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Jim Abrams, has over 25 years experience as an attorney addressing matters involving compensation, wage & hour matters, workplace investigations, terminations, discipline, lay-offs, workers' compensation, all forms of workplace and non-workplace discrimination, whistleblowing, OSHA matters, unemployment compensation, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), drug and alcohol issues, non-compete agreements, severance agreements, cease and desist letters, workplace bullying and incivility, revoked job offers, interference with a job, contract or business relationship, identity theft, notices of intent to sue, defamation, Employee Polygraph Protection Act, employment contracts, and other labor and employment issues arising in the public and private sector. As an experienced trial lawyer, he regularly appears before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. He practices nationally.

For more than 16 years, Jim Abrams served as senior labor and employment counsel for Rockwell International and Texaco. As lead investigator in hundreds of workplace investigations, he has the knowledge and experience to advise either management or employees. He has authored a number of articles, been interviewed and quoted by major news organizations including CNN, Fox News, Forbes, ABC, the Denver Post, KHOW radio and other publications and has given multiple presentations on labor and employment law and human resource matters.

Trained by the U.S. Department of Justice and previously serving as Counsel for the Solicitor of Labor, Jim represented a variety of federal agencies including the Wage & Hour Division, OSHA, ERISA, MSHA and the OFCCP. He has appeared with the National Labor Relations Board to prosecute alleged violations of the National Labor Relations Act. Jim has also appeared with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission attorneys in federal court to remedy violations of Title VII.

Jim Abrams received his Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma where he was named to the Dean's List. He received his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma Medical Center under the sponsorship of the United States Public Health Service. Jim received his Certified Compensation Professional designation through the American Compensation Association.

At the request of the United States Congress, Jim Abrams has testified on workplace matters. He has been judicially qualified to testify as an expert in employment law. He currently serves on the Colorado Supreme Court's Civil Rules Committee and formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Safety Association and the board of the American Corporate Counsel Association, Colorado Chapter.

Jim Abrams has been admitted to practice in the States of Oklahoma and Colorado as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

National Service:

Commander: United States Navy, Medical Department. United States Public Health Service, Commissioned Corps, Centers for Disease Control.


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Practice areas


  1. Civil Rights: 20%
    35 years
  2. Employment: 20%
    35 years
  3. Wrongful Termination: 20%
    35 years
  4. Sexual Harassment: 20%
    35 years
  5. Discrimination: 20%
    35 years


Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Steven Howard Gurwin

    I have known Jim for over 20 years. I can give him the strongest of endorsements. He is a master of employment law. Additionally, he is a gentleman.


    Steven Gurwin Workers compensation Attorney
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Contact info

