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Victoria Therese Aguilar

Employment and labor Attorney at Greenwood Village, CO

4.7   19 reviews

Licensed for 29 years

About Victoria

Learn Victoria’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    40%
    EEO compliance (investigations, training, policy review). Serve as outsourced HR management support to mid market business enterprises.

    27 years

  2. Business
    35%
    Outsourced general counsel services; day-to-day operational support to businesses in the mid market space.

    30 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    15%
    Outsourced general counsel services; contract review, negotiation, and edit. Vendor management and collections matters.

    30 years

  4. Government
    8%
    Provide government contract compliance support. The AR Group is a woman and minority-owned enterprise with 8(a) and SDB certificaton by the SBA.

    18 years

  5. Mediation
    2%

    17 years

UNCOMMONLY SMART LAW AND HR CONSULTING FIRM. SEASONED ATTORNEYS. PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS.

Ms. Aguilar established The AR Group after more than 17 years of providing legal, human resource, and compliance counsel to Fortune 500 companies including GE, Time Warner Telecom, and US WEST. She also served as the VP of HR and General Counsel to a 2000+ union/non union employee construction firm with operations in four states and managed HR and Legal for two high tech start-up enterprises experiencing rapid growth.

As a result of these experiences, Victoria recognized the need for sophisticated and strategic legal counsel, HR support, and compliance management. This recognition was in part borne out of her professional experience and in part borne out her recognition of increased regulation and penalty enforcement by government agencies in conjunction with employee and contract management. In considering the need for these services, Ms. Aguilar evaluated the degree to which these needs were being served by the existing legal or HR consulting marketplace. She immediately saw that they were not: Law firms were too costly and seemingly unapproachable with their $300, $400, and $500 an hour fees and most HR Consulting firms were unable to bring the legal and/or compliance expertise to the table with their service offerings. The AR Group was founded to ensure that businesses would have available sophisticated yet practical and comprehensive legal, HR, and compliance management services by a collaborative and cost effective provider.

Victoria holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Boston College (Summa Cum Laude), where she was also awarded the distinction of “Scholar of the College.” After BC, Ms. Aguilar attended The University of Michigan Law School where she graduated in 1992. Ms. Aguilar is licensed in Colorado and Minnesota, is certified as a Senior Professional Human Resource Executive (“SPHR”), and is a member of the American Bar Association and The Society of Human Resource Managers.

Representative Clients:  United States Postal Service; Denver Water; WealthTouch, Inc.; ZeaChem, Inc.; The Hispanic Chamber of Metro Denver; LegalZoom, Inc.; Rocke Orthodontics; IMA; InTandem, LLC; and The Girls’ Athletic School of Denver.



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Licensed for 29 years
State CO
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 01/13/2023
State MN
Status Authorized to Practice
Acquired 1993
Updated 10/25/2022
State NM
Status Active
Acquired N/A
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Victoria

