M. Paula Ashen, Esq. 

M. Paula Ashen Esq. was born and raised in the greater Denver Colorado metropolitan area. She attended Cherry Creek High School and received her undergraduate degree from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  She attended law school at St. Louis University School of Law where her father received his law degree.

Paula has represented clients in domestic relations/family law and plaintiff personal injury cases for almost thirty years. She currently heads the Law Firm of M. Paula Ashen, LLC. In her years of practice Paula has represented clients in a variety of cases: dissolution of marriage, legal separation, divorce cases involving complex financial issues as well as business and property valuation and well as complex custody cases.  Our law firm utilizes, where appropriate, experts in tax and financial planning, valuation of real and personal property as well as child custody experts. Paula has also represented clients in interstate child custody and grandparent rights cases over the past several years. Her other area of experience includes representation of clients in Plaintiff’s personal injury matters involving automobile accidents and slip and fall accidents.

In January of 2018, Paula became a Child and Family Investigator (CFI) and has been appointed in Denver and Adams county to investigate the best interest of the minor children. She is also an approved CFI in Jefferson County. She specializes in high conflict divorce and allocation of parental responsibilities cases where there are allegations of abuse and neglect of the minor child(ren). Paula has also worked on cases as a CFI with non-verbal autistic children and children with varying special education service needs, such as IEP programs. Paula’s only focus is the best interest of the minor children.

Paula has served as a Special Master and is a member of the Colorado Bar Association as well as the Arapahoe County Bar Association and the Catholic Lawyers Guild.

Paula believes in giving back to her community whenever she can. She regularly serves as a judge for appellate trial competitions at the high school level, at University of Denver School of Law and the Colorado University School of Law. In addition, Paula coaches the Grandview High School mock trial team. Paula also volunteers for the Rocky Mountain Children Law Center as a Guardian Ad Litem in Denver County Court protection order cases involving children.

 

Sara A. Bush, Esq.

Sara A. Bush joined the Law Office of M. Paula Ashen in November 2016 as an Associate Attorney. Originally from Florida, Sara attended the Florida State University and received her bachelors of science in political science in 2011. Then, after working as a legal assistant in Florida, Sara moved to Denver to attend law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. While in law school Sara participated in the Criminal Defense Clinic as a Student Attorney. She graduated from DU in May 2016 and, shortly thereafter, worked for a Denver District Court Judge in the Domestic Division as a fellow.

Sara's main area of practice is family law, including divorce, the allocation of parental responsibilities, child support, and common law marriage. When children are involved, Sara takes a child forward approach. She also believes strongly in the value of mediation in family law cases. 

In addition to her work as a private attorney, Sara also coaches Grandview High School’s mock trial team and assists Paula Ashen in her work as a GAL and CFI.

Sara is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, and the Colorado Womens Bar Association.