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Leslie A. Tuft

Associate

Leslie A. Tuft was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1976.  She obtained a B.S. in political science with a minor in philosophy from the University of Utah in 1997, where she was a National Merit Scholar and graduated summa cum laude.  Ms. Tuft attended law school at Stanford Law School in Stanford (Palo Alto), California, where she received the Hilmer Oehlmann Jr. Award for excellence in legal research and writing and the Lawrason Driscoll Moot Court Award.  While at Stanford, Ms. Tuft served as Co-President of the Kirkwood Moot Court (2000-2001).  She graduated in 2001.

Ms. Tuft was an associate attorney with Sullan2, Sandgrund & Perczak, P.C. from January 2005 until the firm merged with Burg Simpson.  She is a member of the California, Colorado, Denver and American Bar Associations. Ms. Tuft co-authoredResidential Construction Law in Colorado with Messrs. Sandgrund and Sullan, which the book received the 2011 National Award of Professional Excellence from the Association for Continuing Legal Education.

Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2016

Colorado, 2003

California, 2002

Stanford Law School, Stanford, California, 2001
Hilmer Oehlmann Jr. Award
Lawrason Driscoll Moot Court Award
Co-President, Kirkwood Moot Court 2000 - 2001

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah B.S.
summa cum laude
National Merit Scholar

California Bar Association Member

Colorado Bar Association Member

Denver Bar Association Member

American Bar Association Member

Residential Construction Law in Colorado, Colorado Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education (co-author with Ron Sandgrund and Scott Sullan), (2011, 3rd edition)

Shoddy Work, Negligent Construction and Reconciling the Irreconcilable Under CGL Policies, The Colorado Lawyer (co-author with Harmon Graves and Ron Sandgrund), Vo. 38 , No. 11, 2009

Recovering "Actual Damages" Under Colorado's Construction Defect Action Reform Act, Parts I and II, The Colorado Lawyer (co-author with Ron Sandgrund and Mari Perczak), Vol. 38, Nos. 5 and 6, 2009

Crossing the Separation of Powers Threshold: Legislative and Regulatory Control of Expert Witness Testimony, The Colorado Lawyer (co-author with Ron Sandgrund and Jennifer Seidman), Vol. 37, No. 5, 2008

Liability Insurance Coverage for Breach of Contract Damages, The Colorado Lawyer (co-author with Ron Sandgrund), Vo. 36, No. 2, 2007

Another Perspective on Extrapolation Evidence, Mealey's Litigation Report: Construction Defects (co-written with Ron Sandgrund and Scott Sullan), Vol. 7, Iss. 4, 2006

The Trial Lawyer Magazine honors Michael Burg; firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine

 February 6, 2017

The Trial Lawyer Magazine honors Michael Burg; firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine

Michael S. Burg Named One of America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Named One of America’s 25 Most Influential Law Firms The Trial Lawyer magazine honorees to be celebrated at The National Trial Lawyers’ annual summit Denver, CO – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, PC is proud to… Read more »

7 Burg Simpson Shareholders Named to 2017 Top Lawyers List

 January 23, 2017

7 Burg Simpson Shareholders Named to 2017 Top Lawyers List

Denver, Colorado – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. is pleased to announce that seven shareholders have recently been named to 5280 Magazine’s 2017 Top Lawyers list. Founded in 1993, 5280 is the largest local magazine in Colorado. The Burg Simpson attorneys selected for inclusion in 5280 Top Lawyers are: Michael S. Burg –… Read more »

2016: Another Year Burg Simpson Changed Lives

 December 8, 2016

2016: Another Year Burg Simpson Changed Lives

The Burg Simpson attorneys had another outstanding year changing the lives of those they represent. The firm’s ability to properly value cases—whether personal injury, medical malpractice, construction defect, or mass tort—and fight tirelessly as a cohesive team to obtain the compensation its clients deserve sets Burg Simpson apart. Here is just a small sample of… Read more »