The AR Group
8400 East Crescent Parkway
6th Floor
Greenwood Village, CO, 80111

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2015
A pleasant experience!
Victoria was courtesy and easy to speak with regarding my concerns. She clearly articulated and translated my situation in terms that was clear and easy to understand. And she took the time to understand the information I sent her. She was honest about the facts, strength of the case, and what my options are. Her consultation helped me put my issue in perspective without breaking the bank.
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Posted by Kym | April 16, 2013
Tremendous asset to an upstart firm
Victoria was instrumental in helping our young firm revise our employee handbook. We were nearing the magic number of fifty employees and needed assistance with the FMLA guidelines as well as rewriting the language to align with our changes in culture. Our list of "To Do" items was very long and she worked with the Executive Team to prioritize the list and tackled many of the items in a short period of time. When your firm is small it is hard to allocate funds for a full time human resources department. Victoria and her firm filled this need until we were able to bring on a full time HR department.
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2016
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Employment & Labor advice session
She was excellent listener and gave strategic options
Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2016
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Employment & Labor advice session
The attorney explained the steps of a very stressful process I was going through and gave me reassurance. She was very understanding and nice.
Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2015
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Employment & Labor advice session
Victoria's advise was succinct and perfectably tailored to my particular situation.
Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2015
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Business advice session
I was impressed with her sharpness, she set me straight. Thanks!
Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2015
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Employment & Labor advice session
She was great! Very patient and answered all of my questions! Would definitely recommend to others
Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2015
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Employment & Labor advice session
the advise I received was sound and very helpful. Will defiantly use your service in the future.
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2015
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Employment & Labor advice session
I needed to hear a professional tell me I'm on the right track and stay the course.
Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2015
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Employment & Labor advice session
Great experience. Easy to understand and helpful
Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2015
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Employment & Labor advice session
Victoria was very helpful. She answered all my questions and generally put my concerns to rest regarding an issue with an ex employer. I can now proceed with confidence. Thank you.
Posted by Chris | April 11, 2013
Excellent technical skills and small business savvy
We worked with the AR Group for a strategic review of our small company's HR practices. The AR Group quickly vetted through our current state, and raised key, relevant issues to be addressed, while also balancing the unique resources of a small company. The AR Group was a pleasure to work with, we will continue to partner with them in the future.
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Posted by Mark | April 7, 2013
A Very Reliable, Valuable and Honest Resource
I have been working with Victoria for the past 9 months and she has been extremely helpful to me with a very complex issue. She is honest, looks out for my best interest and really cares about her clients. In addition, she knows what she is doing so I felt 100% comfortable with her advice, work and legal counsel.
Posted by Nichole | April 5, 2013
Top-Rated Legal and HR Attorney
Whenever Victoria handles a matter for my business, I know I'm in good hands. The AR Group has helped my business with several strategic issues and preventative measures. They are professional, timely...and extremely knowledgeable regarding anything related to business law and human resources/employment. They are truly a one-stop shop for growing businesses. And...they are a pleasure to work with.
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Posted by Judy | July 3, 2012
A WISE AND TRUSTWORTHY LADY LAWYER
Victoria Aguilar was been my legal counsel for several years in the area of property management. She is quite adept and knowledgeable in contract law and has successfully handled or mitigated a couple disputes this year and last, involving delinquent tenants, false claims, and overall difficult/scheming clients. She has skillfully guided me out of legal entanglements that would have cost me considerably more stress, time, and money. I completely trust Victoria's quick assessments, wise judgments, and experienced advice in any scenario whether its disputes with clients, contractors, or preparing new bullet-proof leases. She is quick to point out different resolutions, possible consequences, and my rights as a landlord. I would not hesitate to recommend her for any legal assistance. I truly feel she "has my back".
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Posted by Randy | September 1, 2011
Outstanding Legal Service!
I have worked with Victoria Aguilar for several years and she and her staff have been excellent to work with. All documents, contracts and legal discussions were done in a timely fashion and exceeded all expectations. As a business owner who works thru out the US, VIctoria and her staff have been a great asset to my firm. I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2011
Victoria saved our business!
As a small company, we were shocked when facing the ire of a former employee claiming she was entitled to a slew of benefits that were not owed. A drawn out trial would've likely put us under. We called Victoria to handle the situation and 'handle' she sure did. She must've had some very compassionate talks with our ex-employee because we not only did our ex-employee drop her claims, she apologized for the inconvenience. Victoria not only fixed our current issue but also help us with re-editing and refining our Employee Benefit handbook so we would not have another issue out of the blue again. Thanks V!
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2015
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Employment & Labor advice session
She was sympathetic to my problem, but had no suggestions at this time. She did have some concern over an FMLA issue but didn't expand as my problem is complicated and ongoing. So time ran short. I wish I could just sit down for an hour and discuss where I'm at in a LTD/EEOC situation.
Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2015
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Employment & Labor advice session
Greetings, I would like to request a refund of my $39 fee. I was not satisfied with the consultation and she stated she could hardly hear me which led to her getting some facts incorrect when responding to me. Thank you nonetheless
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 295-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Director
  • The AR Group
  • 2007 - Present
  • Compliance Officer
  • GE Access
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Republic Financial
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Time Warner Telecom
  • 2001 - 2004
  • General Counsel
  • NexGen Telecom
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Vice President, Compliance
  • U S WEST Communications
  • 1994 - 1999
  • Associate
  • McGrann Shea
  • 1992 - 1994
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Education

