Managing partner and family law attorney Carl O. Graham brings top-tier representation to your El Paso County domestic relations 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, he writes articles, and regularly teaches classes to fellow Colorado divorce lawyers on complex family law issues. And, as managing partner, he mentors the family law attorneys at Graham.Law, playing an active role in their cases.

Experienced Family Law Attorney

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, 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 before becoming a family law attorney. 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 successfully argue your divorce case. 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 as our managing partner, 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, however, no minivan. And no mid-life crisis vehicles either.

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Colorado Chapter (President 2022-2023)
  • El Paso County Family Law Section (Chair 2006 – 2008)
  • Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section (Executive Council 2008 – 2010)
  • Colorado Bar Association Military & Veterans Affairs Section (Council 2022-present)
  • 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)
  • Colorado Super Lawyers – from 2020– Present (2 lawyers total)
  • Best Lawyers in America by U.S. News & World Report  2019 – Present (7 lawyers total)
  • Top Attorney in Colorado Springs in peer-rated study from Colorado Springs Magazine 2014, 2019 – Present (7 lawyers total)
  • Superb 10.0 rating from Avvo (2008 – Present)
  • Distinguished rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Bryan S. Gardner Outstanding Young Lawyer Award (2010), El Paso County Bar Association

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