Lawrence L. Lee

Partner

Lawrence Lee is a partner in the Denver office. His practice focuses on employment litigation, counseling, and defending employers against claims of discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination and harassment, as well as breach of contract claims made by terminated executives or managers. 

 Lawrence also advises clients on personnel issues, compliance, terminations and disciplinary actions, and develops employment policies, employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants for corporate clients.  

He has successfully tried employment lawsuits before juries, judges and arbitrators. 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. 

In those capacities, he specialized in defending employment discrimination lawsuits at trial or through summary judgment, and he provided advice on a wide variety of employment matters. 

Lawrence is well-versed in advising clients on the prevention of workplace conflicts as well as determining the cost or benefit of defending a claim or a lawsuit.

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)

News/Media

Midyear Update On The NLRB's Offensive Against Nonunion Employers
May 20, 2013

"Arbitration Agreements: High Court Opens Doors to Class-Action Waivers"
Law Week Colorado
May 30, 2011

"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

Stopping Bullying In The Workplace
January 22, 2014

Olympics Translate Into Lost Productivity
July 30, 2012

"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

Community

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.

Education

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

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado