Clara Wilbrandt

Clara A. Wilbrandt

I am a graduate of both the University of Colorado’s School of Arts and Sciences and its Law School. I was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 2009. I have exclusively practiced family law since 2011.

My road to the law was a long and circuitous one. Following stints as a ski instructor, cooking teacher, caterer and bed and breakfast proprietor, I returned to finish college in the wake of a difficult divorce. With children in tow, I received my Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude with distinction from the University of Colorado and enrolled in law school the following year. While I enjoyed the intellectual challenge of law school, I happily note that my crowning achievement as a first-year law student was my receipt of the much coveted grand prize in the law school chili cook-off for my “Habeus Porkus” green chili with pork and posole. During my second year of law school, still heady from my chili cook-off victory, I began to focus on the study of family law. To expand my knowledge beyond the law school classroom, I interned with two Denver District Court judges both of whom had a domestic relations docket. I graduated from law school with a Juvenile and Family Law Certificate with honors.

I have three grown children, not surprisingly all good cooks and great skiers, and two dogs who eat very well. When I am not busy with family obligations or the practice of law, I enjoy hiking, trail running, and winter sports. To defrost after the winter sports, I especially enjoy activities related to warm, sunny beaches and tropical climes.


  • University of Colorado Law School — J.D. 2008
    Juvenile and Family Law Certificate with honors
    Pro Bono Service Award
    Grand Prize: Chili Cook-off, spring 2006 for “Habeus Porkus” green chili
  • University of Colorado — B.A. 2004 Women’s Studies major/Ethnic Studies minor
    Summa Cum Laude with distinction
    Colorado Dean’s Scholar
    Jacob Van Ek Award: Outstanding Scholarship and Service
    Phi Beta Kappa
    Dept. Honors: 2004 Outstanding Graduate in Women’s Studies Award

Professional Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Denver Bar Association
  • 1st Judicial District Bar Association
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • CBA Family Law, ADR and Trust and Estates Section

Pro Bono and Community Service

  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers, 2009 to present
  • Colorado Supreme Court pro bono Legal Services Recognition 2012
  • Urban Peaks Youth Shelter
  • Grand County Advocates, Board of Directors, 2003 and 2004