Wesley Parks

Current Employment Positions

  • Attorney-Mediator – Cohen & Cohen, P.C.
  • Contract Mediator – Colorado Office of Dispute Resolution
  • Adjunct Professor of Law – University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

Areas of Practice

  • Wesley is an attorney-mediator.  His law practice specializes in family law, bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, civil litigation, and mediation. Wesley began his mediation training in law school at the University of Montana. He performs private mediations through Cohen & Cohen, P.C., and he is a contract mediator through the Colorado Office of Dispute Resolution, a mediator for Jefferson County Mediation Services in Golden, Colorado, and a mediator for Court Mediation Services in Denver, Colorado.  Wesley has mediated disputes in the areas of family law, landlord-tenant, property, contract, neighbor disputes, and small claims.  He also teaches Mediation and Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver – Sturm College of Law

Bar Admissions

  • State of Colorado
  • State of Montana
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 2016

Education

  • University of Montana, Alexander Blewett III School of Law – J.D. 2013 – Outstanding Law Student Award
  • University of Missouri – B.A., Art History 2003 – with Distinction

Publications

  • Is Lawyer Presence to Blame for Mediation’s Drift away from Party Self-Determination? Forthcoming
  • Removal of the Impediment, Montana Law Review, Vol. 74, Issue 2 (2013)
  • Mandatory Appellate Mediation, Montana Lawyer, Vol. 39, No. 2 (2013)

Presentation & Lectures

  • The Power of Apology in Resolving Disputes, CBA-CLE 13th Annual ADR Conference, Denver, Colorado, 2019
  • Navigating Mediation in the Shadow of Bankruptcy, CBA-CLE 13th Annual ADR Conference, Denver, Colorado, 2019
  • Mediation Litigation: Recent Reported Court Opinions about Mediation, CBA-CLE 12th Annual ADR Conference, Denver, Colorado, 2018
  • Mediation Advocacy: Best Practices for Attorney Preparation, Participation and Documentation, CBA-CLE 12th Annual ADR Conference, Denver, Colorado, 2018
  • Multidisciplinary Professionalism in Mediation: Navigating the T-junction of Attorney-Mediators, Non-attorney Mediators, and Attorney-Advocates, CBA-CLE 11th Annual ADR Conference, Denver, Colorado, 2017
  • Mandatory Appellate Mediation, Issues, Ethics, and Opportunities in Dispute Resolution Conference Bozeman, Montana, 2013

Pro Bono

  • CBA-CLE 13th Annual ADR Planning Committee, Denver, Colorado, 2019 Committee Member
  • CBA-CLE 12th Annual ADR Planning Committee, Denver, Colorado, 2018 Committee Member
  • Jefferson County Mediation Services, Golden, Colorado, 2015-present
  • Court Mediation Services, Denver, Colorado, 2019
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers, Denver, Colorado, 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • State Bar of Montana
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • Family Law Section of the CBA
  • Colorado LGBT Bar Association
  • Mediation Association of Colorado

Interests

  • Wesley spends his leisure time enjoying the Colorado outdoors in all seasons. He is an avid hiker, backpacker, skier, and competitive tennis player. He is the proud companion to an eight pound terrier mix named Phinley, whom he adopted from a shelter.

Favorite Lawyer Movie

  • The Paper Chase