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Karen A Kishbaugh

Karen A Kishbaugh

Practice areas:

Business, DUI & DWI, Estate Planning, Franchising, General Practice

About Me


Karen has been a practicing attorney in Denver, Colorado for over twenty years, enjoys trusted relationships with her clients and becomes an integral part of their team.  The firm was formed out of Karen’s desire to serve her clients in a manner tailored to their individual needs and situations, an art not developed at many law firms.  She understands that it is critical to understand each client's individual goals and needs, and strives to provide them with information and strategies so that together they can develop a plan to move forward and achieve success.  


Karen successfully served as Attorney General with the Colorado Department of Law, adjunct professor at the Colorado School of Mines, regulatory consultant, counsel for a federal agency, corporate general counsel and executive, and as a private attorney.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in geology at The Pennsylvania State University, and her Juris Doctor at the University of Denver College of Law, where she was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for Remedies and was appointed Assistant to the Dean. 


She is active in the Colorado Bar Association, serves on the Council of its Solo and Small Firm Section and is a member of its Business Law, Trusts and Estates, and Criminal Law Sections.  Karen enjoys volunteering time with organizations including National Mill Dog Rescue.


Kishbaugh Law Firm, LLC provides personalized and tailored legal services in the areas of business planning; business startup, all of the services that a business will need throughout its life; franchising; estate planning for individuals, traditional couples, non-traditional couples, and business owners; and defense of those charged with DUI or DWAI.  Its offices are conveniently located in central Denver, close to the Cherry Creek, Congress Park, City Park and Capital Hill neighborhoods.



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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1989

  1. DUI & DWI: 35%
    2 years
  2. Business: 35%
    2 years
  3. Estate Planning: 15%
    2 years
  4. Franchising: 10%
    2 years
  5. General Practice: 5%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Catherine Olson Brown

    I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer. Karen is very thorough and organized and is not afraid to ask the questions that need to be asked. She is a pleasure to work with on Colorado Bar projects and I look forward to working with her in the future.


    Catherine Brown Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Kishbaugh Law Firm, LLC

3570 E. 12th Avenue
Suite 157
Denver, CO, 80206




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Forensic ToicoloyToxicology Labs, Inc.2012
American Jurisprudence Award for RemdiesUniversity of Denver College of Law1988

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalKishbaugh Law Firm, LLC2008 - Present
General CounselThe Alternative Board2007 - 2008
PrincipalKishbaugh Law Firm, LLC2004 - 2007
Litigation and Regulatory AttorneyDepartment of Energy2002 - 2002
AttorneyOMI / CH2MHill2002 - 2004
Environmental Regulatory AttorneyDames & Moore / J.F.Sato1999 - 2002
Assistant Attorney GeneralAttorney General Of Colorado1990 - 1999


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Small Firm Section of the CBACouncil Member2012 - Present
Business Law Section of the CBAMember2010 - Present
Criminal Law Section of the CBAMember2010 - Present
Trusts & Estates Section of the CBAMember2010 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Denver Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Business purchaseSuccessful

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Publication NameTitleDate
The Docket: Denver Bar AssociationSeven Things to Consider Before Accepting Credit Cards2013


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver Sturm College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Pennsylvania State UniversityGeologyBS - Bachelor of Science1984

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Continuing Legal EducationThe Paperless Office2013
Legal Analysis of Environmental RegulationWater Quality Regulation1997
Legal Analysis of Environmental RegulationWater Quality Regulation1996
Legal Analysis of Environmental RegulationWater Quality Regulation1995