Attorney Profile

John Ciccolella is a sole practitioner in his law firm, Ciccolella Family Law, P.C., Colorado Springs, Colorado.  John has a significant practice in custody, including intrastate, interstate and parental abductions.  He specializes in high conflict divorces, including complex property division claims.

John is listed in Best Lawyers in America and his law firm is listed in Best Law Firms, Colorado, Family Law by U.S. News & World Report.  John is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, AV rating with Martindale-Hubble.

John is a member of El Paso County Bar Association and Colorado Bar Associations, 1973-Present; National Association of Counsel for Children, 1978 – Present (Member Board of Directors, 1979-1980, 2005-2013); Member ABA Child Custody and Adoption Pro Bono Project Advisory Committee. Member Colorado Ombudsman Advisory Committee, 2012 – 2014.

John currently serves on the Office of Respondent Parents Counsel Commission appointed by the Colorado Court of Appeals.


John is a recipient of multiple awards including:

  • Stephan Cahn Award, Career Achievement in Juvenile Law, National Association of Counsel for Children, 2002
  • Lifetime Achievement Award in Juvenile Law, National Association of Counsel for Children, 2014
  • Seraph Award, Pikes Peak Children’s Advocates, 1987
  • Special Recognition Single Accomplishment Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Child Advocacy, Pikes Peak Children’s Advocates, 1981.

John is the author of “A Study of Colorado Law and Procedures in Dependency and Neglect Proceedings,” Portland State University, 1979; Editor, “Legal Representation of the Maltreated Child”, National Association of Counsel for Children, 1980.  He has been frequent lecturer for the El Paso Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Professional Education Systems, Inc. and National Association of Counsel for Children.  Topics of his presentations included Representing Abused Children, Child Custody, Interstate Custody, Marital Property Division and related divorce issues.

Admission Details:

  • Admitted in 1972, Colorado, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado and U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
    1976, U.S. Supreme Court

Law School Attended

  • University of Colorado, Class of 1972, J.D.

University Attended

  • Colorado State University – Pueblo Class of 1969, B.S.


  • US Army Reserves, 1972-1982, Hon. Discharge, Rank at Discharge Captain

Associations & Memberships

  • El Paso County Bar Association, The Colorado Bar Associations
  • Colorado Municipal Judges Association
  • National Association of Counsel for Children (Member, Board of Directors).