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Jeff Vail - Attorney

Jeff Vail

(303) 800-8237

jvail@vail-law.com 

Jeff Vail is the founder and lead attorney at The Law Office of Jeff Vail LLC.  He has established a track record of service and successful execution, both in and out of the courtroom.  As a military intelligence officer, Mr. Vail was Chief of Intelligence for the 41st Electronic Combat Squadron where he planned and executed over 200 successful special operations missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.  That unforgiving environment provided valuable lessons in strategic planning, continuous innovation, and an uncompromising focus on execution--lessons that now serve his clients.  As an attorney, Mr. Vail has succeeded in trial, motions practice, mediation and arbitration, including:

• Prevailed in a two-week franchise dispute arbitration under AAA rules, obtained award to client in excess of $630,000 against franchisee and owner as alter ego, obtained full release from loan obligations, defeated four million dollar counterclaim.

• Prevailed at an arbitration hearing under AAA rules on claims of neligent misrepresentation and breach of contract.  Obtained an award to client of $377,000 plus costs as well as an alter ego ruling allowing collection against the personal assets of the corporation's owners.

• Defended a business fraud claim as lead attorney, secured dismissal of all claims against client mid-trial.

• Tried a $1.7 million commercial lease dispute case in Boulder District Court as second chair attorney.  While client admitted liability at the outset of litigation, Mr. Vail conducted the critical cross-examination of the opposing expert witness and secured factual findings in client's favor resulting in ultimate judgment of less than 6% of trial demand and a fraction of final pre-trial settlement offer.

• Represented plaintiff in business tort case as second chair attorney, conducted eight depositions in four states including deposition of opposing expert witness, settled claims for $2.1 million payment to client.

• Assisted in securing dismissal of high-profile medical monitoring class action against Fortune 100 hospital services provider.

• Argued Alcivar v. Wynne before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 268 Fed. Appx. 749 (10th Cir. 2008).

• Assisted in defending oil major BP America against antitrust claims in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Compliance Mktg. v. Drug Test, Inc., 2011-1 Trade Cas. P77,464 (D. Colo. 2010); with co-defendants, secured dismissal under Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly.

• As lead attorney, secured dismissal of a civil conspiracy fraud claim against client-hospital under Twombly.

• As lead attorney, obtained summary judgment in my client's favor in a medical interpleader claim.

Jeff Vail is a graduate of the Colorado Bar Association's 2013 Leadership Training Class (COBALT), and speaks and writes frequently on systems theory, complexity, and geopolitics, including:

• 2011 presentation to Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT) program on open-source knowledge management and the use of checklists in litigation

• the Yale Journal of International Law’s 2006 symposium entitled "The New Map: Terrorism in a Post-Cartesian World" 

• the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas 2010 conference entitled "Resilient Suburbia" 

• the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas 2009 conference entitled "The Renewables Gap" 

• the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas 2008 conference entitled "Systems Thinking and the Geopolitics of Energy" 

• the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s 2006 industry conference entitled "Infrastructure Vulnerabilities: Learning from Nigeria" 

• the Interagency Forum on Infrastructure Protection’s 2005 conference entitled "Infrastructure Targeting by Non-State Actors" 

• the FBI’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Committee 2006 annual meeting entitled "Water Infrastructure Vulnerabilities" 

• the Mediterranean Studies Association 2005 conference in Messina, Italy entitled "Processes of Hierarchy, Subsidy, and Control in the Evolution of Empire"

Mr. Vail earned his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. During law school, he was active in moot court competitions, and advanced to the national finals tournament of the ABA’s Appellate Advocacy Competition, took second place in the annual Hoffman Cup trial competition, and won best orator two years in a row in the Barrister’s Cup appellate advocacy competition. He also served as editor and board member of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy and interned for Judges Brian Boatright and Peter Weir in Colorado’s 1st Judicial District.

Mr. Vail earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Engineering and History from the United States Air Force Academy in 1999 where he was the John A. Rupp award winner in interdisciplinary studies. While at the Air Force Academy, he earned a minor in German, participated in an exchange program with the German Air Force Academy and attended the Fund for American Studies program on political and economic theory at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

Education

University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D. 2008

U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer School, 2000

U.S. Air Force Academy, B.S. in Engineering and History, minor in German, 1999

Career

Owner & Attorney, The Law Office of Jeff Vail LLC (2010-present)

Associate Attorney, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP (2008-2010)

Intelligence Specialist (GS-13), U.S. Department of Interior (2004-2008)

Intelligence Officer (Captain), U.S. Air Force (1995-2008)