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Lawrence Lee
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Larry provides employers with the best practical and compliant solutions to difficult workplace issues. He helps his clients comply with state and federal employment laws in order to minimize potential liability to their businesses and operations. If an audit, agency action or lawsuit arises, Larry applies years of experience to defend his clients and their employment practices to the best resolution possible.

He represents employers on potential and actual claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, misclassification of workers or wages, workplace safety citations as well as employment contract issues. Further, Larry provides advice on hiring practices, decisions to discipline or terminate, proper pay procedures and OSHA and workplace safety issues.

If called upon, he assesses cases and counsels on best practices, updates employment policies and handbooks, and restrictive covenants for corporate clients. When management needs a straight-forward approach to managing workplace risks, Larry offers practical alternatives to meet their business objectives while providing protective measures for his clients.

As an experienced litigator, Larry has successfully tried employment lawsuits before juries, judges and arbitrators. He defends employers in federal and state courts as well as administrative proceedings against claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation as well as claims of breach of contract and alleged violations of federal and state wage laws asserted by former employees.

Larry is well-versed in representing clients in a variety of industries, including health care, retail, commercial and residential construction, commercial real estate, hospitality/ restaurant, tech industry, engineering, public entity, law firms and 501(c)(3)s.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  •  Won a decision before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a school district against an appeal made by a terminated school principal. This appeal emanated from a summary judgment victory Larry obtained in an employment lawsuit filed against the school district in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.
  • Served as lead counsel in a multi-week federal arbitration that resulted in a successful decision for the employer on claims of age discrimination and retaliation.
  • Served as group counsel in a multi-plaintiff and class action lawsuit in a four week jury trial in the U.S. Eastern District Court of California on claims of race discrimination resulting in a favorable verdict.
  • Defended a corporate employer in an EEOC-filed class action based on claims of pattern and practice of gender discrimination.
  • Negotiated against the EEOC at the conciliation stage in a multi-claimant, pattern and practice charge based on claims of racial discrimination.

OF NOTE

Before entering private practice Larry served as a senior employment attorney in employment and litigation for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, and the Adams County and Arvada City Attorney’s offices in Colorado specializing in defending employment discrimination lawsuits and advising public officials on workplace matters.

