Lee Mickus defends manufacturers and other business interests in product liability and tort lawsuits around the country, guiding cases through the discovery, trial, and appeal stages. He has successfully tried cases to juries in Colorado, Texas, California, New York, Puerto Rico, Montana, and several other states. Lee has handled cases involving a wide variety of industries and products, including automobiles, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, industrial machinery, wine, and recreational equipment. Lee has made court appearances, argued appeals, and submitted amicus briefs in numerous jurisdictions across the country.
The University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1993)
Williams College (B.A. cum laude, 1990)
Exeter College, Oxford University (1988-1989)
United States Supreme Court
Supreme Court of Colorado
Supreme Court of Montana
Supreme Court of Texas
Supreme Court of Wyoming
United States District Court, District of Colorado
United States District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
United States District Court, Western District of Arkansas
United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
United States District Court, Montana
United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
United States District Court, Western District of Texas
United States District Court for Wyoming
United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
“Georgia Supreme Court’s Doubts on Seat Belt Gag Rule’s Constitutionality Puts Legislature on Notice,” Washington Legal Foundation Legal Opinion Letter (July 29, 2022).
“Trial Court’s Evidentiary Ruling in ‘Natural Vanilla’ Class Action Reflects Need for Changes to Rule 702,” Washington Legal Foundation Legal Opinion Letter (November 12, 2021).
“Stop Calling Them ‘Daubert Motions’: Federal Rule of Evidence 702 and Why Words Matter,” Washington Legal Foundation Working Paper No. 221 (August 2021) (with Abigail Dodd).
Opening the Courts to Seat Belt Non-Use Evidence,” Author, Law 360 Expert Analysis Online Website (December 24, 2015).
“Fifty-State Compendium on the Law of Punitive Damages,” Contributing Author for Colorado, Defense Research Institute (2009).
“New Statutes Change Civil Litigation in Colorado,” Co-Author, 33 Colo. Lawyer 65 (May 2004).
“To Beep or Not to Beep: The Optional Equipment Defense,” Co-Author, 19 LJN’S Product Liability Law & Strategy 4 (April 2001).
“Discovery of Work Product Disclosed to a Testifying Expert Under the 1993 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” Author, 27 Creighton L. Rev. 773 (1994) (cited in five published federal and state court cases and more than a dozen law review articles, and treatises).
Colorado Civil Justice League
President, 2009-2010; 2015
Board of Directors
Legal Advisory Board
Lawyers for Civil Justice – Co-Chair, Rule 702 Committee
International Association of Defense Counsel
Defense Research Institute
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
Lawyers for Civil Justice “Alfred W. Cortese Jr. Award,” given for “outstanding contributions to the promotion of excellence and fairness in the United States civil justice system” (2020)
Lawyers for Civil Justice Outstanding Contributor (2017)
Colorado Civil Justice League’s “Lawyer of the Year” (2005)
The Best Lawyers in America®, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (2008 – Present); Production Liability Litigation – Defendants (2015 – present)
5280 Magazine Top Lawyers, Personal Injury: Defense (2015-Present)
Colorado Super Lawyers®, Personal Injury Defense: Products (2009-Present)
Martindale Hubbell, AV Rated