PARTNER, LAW OFFICE OF DAILEY & PRATT
Joel M. Pratt
Joel is a Colorado native who is passionate about serving his local and state community. Joel brings a variety of experiences to his practice at the law office of Dailey & Pratt, from an internship with Hon. Alan Loeb of the Colorado Court of Appeals, to a clerkship with the University of Michigan General Counsel’s Office, to complex financial and litigation work with large law firms in Denver.
Joel currently represents clients in the appellate and trial courts in family law, juvenile law, and probate cases. He has substantial experience in the Court of Appeals and has litigated cases addressing complex financial issues as well as sensitive child custody disputes in the trial and appellate courts.
Joel also serves as a part-time Municipal Court Judge for the City of Colorado Springs.
BAR ADMISSION1988 – Colorado
EDUCATIONUniversity of Denver, Denver, CO B.A. Honors: Summa Cum Laude, 1984 University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, CO; J.D., 1987 CDR Associates Mediation Training, 1999 Collaborative Law Trainings I and II Forums (Presenter 2005), 2001 – 2003 International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Forums, 2004 – 2005 Colorado Springs Leadership Institute Graduate, 2009 Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute, 2016
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONMartindale-Hubbell ‘AV’ rating for more than 30 years. An AV rating, the highest peer review rating under the Martindale-Hubbell rating process, shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. Colorado Super Lawyers, 2020, 2021 Top Attorney, Divorce Law, Family, Law, Colorado Springs Style Magazine, 2013 – 2021 Woman of Influence Award, Colorado Springs Business Journal, 2010 Selected by peer review for “The Best Lawyers in America,” 2009 – present Selected by Colorado Springs Leadership Institute to attend the Colorado Springs Leadership Class at the Center for Creative Leadership, 2009 Recognition Award for Contribution to Family Law Section, 2009 Recipient of the Portia Award for Outstanding Woman Lawyer, El Paso County, 2009
PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILITATIONSPikes Peak Lawyer, Editor, 2017 to present El Paso County Bar Foundation Board Member, 2016 - present Chair, 2018 – present El Paso County Bar Association Member, 1988 – present President, 2008 – 2009 President-Elect, 2007 – 2008 Member, Family Law Section, 1988 – present Chair, Family Law Section, 2003 – 2006 Colorado Bar Association Member, 1988 – present Board of Governors Delegate, 2009 Member, Family Law Section, 1988 – present American Bar Association Member, 1990 – presentFamily Law Section Estate Planning and Probate Sections Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation Board Member, 2009 - 2015
VOLUNTEER & PRO BONO COMMITMENTSBoard Member, Colorado Client Protection Fund, 2018 to present Member, Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission, 2019 to present Volunteer Attorney, the Justice Center, El Paso County, 1990 to present. Catamount Institute Board Member, 2015 The Place – Board Member, 2003 – 2005, 2017-2020 Chair, 2019-2020
GET TO KNOW LISALisa grew up riding horses in the Rocky Mountains, a passion she continues on foot with her Springer Spaniel, Maggie. She enjoys traveling to far away places from Peru to Costa Rica to Kauai; however, she always looks forward to returning home to Colorado.
HOW TO BE "SUCCESSFUL" IN YOUR LEGAL CASES
Joel's Problem Solving Mindset
Each Case is Unique
Each case is as different as the family member he represents, and as a result, his approach to resolving cases is customized to the client.
Confident Advocacy is Key
While parties can keep control of their own solutions by resolving matters outside of the courtroom, Joel recognizes that when settlement does not or cannot happen on reasonable terms, or when appellate advocacy is needed, parties need a confident and skilled advocate.
Strong Values in and out of the Courtroom
Joel’s approach is compassionate, direct, and detail-oriented, and he is prepared to resolve his clients’ cases and protect his clients’ interests in the most efficient way possible.
Understand and Work the Process
Joel recognizes that, sometimes, the resolution of contested issues by the trial court needs to be challenged on appeal. He has the experience to give honest, helpful advice and guidance through the process that’s best for you.
The added “win” of achieving these goals is to minimize the financial and emotional cost of the process.
Joel understands that your interaction with the legal system may be confusing and stressful. He seeks to provide high-quality services that guide you through a difficult time in your life while tailoring the process to your and your family’s needs.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"Joel was always easy to get in touch with. He gave us very honest opinions and was extremely ethical. He knows the law very well and makes very sound judgments."