David W. Kirch

David W. Kirch: Attorney with Kirch Rounds Bowman & Deffenbaugh PC AV stamp icon


David W. Kirch has practiced law in Colorado for over 40 years. His primary emphasis of practice has been in Estate Planning and Administration, including Wills, Trusts, Estate and Gift Tax Planning, Probate Litigation and Elder Law. A wide range of exposure to other areas of practice includes Real Estate and Corporate Law, Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies and other Corporate Entities, Commercial Leases, Purchase and Sale of Business and Professional Practices, Tax Return Preparation, Tax Exempt Organizations, Pretrial Motions, Discovery and Appeals.Awarded Client Distinction Award 2014 - 2018 by Martindale-Hubbell - award given to only 1% of attorneys for excellence in quality of service, overall value, responsiveness, and communication ability.

Awarded AV Preeminent rating in the field of Trusts and Estates by Martindale‑Hubbell for over 30 years.

Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine under Estate Planning and Probate 2006 - 2013, 2015 - 2018.

Fellow of American College of Trust and Estate Counsel 1991 - Present.

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, in the field of Trusts and Estates (Recognized 1995 – 1996 and 2016 – Present) and Elder Law (Recognized 2016 - Present).

Lecturer in Law at University of Denver Law School from 1987 ‑ 1990 in Estates and Trusts.

Listed in the Martindale - Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, designated as outstanding in the field of Probate and Estate Planning Law (1995 – Present).

Named one of Denver’s top lawyers by 5280 Magazine under Trusts and Estates Category, 2001.

Attended the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning at the University of Miami School of Law for several years.

Attended Annual ALI‑ABA Estate Planning in Depth Program at the University of Wisconsin Law School in June 1981. Articles:The Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act, 21 COLO. LAW. 645 (1992)

Are You and Your Clients on the Same Estate Planning Path?, 7 JOURNAL OF FINANCIAL PLANNING 62 (1994).

Avoiding Appreciation in Trust Assets Being Treated as Marital Property, 27 COLO. LAW. 57 (1998)

The Imposition of Constructive Trusts and Other Concepts at Probate - Part I, 27, COLO. LAW. 41 (1998)

The Imposition of Constructive Trusts and Other Concepts at Probate - Part II, 28, COLO. LAW. 49 (1999)

Conservatorship Proceedings, 30, COLO. LAW. 5 (2001)

Claims Against an Estate for Care Rendered to a Decedent, 33, COLO. LAW. 93 (2004)

Constructive Trusts, 146, No. 7, TRUSTS & ESTATES, 50 (2007)

A Donor’s Rights to Disposition of Assets Versus Undue Influence Protection, 39, No. 10, COLO. LAW. 47 (2010)

Balancing Discretion to Give and Undue Influence Concerns, 38, No. 8, ESTATE PLANNING, 28 (2011)

Chapter 51: Equitable Remedies, The Orange Book Handbook Colorado Estate Planning Handbook, Vol. 1 & 2 (2016 - Present)

Dealing With a Decedent’s Mineral Interests, 44, No. 2 COLO. LAW, 53 (2015)

Estate Planning Tools for Second Marriages, 45, No. 12 COLO. LAW. 45 (2016)

Co-author, with Emily L. Bowman, Avoiding Pitfalls for Minor Beneficiaries of IRAs and Other Qualified Retirement Benefits, Vol. 46, No. 9, COLO. LAW. 46 (2017)

The Impacts of Trusts on Public Benefits for Disabled Persons, Vol. 46, No. 10, COLO. LAW 43 (2017)

Co-author, with Gerard F.B Deffenbaugh, Helpful Ehtics Opinions for Trust and Estate and Elder Law Practitioners, Vol. 47, No. 7, COLO. Law. 48 (2018)

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Wills and Probate
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Guardianship
  • Real Estate Law
  • Business Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Conservation Easements
  • Probate Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
720-306-8477  Phone
303-671-7726  Phone
303-671-7679  Fax
University Attended:
Valparaiso University, HonMember of Order of the Coif; California Lutheran College, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, 1968
Law School Attended:
University of Chicago and University of Colorado, J.D., E.V. Dunklee Law Award for the Outstanding Freshman Law Student, Order of the Coif, 1973
Year of First Admission:
1974, Colorado

Liaison between Real Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association and the Trust and Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association 2009 - Present, Co-Chairman of Guardian ad Litem Subcommittee of the Trust Colorado Bar Association, 2014 - Present, Chairman of Probate and Trust Law Section of Colorado Bar Association, 1994 - 1995, Member of Colorado Bar Association Probate Council, October 1986 - June 1988, Chairman of Statutory Revisions Committee of Probate and Trust Law Section of Colorado Bar Association, 1988 - 1990, Co-Chairman of Model Will and Trust Forms Committee of Probate and Trust Law Section of Colorado Bar Association, 1989 - 1992, Chair of Capacity Legislation Subcommittee of the Trust and Estate section of the Colorado Bar Association, 2013 - 2014, Member of Denver Bar Association and Colorado Bar Association Since 1974, Member of Probate and Trust Law Section of Colorado Bar Association Since 1974

Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover
  • Fixed Hourly Rates

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
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  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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Aurora, Colorado

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