“We have always believed that a clear vision, quiet determination and personal attention to our clients would enable us to create an extraordinary Law Firm.”
When Katy Kurtz founded Kurtz & Peckham with fellow Colorado native, Mary Peckham in 1979 she had a vision of a small Firm, well run by people dedicated to serving their clients and committed to making a difference in people’s lives. Although nearly a quarter of a century has passed and the Firm has doubled in size this vision has never changed.
Katy Kurtz became a lawyer because she believed she could help people and she believed that women had an important role to play in the legal profession. Those beliefs are as strong today as they were in 1979. Throughout the intervening years Katy’s unique perspective and creative, perseverant approach have served her clients well. Katy takes pride in providing personalized, traditional and non-traditional legal services, customized to address each of her client’s individual circumstances.
Katy’s practice, centrally located on the 16th street Mall in downtown Denver, where it has been since its conception, encompasses the Metropolitan area including Jefferson, Denver, Arapahoe, Adams, Boulder and Douglas counties. Under special circumstances Katy has represented people in the mountain communities and the eastern plains of the state, as well as out of state residents with legal issues in the Metropolitan area.
Katy attended Stanford University from 1969-1972, then returned to Colorado to finish up her undergraduate degree. Katy graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 1978. During law school she taught tennis, worked for the National Lawyer’s Guild locally and represented indigent clients through the student practice program.
Katy is admitted to practice in all state courts in Colorado and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Her practice is focused on all areas of family law, wills, trusts and estates, and other probate matters, and representation of nurses and pharmacists in disputes with their licensing boards.
Katy and Kurtz & Peckham have an A-V rating with Martindale-Hubbell. An A rating means very high to pre-eminent, the V rating means the ethics are exemplary. Martindale Hubbel ratings are achieved by M-H requesting confidential opinions from other attorneys in the area, and is the guide source lawyers turn to when referring clients to lawyers out of state.
Katy is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, the Women’s Bar and the Colorado Collaborative Family Law Professionals. She is committed to expanding and exploring Alternative Dispute Resolution opportunities for her clients. She is a member of the Rocky Mountain Collaborative Law Professionals, a group of attorney’s, mediators, therapists, and financial professionals who meet regularly to further explore the collaborative process in family law matters.
A fourth generation Colorado Native, Katy is politically active in her state and is involved in efforts to get women elected to the U.S. Senate and state governorships. She also mentors young girls in Denver Kids (for children at risk for graduation from high school). She has been a member of Denver Rotary and is active in her church. Katy spends her free time with her niece and nephews as well as her large, lovable basset hound, Clarence.
When asked what she finds most rewarding about her career in the law, Katy answered, “Beating the odds and founding the oldest all women-owned Law Partnership in Denver, and hearing from people that I have represented, years later, thanking us for how we helped them in a time of need”.