McWilliams Mediation: Knowledgeable


Joan Harcourt McWilliams

P.O. Box 6216
Denver, Colorado 80206
(303) 830-0171


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 ScienceColorado


Colorado AFCC Conference, Denver, CO. 2010–Speaker
Advanced Family Law Institute, Denver, CO. 2008—Speaker.
Colorado Statewide ADR Conference, Denver, CO. 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012—Speaker.
Family Law Institute, Breckenridge, CO./Vail, CO/Steamboat, CO. 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015—Speaker.
2015 Domestic Relations Best Practice Court Institute for Judges, Magistrates, Facilitators & Sherlocks – Speaker.
International Education for Peace Conference, Vancouver, Canada. 2007—Speaker.
Naperville Peace Conference, Naperville, IL. 2007—Speaker.
Collaborative Law Conference – 2009- Speaker.
Collaborative Law Training. 2004
Lawyers’ Public Information Foundation. 1989-2012 – Speaker.
American Arbitration Association. 1993-2004.
Academy of Family Mediators. 1991, 1993, 1999.
Harvard Mediation and Negotiation Training. 1988, 1989.
CDR Associates. Training 1987; Associate 1989-91.


McWilliams Mediation Group Ltd Shareholder and President.
Commercial and domestic dispute resolution serving as a mediator, arbitrator and neutral third party in other forms of ADR. 1993 to present.  Named as Best Lawyers 2012′ Denver Family Law Mediation Lawyer of the Year.  Recipient of the CBA Family Law Icon Award.  Selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers 5280 and, U.S. News – Best Lawyers/Best Law Firms.  A.V. Rated and included in the Registrar of Preeminent Women Attorneys.  Founder and Board member of New Families New Future, a 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to providing education and support for families going through separation and divorce.

Accetta & McWilliams, P.C. Shareholder.
Commercial and domestic dispute resolution serving as a neutral third party in ADR. 1990 to 1993.

University of Denver, College of Law. Adjunct Professor.
Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration. 1989 to 1999.

Gorsuch Kirgis L.L.C. Associate and Partner.
Corporate, Securities and Banking Group; Family Law; Co-founder, Alternative Dispute Resolution Group. 1983 to 1989.

United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. Law Clerk.
The Honorable Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. 1982 to 1983.


“The Post-Divorce Family:  A New Solution For An Old Problem,” Law Week (July 23, 2012)
Parenting Plans For Families After Divorce (McWilliams Mediation, 2011).
“Child-Inclusive Divorce: 2008 Colorado Family Law Survey, 37 Colorado Lawyer 10 (October 2008).
“WholeChild Parenting After Divorce”, International Education for Peace Conference, Vancouver, Canada (2007).
“The Lawyer’s Duty to Promote Peace”, University of Denver Sturm College of Law Alumni Magazine, (Winter 2007).
The PeaceFinder: Riley McFee’s Quest for World Peace (Balue Fox Publishing Company 2006).
Judge’s Bench Book, Co-Author/Editor (Colorado Bar Association 2006)
“Mediators as Collaborative Team Members”, Co-Author, Chapter 10, Collaborative Law (Bradford Publishing Company, 2004).
“Parenting Time in Divorce,” 31 Colorado Lawyer 25 (October 2002).
“Your ADR Options: Mediation, Arbitration and Collaborative law,” 24 ABA Family Advocate 4 (Spring 2002).
Judge’s Bench Book, Co-Author/Editor (Colorado Bar Association, 2001).
Alternative Dispute Resolution Chapters 37 and 38, Colorado Practice Series (West Publishing Company, 1999).
Creating Parenting Plans That Work-Defining Parental Responsibilities in Divorce and Separation, (Bradford Publishing Company, 1998).
“Ethical and Legal Dilemmas in Mediation,” 3 MDICCC News (1995).
“The Role of the Attorney in Mediation,” 43 Trial Talk 6 (April 1994).
“Alternative Dispute Resolution: Restoring the Balance,” 20 Colorado Lawyer 1087 (June 1991).
“ADR Contract Clauses,” 18 Colorado Lawyer 867 (May 1989).
“Mediation Revisited: Amendments to the Colorado Dispute Resolution Act,” 17 Colorado Lawyer 1297 (July 1988).
“Alternative Dispute Resolution,” II ESQ. 39 (1987).
“Attorney Disclosure: The Model Rules in Corporate/Securities Area,” 12 Colorado Lawyer 1975 (December 1983).
“Reporter’s Privilege – Pankratz v. Dist. Ct.,” 58 Denver Law Journal 681 (1981).


American Bar Association: Business Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, & Family Law Sections
Colorado Bar Association: Past Member of the Board of Governors; Past Chairman,
ADR Committee; Member of the Executive Council of the Family Law Section;
Member of the Business & Family Law Sections
Denver Bar Association: Past Chairman, ADR Committee
Colorado Women’s Bar Association: Member
Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee on Child Custody: Member; Past President ; Award Recipient.
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts: Member
Association for Conflict Resolution: Advanced Practitioner Member
Mediation Association of Colorado:  Member
Academy of Professional Family Mediators:  Member
Colorado Judicial Institute: ADR Committee; Former Member of the Board of Directors
University of Denver, University College: ADR Advisory Board
US West Communications, Inc.: Mediation Trainer
The Faegre Group: Panel Member
Dalkon Shield Arbitration: Panel Member
American Arbitration Association: Member; Sexual Abuse Fact Finding Panel Member; Arbitration Panel Member
Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990: Advisory Group, ADR Subcommittee
Alfred A. Arraj Inn of Court: Master of the Bench
Judicial Nominating Commissioner: Second Judicial District