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Louisa Schlieben

Family Attorney at Arvada, CO

4.4   7 reviews

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About Louisa

Learn Louisa’s areas of practice.

Louisa Schlieben provides her clients with committed, empathetic, straight-forward representation, focused on helping them navigate challenging circumstances so that they can move their lives forward in a healthy way.

Since transitioning to family law in 2015, Louisa has gained experience in issues concerning divorce, parenting time and decision making (custody), child support, emergency motions, child abuse and domestic violence. She has handled complex jurisdictional matters, high asset divorces, support cases involving unconventional income sources, international and interstate abductions involving the FBI and the State Department, and emotionally wrought matters involving non-parent intervenors. Through it all, she has witnessed the best and very worst that these situations bring out in people.

Always ready to fight for the underdog, Louisa’s approach to her work is informed by her training as a public defender. She started representing clients while still in law school, working with the Alaska Public Defender Agency and the Legal Aid Society in New York City under a student license, then moved to Denver after law school to become a deputy public defender. These experiences provided her with exceptional mentorship, as well as the opportunity to represent hundreds of clients facing traffic, misdemeanor and felony charges, and to try over a dozen cases to juries before the one-year anniversary of her bar admission.

As a native Ney Yorker, Louisa was surprised to learn she was as at home in Alaska’s interior and Denver Colorado as she was in her hometown. But her path to a legal career was different than most attorneys. One of five children, Louisa grew up in a redlined neighborhood of what was then considered Harlem. She was a dedicated student of classical ballet from the time she could walk until she was seventeen years old, performing as a child with the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theater. She is fluent in German from spending elementary school at a German language school in White Plains New York, she spent middle school at an elite private all-girls Catholic school on an employee scholarship, then attended two different performing arts high schools before graduating from the Waldorf school her Grandfather once ran. She worked full time to pay her way through Hunter College (CUNY), spent a year working for one of the first women to graduate law school, then attended the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law on a full academic scholarship.

Louisa has lived the experiences of many modern families. She knows it takes courage to entrust a stranger (especially a lawyer) with the most important aspects of ones life: their long-term financial security, the wellbeing of their children, and sometimes even their physical safety. She believes in collaborating with her clients throughout their case to find the best path forward for their unique circumstances and always strives to put children first. You can trust that Louisa will not judge you for your confidences or your tears. Louisa will always be honest with you and will fight hard for your interests.

Licensed for 10 years
State CO
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 01/13/2023

