As Mediator


Commercial Real Estate Earnest Money Dispute:

“Thanks for your hard work yesterday.  As you could see, we had some tough personalities, but your ‘outside the box’ non-baby splitting resolution was certainly quite the conversation topic here at the firm yesterday.  It was nice working with you.”  

-Shareholder Attorney in one of the larger Denver law firms

Automobile Insurance Dispute:

“I just wanted to drop you a quick note and let you know how very impressed I was with the way you handled today’s mediation.  It was … conducted in a manner that was most appropriate for the dispute at hand.   I applaud your efforts at getting the parties to communicate directly with one another.   I very much appreciate your hard work in this matter.”   

-   Insurance Company Attorney

Commercial Real Estate Lease Dispute -

“I wanted to share with you a note I received from [in-house counsel] regarding the mediation:

 …[W]ould you please pass onto the mediator, Deb Sperlak, our gratitude for hopefully bringing this mess to a conclusion. I thought she did an outstanding job ….  It goes without saying … that we would not hesitate to use her again if we have the need for mediation services in Denver in the future…”

-Attorney in one of the larger Denver law firms

USDA FSA Farm Dispute:

“Just want to take a minute to let you know that we really appreciate the time and effort you put forth on our mediation with the Farm Service Agency.  It worked out very well.  Anyway we are satisfied with the results.  It was a pleasure to meet you.

Thank you.”

-Pro-Se Farm Producers

County Court Dispute:

One of the attorneys told me and the judge assigned to the particular case that he had mediated over 50 cases and had never liked mediation before the mediation he did with me.

As Arbitrator


Medical Insurance Dispute:

“I … would like to thank you, Ms. Sperlak, for walking us through the process.  I really appreciated the way you approached this with fairness and clearness.”

-Pro-Se Insured

As Law Professor


My job at the … district court is going well.  The other clerk keeps giving me projects relating to mediation and arbitration law because he’s not that familiar with those topics.  I love it because it’s interesting to me and I had such a great professor to get me well-versed in the subject area! :) But seriously, I have become the “go-to” guy for ADR issues and have mainly been drafting orders relating to … them.”

-Former law student

As Attorney


“Deb Sperlak and I … worked together for over 10 years. Our mutual experiences occurred when she represented several banks with which I was employed.

Our responsibilities were primarily directed towards resolving problems with troubled assets. She [was] the consummate litigator-committed -tough-unrelenting. Somehow however she always left an opening for intelligent negotiations.

It is an extension of this attitude that qualifies her as a mediator. She is not afraid of conflict but clearly sees the superior value of non-destructive settlement both from the perspective of human and material cost.

I would highly recommend her services when the opportunity occurs to rise above the conflict in a courtroom and settle differences in an adult manner”

- Former Officer of Former Bank Client

“I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Deb Sperlak on a variety of litigation matters over the … years.  Her approach is invariably clear headed and logical. Deb … always approaches her responsibilities with the utmost professionalism ….

Her listening and problem solving skills combined with her creativity and innate common sense provide her with the attributes to be a fantastic mediator. I wholeheartedly recommend her.”

- Prominent Denver Attorney (Shareholder in Top Firm, Best of the Bar, 5280 Super Lawyer)

“I… worked with Deb Sperlak on a wide variety of commercial banking cases in the course of my work as a Special Assets Bank Officer and [was] very pleased with the high level of legal services rendered.

Having worked previously as senior in-house counsel for private industry as well as for a federal banking agency, I [was] well aware of the diversity of services available in the private practice creditor/debtor arena.

In complex litigation cases, Deb combined a great deal of … experience with legal acumen, temperament and attention to detail to achieve win-win settlements whenever it was possible for both the borrower and her client, the bank.”

- Former Officer of Former Bank Client