Carl O. Graham brings top-tier representation to your El Paso County family law case at an affordable price. His pedigree is second-to-none: he was chair of the El Paso County Family Law Section, was on the executive council for the Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section, writes articles, and regularly teaches classes to fellow Colorado divorce lawyers on complex family law issues.

Carl’s leadership and experience is recognized by fellow family law attorneys throughout Colorado who call him weekly with questions. Even judges will call him a few times per year with questions on military issues. He was the first family law attorney in El Paso County to have a perfect 10.0 score from avvo.com, he’s and he’s won numerous awards, including Colorado Super Lawyers and being named one of the Best Lawyers in America by U.S. News & World Report.

Each of Carl’s cases benefits from a decades-long track record of successful litigation, including 8 years as an Army JAG officer. He has contested hundreds of cases to judges and juries, from multi-million dollar divorces with multiple experts to parenting or child support modifications. And he has prosecuted or defended every crime imaginable, from 1st degree murder and rape, to drugs and larceny.

If your case is ultimately contested, you need a veteran Colorado divorce litigator on your side who knows how to organize and argue a case successfully. However, lawyers “win” most cases at the settlement stage, without the client having to enter a courtroom. You’re more likely to secure a favorable settlement with a lawyer who knows his stuff, who approaches negotiations with the quiet confidence of knowing family law, being prepared, and not being afraid to go to court should negotiations fail.

When not working, Carl spends time with his wife, Blanca, and their two kids, two dogs & a cat. He was a scout leader, and spends time driving the kids to football, soccer, and their other activities. So far, no minivan.

  • El Paso County Family Law Section (Chair 2006 – 2008)
  • Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section (Executive Council 2008 – 2010)
  • El Paso County Bar Association (Treasurer 2010 – 2012, Trustee 2008 – 2010, Membership Chair 2006 – 2008)
  • Ben Wendelken American Inn of Court (Executive Committee 2005 – 2009)
  • Colorado Bar Association (Member since 2000)

The lawyer totals are the number of Colorado Springs family law attorneys who shared the honor.

These are unsolicited, unpaid, authentic, peer-reviewed and client-reviewed rankings, not sponsored listings or bogus prestige awards that will list anyone who pays them a few hundred bucks – and only those who pay them! We also receive solicitations for those sham awards, and ignore them. So should you.

  • Family Law Attorney (2000-Present). Focuses exclusively on Colorado divorce & family law cases, now as managing partner of Graham.Law
  • Senior Trial Counsel (1998-2000). Supervised cases of six lawyers in Army’s busiest jurisdiction, prosecuted major crimes as JAG officer at Fort Carson, Colorado, including contested rape, kidnapping, larceny, drugs. Was lead prosecutor for two high-profile first degree murder trials. Deployed to Hungary & Bosnia in 1998
  • Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (1996-1998). Prosecuted, in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, civilian offenses involving Fort Carson, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service
  • Trial Defense Counsel (1994-1996). Defended contested trials as JAG officer at Fort Hood, Texas and other installations, including attempted murder, rape, kidnapping, robbery, larceny, graft, drug distribution and assault. Won full acquittals in several cases. Deployed to Haiti in 1995 as the sole defense counsel in theater
  • Trial Counsel (1993-1994). Successfully prosecuted child sexual assault, larceny, assault, drug distribution, and others as JAG prosecuting attorney for the 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
  • Legal Assistance Attorney (1992-1993). Represented hundreds of clients in family law, such as divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, and other areas of the law, as Army JAG attorney at Fort Hood, Texas
  • UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    J.D. (1991). Top 15% of class

    • Associate Editor, UCLA Environmental Law Journal
    • American Jurisprudence Award for Business Associations
    • Intern for U.S. District Judge Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr. (Central District California) 1990
    • Summer Associate at McKenna, Conner & Cuneo, Los Angeles, California 1990
    • Summer Clerk at Westside Legal Services, Santa Monica, California 1989
  • University of Southampton, Southampton, England
    B.Sc. (Honors) Politics & International Studies (1988)

    • Captain, University Debating Team
    • Chair, University of Southampton Conservative Society