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Karen L. Spaulding - Denver, CO

1675 BroadwaySuite 600 Denver, CO 80202

Updated: 09/26/2023

Denver Litigation Lawyer


Karen Spaulding focuses her civil litigation and trial practice on commercial business disputes in the oil and gas, energy, and natural resources sectors. These cases involve exploration and development, midstream, and royalty issues in federal and state courts in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West. She has over 30 years of federal and state court litigation experience and has tried over 22 jury and bench trials...


Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1987
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1988

Other Affiliations

  • The Foundation for Natural Resources & Energy Law (formerly known as RMMLF), 2006 - Present (Member)
  • Colorado Oil & Gas Association, 2006 - Present
  • Western Energy Alliance, 2006 - Present
  • Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen, 2006 - Present
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, 1994 - Present
  • Women in Oil & Gas, 2019 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Denver Bar Association / Access Justice Committee, 2019 - Present
  • Colorado Lawyers Committee / Legal Clinic Nights, 2019 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association / Community Action Network, 1994 - 2019
  • Denver Bar Association / LawLine 9, 1992 - 2019

Past Positions

  • TQ3 Navigant, Corporate Counsel, 2004 - 2006
  • Clanahan, Tanner, Downing & Knowlton, P.C., Special Counsel, 1998 - 2004
  • Pinnacol Assurance, Counsel, 1996 - 1998
  • Anderson, Campbell & Laugesen P.C., Associate, 1993 - 1996
  • Lavinder, Joliffe, Chambers & Harris, PC, Associate, 1990 - 1992
  • Attorney General's Office, Colorado, Assistant Attorney General, 1987 - 1990


  • Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law, Portland, Oregon, 1986
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, 1979
    Major: Political Science



  • Kenneth A. Wonstolen
  • Jennifer Stoldt
  • Waldo J. Ackerman
  • James Walker


Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

  • Co-Author with Kevin Wonstolen, Water Issues Flow in the Mountain West, The American Oil & Gas Reporter, 2011

Office Information


1675 BroadwaySuite 600 Denver, CO 80202


  • (800) 886-6566



  • Top Women in Energy, Denver Business Journal, 2014
  • Volunteer of the Year, Denver Bar Association, 2013

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