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Lawrence Lee

Lawrence Lee

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Lawrence “Larry” Lee 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 commercial and residential contractors, public entities, health care, gig economy, engineering firms, corporations, hospitality/restaurant, retail, commercial real estate, tech industry, law firms and 501(c)(3)s.

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REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Negotiated successful settlements on behalf of employers in five separate wage and hour class action lawsuits.
  • Negotiated successful settlement on behalf of a corporation against an employee’s charge under National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).
  • Co-counseled on behalf of a corporate employer in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)-filed class action based on claims of pattern and practice of gender discrimination.
  • Successfully argued a favorable decision at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals before a three-judge panel on behalf of a school district against an appeal made by a terminated school principal.
  • 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 one of 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.
  • Successful resolution against the EEOC at the conciliation stage in a multi-claimant, pattern and practice charge based on claims of racial discrimination.

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Articles
Speaking Engagements
  • “Collective Bargaining for Counties,” 2022 Colorado County Attorneys Association Winter Conference, Lawrence Lee and Dan Perkins, November 2022
  • “Employment Law Updates in an Evolving Workplace,” IMLA Employment Law Program, Lawrence Lee and Blaine Bengtson, June 2022
  • “Hottest Workplace Issues in 2021/2022,” Elevating the Member Experience: 2021 Downtown Fall Conference for the Club of America, Colorado Chapter
  • “Employment Litigation and COVID-19 Claims”, with Ian Kalmanowitz for Strafford Publishing CLE, November 2020
  • “Generational Differences in the Workplace: Confessions of a GenXer and a Millennial”, Employment Law Conference, Colorado Bar Association, October 2019
  • “Employment Challenges: Prevention of Employment Liability,” Olson & Olson Insurance, 4th Quarter Employment Seminar, October  2019
  • “Considerations and Best Practices for Hiring, Correcting and Firing,” Olson & Olson Insurance, 2nd Quarter Employment Seminar, April 2019
  • “Me too, why it matters and you too should know,” panelist for ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas 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
  • “Recent FLSA Changes: Pay Now or Pay More Later – What You Can Do To Minimize Your Risk”, Marriott Denver, 2016
  • “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