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Paul Morgan Gaide

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For over twenty-nine years Paul M. Gaide has been an accomplished litigation and transactional lawyer and advisor. When aggressive representation is desirable and appropriate, the Law Offices of Paul M. Gaide is quite capable of advocating for you. When a subtle approach will benefit you most, Attorney Gaide is fully capable of utilizing a collaborative approach and applying all pertinent facts and law to obtaining an acceptable and timely resolution of client matters.

Paul M. Gaide’s law practice has emphasized superior representation of clients: (a) in conflict resolution, including litigations before probate courts, state trial courts, state appellate courts, United States District Courts, and United States Bankruptcy Courts; and (b) in connection with transactional and planning matters.

Prior to relocating back to Colorado, Attorney Gaide practiced law in New England with the Am Law 100 firm of Edwards & Angell, LLP, n/k/a Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, now having over 620 lawyers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia, with Schatz & Schatz, Ribicoff & Kotkin, the then third largest law firm in the State of Connecticut with 135 attorneys, and in his own firm.

Attorney Gaide is admitted and licensed to practice law in Colorado, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Paul M. Gaide is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law, Juris Doctor, Emphasis in Taxation (1989) (Research Assistant: N. Steuben, Real Estate Planning (Cases, Materials, Problems, Questions and Commentary) (3d ed. 1989)); and a graduate of the University of Denver, College of Business Administration, B.S.B.A. - Finance (Bal F. Swan Scholar, Dean’s Lists).

You are encouraged to contact the Law Offices of Paul M. Gaide to confidentially communicate your concerns and determine if the firm can be of assistance to you. The firm offers a no-cost initial consultation of up to one hour. Weekend and evening appointments may be available.

The website of Law Offices of Paul M. Gaide may be found at www.Law-Or-Equity.com

Paul M. Gaide maintains a physical presence at the Law Offices of Paul M. Gaide, 417 West Mountain Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado 80521.

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Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.

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+ Abduction - child recovered

+ Dissolution of 20+ year marriage - client received $150,000 temporary order for maintenance and attorney fees; and approximately $4.25 million in pre-decree allocation of assets - $40+ million in marital assets in dispute

+ Dissolution 24+ year marriage - client received approximately $1 million in marital assets and spousal maintenance of $10,000 per month, for life

+ Dissolution 22+ year marriage – Separation Agreement overturned; client ordered to receive approximately $2 million in marital assets; $12,500 per month in spousal maintenance for one month shy of 10 years; 50/50 parenting time with minor daughter, favorable decision-making; back child support of $3,833.33 per month for 24 months, and ongoing child support of $5,780.00 per month

+ Dissolution 32-year marriage - client received approximately $1,800,000 of net marital assets and $4,589 per month of spousal maintenance for ten (10) years

+ -Decree Motion to Modify: Client (mother) awarded sole custody, sole decision making and child support. Father ordered confined to county jail for 60 days for contempt of court. Father ordered to engage in reintegration therapy.

+ Dissolution of Marriage: On 13-month marriage, client retained about $1,410,000 of separate property; both parties waived spousal maintenance; wife received $5,000 settlement.

+ Dissolution of marriage - client received an award of $50,000 as a pre-decree distribution, plus $5,800 per month in "temporary" maintenance

+ Decree Enforcement of Property Division - ex-spouse ordered to pay $130,000, plus statutory interest, plus attorney's fees

+ Represented client mother in post-decree matter in modifying child support order from $0 per month to $45,600 per year for two children.

+ Assisted client father in dissolution action obtain court ordered 50/50 parenting plan after the Court found mother, a school psychologist, to be “non-credible” at trial, and over CFI (Dr. Lon Kopit) recommendation that mother be awarded 9 out of every 14 overnights. No ongoing child support payments were ordered against father.

+ Assisted client wife in dissolution action obtain court decision for approximately $380,000 more than husband’s best offer at mediation (spousal maintenance and property equalization payments), plus statutory interest at 8% (court order can result in wife receiving about 2/3 of husband’s gross reported income – husband found to be non-credible). Child support increased from $800 per month to $944 per month.

+ Assisted client wife in dissolution action to obtain very favorable terms in Separation Agreement. Issue of attorney fees had to be litigated in Court, which made significant award to client.

+ Assisted client ex-husband in post decree matter reduce spousal maintenance payments from $4,600 per month to $200 per month, due to unemployment, with prospective future cap in spousal maintenance which will reduce total maintenance payments by over $150,000 upon full re-employment.

+ Assisted client father in allocation of parental responsibilities case obtain severe child abduction prevention orders (mother’s parenting time of four (4) to six (6) hours per week is supervised; father effectively has full decision making) after mother abducted child to New York and Florida. Mother ordered to pay father child support of $814 per month.

+ Assisted client in commercial arbitration to negotiate very favorable settlement and payment thereof from adverse party (approximately 10x from original offer). How did you build a successful practice?
I have built my practice on a dedication to understanding the facts and law applicable to each case, being aggressive when appropriate or necessary, and in being prepared to take each case to trial (thereby enhancing the settlement positions of my clients). I successfully blend backgrounds in finance and accounting, corporate law, litigation, tax, bankruptcy, insurance, real estate and family law to achieve the best possible results for my clients.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
I encourage prospective clients to consider counsel who have both specific and broad legal and non-legal experience, counsel whose personality will facilitate what the client is attempting to achieve, and counsel whom the client respects, not only as a lawyer, but as a person.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
Local knowledge can be quite important to the success of a case. Judges and Magistrates are human, they have their own personalities, their own predispositions, and want to see cases presented in certain ways specific to them. While not wanting to overstate the matter, knowledge of Judges and Magistrates before whom you practice can be very important.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
I believe what differentiates me from other lawyers in the community, especially in the area of family law, is my strong desire to assist my clients from being taken advantage of by the opposing party or their counsel, my preparation (knowledge of the facts, substantive law (family, real estate, tax, procedural law and rules of evidence), and my extensive background in both the business and non-business aspects of cases.

