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I am a graduate of Columbia (B.A., 1966) and the University of Colorado School of Law (J.D., 1969). I have been licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado and the U.S. District Court of the District of Colorado since 1969. I am also admitted to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. I have practiced in Colorado since completing a clerkship with Justice Robert B. Lee of the Colorado Supreme Court. I have also served as a municipal court judge.


I have been practicing law for more than 45 years and for the last 35 of those years, have specialized in employment law. I devote approximately 80% of my practice to the representation of employees in labor and employment law disputes in the private sector.

I have represented numerous private and public employees before the EEOC, CCRD, OFO, the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board and various agencies and governmental entities. I have also represented employees in state courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

I am a long-time member of both NELA (National Employment Lawyers Association) and previously a member of the Board of Directors of PELA (Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association). I often advise colleagues with regard to legal issues that they may encounter from time to time.


Practice areas


  1. Discrimination: 50%
  2. Employment: 50%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Wes P Wollenweber

    I most definitely endorse Elwyn. We have co-counseled difficult cases over the years and I have learned a tremendous amount from Elwyn. He is very talented and skilled at determining the best course of action for his clients when it comes to a settlement that helps them move on with their lives, but never shies away from taking cases to trial when that is the best or only option for his clients. Elwyn is someone I have tried to emulate in a variety of ways.


    Wes Wollenweber Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • William Dale Nelsch

    I have known Elwyn for the past three decades and I unconditionally endorse him. Elwyn is my go-to guy for anything related to employment or discrimination law.


    William Nelsch Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Elwyn F. Schaefer & Associates, P.C

460 South Marion Parkway
Denver, CO, 80209


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyer in ColoradoLegal Network2015
Top Lawyer in ColoradoLegal Network2014
Top Lawyer in ColoradoLegal Network2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderElwyn Schaefer & Associates, P.C.1981 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Employment Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Denver Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Faculty of Federal AdvocatesN/AN/A
Colorado Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Plaintiffs Employment Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2002 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Montgomery v. Brookfield Office PropertiesSettled (Confidential)
Malatchi v. Octapharma USASettled (Confidential)
McMahon v. Ulteig EngineeringSettled (Confidential)
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Colorado School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1969
Columbia University School of LawPolitics, Philosophy, and EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1966
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
conferenceProving Emotional Distress Damages2012
ConferenceProving Emotional Distress2011
ConferenceCase Selection2011
Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association conferenceEffective Settlement Strategies2011
Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association conferenceRecovery of Attorney Fees in an FLSA Case2010