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J. Denice von Gnechten

Denice began her legal career as a paralegal, working in the areas of personal injury and medical malpractice in Denver, Colorado, and San Diego, California. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of San Diego in 1989, she continued her paralegal work while starting her family. Then, with three young children in tow, she began law school at the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, where she was on Law Review and interned for a U.S. District Court Judge in the Federal Court in Honolulu. Denice graduated from law school in May, 1997 and passed the Hawaii State Bar that summer. She was admitted to practice in Hawaii and the Ninth Circuit and became an associate at one of the oldest and largest law firms in Hawaii.

After practicing labor and employment law, asbestos defense for the United States Government and general litigation, Denice and her family returned to North Carolina. She passed the NC Bar early in 2005 and was admitted as a North Carolina and Fourth Circuit attorney soon thereafter. Von Family Law was launched whereby she served as a child advocate, guardian ad litem, lawyer and counselor for families in their most difficult days. Adoptions were one of the most rewarding areas of her solo practice over the next 15 years. In 2014, she became a Certified Family Financial Mediator and in 2020 a Superior Court Mediator.

In 2021 Denice and her husband moved to Colorado Springs where she has joined Telios Law to continue legal work, now in a redemptive, faith-based area of law. In addition to her husband, her family includes three daughters and sons-in-law and 6 grandchildren. 

Employment & Experience


  • Hawaii, 1997
  • US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1999
  • North Carolina, 2005
  • US District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 2005

Mediation Certifications

  • Certified Family Financial Mediator for North Carolina, 2013
  • Certified Superior Court Mediator, 2020

Education & Training

University of Hawaii, Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Juris Doctor, 1997 Cum Laude
  • Law Review, Research Editor

University of San Diego, California

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 1989

Semester Abroad in Oxford, U.K.

  • Summa Cum Laude


  • American Inns of Court, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
  • Hawaii, North Carolina and Mecklenburg County Bar Associations
  • North Carolina Bar Fee Dispute Resolution Committee (2016-2018)
  • North Carolina Women in the Profession Committee (2011-2012)
  • Elder, First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu (2000-2004)
  • Board President, Christian Legal Society of Hawaii (2004)
  • Member, Christian Legal Society of Colorado Springs (2021-Present)
  • Missions to Ukraine (2010-2013), (2016-2017)
  • Missions to Nicaragua and Mexico, (2014-2015)
  • Women of Vision Charlotte (2017-Present)
  • The Master’s Program for Women (2017-2019)
  • Board Member, Fashion & Compassion (2018-Present)
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals (2020)


  • "A Primer on The Americans with Disabilities Act," Hawaii Bar Journal, June, 1998
  • "Employee Absences Do Not Make the Heart Grow Fonder," The Hawaii Labor Letter, Oct, 2000


Adjunct Professor, Appellate Advocacy, University of Hawaii William S. Richard School of Law, Spring 2003