Position Organization Location Duration
PrincipalLaw Offices of Paul M. GaideFort Collins, CO; Denver, CO; Avon, CT02/1994
Associate AttorneyEdwards & Angell, LLPHartford, CT12/1992 - 02/1994
Associate AttorneySchatz & Schatz, Ribicoff & KotkinHartford, CT08/1989 - 12/1992
School Degree Major Graduation
University of Colorado School of LawJ.D. - Emphasis in Taxation Law School1989  
University of Denver, College of Business AdministrationB.S.B.A. - FinanceFinance (Bal F. Swan Scholar)05/1980
State / Court Date
State of Colorado12/2009
State of Connecticut12/1989
Commonwealth of Massachusetts04/2011
United States Disctrict Court, District of Massachusetts04/2011
United States District Court, District of Connecticut02/1991
United States District Court, District of Colorado01/2010
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Bal F. Swan Scholar, University of Denver

    Member of the Year, Greater Hartford Jaycees Foundation, 1992 (Volunteer Counsel to the Greater Hartford Jaycees Foundation)
  • Some reported decisions in which Paul M. Gaide has participated as counsel have included: Fleet Bank Connecticut, N.A. v. Carillo, 240 Conn. 343, 691 A.2d 1068 (1997); In re: Brenes, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Connecticut, Case No.: 95-30185 (Dabrowski, J.) (CASA Investments Company v. Brenes, Adv. Pro. No.: 95-3048, General Financial Services, Inc. v. Brenes, Adv. Pro. No.: 95-3073 (Consolidated for Trial), 261 B.R. 322 (Bankr. Dist. Conn. 2001) (Special Counsel to Trial Counsel for CASA Investments Company in 18 U.S.C. § 727 action); and The Cadle Company, et al. v. Charles A. Flanagan, et al., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14928, District of Connecticut, Covello, J., Case No.: 3:01-CV-51 (AVC) (March 31, 2006) (Special Counsel to Plaintiff – RICO jury award in Plaintiff’s favor).

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 You are encouraged to contact the Law Offices of Paul M. Gaide to confidentially communicate your concerns and determine if the firm can be of assistance to you.  The firm offers a no-cost initial consultation of up to one hour.  Weekend and evening appointments may be available

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(2009) Licensed as Attorney in Colorado. Verified with Colorado Bar Association.April 27, 2015
(1989) Licensed as Attorney in Connecticut. Verified with Connecticut Bar Association.April 27, 2015
(2011) Licensed as Attorney in Massachusetts. Verified with The Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.April 27, 2015

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For over twenty-seven years Paul M. Gaide has been an accomplished litigation and transactional lawyer and advisor, with a heavy emphasis on family law. A sample of recent successes in family law cases includes: • Parental Abduction - child recovered • Dissolution of 20+ year marriage - client received $150,000 temporary order for maintenance and attorney fees; and approximately $4.25 million in pre-decree allocation of assets - $40+ million in marital assets in dispute • Dissolution of 24+ year marriage - client received approximately $1 million in marital assets and spousal maintenance of $10,000 per month, for life • Dissolution of 22+ year marriage – Separation Agreement overturned; client ordered to receive approximately $2 million in marital assets; $12,500 per month in spousal maintenance for one month shy of 10 years; 50/50 parenting time with minor daughter, favorable decision-making; back child support of $3,833.33 per month for 24 months, and ongoing child support of $5,780.00 per month • Dissolution of 32-year marriage - client received approximately $1,800,000 of net marital assets and $4,589 per month of spousal maintenance for ten (10) years • Post-Decree Motion to Modify: Client (mother) awarded sole custody, sole decision making and child support. Father ordered confined to county jail for 60 days for contempt of court. Father ordered to engage in reintegration therapy. • Dissolution of Marriage: On 13-month marriage, client retained about $1,410,000 of separate property; both parties waived spousal maintenance; wife received $5,000 settlement. • Dissolution of marriage - client received an award of $50,000 as a pre-decree distribution, plus $5,800 per month in "temporary" maintenance • Post-Decree Enforcement of Property Division - ex-spouse ordered to pay $130,000, plus statutory interest, plus attorney's fees • Post-Decree Spousal Maintenance Modification - client's spousal support obligation was reduced by approximately $150,000 over approximately ten (10) years • Post-Decree Child Support Modification - mother awarded an increase in child support in the approximate amount of $45,000 per year • Dissolution of 17-year marriage: wife awarded about $260,000 in marital assets; plus interest at 8% per annum; plus attorney's fees; $4,700 per month in spousal maintenance for 8 years; and child support of $945 per month for one child • Dissolution of marriage with 3-year old child: Father awarded 50/50 parenting time over CFI recommendation that he be awarded 5 days out of every 14 days (with large gaps without parenting time) • Allocation of Parental Responsibilities - client/father of 4-year old daughter awarded 10/14 overnights for parenting time; full decision-making (with obligation to consult with mother) (over CFI recommendation); and child support from mother

Fee: Paul M. Gaide's fee structures are flexible and include: hourly, fixed, contingency, barter, and a combination of the foregoing, depending on the matter, the complexity of the matter, the risks involved, etc. Mr. Gaide accepts cash, checks and major credit cards.

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