Terri Harrington JD

Counties served: Adams, Boulder, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, Arapahoe



Harrington Brewster Mahoney & Smits and the Denver Center for Mediation and Collaborative Law

1623 N. Washington St Denver CO 80203

303-831-0808 FAX: 303-831-0143

About ME

Terri Harrington is a founding owner of Harrington Brewster Mahoney & Smits and a dedicated mediator. Terri has practiced law since 1982 and specialized in family law cases for the last 27 years. Terri is an expert in divorce representation, conflict coaching, mediation, early neutral evaluation and collaborative law and has been honored for over ten years by the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers which honors those women who received the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards from their peers. Terri has been awarded Super Lawyer status for the last three years.

Terri is a founder of and past president of the Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals, past president of the Rocky Mountain Collaborative Law Professionals, a current member of the Executive Council of the Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, past president of Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee, a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, a member of AFCC, and past co-chair of the Colorado Bar’s Task Force on the Uniform Collaborative Law Act. She was awarded the Pioneer Award by Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals.

Terri has taught Collaborative Law Training for many years to hundreds of attorneys and other divorce professionals and is frequently asked to be a guest speaker at the law schools at the University of Denver, the University of Colorado, the Colorado Family Law Institute, other colleges, and the Colorado Collaborative Law Professionals conferences. She has taught Collaborative Law at the Family Law Basic Skills class for three years. She conducts numerous trainings in the areas of mediation, peacemaking, and collaborative practice, and is a lecturer for local Continuing Legal Education programs. She has co-chaired the Rocky Mountain ADR Spiritual Retreat for many years. She volunteers to take mediation cases pro bono for Arapahoe and Douglas county and volunteers with Metro Volunteer Lawyers and the Arapahoe County Volunteer Attorneys. Terri has mentored hundreds of law students, young attorneys and attorneys new to Colorado.

Terri loves to teach alternatives to litigated divorce in order to ease the trauma inflicted on the parents and children.


  • University of Nebraska BS, 1979;

  • University of Denver JD, 1982


  • Family Law Executive Council

  • Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee

  • Rocky Mountain Collaborative Law Professionals

  • Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

  • Colorado Women's Bar

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals


  • Trainer, CCDP Level One Collaborative Law 2008-2018

  • Level One Collaborative Training 2001

  • Numerous (>20) Advanced Trainings

  • Conducted about 30 trainings

Presentations Given

  • Collaborative Law numerous times

  • Mediation Ethics numerous times

  • Litigation Strategies numerous times