Cynthia L. Ciancio

Cynthia L. Ciancio

Cynthia L. Ciancio

Founding Shareholder
Denver, Colorado

Cynthia L. Ciancio is a founding shareholder of Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C.  She also heads up the firm’s Family Law Group.  Ms. Ciancio’s practice specializes in high asset divorces and complex child custody disputes.  She is also a certified mediator conducting both mediations and arbitrations for parties with or without lawyers.  With over 15 years of experience exclusively in family law, and another four years prior as a Deputy District Attorney in Adams County, Ms. Ciancio has top-notch litigation experience making her stand out among her peers as a highly skilled negotiator and litigator who is able to reach favorable results for her clients both in and out of the courtroom.

Cynthia has represented hundreds of people with a wide range of issues.  She is a vigorous advocate for her clients’ interests, staying highly involved with every aspect of their case.  She prides herself in knowing how to move a family matter forward, whether by reaching an agreement or litigating the matter.  Cynthia has appeared in all of the Denver Metro Courts and several outlying counties such as Boulder County, Weld, Summit, Lincoln, Larimer, Grand, Mesa, and Archuleta.

Cynthia is dedicated to the practice of family law and currently serves on a number of boards including, the Executive Counsel of the Colorado Bar Association’s Family Law Section, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.  She has ten times been selected by her peers as a Super Lawyer and honored as one of Colorado’s Top 50 Women Attorneys and one of Colorado’s Top 100 Attorneys from 2012 – 2020.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • High Asset Divorce
  • Legal Separation
  • Complex Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Child Relocation
  • Family Law Appeals
  • Allocation of Parental Responsibilities
  • Adoption

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Mediator

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1996


  • University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado
    • J.D. - 1995
  • Stetson University, FL, DeLand, Florida
    • B.A. – 1992

Published Works

  • Bench Bar Book, Family Law Section for Colorado Bar Association 2014 Edition, Editor with Honorable Angela Arkin, 2014
  • “Using Exhibits,” Colorado Bar Association’s Practicum for Family Lawyers, Presented with Honorable Ted Tow III, 2014
  • “Managing Partner Roundtable – What’s the Allure of Colorado’s Small Law Firms,” Colorado Law Week, March 2014
  • “An Editorial by The Parting Family Law Section Chair,” Colorado Law Week, July 2013
  • “In the Interest of S.N.V., a Child, and Concerning C.A.T.C.,” Colorado Court of Appeals, 2011
  • “Navigating the Legal Maze of Divorce,” April 2011
  • Family Law Newsletter, Colorado Bar Association, Editor, 2010
  • “In re the Parental Responsibilities of A.D., and Concerning Rueda,” Colorado Court of Appeals, 2010
  • “Modifying or Terminating Maintenance Based on Co-Habitation,” Colorado Lawyer, Co-Author, June 2009


  • Advanced Family Law Institute, Chair of Programs, November 2020
  • “The Entitled Client: How to Deal with Unrealistic Expectations,” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), December 2014
  • “Family Law & Federal Actions Pro Bono Hotline Training,” Training for Bryan Cave LLP, November 2013, and November 2014
  • “Evidentiary Challenges in Divorce,” Strafford Webinars CLE, October 2014
  • “Modification of Maintenance,” Colorado Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (CLE), 2010
  • “Evidentiary Challenges in Divorce Cases: Traditional and Electronic Communications – Authenticating, Admitting, and Objecting ”

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Rating, 2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Rating
  • Top 100 Colorado Lawyers in the Colorado Super Lawyers, 2012 – 2020
  • Top 50 Colorado Female Lawyers in the Colorado Super Lawyers, 2012 – 2020
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, 2011 – 2020
  • 5280’s Top Lawyer, 2015 – 2020
  • Broomfield Community Foundation, Dancing with the Broomfield Stars, 2013
  • Ballroom Dance Champion, Barrister’s Ball Benefiting the Metro Volunteer Lawyers, 2011
  • Top Women Lawyers Finalist by Law Week Colorado, 2010 – 2011
  • The Primo Award of Excellence: Service to the Community Award
  • Denver Business Journal Outstanding Women in Business Award Nomination
  • Adams/Broomfield Bar Association’s Amicus Award
  • Adams/Broomfield Bar Association’s Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Judicial Global Education Committee, Chair, 2013 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), Member, 2012 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Judicial Committee, 2012 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, Chair, 2012 - Present
  • Family Law Institute (FLI), Chair, 2012 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Program (COBALT), Graduate, 2009 - Present
  • Adams/Broomfield Bar Association (ABBA), Executive Director, President, Vice President, Treasurer, 2000 - 2006
  • Colorado Bar Association, Executive Council, 2003 - 2005
  • Colorado Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2002 - 2004
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL), Board of Directors
  • Supervised Parenting Time and Exchange Commission, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • Adams/Broomfield Bar Association, Member
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section, Executive Council, 2008 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Past Employment Positions

  • Adams County Colorado, Deputy District Attorney, 1996 – 1999

Pro Bono Activities

  • Bal Swan Children’s Center, Board Member, 2008 – Present
  • Broomfield Community Foundation, Dancing with the Broomfield Stars, 2013
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL), Barrister’s Ball Ballroom Dance Competition Benefitting MVL, 2011
  • Adams Community Mental Health, Board of Directors
  • Adams/Broomfield Bar Association (ABBA) Pro Se Divorce Clinic, Monthly Staffing
  • The Family Tree Kinship Adoption Clinic, Monthly Staffing
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers Divorce and Custody Clinics at Adams County Libraries
Top Lawyers - Denver - 5280 | 2020
Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | U.S.News & World Report | 2017
Cynthia L. Ciancio
Rated by Super Lawyers

loading ...
Cynthia L. Ciancio
Rated by Super Lawyers

loading ...
Cynthia L. Ciancio
Rated by Super Lawyers

loading ...
2016 Top Lawyers In The Denver Metro Area | As Published In: 5280: Denver's Magazine Top Lawyer | Lifetime Member | The Global Directory of Who's Who Martindale-Hubbell | DISTINGUISHED | Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement | 2017 | Cynthia Lee Ciancio Best Lawyers | BEST LAW FIRMS | U.S.News & WORLD REPORT | FAMILY LAW - TIER 1 | COLORADO 2017 Best Lawyers | BEST LAW FIRMS | U.S.News & WORLD REPORT | FAMILY LAW - TIER 1 | COLORADO 2018 Best Lawyers | Lawyer of the year | Cynthia L. Ciancio |  2019 Best Lawyers 2019