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John A Culver

Employment and labor Attorney at Denver, CO

4.2   11 reviews

Licensed for 30 years

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John A. Culver has advocated for the protection of civil rights both within and without the employment context for more than twenty five years. Mr. Culver graduated from the University of Kansas with honors in 1987 and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1992. Mr. Culver is admitted to practice in front of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and all Colorado state courts.
Mr. Culver’s skills and achievements have been repeatedly recognized by his peers, as well as the Colorado judiciary. Most recently, Mr. Culver was elected to be a Fellow in the exclusive and prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He was also named the 2014 Civil Rights Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers, the 2015 Colorado Constitutional Lawyer of the Year by Global Law Experts and the 2018 Lawyer of the Year for Employment and Labor Law by Lawyer Monthly. Mr. Culver has also been acknowledged as one of the Best Lawyers in America and one of the Top Rated Labor and Employment Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal and the American Lawyer. Since 2006, Mr. Culver has been recognized as one of Colorado’s top attorneys through Law and Politics and 5280 Magazine’s “Super Lawyer” nominations. From 2008 to the present, Mr. Culver has been voted as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Colorado by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He has also received a prestigious AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell for Preeminent Skills and Ethics. Martindale-Hubbell has also designated Mr. Culver as a Top Rated Lawyer in Employment and Labor Law. He has been named a Top Lawyer in Colorado by Best Lawyers, a Best Lawyer in Denver by the Denver Post, and a Top Lawyer in Denver and Beyond by 5280 Magazine.
Mr. Culver’s knowledge of employment and civil rights law is without peer. Since 1997, Mr. Culver has instructed future lawyers in employment law, public sector employment law, civil rights litigation, and civil litigation as an adjunct professor at the Denver University College of Law. He also regularly instructs members of the Bar regarding similar topics, including as a lecturer at the National Convention for the National Employment Lawyer’s Association, the Annual Retreat of the Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyers Association, and numerous others. He has also appeared on Denver’s local network affiliates, as well as the ABC Nightly News, HBO Inside Sports, The Reggie Rivers Show and TheBradshaw Difference concerning his civil rights work. Mr. Culver is a former Co-Chair of the Colorado Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section.
Mr. Culver is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer with a proven track record of success for his clients. As just two examples, Mr. Culver served as lead counsel in the certified age and benefits discrimination class action, Vaszlavik, et al. v. Storage Tech., which settled for $5 million and significant affirmative relief. He was also lead counsel in Drake v. TalMor Capital Management, LLC, and Edmond Melhado, in which this firm obtained a $3.5 million judgment (including attorney fees and interest) on behalf of their client. This is one of the very largest single plaintiff judgments in a Colorado employment case.
Mr. Culver is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s panel of employment law arbitrators. Mr. Culver is currently accepting arbitrations.

 

Client's Choice 2019
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Licensed for 30 years
State CO
Status Active
Acquired 1992
Updated 10/04/2022

