I have retired as of December 31, 2021. It has been an honor and a joy to serve my clients during the last 39 years. I am leaving you in good hands with my partner, Miranda K. Hawkins, our associates, Jennifer A. Gordon and Elizabeth J.M. Howard, and our paralegal, Kaitlyn Reitz-Beemer. Goddard Hawkins continues to serve its clients for their estate planning and trust and estate administration needs.
Miranda K. Hawkins has been practicing law since 1999. Miranda provides practical legal advice and counseling to families and individuals in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, probate, and estate and gift tax planning. Miranda advises a wide variety of clients, including individuals and families who want to plan for their children and families who need more sophisticated estate and gift tax planning advice.
Early in her career, Miranda practiced in the areas of fiduciary liability litigation, ERISA, and employee benefits. Miranda also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Timothy L. Fasing of the Arapahoe County District Court in 1999-2000.
Awards and Recognition
Colorado Super Lawyers (2018 - 2022)
Five Star Investment Professional Award (2020 - 2021)
Jennifer A. Gordon focuses her practice on estate planning, trust and estate administration, and probate. Jennifer works in partnership with individuals and families to determine their estate planning goals and develop the right estate plan for their future and for their family. She also assists clients with the administration of a friend or family member’s estate, working to make a difficult process easier.
Colorado Bar Association, Member
Denver Bar Association, Member
Colorado Women's Bar Association, Member
The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1998
Elizabeth Howard has developed a varied skillset throughout her years in practice. Elizabeth began her career representing clients in domestic relations matters, and more recently in complex civil litigation matters, primarily focusing on professional liability defense. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has represented countless clients in courts throughout Colorado and the U.S. District Court of Colorado.
As a previous litigator, Elizabeth brings a unique skillset to her estate planning practice. This includes Elizabeth’s ability to strategically plan, her skilled legal writing, and her passion for effectively conveying legal concepts, in understandable form, to her clients. Elizabeth also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Russell Carparelli of the Colorado Court of Appeals in 2009-2010.
Awards and Recognition
Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2018
Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2017
Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2016
Colorado Lawyer’s Committee Team of the Year Award, 2012
William E. Doyle Inn of Court
Executive Committee, Immediate Past President (July 1, 2021-Present)
Executive Committee, President (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021)
Kaitlyn Reitz-Beemer graduated summa cum laude from the George Mason University Honors College with a Communication Degree in 2015. She began her career working for a small business in Washington D.C. as an Operations Manager and has extensive customer service and client relations experience. Kaitlyn moved to Colorado with her husband in 2019 and joined Goddard Hawkins in January 2020. She assists clients with estate and trust administration as well as the preparation of estate planning documents.