Randolph M. Karsh

Mr. Karsh practices principally in the areas of international and domestic taxation.  He is widely experienced in selection and formation of business entities, with a special emphasis on limited liability companies, from their formation and capitalization to their operation and taxation.  As part of his practice, Mr. Karsh also counsels clients on complex estate tax planning involving the benefits of multi-generation plans, including “dynasty” trusts, GRATs and asset protection techniques. Randy also has specialized experience in representation of nonresident individuals and businesses seeking to relocate or invest in the United States, with a focus on income, gift and estate taxes, entity selection and treaty principles. In 1995, he was a Special Counsel in Residence to a Mexico City law firm with respect to United States business entities and United States income tax issues and has expertise in cross-border business and tax planning and Treaty issues.

Practice Areas:


  • LL.M., New York University (1974)
  • Juris Doctor, University of Denver College of Law (1969)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Colorado (1966)

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Committee Member, Tax Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, El Paso County Bar Association (1974-Present)
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association

Court Admissions:

  • United States Tax Court (1971)
  • Colorado State Courts (1970)

Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado (1970)


  • Author, annual chapter, Colorado Bar Association Colorado Estate Planning Handbook, “Estate, Gift, and Income Taxation of Nonresident Alien Individuals”
  • Co-chair, “Earnings Stripping” Committee, American Bar Association Tax Section
  • Co-author, “carryover basis” comments submitted to Department of Treasury, American Bar Association Tax Section
  • Editor, Denver Law Journal
  • Editor, Law & Society Review
  • Assistant Editor, Tax Law Review

Other Distinctions:

  • Highest rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Law Clerk, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Fluent in Spanish

Professional Experience:

  • Sparks Willson (2011-Present)
  • Mulliken, Weiner Karsh Berg & Jolivet (2004-2010)
  • Flynn McKenna Wright & Karsh (1996-2003)
  • Holland & Hart (1984-2002)
  • Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres Landa S.C.; Mexico City (1995)