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4.2 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
John received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2019
Posted by Harold | March 14, 2022
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Creative application that leads to significant win
My family is grateful for the expert representation, prompt case management, and satisfying win. Seth and John steered me through the winding road of litigation from initial intake meeting through post-hearing follow-up. They were legally creative and imaginative in applying the new and unused application of law to win my case. In fact, they are recognized by fellow practitioners for their application of the law to the facts in my case that resulted in a significant award. The firm continues to bolster public awareness of law related to professional ethics rules for members of the CFA Institute and other organizations. Thanks again to Benezra and Culver for their diligence, integrity, competence, and moral fiber. Harold B. Nachtrieb, CFA
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Posted by Anne | January 31, 2021
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You are in good hands
I highly recommend this firm if you are looking for legal help. We discovered Benezra & Culver from another firm - that much they're known. From the first meeting, the difference was astounding. We were fully briefed how the system works, expectations, and time lines. Communication was open, frequent, and detailed. Treated as members of the team; questions and actions generally were answered within hours, and; measurable progress was visible every single week. I immediately knew I had called the right experts to represent. John, Seth and Anna was welcoming, genuine, sincere and had a caring approach. They are thorough in reviewing situation and extremely insightful.
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2020
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John’s an Answer to Our Prayers
If you’re looking for an honest, genuine, transparent, kind, and caring attorney, who has excellent knowledge of the law from myriad years of active practice, will truly listen, and give his clients the best probability of becoming whole again, then look no further; John Culver is the attorney you want! My family and I initially hired another lawyer to fight for us after an extremely traumatic incident at the hands of others. We fell hook, line, and sinker for this first attorney’s lies and manipulations; in attempt to capitalize on my families pain and suffering. After almost two years of being treated worse by our attorney and his firm than the people we hired him to go after in court, this firm withdrew their representation and filed a lien to still get 40% of whatever settlement another attorney happens to win for us; because we refused a settlement offer we thought was way too low. To make matters worse, his firm threatened other attorneys, who considered acquiring us as their clients, with putting a lien on their firms; as well as defamed our character, painting a picture of us as difficult clients nobody wants. When we found John Culver our prayers were answered! He took on our case; and refused to be bullied and manipulated by our ex attorney and his firm. John has always been straightforward, transparent, and genuinely kind, caring, and compassionate towards us; as well as others he dealt with while working our case. He doesn’t merely pay lip service, telling you what you want to hear, then doing whatever he feels behind clients backs like our first firm. He’s a straightforward stand up man; who was always honest with us, even when doing so was hard. And ultimately John let us, his clients, choose which direction we wanted to go in through each direction the case took us, talking us through all possible outcomes; and he never took our choices away by choosing for us. John had his work cut out for him when he took us on as clients. We were already a couple years into our case; so John had to play a fast game of catch up. He also had to deal with myriad issues caused by our first corrupt and manipulative attorney and his firm, among other issues. John’s compassion and caring is truly genuine; and unexpected after the experience we had with the first attorney and his firm. After sensing our frustrations, John even gave us an enormous break in fees; I believe out of his desire to help our family become whole again. John won our case within a year; and got us an exponentially larger settlement (Over 4x the amount) than the first lawyer acquired after almost two years of self-centered personal profit-driven work and abuse of us, his clients. Before meeting John Culver I had recently gained an enormous dislike for attorneys; feeling that everything negative I had ever heard in my lifetime about lawyers was true. John changed that perception! If you are in need of an amazing Civil Rights Lawyer look no further; John Culver is the man. My family and I highly recommend John!!!
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Posted by Pam | June 5, 2019
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Advocate and Expert
Worked with John and was extremely impressed. He invests and gets results. He is able to take complex matters and hone into the real legal issues. Highly recommend John!
Posted by Colley | May 21, 2019
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Great attorney! Won a jury verdict in federal court...
I previously had a somewhat negative perception of plaintiff's attorneys until I was referred to John Culver. He and his partner, Seth Benezra, were a game changer for me. Many attorneys were either afraid or not interested in my complicated (and difficult to believe) case against my powerful employer. Not only did John and Seth take the time to fully educate themselves on the intricate complexities of my unique and difficult case, they were passionate and driven in their pursuit of justice for me. Following a grueling legal process, they expertly exposed the collusion and deception created by the other side and won a jury verdict for me in federal court that most people thought could never happen. It was clear to me from the beginning that this was not just another law firm looking to take any client who walked in their door. Their winning track record and solid reputation in the community affords them the opportunity to be very selective in their cases. Every member of their firm was a professional and worked as part of a team that was there for me every step of the way during one of the most challenging experiences of my life. I will always be grateful for their brilliant representation, high ethical standards and fair billing practices.
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Posted by Larry | May 16, 2019
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You need to hire John
Don't look any further. As an entrepreneur, I have enjoyed over a ten year relationship with John for a variety of different reasons. He will always be one of the smartest guys in the room, quick study and one of the best lawyers I have had the privilege of working with ever. He is always well respected by opposing counsels which I believe speaks to his professionalism, credibility, and knowledge of the law.
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Posted by Dian | May 14, 2019
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Highly Recommend
Mr. John Culver worked with my case for over 2 years. He was always knowledgeable and professional. He was also no-nonsense when he needed to be with the defendants, and that was greatly appreciated. Communication with me was consistently prompt and specific. The time and effort he devoted to my case was evident during depositions and time in court. And most importantly, I knew he believed in my case and supported my decisions along the way.
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Posted by Jennifer | July 28, 2017
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Ethical Attorney with Integrity!
Mr. Culver was very professional, understanding and knowledgable. He was always very approachable, helpful, honest and extremely fair. Mr Culver handled my concerns quite quickly and he prevailed. I would highly recommend Mr. Culver if you are in need of an outstanding employment attorney!
Posted by CJ | August 20, 2019
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Highly skilled and aggressive, yet fair
I hired Mr. Culver to represent me and have not regretted this decision despite endeavoring into a much longer legal process than I expected. But, once you're in the legal river, it has a way of meandering beyond your control. If you choose to retain him, know he is in demand and has a heavy case load. Only reason I did not give five stars.
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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2021
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Lack of awareness
John was recommended by a friend and I hired him after my civilian employer terminated me illegally for my military employment. He had his assistant read and prepare my legal documents… some of which had errors that I was not given the opportunity to fix before they were sent. He was largely unfamiliar with key aspects of my case, and I had to send his team the same documentation multiple times as it was overlooked. Needless to say, not a good outcome and I will be hiring an attorney more familiar with userra cases….
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Posted by Jamshed Ulmasov | March 18, 2014
Less responsibility
Six figures only! After two consultations I left three voice mails, and never been contacted. So, need to find another attorney. No responsibility!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Benezra & Culver
  • 1995 - Present
  • Arbitrator
  • American Arbitration Association
  • 2019 - 2019
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Denver University College Of Law
  • 1997 - 2019

