About The Attorney
Louisa Schlieben is a Senior Associate at Rutherford Law Center. She 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 New 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.
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D.
Hunter College (C.U.N.Y.), B.A., History and Political Science (Cum Laude)
Honors & Distinctions
Cardozo Merit Scholar, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law 2009 – 2012
Symposium Editor, Cardozo Public Law, Policy, and Ethics Journal, 2012
Colorado Bar Association
Family Law Section
Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
Denver Bar Association