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Judy West
Mediator / Arbitrator

Colorado Mediators & Arbitrators
PO Box 460922, Aurora CO 80046-0922
Phone 303-488-3334
Email Judy West

Expertise:  Promoting Fairness & Fair Process

Divorce & Post-Divorce Mediation:  Ms. West has an extremely high success rate in bringing couples to a final agreement in divorce and post-divorce matters.  Using her knowledge and understanding of finance acquired from a decade of work as a licensed securities broker and insurance agent, she has facilitated agreements in cases of:

  • Parenting Plans and Child Support, both in divorce and post-divorce modifications
  • Division of debts & assets according to the priorities of each spouse
  • Maintenance 
  • Disputed pre-nuptial agreements
  • Division of family-owned businesses
  • Parenting issues including communication, parenting schedules, ordinary and extraordinary expense sharing, private schooling, taxation and dependent deductions
  • Large family disputes with protracted systemic conflict.  Work oriented toward reconciliation and specific plans for reestablishing trust and redefined roles

The vast majority of Ms. West’s divorce and post-divorce cases are pro se couples.  She frequently gains new cases through referrals from satisfied prior clients, and is relied upon by EAP / Employment Assistance Programs to help employees and their families.  Her high resolution rate is evidence of her ability to generate practical options for couples to consider when negotiating agreements.  Judy’s Memorandums of Understanding are succinct and complete.  A Legal Review clause protects the parties and the process when participating in mediation without legal counsel. 

Small & Family-Owned Business Mediator & Arbitrator: Judy’s dispute resolution career after an Internship at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the Fall of 2002.  Judy has mediated EEO, employee relations, and small business disputes between partners, vendors, and clients. Ms. West has a strong aptitude for working with individuals from diverse socio-economic backgrounds to find resolution. She is an expert negotiator, creating agreements that meet the needs and interests of all sides. As an arbitrator, she uses common sense and wisdom when deciding disputed matters.

FINRA Arbitrator:  Judy West (formerly Judy Larkins) is on the panel of arbitrators as an industry expert for the Financial Industries Regulatory Authority, a self-regulatory agency that enforces the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) laws.  Drawing on years of experience as a licensed stock broker and insurance agent  (from 1992 – 2002), Judy has participated in a panel of three arbitrators for cases involving alleged mismanagement of funds entrusted to professionals for investment purposes.


  • Graduate Certificate, Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of Denver  2006
  • B.S. Human Resources Management, Regis University, Magna cum Laude 2002
  • Undergraduate Coursework, Arapahoe Community College, Nursing 1992

Professional Associations

  • COAFCC:  Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC Colorado Chapter)


  • 1st Annual COAFCC State Conference: Brain and Bias 2015
  • Post Award Proceedings in Arbitration, Colorado Bar Association CLE 2008       
  • How to Try and Handle a Domestic Relations Case, Colorado Bar Association CLE 2007 
  • Spring Family Law Update, Colorado Bar Association CLE 2006
  • Comprehensive Training for Parenting Coordinators & Decision Makers, Christine Coates/Betsy Duvall 2006 
  • CCMO Fall Conference Panel Presenter, Med-Arb: The Best Uses of This Hybrid Process 2006        
  • EEOC TAPS Presenter, Mediation in the Workplace 2004
  • Organizational Ombuds Training, The Ombuds Association, Toronto Canada 2004
  • Conflict Transformation / Summer Peace-Building Institute, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg VA 2003
    • Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach
    • Trauma Healing & Reconciliation
    •  Conflict Transformation
  • Mediating Workplace Disputes, CDR Associates, Boulder CO 2003
  • Community Mediation Training, Face to Face, Aurora CO 2003
  • Parent/Teen Mediation Training Presenter, Face to Face, Littleton CO 2003      
  • Denver Victim/Offender Reconciliation Training, Denver VORP, Denver CO 2003
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), ADR Academic Internship in Employment Mediation 2002


Using Appreciative Inquiry in Parent/Teen Mediation, Published by Restorative Justice Online, June 2004 edition 

Employment History

  • Colorado Mediators & Arbitrators, Executive Director 2005 – present
  • Vision Mediation Group, LLC, Divorce and Family Mediator 2003 - 2005
  • HRC/SVL, LLC Human Resources Generalist 2003
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Internship - ADR Department Fall Semester 2002
  • Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., Senior Business Development Specialist, Retail & Institutional Trader 1995 – 2001
    Licenses held - Series 7 & 63  (lapsed 2003)
  • Prudential Insurance Company, Retail Insurance Agent 1992 – 1995
    Licenses held - Life, Accident & Health; Variable Annuities; Property & Casualty; Series 6
  • Porter Hospital, Admissions Clerk / Student Nurse / Arapahoe Community College Nursing Program 1989 - 1992