Many employment law practice groups claim to have significant litigation experience, but few can demonstrate that their litigators actually try cases on a consistent basis. Brownstein’s Employment Group attorneys are effective litigators and business lawyers who have tried countless employment and other types of cases throughout their careers. Our collective experience in the courtroom provides a unique perspective and distinct advantage to companies faced with a wide variety of employment-related claims.

The experience of repeatedly defending claims through trial helps us effectively advise clients on whether particular claims should be resolved or defended. We have developed unique pre-litigation strategies designed to resolve cases at an early stage. At trial, we have successfully defended high-profile cases involving alleged violations of federal and state employment laws, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Our group members also have significant experience pursuing and defending claims for breach of restrictive covenants, misappropriation of trade secrets and other business torts.

Through long-term, collaborative partnerships with our clients, we help develop innovative strategies for resolving workplace issues before they lead to costly litigation. We are adept at drafting employer handbook policies, employment contracts and non-compete and confidentiality agreements. We also provide knowledgeable counsel on how to conduct internal audits and investigations. 

Representative Matters
  • Represented an affiliate of Lion Equity Partners, a Denver-based private equity firm, in its acquisition of Homes & Land, an integrated real estate media platform, providing local real estate information throughout the U.S. and parts of Canada.

  • Represented Alliant Energy Services, LLC in its disposition of 100% of the stock of its subsidiary, RMT, Inc. to Infrastructure Energy Services, LLC (IEA).

  • Represented client in connection with class action employment claims brought before the OFCCP and the EEOC and in federal district court and obtained dismissal of these claims in all venues.

  • Represented client company and employees in connection with trade secret and unfair competition claims. Successfully compelled arbitration of virtually all claims and obtained stay of entire action. Forced arbitration in more favorable jurisdiction for our clients. Secured settlement with no monetary payout by our clients and favorable covenants in favor of our clients.

  • Served as on-going outside counsel to The Wellbridge Company in connection with its ownership and operation of health club facilities located in various states. This representation includes corporate structuring; real estate and club acquisition, development and financing; dispositions and leasing; contracts incidental to operations; and coordination of employment and labor matters and litigation prosecution and defense.

  • Representation of two international mining companies with regard to New Mexico corporate income tax and severance tax issues.

  • Provided ERISA and employment advice in connection with Vail Resorts, Inc.'s $63 million acquisition of Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in California.

  • Assisted Graham Packaging Company, L.P. in a $568 million strategic acquisition of another manufacturer and supplier. In the transaction, Graham Packaging Company acquired all of the limited partnership units of the target company from the company's limited partners and all of the stock of each of the company's three corporate general partners from their stockholders. A manufacturer and supplier of technology-based, customized blow molded plastic containers for the branded food and beverage, household, personal care/specialty and automotive lubricants product categories, Graham Packaging Company is a portfolio company of Blackstone Capital Group.

  • Represented Global Employment Solutions, Inc. in the sale of its professional employer organization business division to a financial buyer.

  • Represented Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) in its acquisition of Mountain News Corporation (MNC), which operates the world's most visited online snow sports portal, OnTheSnow.com. Mountain News Corporation is the top provider of snow reports to more than 1,200 web sites throughout the world, including approximately 400 news media websites.

  • Acted as interim general counsel for engineered mineral products company. Brownstein coordinated all company transactional matters, managed litigation and handled human resources matters.

  • Successfully defended claims for hostile work environment, discrimination, retaliation and state law claims brought against EchoStar Communications Corporation, a publicly-traded company in Colorado. The plaintiff, a former employee, alleged that the highest level executives engaged in unlawful behavior and engaged multiple plaintiffs' firms. After a two week trial, the jury returned a complete defense verdict.

  • Represented Critical Homecare Solutions, Inc. in its $8.1 million acquisition involving 100 percent of the capital stock of Infusion Solutions, Inc.. The acquisition was funded by a draw on Critical Homecare Solutions' revolving credit facility with Jefferies Finance, LLC.

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Bill C. Berger Shareholder T 303.223.1178 bberger@bhfs.com
Lisa Hogan Shareholder T 303.223.1185 lhogan@bhfs.com
Christine A. Samsel Shareholder T 303.223.1133 csamsel@bhfs.com
Sarah M. Stettner Associate T 303.223.1246 sstettner@bhfs.com
Adam E. Lyons Shareholder T 505.724.9572 alyons@bhfs.com
Mark T. Barnes Shareholder T 303.223.1165 mbarnes@bhfs.com
Bryce C. Loveland Associate T 702.464.7024 bcloveland@bhfs.com
Adam P. Segal Shareholder T 702.464.7001 asegal@bhfs.com
Jonathan C. Sandler Associate T 310.564.8672 jsandler@bhfs.com
Martine Tariot Wells Associate T 303.223.1213 mwells@bhfs.com