Sue O'Bryan and Emily Simeone met while working at Alpine Legal Services, the Valley's Legal Aid Organization. Both attorneys are licensed attorneys in Colorado, as well as Florida. Both attorneys have versatile legal backgrounds. Both attorneys found themselves relocating from Florida to Colorado in order to provide a balanced life, and a safe environment for their families.
Prior to relocating to Colorado with her family, Susan O'Bryan was a licensed Patent Attorney. Susan now focuses on Mediation and Collaborative Law, especially in the area of Family Law.
Prior to relocating to Colorado with her family, Emily Simeone specialized in Family Law, was certified by the State of Florida as a County Court, and a Circuit Court mediator, and served as a Circuit Court Magistrate for 6 years.
Susan and Emily discovered that their individual fields complemented each other in surprising, and what turned out to be inseparable, ways. Both attorneys have a goal of combining their individual passions into a cohesive law firm that balances their interests with their passions. This realization made them eager to cultivate their own practice, one that would effectively intersect their expertise with their respective interests. They believe that w what makes a business thrive is the passion that drives it. Choosing to specialize in a field means that you are completely devoted to it; that you will protect it as if it were your own. It is this philosophy that sets them apart.
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Susan Mary O'Bryan
Sue started her career as an electrical engineer and eventually went to law school and worked as a Patent Attorney for the prestigious Ackerman Senterfitt law firm in Palm Beach, Florida. Seeking a better quality of life, Sue and her family relocated to Aspen in 2004 where Sue joined Alpine Legal Services, allowing Sue to pursue her passion for helping those less fortunate in the areas of domestic violence, family law, and elder issues. Sue is now transferring her extensive experience practicing law and litigation into focusing primarily on Mediation, with a specialization in reproductive law. Sue has completed formal training in Mediation, including working with the Jeffco Mediation Program in Golden, Colorado. Moreover, Sue has completed formal training in Collaborative Divorce Law. Sue's focus is to minimize trauma and suffering on families going through transition by employing alternative, humane approaches, such as Collaborative Law and Mediation. She also has a passion for assisting families in achieving the family that they have always dreamed of by guiding them through the process of reproductive law.
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2003
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
B.S Electrical Engineering, 1984
Activities & Affiliations
•Pitkin and Colorado Bar Association, Member
• Secretary--Western Slope Collaborative Lawyers
• Secretary ASPEN WORDS, Board Member--The Buddy Program
•Colorado, Florida, Licensed Patent Attorney
Emily J. Simeone
Emily focuses on the various facets of law that revolve around children and families, Emily has been a practicing attorney for 21 years. Her primary focus has in the area of family law including Domestic Violence. adoption, and mediation. She received her law degree from Nova Southeastern University in 1997. She was an Assistant Attorney general for the State of Florida for two years. She then moved into private practice in a Family Law law firm. After a move with her family to the west coast of Florida, She served as supervising attorney of the Lee County Family Court Unit which included supervising the Domestic Violence Unit, and improving and developing new practices and procedures in the family courts. Emily was instrumental in creating a system entitled "One Family, One Judge" whereby all family law cases were heard by one family law judge. This system improved the efficiency of cases for both judges and litigants. Emily left her role as Family Court Supervisor to transition to a role of Circuit Court General Master for the 20th Judicial Circuit Courts of Florida which include Lee and Hendry Counties where she served from 2003-2008.
Emily completed the mandatory 40 hour mediation course in Florida in 2002. She was certified as a Florida Supreme Court County Court mediator from March 2003 through March 2005, and as a Family Court mediator from March 2003 through March 2009. Emily relocated to Colorado with her husband and four children in 2008.
Emily’s practice philosophy is non-adversarial. She strives to work with her client’s to solve their issues with the least amount of court involvement as possible. This philosophy saves client’s money, and results in less extended periods of time off of work to attend court hearings. This philosophy is also what also makes Emily successful in her role as a mediator. Emily has a passion for helping families achieve their goal of starting a family by guiding them through the legal process of non traditional family formation.
Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Juris Doctor, 1997
St. Olaf College
B.A., Psychology, 1993
Activities & Affiliations
• Alpine Legal Services Board Member, 2003-2004
• Florida Certified County Court Mediator,
* Member Association of Family Law Professionals (instrumental in developing Collaborative Law in Lee County), Lee County Florida 2004-2008.
• Colorado and Florida