Focused, Determined, and Outcome-Oriented Representation
Addison claims Seattle, Washington as his home; however, he attended the University of New Mexico School of Law where he graduated with Honors. While Addison certainly misses the sunny New Mexico skies as well as the rain-soaked hues of abundant green in Washington, Addison admits that Colorado is his perfect new home environment.
Prior to joining Drexler Law, Addison worked in the Colorado Springs family law community. During his five years in that firm, Addison recognized the talent and litigation experience of the attorneys and other professionals at Drexler Law while he litigated both family law and probate matters against Drexler Law. When the opportunity arose, Addison was eager to match his litigation talents and energy with the professionals at Drexler Law and our demonstrated vision for client-focused representation.
While attending Law School, Addison served as a Law Clerk to a prominent Family Law attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Combined with his personal experience with the Divorce process, Addison’s clerkship launched an enthusiasm for Family Law that continues to take his career to new heights.
Within his first year of practice in Colorado, Addison was nationally ranked as one of the “Top 10 Under 40” Family Law Attorneys by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. Addison regularly handles complex family law matters including high-asset divorces and complicated custody cases. Addison also navigates the firm’s clients through cases experiencing spousal abuse or child abuse including representation in pursuing or defending civil protection orders (i.e., restraining orders). Although Addison excels in litigation and has a proven track record of success, he is equally proud of his ability to achieve fully negotiated resolutions where the facts and circumstances merit an out-of-court resolution.
Addison also enjoys complex legal analysis and working in Appeals. In fact, one of the first appeals he worked on involved an important jurisdictional question on a paternity case, which formal opinion was published in People in the Interest of G.C.M.M., 477 P.3d 792 (Colo. App. 2020). Addison’s success has continued in filing and defending full appeals from the District Court trial divisions to the Colorado Court of Appeals as well as formal Reviews of Magistrate’s Orders typically issued as interim or temporary orders. Addison’s experience in appellate practice bolsters an already impressive Appeal Team at Drexler Law, which analyzes, pursues, and defends appeals orders issued in domestic relations, probate, criminal and civil litigation cases.
While Addison enjoys using his expertise to aggressively advocate for his clients in the Courtroom, Addison shares a fundamental tenet of Drexler Law’s vision: Addison will never be one to escalate conflict for the sake of conflict while, at the same time, being prepared to address any conflict presented head-on as a zealous advocate and in support of the client. When conflict can be properly managed, resolving cases by agreement saves the parties time and expense and avoids the stress of uncertainty. Addison’s credentials, and his unique perspective as a Mediator, are a testament to his ability to identify novel solutions that allow a client to successfully resolve his or her case without further litigation.
His personal experience with Divorce and actual practice of co-parenting give Addison a unique perspective and empathy for clients going through what can be the most trying time in their lives. As a parent in a joint custody arrangement, Addison brings a “kid-first” approach to each of his parenting cases especially where the “best interests of a child” standard not only guides his professional life but also his day-to-day parenting relationship. It is no doubt that clients appreciate Addison’s real-life advice that is not only firmly rooted in the law but also practiced and proven in real life.
When he isn’t fighting for his clients, Addison enjoys adventuring and exploring Colorado and the Southwest with his son, mountain biking, snowboarding, reading, martial arts, playing the piano, and Cajun cooking.
Areas of Practice
- Domestic and Family Law Litigation
- Adoption and Termination
- Allocation of Parental Responsibilities/ Custody
- Modification & Enforcement of Existing Orders
- Modification of Custody/Parenting Orders
- Common Law Marriage
- Legal Separation
- Civil Partition – Jointly Held Property
- Enforcement and Contempt
- Grandparent Visitation and Custody
- Probate Litigation
- Estate Administration
- Civil Protection Orders/ Restraining Orders
- Colorado – All Counties and Districts
- University of New Mexico School of Law
Professional Associations & Memberships
- Colorado Bar Association
- El Paso County Bar Association
- El Paso County Bar – Family Law Section