My Experience

I am an an attorney and owner of The Law Office of Jeff Vail LLC. I have experience in trial, arbitration, mediation and appeal, including:

In my career I've established a track record of service and successful execution, both in and out of the courtroom.  As a military intelligence officer, I planned and executed over 200 successful special operations missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In that unforgiving environment, I learned the value of strategic planning, continuous innovation and an uncompromising focus on execution.  Now I apply those skills and experiences to serve my clients.  As an attorney, I have built a track record of success in trial, motions practice, mediation and arbitration, including:
• Prevailed in a two-week franchise dispute arbitration under AAA rules, obtained award to my 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, obtained award to my client of $377,000 plus costs for neligent misrepresentation and breach of contract against corporation and against corporation's primary owners under alter egotheory.
• Defended a business fraud claim at trial and secured dismissal of all claims against my client mid-trial.
• Tried a $1.7 million commercial lease dispute case in Boulder District Court.  While my client admitted liability at the outset of litigation, I conducted the critical cross-examination of the opposing expert witness and secured factual findings in my client's favor resulting in ultimate judgment against my client for less than 6% of trial demand and a fraction of our final pre-trial settlement offer.
• Represented plaintiff in business tort case, conducted eight depositions in four states including deposition of opposing expert witness, settled claims for $2.1 million payment to my client.
• Secured dismissal of high-profile medical monitoring class action brought 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).
• Defended 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.
• Secured dismissal of a civil conspiracy fraud claim against client-hospital under Twombly.
• Obtained summary judgment in my client's favor in a medical interpleader claim.-

As a former intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, I led an 11-person intelligence team that planned over 200 successful special operations missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the combined US-UK seizure of several critical nodes in Iraq’s southern oil export infrastructure. Now I draw on these processes and methods to bring innovation, execution and strategic insight to my litigation practice.
I also speak and write frequently on systems theory, complexity, and geopolitics, and I am actively involved with The Institute for the Study of Energy and Our Future. My speeches and presentations include:
• the Yale Journal of International Law’s 2006 symposium entitled "The New Map: Terrorism in a Post-Crtesian World"
• 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 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"
I received my J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. During law school, I was active in moot court competitions. I 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 competition. I 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.
I received a B.S. in Engineering and History from the United States Air Force Academy in 1999 where I was the John A. Rupp award winner in interdisciplinary studies. While at the Air Force Academy, I participated in an exchange program with the German Air Force Academy and attended the American Institute for Political and Economic Systems in Prague at Charles University, Czech Republic.
University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D.
U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer School
U.S. Air Force Academy, B.S. in Engineering and History, minor in German