Brett C. Painter

Brett C. Painter

Partner

P: 303.892.7418

F: 303.893.1379

Assistant

Linda Frenette

P: 303.892.7506

Admitted In

  • Colorado

Brett Painter practices primarily in the field of labor and employment law, including litigating and advising clients in the areas of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, unlawful discharge, layoffs, unfair labor practices, employment agreements, noncompetition agreements, union issues, and wage and hour laws. Beyond the employment context, Mr. Painter has a significant commercial litigation practice, which includes prosecuting and defending claims for breach of express and implied contracts, defamation, misappropriation of trade secrets, negligence, and a variety of other business related torts. 

Mr. Painter represents clients in a wide variety of industries, from Fortune 500 companies to small, privately held corporations. He strives to provide cost effective representation, with a practical approach to solving legal problems. 

Mr. Painter has extensive experience litigating cases across the United States, including jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, mediations, and hearings. He frequently represents clients in connection with administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Colorado Civil Rights Division, the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, and the National Labor Relations Board. 

Mr. Painter is admitted in Colorado state and federal courts, and has been admitted in other states on a case by case basis. From 2008 through 2010, he served as the co-chair of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. Additionally, he has been a member of the Workplace Law Advisory Board at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law since 2012. He was named a 2009-2013 Chambers USA Leader in Their Field in Labor & Employment and a 2012 Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting. He has been selected for inclusion in Colorado Super Lawyers since 2012. He was named in the 2013 and 2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law.

Education

University of Denver, J.D., Order of St. Ives, 1995
University of Colorado, B.A., with Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 1992

March 2014

Employment Law Update

Please join us for this seminar that will focus on changes in Colorado and federal employment laws and will provide practical guidance to ensure compliance. Our guest speaker, Peter Wingate, Deputy Director of the Colorado Division of Labor, will discuss wage and hour issues affecting Colorado employers. DGS partners Janet Savage and Brett Painter will then share answers to some commonly-asked legal questions. 

August 2012

45 DGS Attorneys Named Best Lawyers®

Forty-five DGS attorneys were named Best Lawyers® by publisher Woodward/White, Inc. in its annual guide recognizing legal excellence.

Political talk in the workplace is a potential minefield

Denver Business Journal

Heather Draper

DGS partner Brett Painter's comments regarding political talk in the workplace were featured in the Denver Business Journal.

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June 2012

Chambers USA Ranks DGS at the Top for Corporate/M&A and Natural Resources & Environment Practices

Chambers USA

The 2012 edition of the Chambers USA ranked Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP first in Colorado in the areas of Corporate/M&A and Natural Resources & Environment. Chambers USA also recognized DGS for its strong Commercial Litigation and Labor & Employment practices.

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April 2012

Facebook Privacy Issues Arising in Hiring Process

Denver Business Journal

News reports that some employers have begun to ask job candidates for their Face­book passwords have stirred a national debate over workers’ right to privacy. The issue also may have you rethinking those photos you posted of yourself doing tequila shots and pole dancing at your neighborhood bar.

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June 2011

Chambers USA Ranks Davis Graham at the Top for Corporate/M&A and Natural Resources & Environment Law in Colorado

The 2011 edition of the Chambers USA ranked Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP first in Colorado in the areas of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, and natural resources and environmental law, which consists of the traditional and renewable energy sectors as well as the mining industry.  Chambers USA also recognized DGS for its strong general commercial and labor and employment litigation practices.

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June 2010

Chambers USA Places DGS at the Top for Corporate/M&A and Natural Resources/Environmental Law in Colorado

The 2010 edition of the Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business today ranked Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP first in Colorado in the areas of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, and natural resources and environmental law, which includes the traditional and renewable energy sectors and the mining industry. Chambers also recognized DGS for its strong general commercial and employment litigation practices.

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June 2009

Chambers USA Reaffirms High Marks for Davis Graham & Stubbs Environmental Law and Corporate Practices

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP has been recognized again in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the areas of Environmental, Corporate/M&A, Labor & Employment and Commercial Litigation.

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March 2008

Important Employment Law News

This quarter’s employment alert focuses on recent activity by Congress and the U.S. Department of Labor with respect to the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"), and activity by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regarding a rule about employee health benefits.

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November 2004

Spring was a season of victories for the DGS Labor & Employment group

On April 5th, Janet Savage, Andy Low and Dale Harris won a major victory in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. In Heno v. Sprint/United Management Co., the Tenth Circuit reversed a jury verdict for the plaintiff in a race discrimination case.

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April 2004

Fair Labor Standards Act Update

On April 20, 2004, in an attempt to better accommodate the realities of the modern workplace, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) published regulations changing the standards governing whether employees are exempt from the overtime and minimum wage requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  The new regulations go into effect on August 23, 2004 and will affect the overtime eligibility of workers.

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June 2003

Wage and Hour Update

Introduction. The legislature significantly revised Colorado’s Wage Act this year. The amendments took effect in August 2003 and are largely employer-friendly. By understanding the nature and impact of the new revisions, employers can more effectively protect themselves against claims under the Act.

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March 2002

Dealing with Employee Vices

I. Employee Theft
A. Investigations

  1. Defamation risks
  • Definition: Publication of a statement about another person that tends to demean that other person and results in injury to that person’s reputation.

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November 2000

Restraining Orders: Taking Measures to Protect Your Employees and Company from Workplace Violence and Stalking

Every year in the United States, over a million people become the victims of some form of workplace violence. In a recent survey, more than half of the companies polled reported at least one of their workers had been attacked, stalked, threatened, or killed on the job within the last five years. Too often, we read about these frightening statistics in daily newspapers, which frequently contain headlines of violent confrontations in the workplace.

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February 1999

Recruiting, Hiring and Supervising Workers Without Violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act

Age discrimination is prohibited under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C.S. ␣ 621 et seq. (␣ADEA␣). The ADEA was modeled after Title VII which prohibits discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Like Title VII, the ADEA deals with all aspects of discrimination in the workplace: hiring, assignments, promotions, compensation, environment, and discharges. The ADEA prohibits age discrimination against individuals who are at least 40 years old. In 1986, the upper age limit of 70 years old was removed so that the statute now prohibits discrimination regardless of whether an employee is beyond the age of 70.

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