Kim Willoughby

Attorney |  kim@willoughbylaw.com

Areas of Emphasis

  • Cases involving the nexus between death and estate planning and divorce
  • Complex financial cases

Kimberly R. Willoughby has been practicing law in Colorado since 1994, and founded her own firm in 1996. Kim was born in Vermillion, South Dakota, and has been in Colorado since 1986.


Kim graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1992. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia in 1994.

Kim was Articles Editor for the Journal of Law and Politics at the University of Virginia.

Awards and Distinctions

Kim was named by 5280 Magazine as one of the Best Attorneys in Denver for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Kim was named one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Colorado for 2012 and 2013, and one of the Top 50 Female Attorneys in Colorado for 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018, by Superlawyers (a publication of 5280 Magazine and Law and Politics).

Kim has been selected to SuperLawyers every year for the last thirteen years (2005-2018)

Top100Lawyers Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,  2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Avvo rated “Superb.”
Tim Gill Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year, 2004. Awarded by the Colorado Business Council.
Featured in Denver Woman Magazine in its June 2009 issue.
AV-Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.
Named one of Denver’s top divorce attorneys by Divorce in Denver Magazine, January 2005.aaml_logo_dark_blue
Barrister of the Year, March 2001, awarded by Colorado Legal Initiatives Project.

About Kim

Kim Willoughby lives with her husband and two children in the foothills of Denver West. She spends most of her free time at the skating rink where her son is a long time hockey player, and her daughter is a figure skater.  Her personal interests include camping, hiking, skiing, and graphite portraiture.   Kim  has a side venture as the owner of a vodka distillery (see article here).  Kim is a voracious reader, and her current reading interests are legal thrillers and historical fiction. Kim is also pursuing a long-held dream of becoming a pilot, taking flying lessons at Rocky Mountain Airport.

Kim’s passion for the law arises from her love of constitutional law, teaching and writing.  While her dream would have been to be a philosophy professor, three generations of lawyers and judges in her family steered her away from that.

Kim loves her area of practice because of the wonderful people she is fortunate enough to work for. Few things in her professional life give her more joy than a well put together spreadsheet, a pile of tax returns, and a plan to help people in an unfortunate time of life to get to a better place.

Published Appellate Decisions

  • In re Parental Responsibilities of A.R.L., 318 P.3d 581 (Colo. App. 2013).
  • In re Madrone, 290 P.3d 478 (Colo. 2012).
  • In re Marriage of Sorenson, 166 P.3d 245 (Colo.App. 2007).
  • In re Marriage of DePalma, 176 P.3d 829 (Colo.App. 2007).
  • In re Marriage of Ciesluk, 113 P.3d 135 (Colo. 2005).
  • In re E.L.M.C., 100 P.3d 546 (Colo.App. 2004).
  • In re Marriage of Dorworth, 33 P.3d 1260 (Colo.App. 2001).

Selected Publications

  • Colorado’s New Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act,” with Susan L. Boothby, The Colorado Lawyer (March 2014).
  • “Changes to Colorado’s Uniform Probate Code,” with Elizabeth Bryant and Constance Beck Wood, The Colorado Lawyer (December 2010).
  • Family Relationships,” Senior Law Handbook, Colorado Legal Education, 2010 edition.
  • “Family Law,” Lawyers’ Professional Liability in Colorado (3rd Ed. 2010).
  • “Relocation in Family Law Cases,” The Colorado Lawyer, March 2006.
  • “Think of Me When Preparing Marital Agreements,” Trusts and Estates Newsletter, Colorado Bar Association, January 2005.
  • “Death and Divorce,” The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Domestic Relations Law (2ndEd. 2010).

