Colby L. Balkenbush

Colby L. Balkenbush

Kolesar & Leatham
400 S. Rampart Blvd.,
Suite 400 Las Vegas, NV 89145

Mr. Balkenbush’s litigation practice is focused on complex civil litigation in both state and federal court involving breach of contract actions, property and construction disputes, and surety related litigation involving deposit bonds and performance bonds.

He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree, magna cum laude, in English Literature from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in 2010. While in undergrad, he worked as a sports writer for the Reno Gazette Journal, the main daily newspaper in Reno, Nevada, and covered high profile events such as the Reno-Tahoe Open, the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, and the World Series of Poker. Mr. Balkenbush speaks fluent German and spent a year studying German history and economics at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

Mr. Balkenbush earned his Juris Doctor from the UNLV, William S. Boyd School of Law in 2013, where he graduated magna cum laude. During law school, Mr. Balkenbush was an Articles Editor for the Nevada Law Journal and worked as an extern for Judge Nancy Allf in the Eighth Judicial District Court.

• Member, State Bar of Nevada
• Big Brothers Big Sisters, Volunteer/Mentor, 2014-present
• Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada’s Children’s Advocacy Program, Volunteer Attorney, 2013-present

Awards • Honors • Recognitions
• Merit Based Full Tuition Academic Scholarship for Law School
• CALI Awards (Highest Grade in a Single Class): Constitutional Law II, Real Estate Finance, Lawyering Process III: Litigation, and Conflicts of Law

Representative Matters
• As counsel to the Clark County School District, Mr. Balkenbush successfully litigated a breach of performance bond action against a large surety resulting in the recovery of $5 million in liquidated damages, one of the largest recoveries ever for a public entity in Nevada.
• As counsel to a large corporate client, Mr. Balkenbush successfully voided a multi-million dollar construction contract based on certain licensing issues.
• As counsel to a local developer, Mr. Balkenbush successfully sued the project architect for breaching its contractual and fiduciary duties to the developer by accepting a bribe/kickback in return for recommending the developer hire an unlicensed contractor.  The suit resulted in the client recovering $495,000 from the project architect.
• As counsel to one of the largest public entities in Nevada, Mr. Balkenbush successfully invalidated an arbitration clause in the parties’ contract related to a multi-million dollar construction dispute.