“I have a real passion for conflict resolution. I love family law because it’s so very human. I understand my clients are going through some of the most difficult challenges in their lives and they look to me to help them navigate the court system; to strategize and to help them find solutions and reach their goals.”
Education & Bar Admissions
- Bachelor of Arts, Religious Studies – University of Virginia, 2001
- Post-Baccalaureate study, Religions and Cultures – Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 2004-2005
- Juris Doctor – Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, 2010
- Bar Admissions: Colorado Bar 2014, Pennsylvania Bar 2010
- Top 40 Under 40, The National Advocates 2016 and 2017
- Top 10 Ranking, National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys, 2016
- Denver Business Journal’s Top 50 Largest Law Firms, 2016 Edition
- A+ Rated by the BBB, Robinson & Henry, P.C.
Publications & Speaking Events
- Article, “Real Property Division for Unmarried Cohabitants,” The Matrimonial Strategist, February 2013
- Case Note, “Clarification or Modification?: The Difference between Elucidation and a Due Process Violation,” Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Vol. 35, Issue 1, 34 (March 2013)
- Case Note, “Missing the Forest for the Trees Can Lead to Collateral Estoppel,” Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Vol. 34, Issue 2, 95 (June 2012)
- Article, co-authored with Lori K. Shemtob, Esq., “Japan and International Child Abduction,” The Matrimonial Strategist, February 2012
- Let’s Talk Divorce!, “Identifying and Valuing Unusual or Overlooked Marital Property“
- Immigration Law Section Lunch CLE, “Where Family Law Intersects with Immigration Law: Practical Steps for Protecting the Children of Immigrants Facing Deportation”
- The Legal Brief, “Divorce and Family Law”
- The National Advocates: Top 40 Under 40, Executive Committee Member
- Business and Professional Women of Cherry Creek, Board Member
- Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals
- Denver Bar Association
English, Spanish and Italian
MariaJose’s love of family law stems from her passion for conflict resolution. While her earlier academic career centered around broader religious and cultural conflicts, she came to recognize more and more how personal relationships play a central role in an individual’s sense of identity and fulfillment. With this realization in mind, she shifted her focus from conflict resolution among international communities to conflict resolution among families.
When a client feels bullied by a former spouse, uncertain about their financial welfare following divorce, or fear for the welfare of their children, MariaJose advocates aggressively for that client’s interests. Her mediation training and collaborative law experience give her a creative edge to negotiating and crafting agreements. If negotiations are a dead end, she will strategize with her client to take the battle into the courtroom.
MariaJose is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Colorado. She is a valued member of the Robinson & Henry, P.C. family law team in Denver. She speaks Spanish and Italian and has great appreciation for martial arts, history, food and wine, sci-fi, cats and the outdoors.