As an experienced employment lawyer with more than 25 years of experience representing employers of all sizes in a variety of industries, Chris focuses on providing cost-effective and personal service to his clients. After serving as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Alfred A. Arraj, he entered private practice, where he was an attorney and partner of some of the best employment law firms in the country. He returned to public service as a prosecutor, handling hundreds of hearings and trying dozens of cases to jury verdict. Before co-founding the Leh Law Group, LLC, he served in the world’s largest employer-side law firm. As a result of these diverse experiences, he serves clients with a full range of skills as a counselor, negotiator, litigator, and trial attorney. Chris and his wife Natalie, an intellectual property litigator, are active in community affairs, have two daughters, and live in Louisville, Colorado.
Jim retired after 27 years as a Colorado District Court judge of the Thirteenth Judicial District, 17 years of which he spent as Chief District Judge.
He presided over thousands of bench trials and hearings, and hundreds of jury trials. He also conducted settlement conferences. In his last Judicial Performance Survey before stepping off the bench, 98% of the attorneys and 75% of non-attorneys surveyed favored his retention (compared to state-wide averages of 70% and 68%, respectively). In 2004, he was a co-recipient of the Colorado Judicial Institute’s Judicial Excellence Award and the Colorado Judicial Department’s Outstanding Judicial Officer Award.