Janet Abaray Profiled in Super Lawyers Magazine

 December 7, 2016

Janet Abaray Profiled in Super Lawyers Magazine

The most recent edition of Super Lawyers Magazine features a profile on Burg Simpson Ohio’s managing shareholder, Janet Abaray. In the feature, Ms. Abaray discusses some of the highlights of her career, the art of “looking around corners” in a case, taking on big pharma, and a well-known class action against the Bengals. Amongst her… Read more »

Recall Alert: Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Recalled by Zimmer Biomet

 February 17, 2017

Recall Alert: Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Recalled by Zimmer Biomet

Zimmer Biomet has issued a Class I Recall of its Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder due to higher than reported fracture rates.  Zimmer Biomet issued the recall on December 15, 2016.  The Zimmer recall includes thousands of Comprehensive Reverse Shoulders.  The recalled devices were distributed between October 2008 and September 2015.  As part of the shoulder recall,… Read more »

Burg Simpson Construction Defect Group Discuss Colorado Municipal Ordinances (Part 1)

 January 30, 2017

Burg Simpson Construction Defect Group Discuss Colorado Municipal Ordinances (Part 1)

Ronald Sandgrund (Of Counsel), along with Associates Jennifer Seidman, Leslie Tuft and Nelson Boyle of the Burg Simpson Construction Defect Group have co-authored a three-part article in The Colorado Lawyer. The article discusses the many recently enacted construction defect Colorado municipal ordinances, including their “right-of-repair,” “HOA disclosure and consent-to-sue” and arbitration procedures. Part 1 of… Read more »

Fatal ATV Accidents a Reminder to Riders to Maintain Vehicles

 November 2, 2016

Fatal ATV Accidents a Reminder to Riders to Maintain Vehicles

All-Terrain Vehicles can be great fun, but with the fun can also come danger. Every year ATV accidents take the lives of recreational enthusiasts who ride these tricky vehicles without attention to proper safety guidelines. A tragic ATV accident in southwestern Colorado left to members of a Texas family injured and two more, dead. Some… Read more »

Who is Responsible if my Child is Bullied at School?

 October 26, 2016

Who is Responsible if my Child is Bullied at School?

When parents send their children to school, their expectation is that the children will be safe, cared for and protected from harm. Schools have responsibility for the well-being of the children they are educating. When a child is the victim of bullying, harassment or cyberbullying, and that child suffers emotional injury as a result, significant… Read more »

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

 May 3, 2016

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

A Ring of Fire first! Host Farron Cousins talks to former Senator Alan Simpson in a unique opportunity on Ring of Fire to speak with a Republican about the current state of the Republican Party.

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

CBS 4 in Denver highlights Burg Simpson attorney Michael S. Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Denver’s Radio 850KOA ran a news story about Michael Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

 April 21, 2016

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

Burg Simpson shareholder Calvin Tregre Jr. examines changes to the civil justice system, where limitations have been placed on monetary awards to seriously injured victims of corporate negligence. Are you protected?

Trial Talk magazine

 November 18, 2015

Trial Talk: Cross Appeal? Now What?

Burg Simpson Attorney and Shareholder Diane Vaksdal Smith’s article, published in CTLA’s Trial Talk, April/May 2015, addresses specifics of appellate practice and procedure. Download full article PDF

Net Neutrality

 November 18, 2015

Net Neutrality: A Panel Discussion

Rick D. Bailey contributes his opinion on Net Neutrality in this panel article published in Best Lawyers® Business Edition, Summer, 2015. Download full article PDF

The Trial Lawyer Magazine

 November 18, 2015

Homebuilders v. Homeowners

Threats to Shift an Already Tilted Playing Field More in Favor of Homebuilders Burg Simpson attorneys Jennifer A. Seidman and Ronald M. Sandgrund examine what could happen if lawmakers allow builders to take advantage of and mischaracterize the causes of the Great Recession’s lingering effects, and the facts regarding the real causes of the decline… Read more »

Rick Bailey - Hearing and Mishearing

 November 18, 2015

Hearing and Mishearing: Psychoanalytic Observations on the Attorney-Client Relationship

Trial lawyer Rick D. Bailey co-authored this white paper with David Stevens, a practicing psychoanalyst/clinical psychologist and associate professor at the university of Colorado Health Sciences Center. They address the attorney-client relationship throught the lens of psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience. Download full article PDF

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