Carl O. Graham

Managing Partner

A negotiated settlement is more likely with a seasoned veteran on your team. And if trial becomes necessary, I will put my 25+ years of litigation experience to work for you.

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Carl O. Graham brings top-tier representation to your El Paso County family law case at an affordable price. His pedigree is second-to-none: he was chair of the El Paso County Family Law Section, was on the executive council for the Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section, writes articles, and regularly teaches classes to fellow Colorado divorce lawyers on complex family law issues.

Carl’s leadership and experience is recognized by fellow family law attorneys throughout Colorado who call him weekly with questions. Even judges will call him a few times per year with questions on military issues. He was the first family law attorney in El Paso County to have a perfect 10.0 score from, he’s and he’s won numerous awards, including Colorado Super Lawyers and being named one of the Best Lawyers in America by U.S. News & World Report.

Each of Carl’s cases benefits from a decades-long track record of successful litigation, including 8 years as an Army JAG officer. He has contested hundreds of cases to judges and juries, from multi-million dollar divorces with multiple experts to parenting or child support modifications. And he has prosecuted or defended every crime imaginable, from 1st degree murder and rape, to drugs and larceny.

If your case is ultimately contested, you need a veteran Colorado divorce litigator on your side who knows how to organize and argue a case successfully. However, lawyers “win” most cases at the settlement stage, without the client having to enter a courtroom. You’re more likely to secure a favorable settlement with a lawyer who knows his stuff, who approaches negotiations with the quiet confidence of knowing family law, being prepared, and not being afraid to go to court should negotiations fail.

When not working, Carl spends time with his wife, Blanca, and their two kids, two dogs & a cat. He was a scout leader, and spends time driving the kids to football, soccer, and their other activities. So far, no minivan.

Professional Associations

  • El Paso County Family Law Section (Chair 2006 – 2008)
  • Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section (Executive Council 2008 – 2010)
  • El Paso County Bar Association (Treasurer 2010 – 2012, Trustee 2008 – 2010, Membership Chair 2006 – 2008)
  • Ben Wendelken American Inn of Court (Executive Committee 2005 – 2009)
  • Colorado Bar Association (Member since 2000)

Awards & Recognition

The lawyer totals are the number of Colorado Springs family law attorneys who shared the honor.

These are unsolicited, unpaid, authentic, peer-reviewed and client-reviewed rankings, not sponsored listings or bogus prestige awards that will list anyone who pays them a few hundred bucks – and only those who pay them! We also receive solicitations for those sham awards, and ignore them. So should you.



Professional Experience

  • Family Law Attorney (2000-Present). Focuses exclusively on Colorado divorce & family law cases, now as managing partner of Graham.Law
  • Senior Trial Counsel (1998-2000). Supervised cases of six lawyers in Army’s busiest jurisdiction, prosecuted major crimes as JAG officer at Fort Carson, Colorado, including contested rape, kidnapping, larceny, drugs. Was lead prosecutor for two high-profile first degree murder trials. Deployed to Hungary & Bosnia in 1998
  • Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (1996-1998). Prosecuted, in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, civilian offenses involving Fort Carson, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service
  • Trial Defense Counsel (1994-1996). Defended contested trials as JAG officer at Fort Hood, Texas and other installations, including attempted murder, rape, kidnapping, robbery, larceny, graft, drug distribution and assault. Won full acquittals in several cases. Deployed to Haiti in 1995 as the sole defense counsel in theater
  • Trial Counsel (1993-1994). Successfully prosecuted child sexual assault, larceny, assault, drug distribution, and others as JAG prosecuting attorney for the 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
  • Legal Assistance Attorney (1992-1993). Represented hundreds of clients in family law, such as divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, and other areas of the law, as Army JAG attorney at Fort Hood, Texas


UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, California
J.D. (1991). Top 15% of class

  • Associate Editor, UCLA Environmental Law Journal
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Business Associations
  • Intern for U.S. District Judge Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr. (Central District California) 1990
  • Summer Associate at McKenna, Conner & Cuneo, Los Angeles, California 1990
  • Summer Clerk at Westside Legal Services, Santa Monica, California 1989

University of Southampton, Southampton, England
B.Sc. (Honors) Politics & International Studies (1988)

  • Captain, University Debating Team
  • Chair, University of Southampton Conservative Society

Recent Posts


  • Excellent discussion; fully answered all my questions with examples I could clearly understand

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    Jane Rohr
  • Carl Graham is by far the best divorce attorney I have used and would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for an ethical, knowledgable, fair attorney. My case was not your normal circumstanc... read more

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  • As a former military spouse trying to collect my share of my ex's military retirement from California when the divorce decree and all the supporting documents were filed in Colorado i was apprehensive... read more

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  • Where do I begin? Well AFTER have a consultation with another attorney ( who made me feel as though i was undeserving of his expertise) I was extremely apprehensive when coming to Graham Law. This was... read more

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    Chris Whitfield
  • Mr. Carl Graham, Cindi (his paralegal), and the rest of his office staff helped us with a military divorce. Mr. Graham is very knowledgeable about military ways and processes. I appreciated the fact... read more

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    Shelle Dier
  • If you are searching for a divorce lawyer, first I would like to say I’m sorry you are going through this. It isn’t and easy road. I know sometimes things just don’t work out to save your marriage. Ho... read more

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    Trevor Lisby
  • If you are searching for a divorce lawyer, first I would like to say I’m sorry you are going through this. It isn’t and easy road. I know sometimes things just don’t work out to save your marriage. Ho... read more

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  • I called Graham law firm to schedule a consultation and spoke with Corinna. When beginning your search for information with any family matters there are many questions and a sense of anxiety of the u... read more

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  • I was divorced in CO but moved to TX & had issues with my divorce decree from a previous attorney- after referrals from several other firms in CO regarding the best military law firm I went with Graha... read more

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    Sarah DeLorean
  • Very helpful initial meeting.

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    Steven Babbitt
  • Carl and his team are awesome and super easy to work with. His knowledge is tremendous and he quickly handled my case despite me being across the country. I would do business with his team again and... read more

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    Michael Brooks
  • I was impressed by Graham Law in general but most impressed with Brian Boney. Brian is an excellent family law attorney. Attentive, detail-oriented, and hard-working, Brian surpassed my expectations f... read more

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    Robert Weeks
  • Mr. Grahm was professional, knowledgable and very prepared. He was also kind and understanding. He knew his military in's and outs. Because of this is got exactly what I was asking for... a swift a... read more

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  • I had the unpleasant task of taking my ex back to court. Carl was the person for the job. His attention to detail and professionalism got me the result I needed. Sincere thanks to Carl and his great s... read more

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    Lisa Bruinsma
  • This firm is quite wonderful....very family and military oriented. Compassionate and patient, very understanding and will go to bat for you!!!!! Give them a call!!!!!

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    Teresa Wilkie
  • Brian did an amazing job helping me with a personal matter! Its not the first time I ask Brian for help, and every time he exceeds my expectations! Thank you for your kindness, understanding and suppo... read more

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    Iryna Volynets
  • Divorce is never easy, but Carl and his warm team helped me navigate this very difficult time. This was a military divorce, so Carl's expertise helped me understand exactly what my options were as a f... read more

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    Kara Longmire
  • I have had two occasions that I have needed Carl Graham's assistance with child support issues and both times Mr. Graham and his team were amazing. Mr. Graham is straight forward and honest. I highly ... read more

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    Jason Ragland
  • Can't thank the team enough.

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    Kevin Czarnecki
  • Very professional and extremely supportive throughout my needs.

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