About Me

Beth Andersen

I was an attorney for several years and gained extensive experience in several areas of the field before finding my calling in Family Law. Here’s a little more about my experience and background.

Undergraduate: I graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., with a bachelor’s degree in English and Government/International affairs. As part of my undergraduate studies, I spent a semester abroad in Oxford, England. I also volunteered on several political campaigns, served on our student council and worked steadily to help put myself through school.

Law School: I then earned by juris doctorate (JD) at Cornell Law School in Ithaca, N.Y. I participated in the legal aid clinic, International Law Society and International Law Journal during my time at Cornell. I also clerked for a law professor and then at the law firm of Kelley Drye & Warren in Manhattan. I was fortunate to have handled cases from divorce to complex litigation and even to have written my first parenting plan in a contested divorce before graduating from law school.

Commercial Litigation: Upon graduating, I joined Kelley Drye & Warren as a litigation associate. I essentially lived and worked at that Park Avenue firm night and day. I worked on products liability defense, complex commercial and securities litigation, personal injury defense and a pro bono asylum case for the Lawyer’s Commission on Human Rights. I was luckier than many “big firm” attorneys because my firm allowed me to handle everything from depositions and brief writing to arguing motions, appeals and even trials.

Legal Services: I chose to leave commercial practice and follow my heart to legal services as a staff attorney for MFY Legal Services. This was a chance to serve the underserved by handing social security, housing, benefits and family law issues for formerly homeless clients. I was more fortunate than many legal services attorneys because my employer allowed me to act as lead counsel on Velazquez v. State of New York, a class action on child support enforcement against the indigent disabled.

Colorado and Family Law: In 1995, my family chose to relocate to beautiful Colorado. I helped raise three sons while working and volunteering for the Colorado PTA legislative committee, Mountain Resource Center and several nonprofits. It wasn’t until I found myself reeling from my own divorce that I realized I could really make a difference in the field of family law:

Going through the divorce process as a client, I saw things I could do differently by implementing what I had learned in both the elite, competitive field of commercial practice and the innovative, low cost world of poverty law.

Small Firm Practice:  Until going out on my own, I worked at the small local firm Johnson & Associates, PC. Again I was lucky my employer allowed me to grow and manage my own client base and to take those clients with me when I started my own firm.

Andersen Law PC: On Oct. 1, 2014, I opened the doors to Andersen Law PC and things have not slowed down for a moment.  We serve several active cases in family law as well as handle estate planning. I am a single point of contact for all my clients. I have a team of contractors but you hire me to work your case and you always work directly with me.

Continuing Education: Whether through the latest technology or keeping up on Family Law trends, I continue to learn and expand my education in order to best serve my clients. Education has always been important to me and I always exceed the continuing legal education requirements, including participating in an annual retreat on Family Law and completing a 40-hour mediation training.

Community Service: I also have served on the Jefferson County Access to Justice Committee, Evergreen Rotary Board, Evergreen Chamber Board, Lutheran Church of the Cross Council, Video Conferencing Pro Bono Program for Colorado and Mock Trial Coaching. I helped form and am on the board of the 501(c)(3) Evergreen Chamber Community Fund. I continue to serve the underserved with several hours of pro bono legal work each month.

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