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Kaela Zihlman


Kaela’s practice consists of domestic relations cases, including cases with complex financial issues, the valuation of businesses and professional practices, trusts, and the allocation of parental responsibilities. Her practice includes cases with complicated parenting issues involving substance use, domestic violence, neurodivergent and special needs children.

Kaela also represents clients entering into premarital, marital, and cohabitation agreements.

Prior to entering private practice, Kaela worked for a judge in Denver District Court. During this time, she sat through hundreds of hearings and drafted orders on behalf of the court. She has the ability to view cases through the perspective of an attorney but also as a judge. With these different viewpoints, she advises her clients on the advantages of settlement versus litigation. Kaela empowers her clients to make decisions in their cases with their futures and best interests in mind.

Kaela is an active member of the Colorado Bar Association. She is the Chair of the Executive Council of the Young Lawyers Division. Specifically, Kaela is passionate about programming that focuses on attorney wellness and well-being. With Chelsea, Kaela is the Co-Chair of the Family Law Section’s Legislative Policy Committee. In this role, Kaela works with and advises members of the legislature and Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association about the impacts of proposed bills and legislation on the practice of family law and its implications on courts, litigants, and families.



  • Bachelor of Arts: 2011, University of Colorado at Boulder
    • English Literature
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.): 2016, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
    • Certificate in Constitutional Rights & Remedies


  • Chair, Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
  • Co-Chair, Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section Legislative Policy Committee
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Member, Denver Bar Association

Appellate Decisions

In re Marriage of Crouch, 490 P.3d 1087 (Colo. App. 2021)


  • Selected as a Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine, 2022-2024
  • Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch in Family Law 2022-2024

Authorship & Presentations

  • Presenter: Motions for Reconsideration—When, Why, and How, CBA Young Lawyers Division Nuts & Bolts Seminar (Spring 2024)
  • Author: Proposed Changes to the Colorado Rules for Magistrates: An Overview of the Revisions and How to Weigh In, Law Week Colorado (Spring 2024)
  • Presenter: Basics of the Legislative Process Relating to Family Law, CBA Family Law Section (Spring 2024)
  • Presenter: Family Law Legislative Update, Family Law Section Spring Update (Spring 2024)
  • Moderator: CBA Panel on Bar Exam Failure (Winter 2023)
  • Presenter: Arbitration in Family Law Cases (Fall 2023)
  • Presenter: Written Discovery in Nuts & Bolts of Litigation (Spring 2023)
  • Presenter: CBA Panel on Family Law Basics (Winter 2022)
  • Presenter: Arbitration as a Settlement Tool (Winter 2022)