Zachary Roeling

Zachary Roeling

Attorney

Zachary S. Roeling (Zac) brings a solid track record of effective and compassionate problem-solving and advocacy to the practice of family law throughout Colorado, whether the issue concerns finances, support or children. Zac strives to balance the vigorous representation of clients with empathy and the understanding that legal matters involving personal relationships require sensitivity and a resolution-oriented approach. He listens to his clients, conducts a thorough analysis of all the facts, and is adept at distilling complex concepts into simple language that everyone can understand.

Zac also recognizes that few family law issues are black and white and believes in fostering a calm, nonconfrontational atmosphere whenever possible, working to optimize not only his clients’ legal outcomes but also their emotional wellbeing. In addition to his practice representing clients, Zac is also a trained and experienced mediator, helping couples with or without attorneys who are committed to an amicable process in obtaining a conscious uncoupling or mediated divorce.

Zac empowers his clients to consider all the consequences of a given course of action on their and their children’s emotional, relational, and psychological health, not just their legal bottom-line. While divorce is inherently conflictual, his experience has taught him that short-term “wins” and aggressive strategies generally do not help his clients in the long-term. He offers a holistic approach and has great success disarming opposing attorneys who do not share his philosophy. He believes that an attorney’s duty is first and foremost to prevent harm, and that most cases are not well suited to traumatic courtroom battles and their effect on his clients’ self-worth, dignity and privacy. In the rare legal situation requiring judicial involvement, Zac is confident and well versed in litigation and excels in the courtroom. He has been recognized as a Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star for four consecutive years in a row, an award reserved for only 2.5% of attorneys in Colorado.

Prior to joining Wells Family Law, Zac gained valuable experience working under some of Colorado’s most respected divorce and family law professionals. He represented clients at two prominent Colorado domestic relations firms where he litigated and mediated divorce, custody, legal separation, common law marriage, and probate matters for a variety of clients across Colorado. He continues to represent clients in simple and complex matters, whether it is their first experience with the legal system or post-Decree issues with their ex-spouse or partner.  He also has experience in estate planning, including wills, trusts, and pre- and post-nuptial agreements and the roles these documents play in a divorce. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, he also stays abreast of the unique legal challenges in Colorado family law for LGBTQ+ individuals and their family members.

Prior to receiving his license to practice law, Zac received the top grade in his Family Law course and participated in the Advanced Family Law practicum led by the Honorable Angela Arkin, a Colorado family law pioneer and former domestic relations judge in the 18th Judicial District, at the University of Denver. As a student attorney in the Mediation & Arbitration Clinic, he also successfully mediated several cases in Denver County and District Courts. Prior to his work in the Clinic, he also interviewed clients and assisted staff attorneys with family law issues at Colorado Legal Services. His work there helped him gain an intimate understanding of the need for attorneys to support their communities through pro bono representation, which he continues in his role sitting on the advisory board for Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL) on behalf of the Denver Bar Association (DBA).

Zac, a Colorado native, is a classically trained pianist and enjoys practicing and performing in the Metro Area. In 2009 and 2010, he taught English to elementary and middle-school French students in the Eure-et-Loir just west of Paris. He speaks fluent French and returns to France as often as his schedule allows. On weekends, you can find him reading a contemporary novel, listening to podcasts, enjoying the mountains, engaging in social justice causes he is passionate about and spending time with his family.

Credentials

Education

Bachelor of Arts: 2009, University of Colorado at Boulder, English Literature and French

  • Honors: Katherine Jacob Lamont Scholarship in the Humanities
  • Honors: Dean’s Scholarship, College of Arts and Sciences

Juris Doctor (J.D.): 2014, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, Colorado

  • Honors: Robert B. Yegge Memorial Scholarship
  • Honors: President, DU OUTLaws
  • Honors: Family Law

Bar Admissions: Colorado 2014

Memberships

Colorado Bar Association (CBA)

Denver Bar Association (DBA)

Board Member, Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL)

Board Member, Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals (CCDP)

Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee on Family Law Issues (MDIC)

Colorado LGBT Bar Association

National LGBT Bar Association

Areas of Practice

Divorce and Legal Separation

Common Law Marriage

Unmarried Partner Disputes

Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (Custody)

Maintenance (Alimony) and Child Support

Post-Decree Modifications of Custody, Maintenance, and Child Support

Removal and Relocation Matters

LGBTQ+ Family Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediated Divorce

Litigation Percentage

90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

10% of Practice Devoted to Mediation