Eileen Kottenstette

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Eileen Kottenstette


Practice Areas

Divorce & Family Law

Eileen began working with Tom Benson, co-founder of Evans Case’s predecessor firm, Benson & Case, LLP, in 1983, and has always focused on divorce and family law. Family law became a career choice for Eileen when she took over a number of cases from an attorney who was retiring. She found these cases to be rewarding legal work due to their psychological and emotional components. She strives to help people through divorce or parenting matters, and help facilitate a fair outcome, with minimal emotional damage between the parties or to the children. She is a trained mediator, which adds to her ability to resolve cases. When the facts warrant it, Eileen tries to help work out a full agreement before the case is even filed.

Eileen grew up in a large family of 10 children in Pueblo, Colorado. With the intent to pursue international business, she earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas. Having been a middle child, she learned valuable negotiation skills. On the advice of a friend, she changed her mind about business and applied to law school. She completed her Juris Doctor in 1978 at St. Mary’s University School of Law in Texas.

Eileen has been practicing family law for more than 30 years and knows what works and what doesn’t. She takes a firm, but fair and ethical approach, and strongly believes in stepping back to assess the overall situation to determine what is most helpful and effective based on the whole family dynamic. She feels most rewarded when she can help people through the process in a healthy and intact way and when she helps a client stand firm to prevent an unhealthy or unfair outcome.

Outside of the office, Eileen is an active member of the Colorado legal community. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association’s Family Law section and the Denver Bar Association. She also chaired or co-chaired multiple educational seminars for the Catholic Lawyers Guild, which fosters high ethical standards among lawyers and teaches how to apply general ethical principles to concrete legal problems. This group awarded her the St. Thomas More award in 1997 for exemplifying the intellect, integrity and moral courage of St. Thomas More in service to God, country and profession.

Additionally, Eileen has participated in the Catholic/Jewish Dialogue for more than 15 years, sponsored through the Anti-Defamation League in Denver. The program facilitates discussions among Catholic and Jewish members to better understand and appreciate each other’s beliefs. She is proud of her long-term commitment to legal and community causes, and feels that these experiences give her a unique perspective on facilitating positive dialogues and outcomes for her clients.

Eileen and her husband have raised three sons and have coordinated a Marriage Encounter sharing group for 30 years. She is also very active in the music ministry at her church.