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.
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Steven Gurwin, Workers compensation Attorney
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I highly endorse Gregory Cairns without hesitation. I have known Mr. Cairns for over 25 years. He is incredibly knowledgable in the field of worker's compensation, and he always thoroughly prepares his cases. As a result, he often achieves results for his clients that are quite favorable. He tries to settle cases out of court, if possible, but if the case cannot be settled, then Mr. Cairns is not afraid to take the case to trial. He is well liked and respected by his colleagues and by the judges before whom he practices. Unlike many attorneys, he truly cares about his clients, and he always works hard to achieve for them the best results possible. He keeps his clients well informed concerning the progress of their case, and he will answer questions so that the client understands what is happening in the case. As a former WC judge, I have seen many attorneys in court, and I can tell you that there are no better attorneys than Mr. Cairns. Again, I wholeheartedly endorse him.
David Lichtenstein, Employment and labor Attorney
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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.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Preeminent 5.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Lansford F. Butler Award||Workers’ Compensation Section of the Colorado Bar Association||2009|
|Outstanding Respondent Attorney||Professionals in Workers’ Compensation||2005|
|Outstanding Lawyers of America in 2003||Outstanding Lawyers of America||2003|
|President||Cairns & Associates, P.C.||2011 - Present|
|Special Counsel||Ruegsegger Simons Smith & Stern, LLC||2009 - 2011|
|Member||Cairns Nemechek & Magruder, LLC (formerly Cairns Nemechek & Sweeney, LLC)||2004 - 2009|
|Special Counsel||Hall & Evans||2000 - 2004|
|President||Cairns & Associates, P.C.||1999 - 2000|
|Member||Cairns, Dworkin & Chambers, P.C.||1991 - 1999|
|Special Counsel||Law Offices of John M. Connell||1991 - 1991|
|Shareholder and Vice President||Lavinder & Cairns, P.C.||1986 - 1990|
|Associate||Clifton & Associates, P.C. (Now Clifton Hook & Bovarnick, P.C)||1984 - 1986|
|Associate||Holland & Hart||1982 - 1984|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, Workers' Compensation Committee||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Colorado Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Denver Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Colorado Self Insurers' Association||N/A||N/A|
|The Denver Law Club||Vice President (2009-2010), President (2010-2011)||2009 - 2011|
|Professionals in Workers' Compensation||Board of Directors and President||1997 - 2004|
|Medical Case Management/Managed Care Task Force, sponsored by Division of Workers' Compensation||N/A||1992 - 1993|
|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 Worker||2008|
|The Healthcare Savings Chronicle||The Ten Ingredients of a Superlative Workers’ Compensation Program||2006|
|Risk Management Magazine||Background Checking: Reducing Workers’ Compensation Claims||1996|
|The Colorado Lawyer||Workers’ Compensation, ADA and the FMLA: The Ten Questions Most Commonly Asked by Colorado Employers||1996|
|Prevent: Loss Control Newsletter published by Colorado Compensation Insurance Authority||Alcohol and Drug Testing in the Work Place: What Private Employers Need To Know||1993|
|The Colorado Lawyer||The Colorado Prejudgment Interest Statute: Potential For Market Rate Interest||1986|
|The Colorado Lawyer||Collecting Pre- and Post-Judgment Interest in Colorado: A Primer||1986|
|The Colorado Lawyer||An Update of Appendices From Collecting Pre- and Post-Judgment Interest in Colorado||1986|
|Texas International Law Journal||Recent Developments: Verlinden B. v. Central Bank of Nigeria||1981|
|University of Texas System, Austin||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1975|
|Twelve Things Supervisors Should Know About Workers' Compensation||Workers' Compensation||2015|
|Legalization of Marijuana: Impact on Public Entities and Pools||Legalization of Marijuana||2015|
|"Top Twelve Questions Insurers Ask About Medical Marijuana"||Medical Marijuana||2015|
|"Legalities of Screening at the Three Stages of Employment"||Employment & Labor||2015|
|"Hiring Right"||Workers Compensation||2014|
|"Denver Law Club Ethics Revue 2014"||Ethics||2014|
|"The Dever Law Club Ethics Revue 2013"||Ethics||2013|
|"The Denver Law Club Ethics Revue 2012"||Ethics||2012|
|"Medical Marijuana"||Medical Marijuana||2012|
|"Bury the Hatchet Show"||Workers Compensation||2012|
|"The Denver Law Club Ethics Review 2011"||Ethics||2011|
|"The Denver Law Club Annual Meeting"||Workers Compensation||2011|
|"Medical Marijuana"||Medical Marijuana||2011|
|"Workers Compensation Update - 2010"||Workers Compensation||2010|