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Colby Merlound Lessmann

Litigation Attorney at Sioux City, IA

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Attorney Colby Lessmann is a lawyer that was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa, and is a graduate of Sioux City North High School. Colby graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Business (B.S., 1996) and School of Law (J.D., 1999). During his law school education, he published a casenote in the South Dakota Law Review (1998) and was both the Managing Editor and the Production Editor for Volume 44 of the South Dakota Law Review (1998-1999). After graduating from Law School, Colby clerked for Justice Robert Amundson of the South Dakota Supreme Court in Pierre, South Dakota. In August 2000, upon completion of his clerkship, Colby returned to practice law in Sioux City, Iowa, where he practices in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota in the areas of Personal Injury (i.e. car accidents, motorcycle crashes, dram shop, slips and falls, dog bites, etc.), General Litigation, Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Probate, Will Contests, Corporate/Business Law Matters, Landlord Tenant Law, and Collections.

Colby is a member of the State Bar Associations for Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.  He is a member of the Probate Section for the Iowa Bar Association, the Woodbury County (Iowa) and Dakota County (Nebraska) Bar Associations, as well as a member of the Iowa Trust and Estate Council and the Iowa Association for Justice (formerly Iowa Trial Lawyers Association).  He is also licensed to practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Iowa, the District of Nebraska, the District of South Dakota, the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the United States Supreme Court.

The law office of Attorney Colby Lessmann is located in the downtown Historic Williges Building located at 613 Pierce Street, Sioux City, Iowa 51101.  Come in and see us!

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Licensed for 22 years
State NE
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 10/14/2022
State IA
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 09/14/2022
State SD
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 06/23/2015

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Vriezelaar, Tigges, Edgington, Bottaro, Boden & Lessmann Law Firm
613 Pierce Street
Sioux City, IA, 51101

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Posted by Donna | February 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!!!
My daughter recommended Colby Lessmann to do my estate plan because she was really impressed with how he helped her consider different scenarios for her and her daughter in the immediate future and for the far distant future. She was absolutely right! Colby was very professional and incredibly in tune with my wants, needs, and the various possibilities. I would highly recommend Colby to anyone looking for a good Estate Planning Attorney!
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Posted by Mary | July 11, 2020
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Excellent Attorney
Colby, did an excellent job on our estate planning. Not only did he come to us in South Dakota he explained things in a manner that we could understand. We have referred him to family and friends. He’s the best.
Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Colby Lessmann represented me, as the plaintiff, in a complicated equity case. Colby brilliantly sorted through a mountain of evidence, including fraud and deception and presented the court in a clear and convincing manner. The burden of proof was on us. In every step, from exhibits filed, the pretrial brief and 2 day hearing; Colby demonstrated excellent legal understanding and the presentation skills in the courtroom were astounding. I was astounded by the legal case citation that supported every facet of the case. We were 5000% victorious. I highly recommend Colby Lessmann.
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Posted by Alicia | May 29, 2019
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Excellent Attorney!
Colby was absolutely the best when it came to setting up my estate plan. He made sure I thought of every possible scenario to ensure that my baby girl would be taken care of in the event that this or that happened. Every "what if" was identified, which took a tremendous load off my shoulders. He took the time to answer all of my questions and explain in plain detail how the legal system worked and how my choices could affect me and/or my daughter in the long run. Colby was a great asset through the entire process and I would ABSOLUTELY recommend him to everyone.
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Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2019
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District Manager GCC Alliance Concrete
Colby did an outstanding job resolving our case. He quickly got up to speed on the details of the situation and the technical side of the situation as well. Colby was great to work with and was easy to keep in contact with as the case progressed. I would refer him and the firm to anyone needing solid representation. mb.
Posted by Gary | May 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very satisfied
Colby represented me on a post-probate will dispute that was brought by a sibling to change my father's will. I am located in another state, but needed somebody in Sioux City to represent me in a local court where the lawsuit was filed. Colby is very personable and easy to talk to. He knows the law and has great experience. I was very satisfied with his representation.
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Posted by Kevin | May 17, 2019
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The Best
Colby is very knowledgeable in Estate Planning, Probate, and Litigation. During the initial consultation, it became apparent that he was an excellent and well versed attorney in these areas of law. He stayed in contact, and was "on top" of the process. I highly recommend Colby for assisting in any aspect of the above. I was very satisfied.
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Posted by Monica | May 16, 2019
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Great lawyer.
I would highly recommend Colby. He was very professional but also was able to bring the conversation down to a level that those of us not in the law profession could understand. He met with me everytime I asked, and also answered every phone call and email promptly. He took care of my husband's estate, and even though we had a few extra issues, he made it easy for me. I would definitely hire him again.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Vriezelaar, Tigges, Edgington, Bottaro, Boden & Lessmann Law Firm
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Munger, Reinschmidt & Denne, LLP
  • 2000 - 2010
  • Law Clerk
  • South Dakota Supreme Court
  • 1999 - 2000

Education

  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of South Dakota
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • In the Matter of the Estate of Larry M. Olson (Iowa 2021)
  • Jury verdict in favor of Defendants
  • In the Matter of the Estate of Strong, 791 N.W.2d 427, Iowa 2010
  • Court found substantial evidence existed for creditor's claim.
  • Condon Auto Sales & Service, Inc. v. Siouxland Auto Auction, et al. 715 N.W.2d 769 (Iowa 2006)
  • Jury Verdict in favor of Plaintiff, Condon Auto
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Associations

  • Food Bank of Siouxland
  • Board Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Siouxland Estate Planning Council, Inc.
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • National Association of Estate Planners & Councils
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Siouxland Center for Active Generations
  • Member of Board of Directors
  • 2019 - Present
  • Iowa Trust & Estate Council
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Nebraska Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Iowa Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • South Dakota Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Woodbury County (Iowa) Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top-Listed City Awards (Total Lawyers in Sioux City: 5 lawyers)
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Best Law Firms (Metropolitan Tier 2–Personal Injury Litigation)
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Best Law Firms (Metropolitan Tier 2 – Trusts & Estates Law)
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Top-Listed City Awards (Total Lawyers in Sioux City: 4 lawyers)
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Best Law Firm - Trusts & Estates Law (Metropolitan Tier 2)
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Client Champion - Gold
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2022
  • Best Law Firm - Trusts & Estates Law (Metropolitan Tier 3)
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • Client Champion - Silver
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Client Champion - Silver
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) Designation
  • National Association of Estate Planners & Councils
  • 2020
  • Published Case Note - Volume 43
  • South Dakota Law Review
  • 1998
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Publications

  • South Dakota Law Review
  • Third Party Bad Faith Refusals to Settle in Nielsen v. Boos
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • IAJ Personal Injury Seminar
  • Guardianship / Conservatorship Update: New Procedural Hurdles to Settling Cases For Minors and Incapacitated Clients
  • 2022
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Trusts & Wills
  • 2019
  • Annual Meeting
  • Elective Share in Iowa Probate - Update
  • 2013
  • Annual Meeting
  • Lessons Learned in Efiling in Iowa
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Colby has a great ability to get to the heart of the matter. Great writer and researcher. He works hard and is very personable."
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Sioux City Litigation Lawyer Colby Merlound Lessmann
Colby Merlound Lessmann
Litigation Attorney
Sioux City, IA
Licensed for 22 years
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