Professional Associations

AAML 2018 National CLE Committee.
Liaison between Trusts and Estates and Family Law Sections of the Colorado Bar Association.
Denver Estate Planning Council.
Society of Financial Service Professionals.
Chief Justice’s Commission on the Legal Profession, Liaison, 2013-2015.
Statutory Revisions Committee, Trusts and Estates Section, CBA, subcommittees on GALs and trust decanting.
Past President, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Colorado Chapter, 2012-2013.
Board Member, Colorado Continuing Legal Education, 2002-2008.
Statutory Revisions Committee, Trusts and Estates Section, CBA, subcommittee on review of Uniform Probate Code (surrogacy issues), 2008-2010.
Appointed Member, Colorado Bar Association Common Law Task Force, July 2007 – December 2007.
President, Thompson Marsh Inn of Court, 2006-2007.
Executive Council, Colorado Bar Association, 2005-2006.Budget Committee, Colorado Bar Association, 2002-2003.
Second Vice President, Denver Bar Association, 2001-2002.
Executive Council, Family Law Section, Colorado Bar Association, 2001-2003.
Board of Governors, Colorado Bar Association, 1998-2002, 2005-2006.
Fellow, Colorado Bar Association, 2005-present.
Board Member, Colorado Women’s Bar Association, 1998-2000.
Chairperson, Solo/Small Firm Section, Colorado Bar Association, 1999-2000.
Member, Family Law Section, Colorado Bar Association.
Member, Trusts and Estates Section, Colorado Bar Association.

Selected Seminars


  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers National Seminar CLE Committee, November, 2018.
  • “Price of Vice: Issues with Cannabis and Other Vice Businesses,” AMML/BVR National Divorce Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, May, 2019.
  • “Double Dip Debate,” AMML/BVR National Divorce Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, May, 2019.

“Court Strategies for Litigants with Capacity Issues in Divorce Cases,” Judicial Conference, June, 2018.

“Estate Planning Basics,” Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association, May, 2018.

“Grey Divorce,” Society of Financial Service Professionals, January, 2018.

“Valuation of Unique Assets,” AAML Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November, 2017.

“Grey Divorce,” Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee, October, 2017.

“Judicial Conference regarding Appointment of GALs,” September, 2017

“Global Health and Human Rights,” University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies, May 8, 2017.

“Prenuptial Agreements: A High Level Discussion with Colorado’s Premier Practitioners and Judges,” Presented by Colorado CLE, February 16, 2017.

“Double Dipping: Webinar for Business Valuation Resources,” January, 2017.

“GALs in Domestic Relations Cases: Where We Have Been, Where We Are, and Why Title 15 is Where We (Think We) Are Going,” AAML Colorado Chapter, December, 2016.

“Grey Divorce: Special Considerations for Elders involved in the Dissolution of Marriage Process,” with Melinda Moses, Esq., 2016 Elder Law Retreat, August 26, 2016.

“A High Level Discussion about the Interplay Between Goodwill and Maintenance: Expanding the Double Dip Debate,” AAML Colorado Chapter, December, 2015.

“Common Law Marriage in Today’s Changing World,” with Herb Tucker, Esq., Colorado Women’s Bar Association Annual Convention, May 17, 2014, Vail, Colorado.

Family Law Fall Update, “Uniform Pre-Marital and Marital Agreements Act and Colorado Civil Union Act,” October 25, 2013, Denver, Colorado.

“Modifications to the Uniform Probate Code,” Colorado CLE, Denver, Colorado, September 7, 2010.

“Modifications to the Uniform Probate Code,” Trusts and Estates Retreat, Vail, Colorado, June 18 and June 19, 2010.

“UPC and the Law,” Trusts and Estates Update, Denver, Colorado, December 11, 2009.

“Family Law Update,” Colorado Magistrates Conference, Westminster, Colorado, September 14, 2009.

“Obtaining and Evaluating Financial Information,” Colorado Family Law Practice for Paralegals, May 29, 2009.

“Standards of Value,” Business Valuation Program, National CLE Conference (LEI), Vail, Colorado, January 3, 2009.

“Dead Exes: Probate and Probate Litigation Issues,” AAML Advanced Family Law Institute, Denver, Colorado, December 12, 2006.

Relocation Panel, AAML Advanced Family Law Seminar, Denver, Colorado, December 10, 2005.

“Cohabitation Agreements,” Relationship Agreements, CLE International, Denver, Colorado, August 12, 2005.

“Marital Agreements,” Elder Law Institute, September 2002.

“Death and Divorce: The Intersection of Family Law & Probate,” Family Law Section’s Annual Spring Family Law Update, May 2002.

Charitable Organizations

Kim supports:

  • Legal Aid Foundation
  • Colorado Bar Foundation
  • Judi’s House
  • Denver Scholarship Fund
  • Children’s Hospital
  • Colorado Public Radio