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Laura Emma Shapiro

About me

As a divorce lawyer, Laura was selected by 5280 Magazine as a Super Lawyer in Colorado for her practice in the area of divorce and family law. Look for her profile in the April 2006 edition.  She is rated AV with Martindale Hubbell which the highest rating.

      Laura began her legal career as a lawyer in 1977 in New York. In New York, she acted as a hearing officer for the New York City Office of Rent Control. Later in New York, she practiced Immigration Law and then worked as a lawyer for Legal Services in upstate New York. She began her Colorado career as a lawyer in 1979 with Colorado Rural Legal Services.

In 1985 she began her work as a lawyer for the Colorado Attorney General's office and represented the Colorado Health Department and several agencies; this work involved complex litigation for the Department. All of her prior experience helped to hone her litigation skills. In 1987 she began focusing solely on divorce and family law matters. She started this focus working with the Law Office of Stephen J. Harhai and later, Malman & Malman. She has been a speaker on family law issues and has written several articles on issues relating to children, property division and divorce issues.   


Languages spoken: French, Spanish

Photos and videos

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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
    4 years
  2. Child Support: 25%
    4 years
  3. Child Custody: 25%
    4 years



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Stephanie M. Izaguirre

    Laura is a touch and experienced attorney who excels at representing the interests of her clients. I recommend her highly.


    Stephanie Izaguirre Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • David Littman

    I strongly endorse Ms. Shapiro as a family/divorce attorney whose experience and knowledge of the law will serve her clients exceptionally well. She is a skilled and strong litigator whose courtroom skills place her in the top tier of family law practitioners in Colorado. She frequently speaks and writes on divorce and family law issues. She knows the law, is committed to assisting her clients throught one of the most difficult periods of their lives and is always well prepared, whether it is for court or for resolution. I recommend her most highly.


    David Littman Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Offices of Laura E. Shapiro

8751 E. Hampden Ave.
Suite B5
Denver, CO, 80231-4929


NYCurrently registered 197803/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super Lawyer5280 Magazine2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Laura E. Shapiro, P.C.1991 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Malman and Malman, P.C.1990 - 1991
AttorneyLaw Office Of Stephen J. Harhai1987 - 1990
Assistant Attorney General, Human ResourcesOffice Of The Attorney General, State Of Colorado1984 - 1987
AttorneyLaura E. Shapiro, P.C.1983 - 1984
AttorneyColorado Rural Legal Services1980 - 1983
AssociateGarganigo and Goldsmith1978 - 1978
Staff AttorneyNew York Legal Services1978 - 1979
Hearing Officer/Office of Rent ControlNYC Office of Rent Control1977 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Colorado Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Denver Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Arapahoe County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Colorado Bar Association, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
Colorado Bar Association, Legislative CommitteeMemberN/A
Denver Bar Association, Legal Fee Arbitration CommitteeMemberN/A
Colorado Bar Association, Legal Fee Arbitration CommitteeMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Denver MagazineIf You Think You Might Be Getting Divorced2005
The Colorado LawyerSpecial Considerations and the Special Advocate2001
The Denver PostNumerous weekly articles in "Speaking Legally"1998
The Colorado LawyerOvercoming Difficulties in Collecting Child Support and Maintenance1995
The Colorado LawyerRemoval Issues and Standards for Modification of Custody1995
Wiley PublicationsEditor, American Jouranal of Family Law1991
Denver Business JournalSplitting the Sheets1991
Parent MagazineWho Represents the Children when Parents Divorce1990
The Colorado LawyerCustody Evaluations in Colorado1989
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Admitted to the Colorado Bar, CON/AN/A1980
Admitted to the US District Court, ColoradoN/AN/A1980
New York BarN/AN/A1978
Admitted to the US District Court for Northern NYN/AN/A1978
New York Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Trinity CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Keystone ConferenceEthical Issues and Family LawN/A
Family Law ConferenceChild Support IssuesN/A
Family Law ConferenceArbitration, Appeals and other Jurisdictional IssuesN/A
Family Law ConferenceSupplemental Custody EvaluationsN/A