  • University of Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Boston College
  • BA
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • I.M., a minor child v. DOING HIS TIME PRISON MINISTRY, INC., 72 Hour Fund and as Barn-A-Bus; James Vogelzang, individually
  • Case settled favorably following submission of my expert testimony
  • Marie Schwarz v BRC Real Estate, et. al.
  • Favorable settlement shortly after submission of expert testimony
  • Romain Ochoa v Holcim U.S.
  • Favorable settlement shortly after submission of expert testimony
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Associations

  • Excelsior Youth Center
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Hispanic Voter Educational Foundation
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - Present
  • Society of Human Resource Managers
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Diversity Council
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Audience of One Youth Theatre
  • Board of Directors
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Hispanic Chamber of Metro Denver
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Top Women Lawyers 2013
  • Colorado Law Week
  • 2013
  • Local Leader
  • Interise
  • 2013
  • Business Woman of the Year
  • Hispanic Chamber of Metro Denver
  • 2012
  • Emerging Leader (e200)
  • U S Small Business Administration
  • 2012
  • Triumphant Woman
  • Excelsior Youth Center
  • 2008
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Publications

  • National Hispana Leadership Institute
  • Leading Effectively Through Change
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • 2nd Annual Thrive Small Business Event
  • Human Resources in a New World
  • 2013
  • Warner Pacific
  • The Affordable Care Act and Your Small Business
  • 2013
  • Roper Insurance Client Seminars
  • FLSA Compliance Management
  • 2012
  • NHLI Professional Development Series
  • Drafting a Career Business Plan
  • 2011
  • Alpine Buick Employer Training
  • EEO Compliance Strategies
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (7)
Endorse Victoria
Business Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Aguilar has incredible credentials. Undergraduate at Boston College. Law degree from University of Michigan (the #1 law school in the US for dozens of years). Prior practice in MN (where I am also licensed). You can just see from her profile that Ms. Aguilar is an incredibly hard-working and motivated attorney. We share a couple of areas of practice in common - business and contracts. However, she also specializes in government and employment/labor, as well as serving as a mediator. I would not HESITATE to refer a potential client to her or to use her as a mediator for one of my cases. I say this after 25 years of experience in the law and having served as a prior judge and a prior magistrate."
Business Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Victoria is professional, She is compassionate and very organized. She is responsive and most pleasant to deal with. Most of all, she gets results."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I heartily endorse this lawyer. I have known Victoria since we attended law school together at the University of Michigan and we now practice together. I have seen Victoria succeed in every environment that she has been in whether that be in-house with a Fortune 500, as a General Counsel and VP of Human Resources with medium-sized businesses, and now in her own firm. She works exceedingly hard to achieve great results for her clients and provides legal advice that is informed by her astute and practical business judgment."
Business Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working with Victoria Aguilar on several matters. She is knowledgeable, professional and dedicated. I admire her ability to listen carefully and examine as issue from different perspectives. This keen insight enables her to resolve complex matters both quickly and efficiently."
General practice Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Victoria enthusiastically. I have known Victoria since our time at Michigan Law School. She is extraordinarily bright and articulate, and seeks pragmatic solutions to complex issues."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Victoria and I worked together for a few years and have been friends for many more. I do not know a more ethical lawyer or one who is willing to work harder for her clients than Victoria. I would put any legal issue I had in her hands, even one in which she is not experienced, and trust that I would get the best advice possible. I highly recommend Victoria."
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