Kara Lyons Chrobak

Associate

Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303.299.8461

Fax: 303.298.0940

kchrobak@shermanhoward.com

Education

  • Juris Doctor, University of Colorado Law School, 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Denver, 2008
    • magna cum laude

A strong client advocate, Kara Chrobak helps clients fight for things that matter during what are often the most difficult times they've faced.

Kara advises on and assists clients regarding divorce, child custody, child visitation, contested adoption, marital agreements, and alimony and other forms of support. A former commercial litigator, Kara uses her finely honed skills and experience to offer unique and creative approaches to litigation and mediation in the family law context. She has successfully litigated protection orders, emergency parenting time cases, child support cases, and post-decree modifications. She is also experienced in preparing and examining parental responsibilities evaluators, child and family investigators, vocational evaluators, and business/tax valuation expert witnesses at trial.

A strong client advocate, Kara helps clients fight for things that matter during what are often the most difficult times they’ve faced.

Kara is a certified privacy professional known for her sincerity, good judgment and discretion.

Experience

  • Successfully represented clients in highly contested divorce actions involving valuations of commercial real estate holdings and closely held businesses, including medical practices, real estate businesses, consulting companies, and oil and gas entities.
  • Conducted multiple-day trials for temporary orders, permanent orders, and contested adoptions in the Denver metro area and on the Western Slope region.
  • Successfully represented prospective adoptive parents in a contested termination hearing that resulted in the adoption of a child.
  • Drafted and negotiated a premarital agreement to help protect more than $20 million in client assets.
  • Secured a favorable out-of-court property settlement and maintenance award for a client ending a very short-term marriage.

Publications & Presentations

PRESENTATIONS

  • A Roadmap for Effective Use of Parental Responsibilities Evaluations in Litigation and Mediation: The Ins, Outs, and Whys
    Family Law Institute | August 2019
  • How to Find Your Passion (panelist)
    University of Colorado Law School | January 2013

 

PRESS

  • All in the Family
    Law Week Colorado | October 11, 2017
  • Unlike Most Big Law Firms, Sherman & Howard Bulks up its Family Law Group
    Denver Business Journal | September 26, 2017
  • Corporate Reputation Management vs. Employee Privacy (co-author)
    Law360 | July 2015

Professional Activities

  • Certified Privacy Professional, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Former Member, Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • Former Emerging Leaders Council Member, Mile High United Way
  • Former Board of Directors, Prevent Child Abuse Colorado
  • Impact Denver, Class of 2015

Highlights

  • Best Lawyers in America, “Ones to Watch,” Family Law; Family Law: Arbitration and Mediation, Denver (2021)