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Karri Palmetier

Meet Karri Palmetier

Palmetier Law was founded to help small and medium-sized businesses navigate the maze of government contracting regulations.

With a passion for aerospace and enthusiasm to be more than just another outside attorney, I look forward to becoming a strategic partner and trusted advisor for my clients. I do this by learning the details of my clients’ businesses so I can provide the most authentic and effective legal and practical advice for business strategy and operations.

I understand the entrepreneurial spirit of a small business and appreciate the difficulties facing small businesses to enter the government contracts market as well as the aerospace and defense industries. I want to help.

My preventative focus helps minimize disputes and adverse situations and may even increase your company’s efficiency.

My Experience

I bring more than two decades of experience in government contracting and aerospace and defense industries. I started my career as a U.S. Air Force judge advocate where I supported major defense programs, base operational contracting, and international and joint war operations. I gained additional expertise working in a major D.C. law firm on a variety of government contracting matters. I then joined the in-house legal department at United Launch Alliance where I supported multiple issues across the company, including major government and commercial contracts, business system compliance, Freedom of Information Act, subcontract administration and major litigation. Before establishing my own practice, I acted as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Special Aerospace Services, a certified 8(a) woman-owned small business.

My extensive background in working for and with the U.S. Government (Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, the Intelligence Community and NASA) gives me a unique perspective, helping companies understand the underlying policies and rationale for the government position. I have a security clearance and can, therefore, also help with classified contract matters. I bring a wealth of experience in the aerospace industry, especially in the launch industry. I'll use my unique and diverse background to advise your company on all aspects of government contracting to translate and simplify the byzantine laws of the world of government contracts.


  • Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Colorado 8(a) Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR)
  • Colorado Springs Chamber & Economic Development Corporation
  • Colorado Springs Military Affairs Council
  • Colorado Springs Military Affairs Council
  • DC Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • National Contract Management Association (NCMA)
  • National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Rocky Mountain Chapter Treasurer
  • Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, Board of Directors