Leni Plimpton

(She/her)

Senior Associate

Leni Plimpton

(She/her)

Senior Associate

Leni specializes in commercial litigation, psychedelic law, and employment law. She has a wide breadth of experience in complex commercial litigation, including business disputes, intellectual property, breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, and fraudulent transfer, among others. She has defended individuals and businesses in all stages of litigation. Leni has special expertise in employment law. In addition to defending companies who are sued by their employees, Leni provides HR advice and counseling to companies of all sizes, from small start-ups and family-owned businesses to large multinational corporations. She has counseled companies on a wide variety of workplace matters, including

  • policies and procedures;
  • wage and hour;
  • hiring, firing, and performance management;
  • employment and severance agreements;
  • harassment, discrimination and retaliation;
  • workplace investigations and trainings;
  • Americans With Disabilities Act accommodations;
  • reductions in force;
  • NLRA and union issues; and
  • general counseling and risk assessment.

Leni is a founding member of the Psychedelic Bar Association and is one of the leaders of the firm’s psychedelics practice group. For the past three years, Leni has been included in Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” and Super Lawyers “Rising Stars.”

Prior to joining Fortis in 2018, Leni served as a law clerk for two justices on the Utah Supreme Court and for the former chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. She then joined a global law firm and gained experience working with some of the world’s largest companies.

Practice Areas

  • Employment law
  • Labor law
  • Employment Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Education

  • Juris Doctor, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law – 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts, Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia College – 2007

Professional Affiliations

  • Founding member, Psychedelic Bar Association
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Poverty Law Project, pro bono volunteer attorney

Honors & Awards

Community Activities & Personal Interests

Leni has a very active life with her two young children, two dogs, and two cats. She enjoys gardening at her home in Lakewood. Leni’s husband, John, is a lawyer with the Colorado Public Defender’s Office. They met in contracts class in their first year of law school. When Leni has spare time, she loves checking out stacks of books from the public library, skiing, and baking.

Speeches & Publications

Representative Transactions

  • Won a Tenth Circuit appeal of the dismissal of a technology company’s claims against former employees and their new employer. The Tenth Circuit unanimously ruled in the client’s favor on three of four claims.
  • Assisted with a trial involving a business contract dispute, in which the Fortis team obtained a successful verdict on one claim and a hung jury on the second claim.
  • Won summary judgment dismissing claims of sex and gender discrimination in violation of Title VII and Idaho law alleged by a former employee. Allred v. Home Depot, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110904 (D. Idaho 2019).
  • Won motion to dismiss three of Plaintiff’s five claims in a federal lawsuit where Plaintiff, a white former employee, claimed “reverse” race discrimination and disability discrimination. Cunningham v. Home Depot, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92374 (D. Ariz. 2019).
  • Defended large, multi-state equipment company in Utah contract dispute; negotiated favorable settlement of claims during lengthy private mediation.
  • Obtained favorable settlement, during mediation at the CCRD, of age and disability discrimination claims brought by disgruntled former employee of a technology company.
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