Barbara Johnson-Stern - Cordell & Cordell Denver Divorce Lawyer

Barbara Johnson-Stern

Litigation Partner

Cordell & Cordell divorce attorney Barbara Johnson-SternBarbara Johnson-Stern is proud to be a lawyer. She works hard to continually improve the level of service and representation given to her clients.

One of the biggest and most important aspects of her work is being prepared.

“As Abraham Lincoln said it, ‘If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.’ The vast majority of the work I do every day for our clients is sharpening the ax,” Ms. Johnson-Stern said. “I think it’s essential that I’m prepared so that my clients are prepared to either reach a resolution or litigate. Preparation is essential in helping clients develop goals and develop strategy for how to reach those goals.”

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Johnson-Stern is licensed to practice law in the state of Colorado and Utah. She is also licensed to practice in England.


She received her B.S. from Colorado State University in 1991 and graduated fourth in her class from Ohio Northern University where she received her Juris Doctor. While at Ohio Northern, she served on the Law Review as a staff editor and later advanced to Editor in Chief.

Professional Experience

Ms. Johnson-Stern has practiced family law almost exclusively since she became a lawyer in 1999.


Ms. Johnson-Stern is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Division of the Arapahoe County Bar Association. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Arapahoe Bar Association where she has been awarded the Rising Star award.

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

A frequent presenter, Ms. Johnson-Stern has spoken at CLEs (Continuing Legal Education seminars) for the Colorado Bar Association, and moderated and coordinated CLEs for the Colorado Bar on family law topics.

Her article, “Securing the Nonparents Place in a Child’s Life Through Adoption and Adoption Alternatives” was published in the October Family Law Special Issue of The Colorado Lawyer, the official publication of the Colorado Bar Association.

She also received notice from Thomson West that this article has been selected for inclusion in the Journals & Law Reviews database on – a premier legal research directory used by attorneys and legal professionals.

Ms. Johnson-Stern has appeared on KKTV 11 News in Colorado Springs to discuss the effect the economy may have on relationships.

Ms. Johnson-Stern discussed Cordell & Cordell’s expansion to the United Kingdom with Legal Futures.

Ms. Johnson-Stern was interviewed by Joshua Rozenberg on BBC Radio 4’s long-running legal magazine program, Law in Action, about Cordell & Cordell’s UK opening and the need for equal opportunities for men with the family law courts.

Ms. Johnson-Stern was interviewed by The Telegraph in a story highlighting Cordell & Cordell’s dedication to standing up for dads’ rights.

Ms. Johnson-Stern appeared on DadsDivorce Live to explain how the Panama Papers revealed how the world’s most affluent individuals were utilizing offshore corporations to shield their assets during divorce.


When she is not busy practicing law, Ms. Johnson-Stern, a long-time Colorado resident, spends time with her husband white water kayaking.



“I am so grateful for and pleased with both attorneys. Your firm is very good. My only regret is I did not come to Cordell & Cordell first. … “


“Barbara Johnson-Stern was awesome. She really cared about me. Her assistant … was always there to respond and answer questions. They would explain my options with some that may be costly and then try to find an alternate solution. That honesty surprised me; there was a transparency there. … Barb’s arguments were outstanding. Cordell & Cordell did an amazing job.”


“Barbara was very professional. An excellent person to work with at a trying time. … I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the professionalism and support of the legal assistants. [Barbara’s paralegals] provided exceptional service. [The paralegal] at the Boulder office was extremely helpful and diligent, too.”


“Barbara is excellent, amazing, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. … I was scared to death but we crushed it!. Barbara had a clear plan and we executed it.”

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