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I am the co-founder and managing litigation partner at the firm of Sawaya & Miller. My team only works on wage and hour cases where employers have not properly paid their workers. The scenarios include:


1) Not paid overtime
2) Not paid for all time actually worked
3) Not paid for off-the-clock time
4) Not paid for breaks or rest periods
5) Improperly classifying workers as independent contractors or as exempt employees, when they are actually performing the duties of workers who should be paid by the hour, whether they are salaried or not.


 


I started his legal career as a general practice litigator for 6 years before becoming the American Civil Liberties Union's first Legal Director in Colorado, a position I had for 13 years. I then became a founding partner in 2 of Colorado's most respected employment and civil rights law firms before joining the Legal Department of a Fortune 500 company, where, as an Associate General Counsel, I directed the company's employment litigation department, nationwide. Under Gov. Ritter's administration, I served as the Interim Director of the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and for more than a dozen years I have served as the pro bono General Counsel of a leading public safety non-profit organization that monitors and controls sex-offenders who are on probation or parole.


 


I have published almost a dozen articles in legal journals and periodicals, and have presented at more than two dozen continuing legal education seminars. I have participated as counsel in more than 30 reported opinions and have received numerous civil liberties and public service awards, including the Denver Bar Association's Liberty Bell Award, the Anti-Defamation League's Annual Civil Rights Award, the Colorado Trial Lawyer's Case of the Year Award, and the ACLU's Sherman Civil Rights Award. For 4 years I have been recognized as a "Super Lawyer" in the areas of employment and civil rights litigation.


 


Professionally, I have served on the Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association, and for over 13 years I was the Chair of the Association's Bill of Rights Committee. I have also served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, the ACLU of Colorado, where I was the Chair of the Board, and the Board of Editors of the Continuing Legal Education in Colorado Annual Survey.


 


I received my B.A., magna cum laude, in Latin and Classical Studies from Duke University, and obtained my J.D. from the University of Denver Law School, where I served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Denver Law Journal. I am admitted to all of the state and federal courts in Colorado, as well as the United States Supreme Court.

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  1. Employment: 100%
    25 years, 1 thousand cases

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Sawaya & Miller

1600 Ogden St
Denver, CO, 80218-1414

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
COActive197701/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Case of the Year Award Winner (co-recipient))Colorado Trial Lawyers Association2004
Liberty Bell AwardDenver Bar Association1998
Sherman Civil rights AwardACLU of Colorado1995
Civil Rights Award (co-recipient)Anti-Defamation League of Colorado1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerSawaya & Miller Law Firm2011 - Present
Associate General CounselQwest Communications2006 - 2011
Co-founding attorney and Special Litigation CounselKing & Greisen, LLP2002 - 2006
Founding PartnerMiller, Lane, Killmer & Greisen, LLP1996 - 2002
Legal DirectorACLU of Colorado1983 - 1996
PartnerCosgriff, Dunn & French, LLP1977 - 1983
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Plaintiffs Employment Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2015 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
Colorado Lawyers CommitteeBoard of Directors2002 - 2009
Colorado Bar AssociationBoard of Governors2001 - 2003
Denver Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Colorado Bar FoundationChair1977 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Evans v. RomerOur plaintiff clients prevailed at the US Supreme Court
Nesbitt v. FCNH, Inc.Tenth Circuit affirms the district court and allows our case to proceed as a class action
Lozoya v. AllPhase Landscape Construction, Inc.Plaintiffs obtain class action status and settlement
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
ANNUAL SURVEY OF COLORADO LAWAuthor of the Constitutional Law section1993
ANNUAL SURVEY OF COLORADO LAWAuthor of the Constitutional Law section1992
ANNUAL SURVEY OF COLORADO LAWAuthor of the Constitutional Law section1991
ANNUAL SURVEY OF COLORADO LAWAuthor of the Constitutional Law section1990
ANNUAL SURVEY OF COLORADO LAWAuthor of the Constitutional Law section1989
ANNUAL SURVEY OF COLORADO LAWAuthor of the Constitutional Law section1988
Denver Law JournalRight To Die Damage Actions: Developments In The Law1988
Trial Talk (CO)Civil Rights Attorney's Fees Awards1983
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver Sturm College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Duke UniversityClassical StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NELA Annual Conference“Writing Effective Demand Letters,”2013
“Ethics For In-House Attorneys""Solutions To Everyday Dilemmas,”2010