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Leslee K. Balten

Breckenridge, Colorado
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Ms. Balten’s professional background is a diverse combination of civil litigation, family law, and business transactional matters.  Her family law practice focuses on dissolution of marriage actions, post-decree modifications of parental responsibility, and relocation matters.  Ms. Balten’s diverse background provides her a unique ability to help her client’s navigate complex and emotional litigation .

Raised in Michigan, Ms. Balten first moved to Breckenridge, Colorado in 2000 and enjoyed several snow seasons before she headed east to attend Vermont Law School, which is consistently ranked as one of the top law programs in the nation.  After completing her J.D., Ms. Balten returned to Colorado to clerk for the Honorable Catherine A. Lemon of the Denver District Court.  Ms. Balten then worked in a civil private practice in the Denver metro area until returning to Breckenridge in 2016.  Leslee is a graduate of the 2015 Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT) and was named as a Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2015 – 2018.  Leslee’s practice areas include general civil litigation, real estate, business, and family law matters.

During her free time, you can find Leslee enjoying all things outdoors including skiing, river running, biking, backpacking, or hunting. In undergrad, Leslee honed her mountain skills on the  Michigan State Ski Team.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Business
  • Family Law – Divorce; Allocation of Dissolution; Parental Responsibility; Relocation

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2008
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2013


  • Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont
    • J.D. – 2007
    • Honors: With High Honors
  • Michigan State University
    • B.A. – 2000
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Phi Beta Delta
    • Honors: Michigan State Ski Team
    • Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science – International Studies

Published Works

  • “Up in Smoke: Can Colorado Employers Prohibit Marijuana Use?,” Colorado Law Week, June 2013
  • “The Successor Employer Doctrine: Who is Liable for Employment Claims When the Employer Entity Changes Hands?,” Co-Authored Article for Colorado Law Week, May 2012
  • “Departments Review of Legal Resources: International Development Law – Rule of Law, Human Rights, & Global Finance,” Book Review for Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 39, No. 6, June 2010


  • “Denver Bar Association Court Orientation Program,” Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Presenter, Law Clerk Panel, November 2009 – 2010
  • “Renewable Energy Development on Federal Lands,” CLE Organizer

Honors and Awards

  • Colorado Super Lawyers, “Rising Star,” 2015 – 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association (CBA)
  • Continental Divide Bar Association
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA)
  • Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT), Graduate, 2015, Sessions Planning Committee, 2016 – 2018

Past Employment Positions

  • West Brown Huntley, PC , Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Donelson Ciancio & Grant, P.C., Broomfield, Colorado
  • Civil and Criminal Law Clerk to the Honorable Catherine A. Lemon, Denver District Court, Denver, Colorado
  • Cascade Land Conservancy, Law Clerk, Seattle, Washington
  • International Service for Human Rights, Liaison to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, New York, New York
  • Belgravia Group, Ltd., Law Clerk, Chicago, Illinois

Pro Bono Activities

  • Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Board of Directors, 2017 – Present
  • Youth on Record, Board of Directors & Governance Committee Chair, 2012 – 2016
  • Broomfield Community Foundation, Board of Directors & Governance Committee Chair, 2012 – 2014
  • Legal Aid of Summit County and Family Intercultural Resource Center, Volunteer
  • Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Secretary & Governance Committee Chair


  • Phi Beta Delta

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