Ann Gushurst




University of New Brunswick, LL.B.

CDP 40 hours of Mediation training

Collaborative Practice (initial, intermediary and numerous advanced courses of 80+ hours)


Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America©, 2018-2020, Family Law

“2017 Alumni Award of Distinction”, University of New Brunswick

Area of Practice

Family Law

Ann Gushurst

About Ann Gushurst

Ann Gushurst has been practicing exclusively in Family Law for most of her law career, and her current practice is a mixture of litigation, collaboration and mediation. While Ann is a superb litigator, she always tries to steer cases to more collaborative solutions in order to minimize the emotional and financial toll inflicted by prolonged family conflict. Additionally, Ann is a trained mediator and has an active mediation practice.

Since joining Griffiths Law in 2005 as a shareholder, Ann has been responsible for the firm’s research and appellate work, and currently runs the ongoing in-house training. She is on the Family Law Executive Council of the state bar association and edits the statewide Family Law Newsletter. In 2014 and 2015, Ann won multiple awards for her ground-breaking work on marriage equality litigation including being named one of Law Week’s attorneys of the year.

“In Collaboration, we focus on finding solutions that work for everyone.”

-Ann Gushurst

Honors & Distinctions


  • Colorado Bar Association:
    • Family Law Section, Executive Council Member since 2009
  • Colorado Chapter, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Board Member
  • Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee
  • Catholic Lawyer’s Guild
  • Maria Droste Counseling Services, Board Member
  • Academy For Collaborative Law Practice, Fellow, 2015 – Present
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Collaborative Law Professionals
  • Admitted to Practice in Federal Court
  • International Academy of Collaborative Practice, member since 2000

Authorship & Presentations

  • Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association, Capacity, Presenter, December 2019
  • State Judicial Conference, Capacity and Interstate Jurisdiction Issues, Co Presenter with Marco Chayet, May 2019
  • FLI Presentation: Business Valuations and the Disputes that Matter: A Panel of Experts, August 2019
  • “Therapy as a Due process right”, Presentation at the AFCC 13th Symposium Child Custody in Denver, November 2018
  • “Mediating Difficult Cases: Screening Tools and Strategies and IS Ignorance of Therapy a Due Process Violation? What Professionals Need to Know”, Presentation at the AFCC 13thSymposium on child custody in Denver, November 2018
  • MDIC presentation “Sobriety: once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic?’ with Barbara S and Lorraine Backman, November 2018
  • FLI Presentation: All fundamentals Liberty Interests are Equal but Some or more Equal than Others – Constitutional Law, August 2018
  • Ralph Carr CenterJudicial Institute Presentation: Age Appropriate Parenting Plans, June 2018
  • Ralph Carr CenterJudicial Institute Presentation: Constitutional Law, June 2018
  • Shapiro Winthers & McGraw Presentation: Dissolutions and how a PI Settlement is a Joint Asset, March 2018
  • Colorado Bar Association Spring Law Update Lecturer: Appointment of CFIs and PREs, what’s currently going on in Colorado, Panelist with Judge Arkin and Michaelson, March 2018
  • MDIC presentation with Marc Vic on Endangerment: If you can prove it, March 2018
  • Best Practices presentation, COAFCC Fall Conference, October 2017
  • “Retro-Activity in Common Law Marriage”, Douglas-Elbert County Bar Association, March 2017
  • Cultural Competency, CLE training, MDIC, April 2016
  • Property and Maintenance Issues for the Mediating Domestic Cases in Colorado Courts, presentation, State Court, April 2016
  • Parenting Plans for Infants and Toddlers, presentation, FLI, April 2016
  • Colorado Bar Association Family Law Newsletter, editor and author, 2009 – present
  • Parenting Plans for young children 2016, presentation, ABA Vail conference, January 2016
  • Parenting Plans for Infants, presentation, Vail 2015 Family Law Institute Annual Conference, August 2015
  • Issues for Same-sex families, presentation, Colorado Annual Judicial Conference, June 2015
  • Same-Sex legal issues, presentation, LGBT Bar, Fall 2015
  • Same-Sex Family law issues, presentation, Colorado Springs Bar Association, December 2015
  • Cultural Competency, presentation with Samera Habib, Colorado Bar Association Fall Family Law Update, October 30, 2015
  • “Civil Unions: Family Law and Estate Issues in a Time of Rapid Change”, Speaker with and Kristi Anderson Wells, International CLE program, November 2015
  • Training on the Collaborative Process and Ethics” and the Collaborative Process for the Academy for Collaborative Law Professionals, 2008-2014
  • “Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA Raises More Questions Than it Answers for Colorado Families,” Law Week Colorado, July 2013
  • Practitioner’s Guide to the Colorado Domestic Relations Law: Chapter on Separation Agreements, 2009 – present
  • Ethical Use of Research in Custody Matters, presentation, Spring Conference of the Colorado Chapter of the Association and Conciliation Courts, 2013
  • Legal Issues Surrounding Non-Traditional Families, presentation with Kristi Wells, Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee, 2013
  • Alienation 101 for Attorneys, Annual Conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, 2012
  • Gay Family law issues course, instructor, Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association, December 2012
  • Continuing Legal Education sessions instructor, 2008-2012, Level One training for the statewide Colorado Collaborative Law Professionals. Lectures covered the collaborative process and a second talk on ethics and the collaborative process.
  • AFCC Presentation, Alienating Parents, Alienating Attorneys, June 2010
  • AFCC Presentation, Ethical Issues in Collaborative Law, June 2010 (Reno)
  • Appeared, Dr. Phil Show “Anatomy of a Divorce.”
  • “Treat Your Divorce Like a Business”, ColoradoBiz Magazine
  • Low Conflict Divorce“, ColoradoBiz Magazine
  • Expert Witnesses in Family Law Cases, MDIC Luncheon Presentation, 2009
  • Collaborative Ethics Opinion, Point Counter Point, The Colorado Lawyer, 2007
  • CoBar Presentation, Collaborative Law + Ethics, September 2007
  • MDIC Presentation, Collaborative Law + Ethics, March 2007
  • CoBar Presentation, Collaborative Law + Ethics, September 2006
  • Discovery Collaborative Law + Ethics for NACVA, December 2005

Recognized In

Avvo Rating Top Attorney DivorceAvvo Rating Top Attorney Divorce
Collaborative Law PracticeCollaborative Law Practice
Bar Register 2015Bar Register 2015
Avvo Clients’ Choice 2012Avvo Clients’ Choice 2012
Proudly UNBProudly UNB
Top Lawyers Denver 2019Top Lawyers Denver 2019
LGBT Bar MemberLGBT Bar Member