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Articles

  • “Opioid Abuse in the Workplace: Not Just Another Day in Employers Paradise” IMLA Newsletter, Summer 2017
  •  “Recent FLSA Changes: Pay Now or Pay More Later – What You Can Do To Minimize Your Risk”, 2016
  •  “What Does the Chipotle Decision Mean for Employee discipline for Certain Social Media Activity?”, By Larry Lee and Bruce Anderson, Charter School Focus, Summer 2016
  •  “Do’s and Don’ts of Hiring for Charter School Decision Makers”, Charter Focus, Spring 2016
  • “Do’s and Don’ts for Employers to Consider for the Holidays”, Colorado Brewers Guild’s Newsletter: Colorado State of Craft Beer, December 7, 2015
  • “Writing on the Wall For Title VII”, By Doug Chartier, Larry Lee Quoted, Law Week Colorado, August 2015
  • “Can you Light Up Your E-Cig While Working in a Cubicle?”, MainStreet and MainStreet.com
  • “Employment Law Boot Camp, Part I: Handling EEOC Litigation”, The Municipal Lawyer, Vol. 56, No. 2, By Larry Lee and Daniel Perkins, May/June 2015
  • “Workplace Safety and OSHA”, Craft Brewer’s Guild, April 2015
  • “Avoiding Harassment in the Workplace”, Craft Brewer’s Guild, January 2015
  • “Employment Law Boot Camp, Part I: When the EEOC Comes Knocking”, The Municipal Lawyer, Vol. 56, No. 1
  • “The Lingering Effects of Pre-Approval to the NFL and former Player’s Settlement”, Concussion Litigation Reporter, Vol. 3. No. 3, September 2014
  • “The Family Medical Leave Act Diaspora: Evolving Challenges for Public Employers”, The Municipal Lawyer, Vol. 55, No. 3, July 2014
  • Co-Author, “Hiring and Firing-a Dose of Caution for 2014”, The Municipal Lawyer, Vol. 55, No. 2, March/April 2014
  • “Anti-Bullying Policies Urged”, Law Week Colorado, Corporate Counsel Insight, November 25, 2013
  • Midyear Update On The NLRB’s Offensive Against Nonunion Employers, Law Week Colorado, May 20, 2013
  • “Arbitration Agreements: High Court Opens Doors to Class-Action Waivers”, Law Week Colorado, May 30, 2011
  • “The Supreme Court’s 2010 Upcoming Employment Law Docket”, The Municipal Lawyer, Vol. 51, No. 5, September/October 2010
  • “NFL Faces Congressional Pressure on Player Head Injuries”, A.B.A. Labor and Employment Law Newsletter, Summer 2010, Volume 38, Number 4, at 11
  • “Employers To Face Multi-Front Assault From Washington”, Law Week Colorado, May 31, 2010
  • “Review of the Supreme Court’s Employment Law Rulings”, IMLA’s Municipal Lawyer, November/December 2009
  • Co-Author, “Equal Protection Class-of-One Claims Rejected in Public Employment”, ABA Labor & Employment Law Newsletter, Summer 2008, Volume 36
  • “Avoiding Workplace Free Speech Claims in the Upcoming Election”, IMLA’s Municipal Lawyer, September/October 2008
  • “Dukes v. Wal-Mart: The Largest Employment Class Action”, ABA Labor & Employment Law Newsletter, Summer 2007, Volume 35
  • Co-Author, “Ethical Obligations of Legal Counsel Regarding Ex Parte Communications in Employment Litigation”, IMLA’s Municipal Lawyer, May/June 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • “Me too, why it matters and you too should know, ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, 2018
  • “Best Workplace Filing Practices and Systems for Document and Evidentiary Preservation,” Denver 2018
  • “Workplace Harassment, best practices for prevention,” CBA Women in Banking Conference, 2018
  • New Challenges for HR in 2018 Seminar, Sports Authority Field, Denver, 2018
  • “The Dos and Don’ts of Terminating Employees During the Holiday Season,” December 2017
  • “Management of Diversity/Inclusion in the Workplace”, Aurora, CO, 2017
  • “Financial and Other Considerations Before Terminating an Employee”, Denver, 2017
  • “Damages of Opioid Use in the Workplace”, Chicago, 2017
  • “Prescription Medication in the Workplace”, Denver Breakfast Briefing, Denver, 2017
  • “Denver’s Labor and Employment Law Update”, Sports Authority Field, Denver, 2017
  • “How Millennial Are You? Understanding Generational Differences For Workplace Success”, Denver Human Resources Academy, 2016
  • “Best Practices in Hiring and Firing”, Denver 2016 Human Resources Academy, 2016
  • “How Millennial Are You? Understanding Generational Differences For Workplace Success”, Denver, 2016
  • “Denver One Day, Many Solutions Seminar” EEOC/CCRD Update, Denver 2016
  • “Reasons Why to Update your Employee Handbooks and Policies in 2016″, IMLA Employment Law Webinar, 2016
  • “Pay Me Right $ or Pay Me Later $$$”, Colorado League of Charter Schools, Broomfield, 2016
  • “Getting Your House in Order: What You Need to Know to Excel as a New Lawyer”, 2016
  • “Social Media Issues for Public Employers: First Amendment and Other Legal Considerations”, Denver Breakfast Briefing, 2015
  • “Meet the EEOC”, IMLA Annual Conference – Las Vegas, Nevada, 2015
  • “Marijuana and E-Cigarettes and Other Smoky Things”, Denver, 2015
  • “Bullying in the Workplace”, Tennessee Municipal Attorney’s Association, 2015
  • “Clearing the Air About Weeds in the Workplace: The Rocky Mountain Way” IMLA Webinar, 2014
  • “Bullying in the Workplace: How to Detect, Prevent and Eliminate”, IMLA Employment Law Webinar, 2014
  • “Considerations on Hiring and Firing”, IMLA Employment Law Webinar, 2014
  • “Taking the Bully by the Horns: Understanding and Preventing Workplace Bullying”, 2014
  • “Cross Examination of Adverse Expert Witness in Employment Lawsuits”, Mock Jury Trial – ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law Annual CLE Conference – Denver, Colorado, 2008
  • “Ethics for the Employment Lawyer in Advertising”, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee Midwinter Meeting -Tucson, Arizona, 2008
  • “Ex Parte Communications and Ethical Issues for Labor and Employment Counsel”, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee Midwinter Meeting – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 2006

