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Leslie A. Tuft

Associate

Leslie A. Tuft attended Stanford Law School, 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 Stanford’s Kirkwood Moot Court program (2000-2001).

Ms. Tuft focuses her practice on construction defect litigation and related insurance issues and appeals. She has co-authored many articles and books concerning important construction defect, insurance, and ethics issues. She is admitted to practice before all Colorado courts.

Selected to Best Lawyers® in America, 2021

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

Residential Construction Law in Colorado, (CLE-CBA, Denver 2016, 5th ed.), co-authored with Ron Sandgrund and Valerie Sullan. First published in 2005, this guide is updated every two years, with the most recent edition published in early 2016. This book won the national 2011 Award of Professional Excellence given by the Association for Continuing Legal Education.

"Residential Construction," Chapter 14 in the Practitioner's Guide to Colorado Construction Law (Robert Benson, ed. 2015, and 2005-2013 editions), co-authored with Ron Sandgrund and Valerie Sullan.

"Class Action Counsel's Professional Responsibilities," Chapter 37 in Lawyers' Professional Liability in Colorado: Preventing Legal Malpractice and Disciplinary Actions, (Michael T. Mihm ed., CLE in Colo., Inc., Denver, 2016), co-authored with Ron Sandgrund and Valerie Sullan.

“The Colorado Supreme Court May Have Granted Developers the Right to Perpetually Control Common Interest Communities,” Trial Talk, August/September 2017, co-authored with Mari K. Perczak, Jennifer A. Seidman, Brian K. Matise, and Ronald M. Sandgrund

"Shoddy Work, Negligent Construction and Reconciling the Irreconcilable Under CGL Policies," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 38, no. 11 (Nov. 2009), co-authored with Ron Sandgrund and Harmon Graves.

"Recovering 'Actual Damages' Under Colorado's Construction Defect Action Reform Act, Part II" The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 38, no. 6 (June 2009), co-authored with Ron Sandgrund and Mari Perczak.

"Recovering 'Actual Damages' Under Colorado's Construction Defect Action Reform Act, Part I" The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 38, no. 5 (May 2009), co-authored with Ron Sandgrund and Mari Perczak.

"Crossing the Separation of Powers Threshold: Legislative and Regulatory Control of Expert Witness Testimony," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 37, no. 5 (May 2008), co-authored with Ron Sandgrund and Jennifer A. Seidman.

"Liability Insurance Coverage for Breach of Contract Damages," The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 36, no. 2 (Feb. 2007), co-authored with Ron Sandgrund.

“Another Perspective on Extrapolation Evidence,” Mealey's Litigation Report: Construction Defects, vol. 7, Iss. 4 (2006), co-authored with Ron Sandgrund and Valerie Sullan.

 December 2, 2020

Burg Simpson: The Award-Winning Lawyers in Phoenix Arizona

One of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, has a reputation for fighting relentlessly and successfully for victims of negligence, malfeasance, malpractice, and abuse. Burg Simpson has secured more than $1 billion in verdicts, settlements, and judgments in practice areas spanning catastrophic personal injury, mass tort and class actions regarding… Read more »

 November 30, 2020

Construction Defect Statutes of Limitation and Repose Update (Part 1)

Burg Simpson construction defects trial lawyers Ronald Sandgrund and Joseph F. (“Trip”) Nistico III have co-authored a recent article for The Colorado Lawyer entitled “Construction Defect Statutes of Limitation and Repose Update (Part 1).” The Colorado Bar Journal (The Colorado Lawyer) is publishing a two-part article in December 2020 and January 2021 by Burg Simpson… Read more »

 November 27, 2020

Burg Simpson’s Award-Winning Construction Defect Team

Burg Simpson’s construction defect attorneys have successfully handled construction defect cases for clients for over 25 years. Our team fights for homeowners and associations whose residences have been damaged by faulty design and construction defects. Some of the many issues our team has handled over the past two decades include: Design defects Building code violations… Read more »

 November 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving to Our Clients, Friends, and Colleagues!

Burg Simpson Wishes You a Happy, Healthy, and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday! All of us at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine would like to wish our clients, friends, and colleagues a very happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving holiday! As we gather this year in groups much smaller than we have in the past, we want to… Read more »

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 June 19, 2020

David Hersh: COVID-19 and Loss of Business Income

Shareholder David Hersh Discusses COVID-19 and Loss of Business Income  David P. Hersh is a shareholder and co-practice group leader with  Burg Simpson’s business and commercial litigation department.  “I am David Hersh, Co-leader of the Commercial Litigation Department at Burg Simpson. Business owners across the country have suffered from the loss of business income as… Read more »

David TeSelle Discusses Qui Tam Lawsuits

 June 18, 2020

David TeSelle Discusses Qui Tam Lawsuits

David K. TeSelle is a trial lawyer and co-practice group leader with  Burg Simpson’s business and commercial litigation department.  “Do you have confidential information about a company who is cheating the state or federal government out of money, leaving the American taxpayer holding the bag? If so, there is something you can do about it,… Read more »

 June 16, 2020

Shareholder Jacob Burg Discusses Burg Simpson’s Commitment to Pro Bono Work

Jake Burg is a shareholder and a trial lawyer with  Burg Simpson’s personal injury department. “Since the firm’s inception in 1976, Burg Simpson has been committed to providing pro bono legal services to heroes who have dedicated themselves to serving others in times of great need. As an attorney with Burg Simpson, I was proud to… Read more »

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 June 15, 2020

Injured in a Motorcycle Crash? Call Burg Simpson Now

Injured in a Motorcycle Crash? Call Burg Simpson Now Shareholder Stephen J. Burg is a trial lawyer and the practice group leader of the firm’s personal injury department. If you, or someone you know, has been injured in a motorcycle crash, you need someone to be on your side. Insurance companies make huge profits by… Read more »

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