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Laurie Joe


Senior Associate

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Family Law (Custody, Divorce, Post-Decree Matters)

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Laurie is a Senior Associate at Burnham Law based out of the Denver Tech Center office. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in psychology from the University of Denver and earned her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Laurie began her career as an intern at Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and then served as a Deputy District Attorney in the 18th Judicial District. Her experience as a prosecutor working on family law matters has made her a skilled litigator. Laurie specializes in family law cases including dissolution of marriage, legal separation, allocation of parental responsibilities (custody), paternity, post-decree modifications and enforcement, child support, contempt, pre and post-nuptual agreements and appeals. In addition, Laurie handles misdemeanor criminal cases including domestic violence, driving under the influence, child abuse and traffic infractions.

Outside of the office, Laurie is a longtime volunteer and chair of the board of directors for Southeast Community Outreach (SECOR), a non-profit organization that provides a food bank, Christmas gifts, holiday meals and other assistance to people in need in the southern suburbs of the Denver Metro Area. Laurie also volunteers at Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue (RMFR), where she helps cats find loving homes.

Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Arapahoe County Bar Association
  • Douglas/Elbert County Bar Association
Past Employment Positions
  • Heckenbach Suazo L.L.P. (formerly Heckenbach Thompson Suazo & Dave L.L.P.) 2011 –  2018
  • The Law Center, P.C. (formerly Robert B. Wareham, P.C., The Wareham Group, P.C., and Highlands Ranch Law Center, P.C.) 2007 –  2011
  • District Attorney’s Office, 18th Judicial District, Deputy District Attorney, 2006 
Bar Admissions
  • Colorado, 2005
Education
  • University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado
    J.D. – 2005
  • University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
    B.A. – 2000
Testimonials
I did a great deal of research weighing who/what kind of attorney I hoped to work with on my divorce/modification case. I can honestly and emphatically say that I *cannot say enough wonderful things about Laurie Joe*. She (and her team) worked tirelessly on my case even in instances that she had other cases to attend to. There were even a few times where she was out of the office around the Holiday season and she still replied/called me in response to any emails during that time out. She answered all questions completely and if I still needed more information beyond the detail she provided, she willingly consulted others in order to get that information. She was an excellent sounding board for anything I needed and was very patient with me throughout the entire process. Laurie also kindly and honestly answered the dreaded “what would you do if in my situation” question, even if I did not like the answer. She also worked with my ex in a fashion that kept our situation as de-escalated as possible while maintaining the nature of what I wanted to accomplish. If you’re on the fence about an attorney, working with Laurie will make you so happy you had her in your corner. Anonymous

I first hired Laurie in 2010 and have continued to use her over the last 9 years when needed! She is AMAZING!! I was completely in the dark regarding my divorce, my kids and my options. After meeting with her, I had a clear understanding of the court procedure, my options, and the correct way to move forward. She always takes the time to make sure to answer all my questions, be hopeful but honest with me and make sure I feel good about moving forward! She supported what I wanted/needed 100%. I feel completely confident with Laurie! I would highly recommend her. Thank you Laurie so much for your kind-heart, wisdom, and guidance over the years! Molly

I hired Laurie to represent me on my child custody cases and through a neglect case that came up do to my ex-wife. Laurie was great the entire time, she continuously fought for my rights regardless of how difficult I was the entire time. She helped me to understand what my rights were and what I could do.
I first hired her after I realized I wanted more time then I was given with my children. After helping me get through several months of court cases and mediation, I was able to obtain 50/50 custody of my daughters. Then maybe a year later, I received a phone call from child protective services that my oldest daughter had been neglected and had something bad happen to her. I chose to have Laurie represent me, despite her warnings, and I couldn’t have been more happy with the results. I know have full custody of my daughters and can happily report that now 2 years later they still have not seen their mother who ran away, instead of owning up to her responsibilities. I highly recommend anyone that needs an attorney regardless of what the matter, divorce, child custody or neglect cases, should hire Laurie. She is patient and a great attorney, and someone that I will hire again if the need ever rises. Eric

On recommendation, I hired Laurie Joe, formerly known as Laurie Hurst, as my family law attorney to file for divorce. It was complicated and difficult, but nothing was insurmountable for her. She represented me well, always with integrity, wisdom, understanding, insight, and necessary research done. Even after the divorce, as issues continued with the other party, her dedication did not change. In the five plus years I have known Laurie as my attorney, she has always been professional, kind, my advocate, and readily available. Inside the courtroom, she is well-prepared, quick to respond, and gets results. Outside the courtroom, she is equally impressive. I highly recommend Ms. Joe as an attorney. Lily

Laurie, took on our case short notice back in 2016. She did an amazing job with hearing out our concerns and giving us peace of mind. Even though it was short notice she didn’t turn us down and even made time for us and made us feel like we were a priority.
Our case spanned about 2 years and Laurie did an amazing job all those two years — giving us suggestions, helping us stay motivated, and always making time to hear out our concerns when times got tough.
She did an outstanding job when it came down to everything. She’s very clever, witty, and absolutely smart. She matched our families dynamic and made everything feel a little less stressful.
We were having a very hard time finding a lawyer in the begin but when Laurie Joe was referred to us by a family friend it almost felt like we had found our saving grace.
I couldn’t think of anyone as well equip and as wonderful to work with as Laurie Joe. Even in the financial aspect she was very willing and able to work with us.
Whenever anyone we know asks us for a lawyer recommendation we are always quick to refer them to Laurie Joe.
Thanks to her hard work and determination we feel happier and closer as a family.
So, thank you Laurie, thank you for being a part of our families happiness and pushing so hard for us. You are one of the best things to happen to our family! Bella