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • Fisher v. City and County of Denver
  • Judgment for Plaintiff totalling $1.2 million
  • Drake v. TalMor
  • Judgment for Plaintiff valued at $3.5 million
  • Vaszlavik, et al v. StorageTek
  • $5 million settlement.
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Associations

  • America Arbitration Assocation
  • Arbitrator
  • 2019 - Present
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Cooperating Lawyer
  • 1992 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Co-chair, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association
  • Vice President
  • 1995 - 1997
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Awards

  • Lawyer of the Year for Labor and Employment Law
  • Lawyer Monthly
  • 2018
  • Colorado Constitutional Lawyer of the Year
  • Global Law Experts
  • 2015
  • Civil Rights Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyer in Colordao
  • Denver Post
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyer in Denver
  • 5280 Magazine
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • National Law Journal
  • 2012
  • Top Rated Labot and Employment Lawyers
  • National Law Journal
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyer in Colorado
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2008
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 1996
  • Super Lawyer
  • 5280 Magazine
  • 1996
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Publications

  • The Practitioners Guide to Colorado Employment Law
  • Workplace privacy
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Basics Seminar
  • Evidentiary Issues in Civil Rights Cases
  • 2017
  • Annual Retreat
  • Employment Privacy
  • 2017
  • Monthly Seminar
  • Recent First Amendment Trial Victory
  • 2015
  • Civil Rights Training
  • Section 1983 Litigation Basics
  • 2014
  • Annual Fall Employment Law Conference
  • Employment Privacy
  • 2014
  • Annual Retreat
  • Recent ADA trial Victory
  • 2012
  • National Converntion
  • Public Sector Employment Law
  • 2010
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Denver Employment and labor Lawyer John A Culver
John A Culver
Employment and labor Attorney
Denver, CO
Licensed for 30 years
Virtual consultation available