401 Westwood Drive
Denver, CO, 80206


OKResigned in good standing197812/08/2011
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
CertificationAmerican Compensation Association2000
Dean's ListUniversity of Oklahoma Law School1977
USPHS TraineeshipU.S. Public Health Service1974
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
CounselVisiting Nurse Association2005 - Present
AttorneyJames Abrams, LLC2000 - Present
CounselTexaco Inc1991 - 2000
Senior CounselRockwell International1983 - 1990
Trial AttorneyUSDOL, Office of the Solicitor1977 - 1983
CommanderU. S. Navy1971 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
Colorado Supreme Court Civil Rules CommitteeMember1998 - Present
American Compensation AssociationMember1994 - 2000
Colorado Safety AssociationDirector1988 - 2011
American Corporate Counsel Association chapter (Denver)Director1983 - 2000
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1982 - 2003
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember1982 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Salazar v. HealthONE of Denver, Inc.N/A
Yonehiro v. Kiku Corporation et alN/A
Olivas v. Kiku CorporationN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Colorado Lawyer"OSHA's Ergonomic Program Standard: Godzilla of the CFRs"2001
The Colorado Lawyer"Discrimination: A Colorless, Odorless and Tasteless Workplace Hazard"2000
Lorman Education Services PublicationCummulative Trauma for Business:Osha's Proposed Ergonomics1999
Washington LawyerLower Workers' Compensation Costs Through OSHA Reform1996
Second Annual Labor & Employment Law InstituteLabor Standards ActN/A
Colorado Employment & Labor LawThe Injury-Driven Regulatory Frenzy: ADA, FMLA, Workers' Compensation and a Dozen Other Laws Just in CaseN/A
Occupational Health and SafetyO.S.H.A. - Other Safety and Health ActsN/A
Occupational Health and SafetyLessening Your Professional Liability RiskN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oklahoma College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of Nebraska, LincolnPhysiology and ZoologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Process Servers of Colorado MeetingIndependent Contractors and the FLSA2012
Colorado Safety Association Annual ConferenceHow OSHA Really Works: The Dance of Individuals, Industries and Politics2001
United States CongressPerformance of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration1997
Colorado Safety Association Annual ConferenceO.S.H.A. = Other Safety and Health Acts1997
Colorado Safety Association Annual ConferenceMinimizing the Risk of Corporate and Professional Responsibility: A Primer for the Safety and Health Professional1995
The Definitive Guide to Employment for HR Professionals in ColoradoWorkplace Harrassment and Internal Investigations: How to Prevent and Respond to HarrassmentN/A
Public Sector Personnel Law UpdateModeratorN/A
Personnel Law UpdateThe Worker's Comp, Ergonomics and Safety UpdateN/A
Personnel Law UpdateHolding Down Litigation Costs: A Fresh Look at Arbitrating Employment Disputes in Light of the Recent Supreme Court CasesN/A
Personnel Law UpdateAvoiding Workplace Cowabunga: Minimizing Employment RisksN/A
Personnel Law UpdateActions Proven to Minimize Exposure Once a Complaint Has Been MadeN/A
Personnel Law UpdateReducing the Mounting Cost of Workers' Comp: Initiating Modified/Light Duty & Return to Work Programs That WorkN/A
Personnel Law UpdateEssential Steps for Conducting an Effective Investigation to Prevent Lawsuits from the Victim and the AccusedN/A
Personnel Law UpdateDisability Leave, Return to Work or Termination?N/A
Personnel Law UpdateManaging a Multi-Cultural Workforce -- From a Legal PerspectiveN/A
Personnel Law UpdateIndependent Contractors: Solving the ComplexitiesN/A
Personnel Law UpdateAvoiding Legal Pitfalls in HiringN/A
Personnel Law UpdateThe Next Changes in Colorado and Federal Workplace LawsN/A
Personnel Law UpdateOSHA's New Ergonomic RulesN/A
Personnel Law UpdateThe Assertive Employer: Bold Actions to Deal with Employee Lawsuits and ChargesN/A
Personnel Law UpdateDealing With Borderline EmployeeN/A
Personnel Law UpdateFavoritism and Forced Rankings: The Evil TwinsN/A
Personnel Law UpdateRisk-Free Hiring: How to Interview, Check References and Use Preeemployment Testing Without Triggering LiabilityN/A
Personnel Law UpdateDefusing the Angry Employee: How to Prevent Whistleblowers' Vengeance and Retaliatory SabotageN/A
Personnel Law UpdateHolding Down Litigation Costs: A Fresh Look at Arbitrating Employment Disputes in Light of Recent Supreme Court CasesN/A
Personnel Law UpdateProtecting Your Organization from Mounting Workplace Harassment, Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims Part 1: Workplace Harassment and Investigations Part 2: Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims: New Sarbanes-Oxley Act ProtectionsN/A
FMLA UpdateDeciphering Whether Your Employee Has a "Serious Health Condition". Preventing Misuse and Abuse of the FMLAN/A
Council's Public Sector Employment Law UpdateConference ModeratorN/A
Council's Colorado Public Sector Employment Law UpdateConference ModeratorN/A
Council's Colorado Personnel UpdateDemystifying Difficult FMLA Dilemmas that Continue to Plague Employers: Examing Recent Cases to Help Avoid the Legal SnaresN/A
Council's Colorado Personnel Law UpdateBest Practices for Conducting Effective and Lawful Investigations That Will Stand Up to Scrutiny: Proven Techniques for Interviewing WitnessesN/A
ColoradoTime OffAmericans With Disabilities ActN/A
Colorado Time OffOther Leave and Compensable TimeN/A
Colorado Time OffBest Practices in FMLA AdministrationN/A
Colorado Time OffThe Fair Labor Standards ActN/A
ADA UpdateHiring Without Lawsuits: Implementing Cost-Effective Practices That Support(Rather Than Undermine)YouN/A