Margot Freedman Alicks, Of Counsel for and one of the co-founders of Broxterman Alicks McFarlane PC and its former CFO and Director of Marketing, is an award-winning Colorado family law attorney. Margot has repeatedly been named to the list of Colorado Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” since 2014, an honor only given to 2.5% of the lawyers in the state. In 2018, Margot was named “Best Family Law Lawyer” as Barrister’s Best “People’s Choice” for this honor by Law Week Colorado. In 2015, she was selected as a “Compleat Lawyer”, an award honoring attorneys with “highly developed or wide-ranging skill or proficiency” by Law Week Colorado. Margot has long had an Avvo rating of 10 “Superb”, with over 20 five-star client ratings.
Prior to helping to create BAM Family Law, after earning her law degree from William & Mary School of Law, she was a corporate litigator representing Fortune 500 companies in various contract, fiduciary, and other commercial corporate litigation matters with Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. in the Delaware Court of Chancery and Delaware Supreme Court. Her practice included expedited litigation regarding proposed mergers, acquisitions, tender offers, and implementation of defensive devices such as innovative “poison pills.”
During her years working on complex commercial matters concerning corporate governance and control, contractual and other complex commercial disputes, she was able to work extensively with some of the best financial experts in the country. This was the case, in particular, in so-called appraisal actions aimed at determining the fair market value of interests in publicly traded and privately owned companies. Margot also advised entity, officer and director policyholders on insurance issues related to corporate litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
Margot fell in love with family law while at RLF through her pro bono work representing children under the care of family services as an attorney-guardian ad litem, her assistance with victims of domestic abuse in seeking orders of protection from abuse and/or for custody, and her representation of parents in termination of parental rights proceedings.
From there, prior to co-founding BAM, Margot was hired as a senior associate and then elevated to Shareholder and Vice President of Corporate Governance at a local Colorado family law practice, where she met the amazing colleagues who would become her partners at BAM. She litigated high asset complex divorce disputes with trusts, dissipation, and family-owned businesses; high conflict child-centered matters such as relocation cases and cases of domestic abuse (with a focus on obtaining temporary and permanent civil protection orders); discovery disputes; and all while attempting to settle high conflict matters through mediation and the Collaborative Law approach.
In her years of exclusive family law practice across Colorado courthouses, Margot has litigated complex and high-conflict divorce disputes over several days of trial, mediated other cases to a low-impact resolution, and used her Collaborative training to settle cases before they are even filed. She has successfully settled cases while serving as a neutral mediator for parties represented by counsel and those who were navigating the system without counsel of their own. She has incorporated significant mentoring and educational elements to her approach to the profession, presenting numerous continuing legal education courses to her peers concerning challenging family law matters, and having published several articles on legal developments in various complex family law and business matters.
Margot has repeatedly moderated a panel of judicial officers discussing family law matters for the National Business Institute, including Judges and Magistrates from Denver, Adams, Douglas, Boulder, and other Districts. She has presented on a national stage on electronic document and case management for NBI, as well as presenting on the perils of electronically stored information in discovery for the MDIC. She has provided CLE for divorce cases from start to finish for paralegals, which was attended by participants across the state. She enjoys mentoring for the DU Mentorship Program, as well as internally by mentoring new paralegals and associates at BAM.
To learn more about Margot’s mediation practice, email her directly at email@example.com.
Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals
Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce
Licensed to Practice: Colorado, Delaware (ret.)
NBI CLE, “A Litigation Paralegal’s Guide to Case Management,” April 2015
CJI-CBA CLE, “Straight Talk with Judges: Effective Use of Financial Analysis Including Business Valuations in Civil and Family Law Cases,” April 2015
“A Divorce Obligation Beyond Finances: More Couples are Opting for Prenups that Govern any Future Get,” Intermountain Jewish News, January 30, 2015
Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee CLE, “Technological Pitfalls for the Unwary: ESI in Action,” November 2014
Business Law Institute CBA CLE, “What Corporate Counsel Need to Know About Divorce in Colorado: It’s a Big Deal,” October 2014
NBI CLE, “Everything You Don’t Know About E-Discovery (But Wish You Did): Handling Social Media, E-mail, Video and Other ESI,” Fall 2014
“The New Civil Protection Order Statute: Catch 22,” Colorado Law Week, July 21, 2014
CJI-CBA CLE, “Straight Talk with Judges: Common Evidentiary Pitfalls in Family Law Trial Practice,” May 2014
“Divorce Corp: An Endorsement of the Merit Based Selection of Judges,” Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter, Spring 2014
“Chapter 2: Protection Orders,” Domestic Violence Bench Book, November 2013
“Chapter 3: Victims’ Rights Amendment,” Domestic Violence Bench Book, November 2013
DBA CLE, Dealing With A Difficult Client, January 2013 and January 2012
“Notice, Cooperation, and Consent: Common Insurance Issues Arising in Delaware Deal Litigation,” InSights, Feb. 2012
DBA CLE, When The Court Calls, January 2011
“Selectica, Inc. v. Versata Enterprises, Inc.: A Case Study on the Use (and Usefulness) of Experts in Delaware Corporate Litigation,” ABA Annual Meeting Materials, Aug. 2010
“Lessons from the Meltdown: Remedies,” Deal Lawyers, Mar.-Apr. 2009
The College of William & Mary School of Law, J.D. 2008
Binghamton University, M.A., Philosophy, summa cum laude, 2005
Binghamton University, B.A., Philosophy, magna cum laude, 2004
Avvo Rating: 10 Superb
Colorado Super Lawyers® Rising Stars 2014-2019
Law Week Colorado: 2015 Compleat Lawyer
Law Week Colorado: Barristers Best “People’s Choice” 2018, Best Family Law Lawyer