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Martha L. Ridgway

Martha L. Ridgway attributes her love of the elderly and disabled to the fact that she had the joy of knowing all four of her grandparents, along with many other elderly relatives. She has always been fascinated by their life stories, the current events they encountered, and most of all, their wisdom which they passed down to the younger generations.

Martha graduated magna cum laude with departmental honors in history and German in 1978 from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1981.  As a co-founder and the first co-chairperson of the Colorado Bar Association’s Elder Law Committee, Martha is considered one of the pioneers of elder law in Colorado.  She has practiced law in the Boulder area since 1988, always with an emphasis on elder and disability law.  Her current practice is Martha L. Ridgway, P.C.

Martha is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education programs for attorneys on issues affecting the elderly and disabled.  She has published articles in The Colorado Lawyer, the official publication of the Colorado Bar Association, including "Advance Medical Directives and the Authority to Compel Medical Treatment" and “Will Preparation for Individuals Lacking Testamentary Capacity.”  She also was a contributing author to The Colorado Handbook of Elder Law and the Lawyers’ Professional Liability in Colorado: Preventing Legal Malpractice and Disciplinary Actions, both published by Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc.   

In addition to her work with other professionals, Martha also spends a significant amount of time making voluntary presentations to lay groups. For example, she has spoken to Hospice of Boulder County, the National Elderhostel program, the Huntington Disease Society of America, and at numerous local facilities such as Balfour and the Academy.

In 1992, Martha was selected by the Boulder County Bar Association for its Lawyer for All Seasons Award, which recognized a bar member “who has exhibited exceptional dedication to the profession and the community, whose contributions may have gone unnoticed, and who merits special recognition by colleagues in the legal profession.”  In 1997, she received the Boulder County Bar Association’s highest award, the John Robert Marshall Award, for “commitment and dedication in undertaking volunteer legal services to the elderly and less fortunate of Boulder County.”  She also received a special award from Boulder County Legal Services for the most hours ever committed to a single pro bono case.  Martha is a member of The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, and the Boulder County Bar Association.   

Martha also has served on the boards of three non-profit agencies assisting the elderly and disabled, and remains active in the community.

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"One characteristic of
my practice has remained
constant, overriding and
undiminished: my love of working
with the elderly, the disabled, and their families."
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