Joel M. Pratt

Joel is a Colorado native. He did his undergraduate work in English Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he received his B.A. with Distinction. He attended law school at the University of Michigan, where he was the Executive Notes Editor of the Michigan Law Review and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Joel had a wide variety of legal experiences before landing at Dailey Law, P.C. In law school, he interned for Hon. Alan Loeb of the Colorado Court of Appeals, and upon graduation, he clerked for the University of Michigan General Counsel’s Office. He then returned to Colorado, where he worked at two large law firms in Denver litigating complex corporate cases, appeals and government contracts cost accounting and intellectual property issues, among others.

His current practice focuses on family law, both in the trial and appellate courts. He also represents parents in child welfare cases in the appellate courts, and he has experience litigating juvenile and probate cases. Joel represents clients involved in all aspects of family law cases, from divorce to contested custody to post-decree matters. He also represents non-parent intervenors in family law cases as well as parents facing motions to restrict their parenting time. And he has experience both bringing and defending against contempt motions when there are allegations of non-compliance, particularly with domestic relations court orders.

Joel approaches his cases with a problem-solving mindset. 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. While parties can keep control of their own solutions by resolving matters outside of the courtroom, Joel recognizes the when settlement does not or cannot happen on reasonable terms, parties need a confident advocate.

Joel is involved in his community as a writer and a volunteer. He takes pro bono cases through the Justice Center, The El Paso County Court’s Civil Pro Bono Panel, and the Colorado Bar Association’s Appellate Pro Bono Program. He is also involved in the E Paso County Bar Association, where he has held several leadership roles. He contributes a monthly column to the Pikes Peak Lawyer, and his writing has been featured in the Colorado Lawyer, the Denver Post, and several academic publications.

Joel and his wife, Rebecca, live in Colorado Springs, where they can be found hiking with their energetic puppy (and part-time office mascot), Riley.

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BAR ADMISSION

Admitted to practice in Colorado State Courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

EDUCATION

2009

University of Colorado at Boulder | B.A. with distinction, English Literature

• Honors/Awards: Phi Beta Kappa; Alumni Association Scholarship

2014

University of Michigan Law School | J.D., manga cum lade

• Honors/Awards: Executive Notes Editor, Michigan Law Review; Order of the Coif

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

2015 – present

2015 – 2017

2015 – 2017

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Assocation

El Paso County Bar Association

• 2018 – 2020: Trustee

• 2019 – 2020: Chair, New Lawyers’ Division

• 2017 – present: Member, Family Law Section

VOLUNTEER/PRO BONO PROJECTS

Caregiver Advocacy Program, Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center

Appellate Pro Bono Program, Colorado Bar Association

Volunteer Attorney, Teen Court

Civil Pro Bono Panel, El Paso County District Court