Jennifer Helland has a unique background for working with families going through a divorce since she has previously worked as a psychotherapist. She also has extensive trial experience as a former prosecutor and as a family law attorney. Jennifer has also received training in domestic mediation and the representation of children. She is a dedicated child advocate, and represents Knies, Helland & McPherson clients in high-conflict family and children matters as well as high-asset cases.
Jennifer’s experience and deep understanding of family law and military issues, to include her familiarity with multiple local experts, allows her to work complex custody and high asset property matters, with outstanding results for her clients often times bringing creative solutions to the table. Jennifer often works side by side with attorneys from large law firms in nuanced issues relating to family law cases.
Earlier in her career, Jennifer served as a Deputy District Attorney for the 4th Judicial District in El Paso County, Colorado. While working as a district attorney, Jennifer led the Fast Track domestic violence program. Her experience allows her to educate clients on the process and complexity of issues involved in family and criminal matters when domestic violence is an issue. Jennifer’s experience as former prosecutor allows her to bring significant trial experience to every case she becomes involved with.
Jennifer is a graduate of The University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minnesota. In keeping with the nationally recognized St. Thomas tradition of commitment to public service, Jennifer has dedicated ten years to public service primarily with assisting juveniles and their families. Prior to law school, Jennifer assisted in writing and implementing a district-wide truancy policy and program for local school districts in Minnesota and served as a behavioral specialist.
Jennifer is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, El Paso County Bar Association, and Ben S. Wendelken American Inn of Court. She has served on the Board of Governors for the Colorado Bar Association and is the former Family Law section chair of the El Paso County Bar Association. Jennifer is a founding member and current board member of Liberty Tree Academy, a traditional American Education charter school in D49. Jennifer has written numerous articles that have been published locally on different family law and military law matters and has taught other attorneys and pro se litigants at numerous conferences and CLEs in the areas of military retirement, third party visitation, ethics, and trauma.
Jennifer also serves as a Child Legal Representative, Parenting Time Coordinator/Decision Maker, and Arbiter.