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Steven Gutierrez

Partner

555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202

Steve advises employers how to attract, incentivize, and retain talent and helps his clients effectively handle the varied challenges of the modern employment relationship.

Steve understands that in today’s competitive landscape employees are one of a company’s greatest assets. He helps companies protect trade-secrets, enforce restrictive covenants and meet with Unions to navigate the complex environment of traditional labor. Steve is also an effective advocate in court, has tried numerous cases before judges and juries, and on appeal, in complex labor and employment matters and other tort litigation.

Steve’s focus is to be practical and cost-effective. Steve has also developed proven solutions that help clients maintain compliance with federal and state laws. Steve’s day-to-day counseling and world-class training for managers, supervisors, and HR professionals on policies and best practices is essential to manage risk in the modern workplace.

Steve's extensive experience providing strategic and tactical counsel in pre-litigation negotiations and resolutions; at hearings for and against emergency injunctive relief; at mediations; and before other administrative bodies, including the NLRB, EEOC, and Colorado Civil Rights Division has saved his clients substantially.

Steve frequently blogs at www.coloradoemploymentlawblog.com

Experience

Discrimination Defense
Employment Litigation & Class Actions
  • Administrative proceedings (EEOC and state civil rights commissions)
  • Breach of Contract
  • Defamation and Free Speech
  • Non-Compete and Trade Secrets
  • Wrongful Discharge
  • Employment-related Torts
HR Counseling, Compliance, and Risk Management
  • Employment and Personnel Policies, Procedures, Handbooks
  • Investigations and Audits
  • Non-Competes, Trade Secrets, and Unfair Competition
  • Training for employees, supervisors, managers, executives, Board of Directors
  • Workplace Violence
Union Campaigns, Collective Bargaining, and Labor Arbitrations
  • Elections
  • Negotiating Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Grievances
  • Unfair labor practice charges
  • Strikes and Picketing
  • Unit Determinations
Wage and Hour
  • Wage and Hour, Equal Pay, Compensation, and Benefits

Client Results

  • Steve represented major regional company in Washington state court in defense of commercial claim for breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, unfair competition, and trade secret misappropriation. Steve’s client also asserted counterclaims. Plaintiff sought to void an executed non-compete agreement. Steve’s client successfully defended this declaratory judgment action and prosecuted its own counterclaim for breach of contract. 

  • Steve represented a large world-wide company navigate its labor relations by handling numerous grievances to arbitration, contract negotiations, and defense of unfair labor practice.

  • Steve tried to a complete defense verdict in Montana a gender discrimination company in favor of his world-wide transportation company client.

  • Steve has handled a multi-million dollar collective action brought by the EEOC on behalf of numerous Hispanic employees who alleged discrimination in firing and discipline.

  • Steve successfully defended a very contentious and complex race discrimination and retaliation case in Utah federal court. This very important matter for the client involved a significant number of witnesses, substantial investigation, preparatory work by Steve and his client. After targeted discovery, a carefully crafted and detailed motion for summary judgment was filed in the main case. The Court granted summary judgment in favor of client dismissing all claims.

  • Steve has successfully handled several “quickie elections” that have resulted in the defeat of formation of unions throughout the United States.  

  • We assisted our healthcare client with labor negotiations for their 500-employee hospital group. We also have handled several Unfair Labor Practice Charges in Region 28 involving the National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees. All negotiations and charges have been favorably resolved. 

News

Publications

Speaking Engagements

Education

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment, 2009-2018
  • LawDragon, Top 20 Lawyers in Traditional Labor & Employment Law, 2016-2018
  • LawDragon, Employment Law, 2011-2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Litigation – Labor and Employment, Employment Law – Individuals, 2013-2019
  • Human Resource Executive, Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, 2016
  • Human Resource Executive, The Nation’s Most Powerful Attorneys–Up-and-Comers, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Colorado Super Lawyers®, Employment & Labor, 2009-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™, Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment, 2013
  • Corporate Counsel Black Book, Employment Litigation, 2008

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Workplace Violence Prevention & Intervention Committee, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member 
    Employment Law & Litigation Committee
    Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
    Employment Law Section
    Trial Tactics Committee
    Steering Committee
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
    Labor & Employment Committee
  • Justice Information Center, Board Member, 1996-2004
  • Clinica Tepeyac, Board Member, 2003-2008
  • American Diabetes Association, Board Member, 2008-2010
  • Firefly Autism, Board of Trustees, Current Board Chair, 2011-present
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