr. Stahly is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and has presented on various topics of interests at continuing education events, both to local lawyers, Colorado Judicial Officers and colleagues. Mr. Stahly has also recently been proudly included in the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, an exclusive group recognizing the achievements of the Top 100 Family Trial Lawyers in the U.S.
- Family Law
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
- Juris Doctorate - 2003
- Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan
- B.S. - 1996
- Major: Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting
- Colorado, 2003
Classes & Seminars
- March 2017 Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section, “The Motion in limine and Motions for Declaratory Judgement”, Denver, CO
- September 2016 AICPA Expert Witness Workshop Speaker, Denver, CO
- June 2016 Judicial Institute, “Child Support and Maintenance Modification”, Denver, CO
- October 2014 Boulder IDC, Presented with Shirley Thomas, “To Talk or Not To Talk – That is the Question. Communication Guidelines between Lawyers and Evaluators”, Boulder, CO
- 2014 Colorado Bar Association Family Law Fall Update , “Pre-Trial Motions & The Trial Management Certificate”. Denver, CO
- 2014 Colorado Bar Association Family Law Institute, “ Deposition Fundamentals”, Vail, CO
- Lectured about “Deposition Fundamentals” at 2014 Colorado Bar Association Family Law Institute in Vail, Colorado an event attended by over 400 family law attorneys, Judges, Magistrates, mediators and Court personnel
- Lectured about “Discovery” and “Disclosures”, Fundamental Class, at 2013 Colorado Bar Association Family Law Institute in Vail, Colorado an event attended by over 400 family law attorneys, Judges, Magistrates, mediators and Court personnel
- Lectured about Post-Decree Child Support Modifications, Intermediate level class, at 2012 Colorado Bar Association Family Law Institute in Vail, Colorado which was attended by over 400 family law attorneys, Judges, Magistrates, mediators and Court personnel
- Co-Presented “Interaction Between Domestic Relations Cases and Criminal Cases”, Boulder County Bar Criminal Law Section, Sept. 2017
- Panel Presentation of “Maximum Capacity: Working with Clients Who Have Diminished Capacity”, Boulder County Bar, Nov. 2017
- Selected as CO Super Lawyer, 2019 - 2021
- Colorado Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2013 and 2014
Current Employment Positions
- Co-Authored and updated “Support Modification,” Chapter 28 in CBA Family Law Section Bench Bar Book, 2014 and 2016
- Co-Authored “The Unbundled Domestic Relations Practice,” Chapter 41 in Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Domestic Relations Law, 2014 and 2017
- Publication in the Colorado Lawyer, “The Motion in the Limine: Use in Domestic Cases”, March 2014
- Book Review for The Colorado Lawyer, “Premarital Agreements: Drafting and Negotiation”, April 2012
- Book Review for The Colorado Lawyer, “Endangered Species Act: Law, Policy and Perspectives”, August 2011
- Book Review for The Colorado Lawyer, “Private Lawyers and the Public Interest: The Evolving Role of Pro Bono in the Legal Profession”, January 2011
- Book Review for The Colorado Lawyer, “How to Build and Manage a Family Law Practice”, November 2010
- Book Review for The Colorado Lawyer, “The 2009 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide: Critical Decisions Made Simple”, January 2010
- “Helpful Hints for Working under the UCCJEA”, Boulder County Bar Association Newsletter, January 2006
Pro Bono Activities
- Boulder County Legal Services Pro Se Clinics, Volunteer
- The American College of Family Trial Lawyers (ACFTL), Member, Jan 2022
- Boulder County Bar Association, 2003 to Present
- Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee (IDC), 2006, 2008-present
- Fellow Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2017 to Present
- Colorado Judicial Institute, 2013 to Present
- Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2003 to Present
- Colorado Bar Association Legal Fee Arbitration Committee, 2008 to 2011
- Colorado Bar Association, 2003 to Present
- Past Chair, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2016 to 2017
- Chair, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2015 to 2016
- Chair-Elect, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2014 to 2015
- Secretary, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2013 to 2014
- Treasurer, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2012 to 2013
- Elected Executive Council, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2011 to Present
- Elected to Board of Directors, Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee (IDC), 2009 to 2012
- President, Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee (IDC), 2011 to 2012
- Co-Chair Family Law Section, Boulder County Bar Association, 2005 to 2006
- Scoring Panelist, Colorado Bar Association High School Mock Trial Competition (Regional level), 2009 to 2011
- Scoring Panelist, Colorado Bar Association High School Mock Trial Competition (State level), 2009 to 2011
- Served on State of Colorado Division of Real Estate Forms Committee, 2007
- Member of the Steering Committee for the “Honoring Families Initiative” at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver
- Successfully helped a parent obtain 50/50 parenting time and proved that the other parent’s allegations of physical, emotional and sexual abuse were fabricated.
- Successfully achieved 100% parenting time for a parent after the other parent continued to fail court-ordered drug/alcohol tests and did not comply with Court ordered substance treatment.
- Successfully negotiated a child support reduction of over $1,200 per month for the payor.
- Successfully helped client to relocate out of state with young child in order to allow support of family and to craft a parenting plan that allowed both parents to spend time with child.
- Successfully litigated and obtained 100% of the assets in the marital estate for a mentally disabled client.
- Successfully obtained an attorney’s fees award of over $40,000 in a post-decree child support matter where a parent did not appropriately disclose his income and failed to comply with the disclosure/discovery requirements.
- Successfully obtained sanctions of excluding 100% of a represented party’s exhibits and witnesses during trial due to noncompliance with the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure.
- During the middle of trial, obtained an order immediately discharging the Child & Family Investigator [then called a Special Advocate] from the case due to the Child & Family Investigator failing to complete any investigation and failing to issue a report.
- Successfully convinced a court appointed accountant to re-visit his business valuation calculations, resulting in a more favorable business valuation value for the client.
- Specially admitted by State of New Mexico and traveled to rural court in New Mexico to successfully litigate interstate child custody dispute. (Special admission in New Mexico was for one case only- should not be construed as Stahly LLC being licensed or currently being licensed to practice law in the State of New Mexico).
- Successfully litigated to retrieve a child who was abducted by a parent across state lines.
- Successfully litigated to defend a prenuptial agreement drafted in another state, using that state’s law, pursuant to the choice of law provision in the agreement.