Leslee K. Balten
Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Business
  • Family Law: divorce; allocation of dissolution; parental responsibility; relocation
Leslee K. Balten
Leslee K. Balten works with pro se parties in mediation to resolve family law conflicts related to divorce and parenting time. Leslee brings a diverse background to her mediation practice. Her work spans civil, family and commercial law, giving her a breadth of knowledge and the ability to help parties effectively navigate and resolve more complex disputes. In addition to her legal and mediation work, Leslee manages Ciancio Ciancio Brown’s Breckenridge office and co-manages our Civil Litigation Group. Leslee is available for mediations in Summit County and the surrounding mountain communities, as well as the Denver metro area.

She first moved to Colorado in 2000 before heading east to earn her J.D. at Vermont Law School. After graduating, Leslee returned home to Colorado to begin her legal career with a clerkship for the Denver District Court. She completed the Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training program in 2015, has been named to Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Star from 2015 to 2018, and is the 7th Region Vice President for the Colorado Bar Association as well as serving on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center.

Outside of work, Leslee loves all outdoor activities. No matter the season, you can find Leslee biking, backpacking, hunting, skiing or river running.

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Business
  • Family Law: divorce; allocation of dissolution; parental responsibility; relocation
Current Employment Positions
  • Of Counsel
Past Positions
  • West Brown Huntley, PC, Associate Attorney
  • Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C., Senior Associate Attorney
  • Donelson Ciancio & Grant, P.C., Associate Attorney
  • Civil and Criminal Law Clerk to the Honorable Catherine A. Lemon, Denver District Court
  • 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
Bar Admissions
  • Colorado, 2008
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2013
Professional Associations
  • Colorado Bar Association (CBA), Member
  • Continental Divide Bar Association, Member
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association , Member
  • Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT), 2015 graduate, 2016 Sessions Planning Committee; 2018 Sessions Planning Committee
  • State of Colorado Bar, 2008
  • 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
  • Recognized in Colorado Super Lawyers, as a Rising Star, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Pro-Bono Activities
  • Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Board of Directors , 2017 to Present
  • Youth on Record, Board of Directors & Governance Committee Chair, 2012 to 2016
  • Broomfield Community Foundation, Board of Directors & Governance Committee Chair, 2012 to 2014
  • Legal Aid of Summit County and Family Intercultural Resource Center volunteer
  • Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Secretary & Governance Committee Chair
Classes / Seminars
  • "Denver Bar Association Court Orientation Program", Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presenter, Law Clerk Panel, November, 2009 to 2010
  • “Renewable Energy Development on Federal Lands”, CLE organizer
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
Fraternities or Sororities
  • Phi Beta Delta