With an unshakable desire to start a different kind of law firm, Heather co-founded Broxterman Alicks McFarlane PC (BAM) in August (2015) with one vision: to treat all clients as people, not just as cases. Heather strives to guide and care for her clients more holistically by always being sensitive to the fact that the times in which people are in need of a family law firm are often the most difficult times in their lives. Heather brings extensive experience as well as patience, understanding, and careful attention to detail to all of her clients. Heather has comprehensive experience in nearly all facets of family law, including dissolution, high conflict cases, collaborative cases, mediation, complicated financial issues, international child abduction cases, dissolution of civil union cases, parenting litigation involving same-sex couples, and appellate cases.
Long before earning her law degree from Georgetown University in 2010, Heather began learning the fundamentals of family advocacy. While working on her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in 2004, she worked as a research assistant at the university, assisting in research on divorce, family and gender. She ultimately wrote her thesis on the changing roles of parenthood in the context of divorce. During college, Heather worked for the Charlottesville Public Defender’s Office in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she interviewed clients preparing for trials and sentencing. At the Public Defender’s Office, Heather used motivational interviewing techniques to encourage self-efficacy, studying the backgrounds of defendants about to be sentenced, preparing reports on her findings for judges and public defenders and identifying alternatives to incarceration. Before leaving the Public Defender’s Office, Heather helped pave the way for bringing mental health courts to Charlottesville by researching the policies, procedures, remedy structures and qualification criteria of such courts in the United States.
Following her graduation from Georgetown, Heather moved to her much-loved home of Colorado and began clerking for the Honorable James C. Klein of Colorado’s Twentieth Judicial District in Boulder. Working with Judge Klein, Heather learned to master the complexities of the family law system, conducting legal research, drafting orders on motions and requests for rulings, arranging and monitoring child and family investigator appointments and, preparing minute, mediation, support, parenting time services, and 35(c) orders. Heather also assisted the court during hearings and was a bailiff during jury trials.
From July 2011 until she founded BAM, Heather was a senior associate attorney for Gutterman Griffiths in Littleton, Colo., where she independently managed an extensive family law caseload, including dissolution cases, post-decree financial litigation, post-decree parenting litigation, international child abduction cases, dissolution of civil union cases, parenting litigation involving same-sex couples, and appellate cases.
Heather believes wholeheartedly that each family law case is different and deserving of individual attention, expertise and understanding.
In the Interest of Madrone, 2012 CO 70 (Colo. 2012)
“Applying Technology to Settlement, Pretrial and Trial,” Presented by Carolyn Witkus and Heather Broxterman, November 21, 2013 at the National Business Institute, Using Technology to Win Your Case
“Civil Unions in Colorado: Family Law Implications,” Civil Unions CLE: Family Law and Estate Issues in a Time of Rapid Change, Co-presented with Ann Gushurst, November 4, 2013.
Alternative Families – Changing Options for Non- Biological Same-Sex Parents, OUTLaws Conference at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2012
Expert Witness Bootcamp: “Cross-Examining a Mental Health Professional.” Presented by Heather Broxterman, October 29, 2015 at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Member, Colorado Bar Association
Member, Boulder County Bar Association
Member, Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section
B.A. Sociology University of Virginia, Minor in Economics
J.D. Georgetown University Law Center