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  • The Family Tree, emeritus board member, former board and executive committee member, May 2008-2016
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, 2015-2018
  • Colorado Asian Pacific American Bar Association, past board member, prior chair of the mentor program for younger attorneys, 1996-2000; member, 2005-present

RECOGNITIONS

  • Super Lawyer, Employment Litigation and Defense, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018
  • PRACTICE AREAS
  • EDUCATION
  • LICENSED IN

PRACTICE AREAS

Employment & Labor Law
Employment Litigation
Executive Compensation
Employment Class Action & FLSA Litigation
OSHA and Workplace Safety

EDUCATION

University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D. 1993
University of Denver, B.A., Economics 1987

LICENSED IN

Colorado

Colorado Securities Commissioner Loses Important Case Interpreting Definition of ‘Security’

(Originally published December 1, 2015) by Paul Vorndran Denver District Court recently determined that oil and gas joint venture interests promoted by Colorado companies HEI Resources, Inc. and Heartland Energy Development Corporation were not securities under the Colorado Securities Act. On October 17, 2013 following an intensely contested case brought by the Colorado Securities Commissioner, […]

Definition of ‘Note’ in Colorado Securities Act Limited

(Originally published March 17, 2016) by Paul Vorndran The Colorado Court of Appeals reversed a criminal conviction for securities fraud pursuant to C.R.S. § 11-51-501(1)(b) finding the trial court erred in refusing to give a proffered instruction that not all promissory notes are securities for purposes of the Colorado Securities Act (CSA).  In People v. Mendenhall, 363 […]

Tax Traps for the Unwary

TAX TRAPS FOR THE UNWARY – EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION ISSUES IN M&A TRANSACTIONS (PART I: SECTION 280G) By Charles E. Wern, JD, LLM and D. Laird Blue, JD, LLM, Shareholders, Jones & Keller, PC Changes to the U.S. regulatory landscape and corporate tax law structure could spark increased M&A deal activity and strategic partnering in the banking […]

Jones & Keller President Brad H. Hamilton in Independent Banker

President of Jones & Keller and well-known securities attorney, Brad H. Hamilton, was quoted by Independent Banker in an article by Karen Epper Hoffman on the need for community banks to understand cybersecurity issues; how to provide cybersecurity direction at board meetings and executive events; learning to present online security issues in basic terms; introducing […]

Denver Business Journal Recognizes Jones & Keller, P.C. Women in Law

We are pleased to announce our women attorneys at Jones & Keller were covered in the April 27th edition of the Denver Business Journal, Women in Law. Congratulations to our attorneys, and thank you to the Denver Business Journal for focusing our attention to the important role they possess in our community.

Christopher R. Johnson Speaks on Cybersecurity and the Community Bank

Jones & Keller attorney, Christopher R. Johnson, will be presenting a continuing legal education program on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 as part of the Colorado Bar Association’s Financial Institutions Subsection CLE Luncheon Series. Christopher will speak on the evolution of state and federal cybersecurity regulatory regimes applicable to financial institutions including community banks, available compliance […]

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