Tanya L. Akins

Tanya L. Akins

303.741.5300  |  info@spalfamilylaw.com

Tanya brings a unique perspective to Sherr Puttmann Akins Lamb PC through her extensive background as a Master of Social Work (MSW). Prior to graduating cum laude from DePaul University College of Law, Tanya spent eight years as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker conducting custody evaluations and providing courtroom testimony of her custody findings and recommendations. Her experience gives her special insight into cases involving mental health and substance abuse issues, as well as complex dependency and neglect actions. Tanya recently completed her first Appeal and successfully overturned the District Court’s decision.

Tanya is a founding shareholder of the firm and is the Chief Financial Officer. She is well versed in managing intricate financial issues in high asset cases and her broad perspective is invaluable in the often-complex world of family law.



  • DePaul University, Juris Doctorate, 2004
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Master of Social Work, 1996
  • Northern Illinois University, Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Studies, 1992


  • Shareholder – Sherr, Puttmann, Akins, Lamb PC
  • Senior Associate Attorney – Gutterman Griffiths, PC
  • Associate Attorney – Beermann Swerdlove LLP, Chicago, IL

Professional Achievements

  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers Advisory Board – 2017 to 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America – 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • Awarded one of Colorado’s Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2020, 2021, 2023
  • Colorado Rising Star, SuperLawyers – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Firm awarded one of America’s Best Law Firms by U.S. News and Best Lawyers – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • Firm published in The Denver Post as one of “Denver’s Best Law Firms,” March 2012 & 2013
  • Firm featured in Law Week’s “Super Lawyers” Edition, March 2012, 2013 & April 2014
  • Colorado Bar – Admitted in October 2005
  • Illinois Bar – Admitted in May 2005
  • Presenter – Association of Family and Conciliation Courts 47th Annual Conference on Parental Alienation and the Role of the Attorney
  • Guest Presenter – “Life After Divorce”, Castle Rock Radio


  • Member – Colorado Bar Association
  • Member – Douglas/Elbert, Denver and Arapahoe County Bar Associations
  • Member – Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Member – Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee
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