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Jeremy Ben Merkelson

Of Counsel

901 K Street NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20001
555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202

Jeremy Ben Merkelson works in close collaboration with businesses of all types and proactively counsels employers to resolve issues related to the employment relationship.

Jeremy’s recent experience serving as the General Counsel and Assistant Director of the Association of American Law Schools provided him with first-hand insight into the practical risks employers face while managing their workforce. He draws on this experience as he works with clients to develop first-tier personnel policies, avoid litigation, and minimize employment-related risks including trade secret theft, whistleblower retaliation lawsuits, and unlawful discrimination claims.

When disputes arise, Jeremy has broad experience representing clients in state and federal courts, administrative proceedings, and arbitrations throughout the United States. 

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Jeremy was a labor and employment associate with Morrison & Forester in Washington, D.C., where he was second-chair trial counsel on a trade secret misappropriation lawsuit involving the Hubble Space Telescope and worked on former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s team investigating post-bankruptcy breach of fiduciary duty claims against the officers and directors of the defunct financial services firm, MF Global Inc. Before attending law school, Jeremy was an Urban Fellow with the New York City Fire Department.


Employment Litigation and Class Actions
HR Counseling, Compliance, and Risk Management
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Practices
  • Non-Competes, Trade Secrets, and Unfair Competition
  • Employment Policies, Handbooks, and Manuals
  • Hiring, Discipline, Performance Evaluations, and Terminations
  • Investigations
  • Reductions in Force and Severance Agreements
  • Training
  • Workplace Privacy and Data Security
  • Accommodations, Disabilities, Leaves 
Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, and Litigation
Wage and Hour, Equal Pay, Compensation, and Benefits
  • Pay Practices and Independent Contractors
Commercial Litigation
  • Trials
  • Appeals
  • Business Torts



Speaking Engagements


Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys, Delegate, 2015-2017
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, National Capitol Region, Member

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Urban Fellow, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Intergovernmental Affairs, 2004-2006

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