Janet Savage

Janet Savage

Partner
Denver
Admitted In
  • Colorado

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Janet Savage is a partner in the Employment & Labor Law Group of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. She has been practicing since 1981 in the employment and labor law areas. She has significant litigation experience, defending claims by employees including all types of discrimination, contract, and defamation claims. A significant portion of her practice involves counseling and defending companies on claims of harassment and discrimination. She regularly counsels companies in general employment matters as well as discrimination claims. She also represents companies in various labor issues including arbitrations and National Labor Relations Board proceedings.

Ms. Savage is a frequent speaker and author on employment related topics. She has spoken before the Colorado Association of Certified Public Accountants, Colorado Women’s Corporate Counsel Group, American Corporate Counsel Group, National Resellers Convention, and at a number of continuing legal education seminars sponsored by the Council on Education in Management. She has been the moderator and program organizer for a series of employment seminars for CLE of Colorado and for numerous client seminars. She has been named as a “Leader in Their Field” in Labor & Employment Law for a number of years in Chambers USA and has earned an AV Preeminent® Peer Review RatingTM from Martindale-Hubbell®. She was also recently selected as a League of Justice honoree by the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center for her work organizing the guardian ad litem program at DGS. She was also recently elected by the American Board of Trial Advocates to become a member. Ms. Savage has also recently been recognized with the Client Choice Awards 2016.

Prior to joining DGS, she was managing partner and shareholder in the Denver office of a large Minneapolis-based law firm. She received her B.A. in 1976 with honors from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and her J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School in 1981, where she was a member and research editor of the Suffolk University Law Review. Following law school, she was a clerk for one year in the Colorado Court of Appeals. Ms. Savage is admitted to the Colorado Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and U.S. District Courts for the District of Colorado, Eastern District of Michigan, and Western District of Texas, Austin Division.  She has also been admitted to numerous courts for the defense of particular cases.

Ms. Savage is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, and has been a lecturer at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She is a member of the Labor and Litigation Sections of the American Bar Association, and Labor Law Committee of the Colorado Bar Association. She is also a member of the Alliance of Professional Women, Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and Women’s Corporate Counsel Group. She was the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society for four years.

Education

Suffolk University, J.D., cum laude, 1981
State University of New York, B.A., with Honors, 1976

Experience

Some of her litigation experiences are as follows:

  • Won a jury trial on claims of pregnancy discrimination by a former employee.
  • Received a defense verdict on claims by a former employee of age and national origin discrimination and promissory estoppel.
  • Obtained complete summary judgment on disability discrimination claims.
  • After a five-day jury trial, the plaintiff received less than the amount offered by the employer prior to litigation being filed.
  • After a five-day arbitration, the arbitrator awarded less than the client had offered to pay prior to arbitration being commenced.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit confirmed a complete summary judgment on behalf of a major Denver employer on claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.
  • Won defense verdict at arbitration, which was affirmed both by the Denver District Court and the Colorado Court of Appeals.
  • Won a complete summary judgment in a sexual harassment and discrimination case on behalf of a major Denver company.
  • Successfully defended a company at trial on charges of discrimination.
  • Successfully defended a company at trial on charges of discrimination by a former employee.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed a grant of summary judgment for a plan she represented on an Employee Retirement Income Security Act claim.
  • Won an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in an employment discrimination case.
  • Received a complete summary judgment on claims of age and disability discrimination on behalf of another major corporation.
  • Successfully defended a company, at trial, against charges of wrongful termination by a discharged employee.
  • Successfully defended an area hospital, at trial, against charges of wrongful termination by a discharged employee. In that case, she received a complete defense verdict after a one week trial.
  • Received a complete summary judgment on behalf of a major corporation, in a case pending before Judge Sparr in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
  • Received a complete summary judgment on behalf of a company on charges of wrongful discharge in violation of public policy and national origin discrimination.
  • Received a complete summary judgment on behalf of a company against charges of wrongful termination.
  • Successfully defended a major corporation, at trial in federal district court, against charges of discrimination by a discharged employee.

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