Rachel Palmer

Associate Attorney

Denver divorce attorney Rachel PalmerIn family law, people are often at a crossroads. Denver divorce attorney Rachel Palmer enjoys helping each of her clients choose what their life is going to look like after the process is over.

“I enjoy family law because I am there to help people reshape their lives,” Ms. Palmer said.

Ms. Palmer says the one defining characteristic of her practice is her preparedness. In her career, she has gone up against dozens of opposing counsels who have decades of experience.

“But I am always the most prepared attorney in the courtroom,” Ms. Palmer said. “I pride myself on knowing my clients’ cases inside and out. With that knowledge on my side, I am rarely surprised by anything that happens during a hearing.”

Throughout the process, Ms. Palmer keeps her clients’ needs and goals in mind. She is there to guide them through the process, but she wants to make sure they ultimately determine the key decisions that are made.

“I always tell my clients that their job is to drive the car, my job is the GPS,” Ms. Palmer said. “It is my job to navigate my clients through the process, but I ultimately want them to have control and own each decision that is made. So long as they have all of the information, they have the ability to make the best decision for themselves and their family.”

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Palmer is licensed to practice in Colorado.


Ms. Palmer received her Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Wheaton College. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Professional Experience

Ms. Palmer has practiced divorce, common law marriage, and allocation of parental responsibilities.


Ms. Palmer is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the Douglas/Elbert Bar Association.

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

  • The Undefeated Opponent: How the Effective Administration of Water is an Exception to Predeprivation Hearings Ordinarily Required by Due Process in Keating v. Neb. Pub. Power District, 660 F.3d 1014 (8th Cir. 2011) – Published Spring 2013



“Rachel Palmer was fantastic. She was prompt at getting me all of the information.  Without Rachel’s involvement, I would have lost tons of money. I hired Cordell & Cordell because I have a 12-year-old child. What I didn’t realize is how much more they gave me. They were able to shut down a lot of nonsense and turn an ugly divorce into an OK one.”


“She did a really good job. I liked how aggressive she could be in questioning my ex. She really put her off-balance.”


“From square one Rachel was always on my side. In her I felt like I had a partner, not just an attorney, although she was a fantastic attorney.”


“You and your team have been a bright spot in a very dark and sad series of events, and I thank you. Your expertise, honesty, and professionalism have been a breath of fresh air, and your effective advocacy ultimately saved me from the even more sad fate that had obviously been planned for me. It was quite frightening to have my life altered so profoundly by someone I trusted and actions over which I had no control whatsoever. I cannot imagine where I would be today without you there to guide me. I shall be eternally grateful to you for all of these things. While I hope that this is completely over and there will be no further reason for me to have legal representation, I appreciate your overtly expressed willingness to assist me further should that need arise. The knowledge that I can always turn to you if another shoe drops gives me peace.  …”


“She defended me the best she could.  We were able to do all the paperwork that was needed, which was good as well.  It was excruciating, but that wasn’t Rachel’s fault. All in all I was very satisfied.”


“She is incredible in the courtroom [and] in front of the judge … She is an amazing trial lawyer.”


“Rachel’s been great. She’s very competent and on top of things. They stayed in contact and did exactly what they were supposed to do.”


“I had no idea how to handle any of this stuff, and she walked me through it.  We planned what to do and a future system for how my life would be.  … Rachel did her best to keep the costs down. She was really patient with me. …  She stayed on top of things and would … let me know when I needed to send in stuff. Divorce is not something I wanted or ever thought I’d go through, but Rachel walked me through every step of the way.  She’s both incredibly professional and incredibly personal, and those are two things that are very difficult to keep in balance.”


“They were on top of everything and great with contact.  I was very impressed with how fast it happened.  They were totally professional, and [I am] glad I used them.  I even got my retainer back in ten days when [I was] completely done with [my] case.”


“I really enjoyed having Rachel as my attorney. She helped me a lot. I’m really happy with the service and how she took care of me.


“Rachel did a great job. She went over my decisions with me … and financially I felt she was really looking out for my best interest. She gave me different scenarios that could happen with my decisions. I felt really good working with her. Things are working out really well. She’s very pleasant and she kept me up to date with the next steps, which was exactly what I was looking for. Good advice and good decision making. Since I’ve never been through this situation I wanted to be sure to do everything legally correct, and the other side was out for blood. I felt that if I would have taken that route she would have still supported me. Her experience was obviously showing; she’s very good at what she does.”