Karen Leaffer

Leaffer, Karen

Karen Leaffer

Managing Partner, Leaffer Law Group

Karen Schauble Leaffer is a recognized leader in the area of nonprofit law, having practiced in some of Denver’s largest, most respected law firms for more than 20 years before forming Leaffer Law Group. She is also a community leader, a mentor, and an entrepreneur. It is her extensive experience, combined with her lifelong dedication to serving nonprofits, which makes her a sought-after resource for nonprofit organizations and their advisors.

Karen serves as both general and special counsel to nonprofits and charitable foundations, advising them on corporate, tax, and transactional matters that are unique to their industry. She holds the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® ranking, was recognized as a 2018 Lawyer of the Year in nonprofit/charities law by Best Lawyers in America®, and was named to the Super Lawyers® Top 50 Women list. On a local level, she received the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business award in the law category and has been named Barrister’s Best Nonprofit Attorney by Law Week Colorado on several occasions. She is a well-known speaker and has published numerous articles on legal issues of importance to nonprofit organizations and foundations.

Karen currently serves as managing editor and contributing author of A Guide for Colorado Nonprofit Organizations (second edition 2017), a role she has served since the Guide’s inception in 2007, and serves on an Advisory Committee to the Colorado Secretary of State Business and Licensing Division, where she provides advice and counsel on matters relevant to the nonprofit sector. She previously served as chair of the Nonprofit Entities Subsection of the Colorado Bar Association and past chair of the Tax Section.

She holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) from Gonzaga University (with majors in Theology and Economics), a J.D. (summa cum laude) from the University of Idaho and a LL.M (in Taxation) from the University of Denver.