Lawrence L. Lee


Lawrence Lee, a partner in our Denver office, provides employers with practical solutions to difficult workplace issues. He helps his clients comply with the myriad of state and federal employment laws in order to minimize potential liability to their businesses. If an audit, agency action or lawsuit arises, Lawrence applies years of experience to defend his clients and their employment practices.

From wage and hour representation and/or compliance to advice and counsel on employee discipline, Lawrence advises clients on a wide range of workplace and employment issues. He counsels human resource professionals on hiring practices, decisions on whether to terminate, leave administration, and proper pay procedures. He develops employment policies, employee handbooks, employment agreements, and restrictive covenants for corporate clients. When executives need a straight-forward approach to managing workplace risks, Lawrence offers practical alternatives to meet their business objectives.

As an experienced litigator, Lawrence 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 breach of contract claims asserted by former employees. Before entering private practice Lawrence 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.

Lawrence is well-versed in advising clients in a variety of industries, including health care, commercial construction, hospitality/restaurant, tech industry, engineering, retail, public entity, law firms and 501(c)(3)s. He was listed under Employment Litigation and Defense in Super Lawyers in 2014.

Representative Work

In 2012, Lawrence 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 Lawrence obtained in an employment lawsuit filed against the school district in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.  

In 2009, Lawrence was lead counsel in a multi-week federal arbitration that resulted in a successful decision for the corporate employer on claims of age discrimination and retaliation.

In 2008, Lawrence was group counsel in a multi-plaintiff and class action lawsuit in which he teamed with trial counsel 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.

Also in 2008, Lawrence was a member of a litigation team that defended a corporate employer in an EEOC-filed class action based on claims of pattern and practice of gender discrimination.

In another 2008 case, Lawrence was a member of a national team that negotiated against the EEOC at the conciliation stage in a multi-claimant, pattern and practice charge based on claims of racial discrimination.

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado

Court Admissions

Colorado Court of Appeals
Colorado Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. Supreme Court

Reported Cases

Jaramillo v. Adams County School District 14, 680 F.3d 1267 (10th Cir. 2012)

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Member of the Labor and Employment Section
The Family Tree, Board member, Executive Committee member (May 2008-present)
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Member of the Labor and Employment Law Committee
Colorado Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Board member, Chair over Mentor program for younger attorneys, (1996-2000; 2005-present)


Four Attorneys Listed as Colorado Super Lawyers 2015
March 13, 2015


“Can you Light Up Your E-Cig While Working in a Cubicle?”
MainStreet and
By Ellen Chang, Lawrence Lee quoted
June, 2015

“Employment Law Boot Camp, Part I: Handling EEOC Litigation”
The Municipal Lawyer, Vol. 56, No. 2
By Lawrence 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, "High Profile Litigation in Public Employment Lawsuits"
IMLA's Municipal Lawyer
September/October 2009

"The Supreme Court's Employment Law Rulings and A Look Ahead"
IMLA's Municipal Lawyer
November/December 2008

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

Quotes and Soundbites

Should You Smoke Your E-Cigarette at Your Desk?
June 16, 2015

Olympics Translate Into Lost Productivity
July 30, 2012


Denver Breakfast Briefing - Social Media Issues for Public Employers: First Amendment and Other Legal Considerations
November 19, 2015

“Meet the EEOC”
IMLA Annual Conference - Las Vegas, Nevada
October 5, 2015

"Marijuana and E-Cigarettes and Other Smoky Things"
April 29, 2015

"Bullying in the Workplace"
Tennessee Municipal Attorney’s Association
February 27, 2015

“Clearing the Air About Weeds in the Workplace: The Rocky Mountain Way”
IMLA Webinar
October 22, 2014

“Bullying in the Workplace: How to Detect, Prevent and Eliminate”
IMLA Employment Law Webinar
September 13, 2014

“Considerations on Hiring and Firing”
IMLA Employment Law Webinar
June 18, 2014 

"Taking the Bully by the Horns: Understanding and Preventing Workplace Bullying"
May 7, 2014

"Cross Examination of Adverse Expert Witness in Employment Lawsuits"
Mock Jury Trial - ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law Annual CLE Conference - Denver, Colorado
September 11, 2008

"Ethics for the Employment Lawyer in Advertising"
ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee Midwinter Meeting -Tucson, Arizona
March 29, 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
March 17, 2006


Lawrence dedicates his time and energy to give back to his community as a member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of The Family Tree, a non-profit organization that provides shelter and life-training skills for homeless families and teenagers who are victims of abuse, domestic violence or other unfortunate circumstances.


  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, CO
  • University of Denver, Denver, CO

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado