David W. Heckenbach

  • “I highly recommend David Heckenbach, if you need complex litigation assistance. David and his team of litigators will represent you at the highest level. I am pleased to endorse Dave Heckenbach and his team of litigators in particular for complex legal services.”

    -Larry Sherman, CEO, Carepoint Financial

  • “As the CEO of a company that engages in complex Wall Street financing involving hundreds of millions of dollars, it is important to have a legal team that is sophisticated, knowledgeable in financial matters and sensitive to my schedule. If you need complex litigation assistance, David Heckenbach and his team will represent you at the highest level.”

    -Larry Sherman, CEO, Carepoint Financial

  • “After having researched several other high-profile divorce attorneys, it was with great confidence that I chose David Heckenbach and his team. They were extremely supportive during a trying time in my life. When I had questions about documents or procedures, they were quick to respond and thorough in their explanations.”

    -Sherri T.

  • “David Heckenbach and his competent team of associates took time to get to know me throughout the divorce process and were very compassionate, making it possible for them to accurately represent me. I appreciated their professionalism, yet aggressive approach when necessary and appropriate."

    -Sherri T.

Practice Areas: High net worth and/or complex family law matters, commercial litigation, probate litigation, personal injury and anything that involves trial work.

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Allocation of Parental Responsibilities
  • Post Decree Modification and Enforcement
  • Grandparents’ Rights
  • Paternity
  • Contested Probate Litigation
  • Special Master/Mediator
  • White Collar Criminal Law with Emphasis on Grand Jury Practice, Complex Contract Litigation and Personal Injury Matters

 Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado (1979)
  • United States District Court for District of Colorado, 1979
  • United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1984

 Law School:

  • J.D., University of Colorado School of Law, 1979

(Quarter Finalist, Rothgerber Moot Court competition - appellate arguments)


  • Forensic Sciences Graduate Course Work, New York University Medical School, 1982
  • B.A., Washington and Lee University, 1976, cum laude
  • Honors in Psychology (Psi Chi the National Honors Society for Psychology)

Honors & Awards:


  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, Douglas/Elbert, Denver and Arapahoe Bar Associations
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Leukemia Benefit Top Fundraiser
  • Past Board Member of the Alzheimer’s Association
  • Past Board Member/Former Chairman of the Board /American Heart Association of Colorado
  • Co-Chairman for the Toyota Celebrity Ski Challenge
  • Recipient of the Pacemaker Award
  • Past Board Member and Volunteer for Cross and Clef Ministries
  • Listed in the Denver Social Register and Record since 1993


  • Past President of the Douglas/Elbert Bar Association
  • Co-Author of The Guide to a Smart Divorce (available on Amazon.com or through Dave directly)


David W. Heckenbach, Partner
7400 East Orchard Road, Suite 3025N
Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111
Telephone: 303-858-8000 | Fax: 303-858-8001
Email: DHeckenbach@familylawcolorado.com

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Telephone: 303-858-8000 | Fax: 303-858-8001

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“AV” Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Dave began his career even before taking the bar exam at the District Attorney’s office for Denver, Colorado. After passing the bar on his first attempt, Dave was sworn into practice law and sworn in as a Deputy District Attorney, the same day, on October 9, 1979. He has been trying cases ever since.

Dave began prosecuting misdemeanors and major traffic offenses in County Court. He was promoted less than a year later to the juvenile court and prosecuted felonies and misdemeanors against juveniles. Within a year, he was elevated to practice in the District Court where he prosecuted adult felonies from first degree murder to forgery, with everything in between. By late 1983, Dave was already promoted to Chief Deputy District Attorney for the Denver District Attorney’s office.

Dave entered private practice in the spring of 1984 and practiced as a civil litigator, doing primarily insurance defense work and the defense of U.S.C. section 1983 cases. However, in January of 1985, Dave was asked to return to the District Attorney’s Office, by D.A. Norm Early, as the Chief Deputy in charge of Complex Prosecutions for the Denver District Attorney’s office. He accepted that position and held it until October of 1992. During his tenure as the Chief Deputy in charge of the complex prosecution unit, Dave handled a variety of high profile, high publicity, and highly complex matters. He was also in charge of all Denver Statutory Grand Jury matters and investigations, as well as public corruption prosecutions.

In 1992, Dave joined Christopher C. Cross as a partner in the firm of Cross and Heckenbach, PC. During the five years Cross and Heckenbach, P.C. existed, Dave began handling complicated divorce matters, security litigation, criminal matters, attorney disciplinary matters, and some personal injury matters. Upon his partner’s elevation to the bench in 1997, Dave became a founding partner in one of the preceding entities to Heckenbach Suazo LLP. First known as Gutterman Carlton Heckenbach, LLP, the name changes evolved to reflect Dave Heckenbach and Aaron Suazo as the primary partners in the same entity that began on August 1, 1997.

During his time with Heckenbach Suazo LLP, Dave has continued to practice primarily in the area of highly complicated divorce matters for individuals of high net worth and income. He has handled literally hundreds of contested hearings in cases such as divorce, paternity, allocation of parental responsibilities, child support modification, child support enforcement, maintenance modification, step-parent rights and grandparents’ rights.

As a trial lawyer for over 32 years, Dave is well known for the respect he commands in the courtroom among attorneys and judges, and as a formidable adversary who is completely at ease and confident in the courtroom. Because of his courtroom presence and skills, Dave is generally successful in negotiating cases to a conclusion without the need for litigation. Adversaries know full well his trial talent and skills and know he will present a case with zeal, skill and compelling strategies.

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