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

Contact Louisa

The Rutherford Law Center
8795 Ralston Road
Suite 113
Arvada, CO, 80002

Reviews

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Posted by Wyndie | October 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Attorney I've Had
I have hired several attorneys in Colorado over the past ten years with a high conflict divorce and parenting case and Louisa Schlieben was the best attorney I've had. Louisa is very sharp and articulate and did an exceptional job describing my side of the case in written motions and in mediation. Louisa also vigorously advocated on my behalf; I’ve never had an attorney I felt cared about my interests so much, or who did it in such a detailed, careful way. I got a great outcome in my case, but whatever the outcome might have been, I felt like I had excellent representation.
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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Attorney
Ms Schlieben did a very professional, knowledgeable, and thorough job as my attorney in my divorce case. Ms. Schlieben took the time to explain the law to me in person, over the phone, email, or text regarding my case when ever I had questions in order for me to understand why things were the way they were. I would recommend Ms. Schlieben to anyone looking for an attorney regarding divorce.
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Posted by Chris | August 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
She's straight and to the point. She's hard core and knows her stuff!! She knows the laws very well and what the judge deems evidence and not. She doesn't waste time and simply got the job done. My child is free from emotional abuse now. I would never want to be on the other side of this lawyer during cross examination. She's the real deal!!
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2015
She relieved the stress and anxiety of filing for a protection order
It was so great to have Louisa help me file for a protection order. She was already at the courthouse when I arrived at our scheduled time, which was so comforting, considering I had never been there before and didn't really know where to go or what I was doing. She was prepared and knowledgeable, down to the pen that I forgot to bring to fill out the necessary paperwork. Louisa's expertise and confidence, along with her calm and collected demeanor were so helpful during the process, which helped ease my anxiety and stress after a traumatic event. We got the paperwork filled out in a timely manner, allowing us to be second on the docket, in what could have been an event that lasted a few hours that Monday morning. When we got into the courtroom and the judge called my name, she displayed a level of confidence as my advisor that I was unable to provide myself, which was great considering my inexperience and ignorance of the process. Acquiring a restraining order was something new for me and I can't express how grateful I am to have had Ms. Schlieben there!
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Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2014
Review of Louisa Schlieben by Former Colleague
Ms. Schlieben was my colleague in the past and she was great to work with. She was not only reliable, but she went above and beyond for her clients to make deadlines and keep all parties informed. She also has a deep dedication to criminal defense, and is extremely compassionate about her clients and doing what she can ensure that her clients are zealously represented by a knowledgeable and hard-working defense lawyer. She is a skilled trial lawyer, and has a remarkable courtroom presence. She is also not afraid to stand her ground against opposing counsel, in her own fight for justice and fairness.
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Posted by Thomas | August 11, 2014
Louisa Saved My License & Driving Record
I always thought I could defend myself in court, but I realized I was in over my head after attending a pre-trial hearing, so I retained Louisa's services. I had ideas on the direction my defense should take, but what won the case was Louisa's ability to know the weakest points in a case and then drive those points home during the trial until the Judge had no other choice but to find me not guilty. During this time, I was traveling internationally for work, so we were communicating via email for months, and she was always extremely communicative and responsive. Louisa will always be my first choice should I ever need a defense attorney again.
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Posted by Chiara | November 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce attorney
She initially seemed to be very competent and hardworking. Very quickly, it turned out she hardly communicates (in spite of solicitation and requests for updates), misses court deadlines without any communication, and she is very slow in spite of agreements on timelines. Her bills, however, are (obviously) never late. I terminated her contract because she added stress and uncertainty to my life in a moment in which she was instead expected to relieve them. Extremely disappointing.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-275 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • The Rutherford Law Center
  • 2022 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • GEM Family Law
  • 2020 - 2022
  • Senior Associate
  • Modern Family Law
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Founding Attorney
  • Juniper Law, LLC
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Litigation Associate
  • Robinson & Henry P.C.
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Office Of The Colorado State Public Defender
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Licenced Legal Intern
  • Legal Aid Society Of New York
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Licensed Legal Intern
  • Alaska Public Defender Agency
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Legal Intern
  • The Innocence Project
  • 2010 - 2011
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Education

  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012

Associations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • New Foundations
  • Vice President
  • 2014 - Present
  • Cardozo Public Law, Policy, and Ethics Journal
  • Symposium Editor
  • 2010 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (1)
Endorse Louisa
Family Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Louisa is intelligent and hardworking, all for the benefit of her clients. She is a pleasure to work with."
Family Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ms. Schlieben is a thoughtful advocate and you would be hard-pressed to find one whom approaches her cases with more compassion. Ms. Schlieben is a knowledgeable attorney and you can trust your case and your family in her hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer, and highly recommend her work. She is bright, articulate and knowledgeable. Moreover, she zealously advocates for her clients and obtains great results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Louisa is an excellent attorney, offering exceptional legal advice and a strong commitment to securing justice for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Schlieben is highly intelligent and passionate about protecting the rights of those accused of a crime. Her knowledge of Colorado criminal law is superb. I highly endorse Ms. Schlieben as an attorney who will defend your Constitutional rights if you are charged with a crime."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Louisa is an excellent lawyer and not afraid of the courtroom. I highly recommend Louisa for any criminal law, retraining order, or DUI matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Louisa is an incredible criminal defense attorney. She is hard working, cares about her clients personally, and possesses and superb knowledge of the law. Call her you will be in very good hands."
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Arvada Family Lawyer Louisa Schlieben
Louisa Schlieben
Family Attorney
Arvada, CO
Licensed for 10 years
Free Consultation