On June 17, 2021, attorneys Adam O’Brien, Paul Dinkelmeyer, and Christopher Unger achieved summary judgment in three consolidated cases for Auto-Owners Insurance Company. In U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Judge William J. Martinez granted Auto-Owners’ Motion for Summary Judgment dismissing all claims in all three consolidated cases: Ma, et al. v. Auto-Owners Insurance […]

Use It or Lose It Vacation Policies Are Void.

The Colorado Supreme Court decided Nieto v. Clark’s Market on June 14, 2021. The Court found that earned and determinable vacation pay cannot be forfeited. Vacation or PTO time is considered wages under the Colorado Wage Claim Act and must be paid upon the employee’s separation from employment. This presents some tricky questions for employers. […]

Kathryn Starnella has been selected to serve as the Colorado Women’s Bar Association’s (CWBA’s) President-Elect from 2021-2022, and as President from 2022-2023. Ms. Starnella was sworn in during the CWBA’s virtual annual Convention on May 21, 2021. The CWBA is the largest diversity bar association in Colorado and one of the most influential women’s bar […]

Welcome to Summer Law Clerk Oishieka Moitra!

The Firm welcomes Oishieka Moitra as our firm’s law clerk for the summer of 2021.  The Firm is a proud supporter of the Colorado Pledge for Diversity, in which Ms. Moitra is a participant.  Ms. Moitra has completed her first year of law school at the University of Colorado—Boulder.

Congratulations to Kathryn Starnella on her selection to the Membership of our Firm effective June 1, 2021. She has been with the Firm since 2018. Kathryn’s practice focuses on trial-level defense litigation and civil appeals in federal and state court in the areas of civil rights, employment law, products liability, insurance defense, and other commercial […]

Yesterday, Kathryn Starnella moderated the panel session, “From Bystander to Upstander: How to Respond to Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession”, a panel discussion on gender-based workplace harassment, gender stereotyping, and practical tools for interrupting and addressing these behaviors. Panel members included the Honorable S. Kato Crews, United States District Court Magistrate Judge, J. Ryan […]

Mark Neider moderated a virtual presentation

On February 23, 2021, Mark Neider moderated a virtual presentation sponsored by the Colorado School Districts Self Insurance Pool entitled “Avoiding Pitfalls Before, During, & After Construction Projects.” This first module focused on the preconstruction phase of a school construction or remodel project and the vehicles used to manage risks during that phase of the […]

Cathy Havener Greer was interviewed by Law Week Colorado

Cathy Havener Greer was interviewed by Law Week Colorado in November 2020 and discussed the challenges and opportunities facing employers in Colorado in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite changes to the litigation landscape, the firm’s employment team remains busy both defending employers in litigation and in counseling employers about the many recent updates […]

Congratulations to Mark A. Neider!

Congratulations to Mark A. Neider for his selection to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators.  Selection is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional trial attorneys in high value, high stakes legal matters.  Less than one-half percent of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor. Read the […]

In Department of Corrections v. Stiles, 2020 CO 90, announced on December 21, 2020, the Colorado Supreme Court clarified the standard of review applicable to an ALJ’s evaluation of a state entity’s employee disciplinary decision.  The Court’s syllabus of the decision provides: “After a certified state employee’s random urinalysis tested positive for marijuana, he was […]

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