Practice Areas: All Aspects of family law and domestic matters emphasizing high net worth and/or complex family law matters, and litigation
- Family Law
- Allocation of Parental Responsibilities
- Post Decree Modification and Enforcement
- Grandparents’ Rights
- Colorado (1984)
- United States District Court for District of Colorado
- United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
- J.D., University of Denver, Sterm College of Law (1984)
- University of Colorado, Cum Laude (1980)
- Member, Colorado Bar Association
- Member, Douglas/Elbert
- Voices of Victims, Board of Directors, 2010 - present
- Member, Community Corrections Board, 18th Judicial District, 2005-2012
- Roxborough Park Metropolitan District, Board of Directors
- Past President and Vice-President, Parent Teacher Involvement Committee, Roxborough Elementary
- Executive Leadership, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard, 2008
- Leadership Program of the Rockies, 2009
- Mediation Training, 40 hours
HECKENBACH SUAZO LLP
7400 East Orchard Road, Suite 3025N
Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111
Telephone: 303-858-8000 | Fax: 303-858-8001
Telephone: 303-858-8000 | Fax: 303-858-8001
Leslie began her legal career as a Deputy District Attorney at the Denver District Attorney’s Office where she had interned during her last year of law school. Leslie started in county court and worked her way through the juvenile division to district court. While at the District Attorney’s Office, Leslie handled hundreds of criminal cases and conducted dozens of jury trials, including 10 first degree murder trials. She gained invaluable litigation experience during her 8 years at the District Attorney’s Office.
In 1992, Leslie left the Denver prosecutor’s office and formed the law firm, Chambers, Dansky & Hansen, P.C., where she was a partner. Leslie and her partners developed a litigation firm that specialized in family law, criminal defense, and employment law. Leslie handled dozens of divorce cases and settled most of them, but litigated those that were necessary. She worked with families as a guardian ad litem for children whose parents were divorcing and was regularly appointed to this position by Denver judges with whom she had worked as a prosecutor. She represented domestic violence victims and grandparents seeking custody of their grandchildren. In 2000, Leslie started her own firm, Leslie Hansen, PC. and continued to focus exclusively on family law. Leslie continued her advocacy on behalf of children and families and handled all types of domestic relations cases.
Leslie went back into public service in 2005, when she became the Assistant District Attorney at the District Attorney’s Office for the 18th Judicial District. Leslie supported the District Attorney in developing and implementing office policy; managed the Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln County offices; participated in all employee management decisions; interfaced with all 26 law enforcement agencies and the 4 Boards of County Commissioners; mentored deputy district attorneys; and provided communication and interaction with the constituents of the judicial district. Leslie selected and presented cases to the district and county grand juries. She served as the District Attorney’s representative on the Community Corrections Board, and with the Mental Health Court and Drug Court. Leslie was the Chair of the District Attorney’s Inclusiveness Committee and was the office representative to the U.S. Attorney, District Attorney and Attorney General working group at the Center for Legal Inclusiveness. Leslie has testified before the state legislature on matters relating to sentencing laws and juvenile law and has spoken to community groups about all aspects of criminal law.
Leslie’s background as a prosecutor with extensive litigation experience gives her a unique perspective on family law cases. She knows that it is usually best for couples involved in a dissolution of marriage or a dissolution of a civil union to settle their case by reaching an agreement they can both live with, without resorting to litigation. When there are children involved, their best interests must be the number one priority for the parents and for the family law attorney. Leslie is a firm believer in, and an advocate for, shared parenting where both parents have a loving and nurturing relationship with their children and both are actively involved in parenting responsibilities. Whenever possible, couples should decide how to divide their assets and debts and decide what is best for their children as co-parents. However, in those cases where litigation is the best alternative, Leslie has the skill set to prepare and manage your case for trial. With over 30 years of experience she is comfortable in the courtroom, knows the rules of evidence and has appeared in front of judges throughout the state. Leslie brings the right combination of strength and compassion to the practice of family law.