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Heather M. Landauer

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Heather Landauer is a Partner at GEM Family Law. Heather is an experienced attorney, having practiced almost exclusively in family law since her admission to the Colorado State Bar in 2013.

Heather is creative and insightful, assisting her clients to identify their goals such that she begins working with them on a strategy to achieve their desired outcome at the outset of her representation of them. Heather encourages her clients to keep the "big picture" in mind, and to reduce the impact of emotions during their family law proceedings, in order to help them maintain focus and direction. She is compassionate, as she understands family law matters can be fraught with anger, frustration, and fear. Heather is patient with her clients while directing them to take action that will help them make the best decisions for their case and achieve their best results.

Heather is an experienced litigator who has tried hundreds of cases and is skilled in bringing matters before the Judge. However, she also recognizes the benefits of settlement, which is, quite often, the better option. The facts of each case, as well as the client's goals, will determine which route to take. Heather provides her family law clients with strategic advice every step of the way.

Heather is also a Child and Family Investigator. Her extensive experience with families in Colorado, as well as her specialized training as a CFI, enables her to provide thorough, creative, and child-focused advice to her clients. Additionally, her experience as a litigator gives her a unique perspective when she serves as a child expert and neutral in family law matters.

Heather's skills have been recognized by Avvo, where Heather has received a 10/10 rating based on her experience, involvement in the family law community, and peer reviews. Heather has authored numerous publications, to include publications on lawyer ethics. Heather supports the community through pro bono services with Metro Volunteer Lawyer's Family Law Unbundled Program, providing legal advice with LawLine 9, and promotes animal adoption through her foster work with 4 Paws 4 Life.

Heather received her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and, during law school, was a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Jack Berryhill in the 1st Judicial District. Heather additionally demonstrated her commitment to children's issues as a certified student attorney through the University of Denver Child Advocacy Practicum and the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center. Also during law school, Heather interned with Metro Volunteer Lawyers, assisting clients in the Family Law Court Program, where she first developed her commitment to family law.

In addition to representing clients in Domestic Relations matters, Heather is also a trained Parenting Coordinator/Decision-Maker.


  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, Colorado
    • J.D.
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Certification in Peace and Conflict Studies
    • Major: History

Authorship & Presentations

  • Experiential Learning: A Growing Trend in Legal Education, The Docket, Vol. 37 Issue 6, July/August 2015
  • Review of Legal Resources: Time and Workplace Management for Lawyers, The Colorado Lawyer, June 2015
  • Giving Advice to Non-Clients – How Far is Too Far?, The Docket, Vol. 34 Issue 9, October 2012
  • Video Blog: Giving Legal Advice to Non-Clients – How Far is Too Far?, Colorado Bar Association 5-Minute Mentor Series, October 2012

Current Employment Position

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Family Law

Honors & Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America® – Ones to Watch, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 Family Law
  • Colorado Super Lawyer® “Rising Star”, 2022-2023
Avvo Rating 10.0 | Heather M. Coleman | Top Attorney
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Best Lawyers | Ones To Watch | Heather M. Landauer | 2023
Best Lawyers | Ones To Watch | Heather M. Landauer | 2022
Best Lawyers | Ones To Watch | Heather M. Landauer | 2021