The Top 50 Women Colorado Super Lawyers list features female attorneys from a smorgasbord of practice areas and settings. The same is true for the half dozen women who in 2019 have made the list for the first time — they are practitioners whose specialties range from medical malpractice defense to high-net-worth divorces.
But one thing they all have in common is that while they’re the Colorado Top 50 Women list’s newest faces, they’re no strangers in the state’s legal community.
One such new entry is Erin Webber, who has served as managing share- holder for the Denver and Kansas City offices of Littler Mendelson, the world’s largest firm that exclusively does labor and employment defense.
While she works on a variety of employment cases, Webber is especially versed in disability matters, like those involving the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Webber didn’t always practice employment law. She began her career at a smaller firm in Missouri doing family law, mostly to get courtroom experience. But she wasn’t enchanted by fam- ily law’s subject matter, and once she had the chance to help out with an ADA case the firm’s employment defense lawyer took to trial, Webber discovered where her career interest truly lay.
Besides FMLA and ADA matters, Webber is also busy working on employers’ questions involving arbitration agreements, class-action waivers and workplace harassment issues in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Most of her clients are based outside Colorado, and she regularly works with colleagues throughout Littler’s U.S. locations.
To Webber, the Top 50 Women designation is a group achievement. “This is not just my name on there. It’s the entire team I work with.”
Lisa Leasure, cofounder of professional liability boutique Faraci Leasure in Glendale, also made her first appearance on the Colorado Top 50 Women list for Super Lawyers this year. Her 20-year career has primarily focused on medical cases, which have been a natural fit for Leasure. She has physicians in her family and describes herself as “geekishly interested in all things medical related.”
“I love, love, love what I do because I think [physicians] are people that have very high standards for themselves and they want to do good in the world, so they’re easy clients for me [to get behind],” Leasure said.
Medical cases involve hard work, complex facts and long trials, Leasure said. She’s taken courses over the years through the University of Colorado School of Medicine to have a tighter grasp on various medical subjects.
Med mal defense is an area of law where larger firms can throw their weight around on cases. Leasure said that by contrast, her four-attorney firm prides itself on being efficient, not requiring vast resources or staff to try a case. “We like to call ourselves a lean mean fighting machine.”
Leasure enjoys mentoring younger women attorneys, particularly on how to maintain a healthy personal and family life while achieving success in a trial practice that requires travel and sometimes 80-hour workweeks.