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Mr. Cairns’ practice focuses on workers’ compensation litigation and related employment law. Mr. Cairns attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Psychology in 1975. He also attended the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee where he pursued a Master’s in industrial psychology. Following graduate school, he obtained his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982. Mr. Cairns has been licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado since 1982.

Mr. Cairns has thirty-two years of experience as an attorney in matters relating to workers’ compensation and employment law. He has published several articles in The Colorado Lawyer concerning employment issues and pre-judgment interest, and has been a frequent speaker concerning workers’ compensation, fitness for duty testing, medical marijuana, and the special needs of older workers with injuries.  He has taught basic legal research in the paralegal training programs for Metropolitan State College in Denver and the Denver Paralegal Institute. In addition, he is the founder and principal instructor for The Center for Workers’ Compensation Training, a private occupational school.

Mr. Cairns, who hails from Wisconsin, currently serves as president of Cairns & Associates, P.C. in Denver, Colorado. In 2003 he was named an “Outstanding Lawyer in America.” In 2010, he received the Lance Butler Award for service to the Colorado workers’ compensation community. He has served as President of Professionals in Workers’ Compensation and the Denver Law Club.

An avid bicyclist and hiker, Mr. Cairns is also a regular parody song writer and actor for the Denver Law Club.

He is grateful to have enjoyed a wide and varied experience in the world of Colorado worker’s compensation.

Learn more about our specialized services in workers’ compensation training and medical testing of employees.




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  1. Workers Compensation: 100%
    33 years



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  • David Lichtenstein

    Greg is an extremely knowledgeable, experienced, professional, and above all effective Workers' Compensation lawyer. He has lectured on the subject and has the unusual perspective of having worked on both the defense and the injured worker's side. I heartily recommend him.


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Cairns & Associates, P.C.

3900 E Mexico Ave Ste 300
Denver, CO, 80210-3940


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2016
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentCairns & Associates, P.C.2011 - Present
Special CounselRuegsegger Simons Smith & Stern, LLC2009 - 2011
MemberCairns Nemechek & Magruder, LLC (formerly Cairns Nemechek & Sweeney, LLC)2004 - 2009
Special CounselHall & Evans2000 - 2004
PresidentCairns & Associates, P.C.1999 - 2000
MemberCairns, Dworkin & Chambers, P.C.1991 - 1999
Special CounselLaw Offices of John M. Connell1991 - 1991
Shareholder and Vice PresidentLavinder & Cairns, P.C.1986 - 1990
AssociateClifton & Associates, P.C. (Now Clifton Hook & Bovarnick, P.C)1984 - 1986
AssociateHolland & Hart1982 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, Workers' Compensation CommitteeMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Colorado Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Denver Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Colorado Self Insurers' AssociationN/AN/A
The Denver Law ClubVice President (2009-2010), President (2010-2011)2009 - 2011
Professionals in Workers' CompensationBoard of Directors and President1997 - 2004
Medical Case Management/Managed Care Task Force, sponsored by Division of Workers' CompensationN/A1992 - 1993
Publication nameTitleDate
Chapter 10, Senior Law Handbook, A joint project of the Elder Law and Trust and Estate Sections of the Colorado Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Colorado, Inc.Workers’ Compensation and the Aging Worker2008
The Healthcare Savings ChronicleThe Ten Ingredients of a Superlative Workers’ Compensation Program2006
Risk Management MagazineBackground Checking: Reducing Workers’ Compensation Claims1996
The Colorado LawyerWorkers’ Compensation, ADA and the FMLA: The Ten Questions Most Commonly Asked by Colorado Employers1996
Prevent: Loss Control Newsletter published by Colorado Compensation Insurance AuthorityAlcohol and Drug Testing in the Work Place: What Private Employers Need To Know1993
The Colorado LawyerThe Colorado Prejudgment Interest Statute: Potential For Market Rate Interest1986
The Colorado LawyerCollecting Pre- and Post-Judgment Interest in Colorado: A Primer1986
The Colorado LawyerAn Update of Appendices From Collecting Pre- and Post-Judgment Interest in Colorado1986
Texas International Law JournalRecent Developments: Verlinden B. v. Central Bank of Nigeria1981
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas System, AustinLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of Wisconsin, MadisonPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1975