The origin story of Colorado Lawyer Team (COLawTeam) started in 2015, when Justie Nicol started her solo law firm, Nicol Law Offices. Since then, multiple team members, an entirely new practice area, and two partners have been added. What was once Nicol Law Offices is now COLawTeam, a full-fledged criminal defense and family law practice built to be the law firm of the future.
The current iteration of COLawTeam rolled out in 2019 when long-time colleagues and friends, Justie Nicol and Jennifer Gersch looked around at the legal community and realized partnering up was the way to go. Currently, we have an all-woman team by happy accident. But our partners know what it means to strive for work-life balance and flexibility in practice. After all, our clients usually have jobs and can’t work on their cases 8-5, so it’s no surprise they call their lawyers office on weekends and evenings. Our COLawTeam phones are manned 24 hours a day for just this reason!
Not only are Justie and Jenn working together now, but they’ve litigated cases together for about 15 years–all the way back to their Moot Court days at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. With Justie’s undergrad degree in Accounting and Political Science, and Jenn’s undergrad in Marketing, they are better prepared than almost every other small firm in terms of understanding what it takes to run the “business side” of a law firm.
COLawTeam is passionate about giving back and setting a good example for other attorneys. Our partners are active in their bar association and mentoring groups to help younger attorneys serve clients well.
Justie and Jenn have been practicing criminal defense multiple decades in total, and they both cut their teeth trying cases as Deputy District Attorneys–Jenn in Weld County, and Justie in the 18th Judicial District (Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln). Although there are several women who practice in this high-intensity area of law, there are not many women-owned/women-led criminal defense firms with whole teams available to clients to help them through their respective situations.
Colorado Lawyer Team is focused on doing what’s best for clients holistically, and not just pleading your case out to move onto the next one as quickly as possible. Being women, Justie and Jenn tend to be more empathetic to client’s problems, more creative in their solutions, and more persistent in court.
After years of running a successful criminal defense practice, Justie and Jenn realized there was a lot of overlap in the questions they were getting from clients who also struggled with family law issues, sometimes as a result of the criminal charges (but not always). The partners decided to start offering family law services, and immediately set out to collaborate with Hello Divorce (insert link), local nonprofits like Project Safeguard, and other flat-fee family law firms. This brings us to 2021, when the firm officially hired Allison Boschert (link to her page) as Of Counsel to handle family law matters. Justie Nicol oversees the family law division and handles many of the intakes. But–true to our name–our family law practice division is made up of a great team of people who do the work and genuinely care about their clients.
Your legal team should not treat you as a number or just a file full of papers. Our clients get personalized attention every step of the way. They can book an update call any time they want by using our automated calendaring system. Our phones are manned 24 hours a day. Each lawyer has support staff dedicated to their clients to ensure that even if the attorney isn’t available, staff will be.
We aren’t just looking to cash in on your case. For example, we don’t want to just plead your case out at the first hearing and move onto the next case/client in our criminal defense practice. In family law cases, we have regular meetings with clients both virtually and in person to make sure that we’re meeting clients’ expectations. As a firm, we’re committed to Access to Justice and are excited to offer Legal DIY packages in both criminal defense and family law matters (with the help of Hello Divorce). We often field client questions that have very little if anything to do with their cases, and that’s why we are proud to say many clients have chosen to refer their friends and family members to us.
We understand the value of hard work, and our time representing folks suffering financial hardships helped to shape Colorado Lawyer Team’s financial policies. We are proud to say we help those that cannot afford high-priced lawyers (hint: higher legal fees do not mean better lawyers). By going with Colorado Lawyer Team, we can keep costs down, and we utilize the most recent technology to stay in close communication with our clients.