Leif Distad

Leif was born and raised in northern Wyoming and comes from a family with a long history in the fields of law and law enforcement. With family members who were attorneys, police officers, and criminal justice instructors, the practice of law came naturally to Leif. Upon graduation from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, law school was the logical choice and the next step in his professional development.

Leif’s practice style is open, communicative, and he endeavors to help his clients understand and feel comfortable as possible as the navigate through the legal process. He has substantial experience in complex civil litigation, including cases involving product liability, 42 U.S.C. § 1983 excessive force, wrongful imprisonment and other constitutional and civil rights claims, municipal liability, general liability, contract litigation, construction defect, motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, premises liability, catastrophic injury, property loss, and personal injury claims. He represents businesses and individuals, including general contractors and subcontractors, for litigation, corporate, and employment issues.

He has achieved significant results for his clients and was significantly involved in a successful appeal to the 10th Circuit regarding a motion to dismiss a malicious prosecution claim, among others claims, with alleged damages approximating $30 million dollars. That appeal resulted in a reversal favorable to the client and a published decision in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. He has handled dozens of mediations and settlement conferences on behalf of various clients and appeared at hearings in various State and Federal District Courts, including in Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.

Leif is also proud of handling the overall case management, strategy, and day to day work representing a Colorado corporation in a complex negligence, breach of contract, and product liability lawsuit with claimed damages over $117 million dollars, arising out of a petroleum refinery explosion and fire in central Wyoming. As part of that representation, he participated in all aspects of the discovery process and motions practice. Ultimately, the claims against his client were dismissed pursuant to a motion for summary judgment in which he was significantly involved in generating the legal arguments for dismissal and drafting of the motion.

When not practicing law, Leif enjoys spending time with his wife Kate, drawing, painting, traveling, reading about a number of topics, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors of Colorado and northern Wyoming.

Education

  • Valparaiso University School Of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude
  • Weber State University, B.A. in Criminal Justice, emphasis in Portuguese, Summa Cum Laude
  • Study abroad – Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil

Professional Memberships

  • Colorado Defense Lawyer Association

Bar Membership

  • Colorado Bar, No. 42379
  • Wyoming Bar , No. 7-5073
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States District Court for the District of Wyoming
  • 10th Circuit Court of Appeals