Joan H. McWilliams, MSJA'76/ JD'82

Alumni Professionalism Award - 2002

Joan McWilliams is an expert in alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Born in Denver, McWilliams took a mediation class in 1986 that ultimately changed the direction of her practice from litigation for corporate, securities, banking and family law matters to her current field of expertise. McWilliams currently provides mediation, arbitration, special master and other forms of ADR services through her firm, the McWilliams Mediation Group Ltd. She is a member of the Executive Council of the Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section, a Practitioner member of the Academy of Family Mediators, and recently helped draft the Colorado Parental Responsibilities Bill. Ms. McWilliams serves on numerous dispute resolution panels and frequently lectures and writes on this topic. She has taught courses in ADR at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Before beginning her mediation practice, McWilliams was a law clerk for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and a partner at Gorsuch Kirgis L.L.C.