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Brooke A. Colaizzi

Member

Phone: 303.299.8471

Fax: 303.298.0940

bcolaizzi@shermanhoward.com

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Legal Secretary

Clarine Kuntz
303.299.8209

Areas of Emphasis

Labor and Employment

Education

  • Juris Doctor, with high honors, University of Texas School of Law, 2003
    • Order of the Coif
    • Member, University of Texas Law Review
  • Bachelor of Arts in Technical Journalism and Political Science, minor in Economics, summa cum laude, Colorado State University, 1999

Brooke Colaizzi is a Member of Sherman & Howard’s Labor & Employment Law Department. Brooke began her career with Sherman & Howard in 2003 and since that time has represented employers in all types of employment matters. Brooke has litigated claims under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, and the FMLA, as well as state-law contract and tort claims before administrative agencies and in both federal and state court. She counsels employers on all aspects of the employment relationship, including contracts, workplace policies, employee relations, wage/hour issues, leave laws, wellness programs, independent contractors, and covenants not to compete.

Representative Matters
  • With trial team secured verdict on claims on gender and disability discrimination, retaliation, and failure to accommodate
  • With trial team secured defense jury verdict on claims of disability and age discrimination and wrongful discharge
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of large telecommunications company on former employee’s claims of pregnancy discrimination, retaliation, and FMLA interference, Borwick v. T-Mobile West Corp., 2013 WL 229497 (D. Colo. Jan. 22, 2013), affirmed on appeal 2013 WL 4007740 (10th Cir. Aug. 7, 2013)
  • Successfully and economically resolved claim of pregnancy discrimination brought against surgery center by pregnant employee/nurse
  • Successfully and economically resolved claims of race discrimination and retaliation brought against Army contractor in Oklahoma
  • Successfully and economically resolved claims of disability discrimination and failure to accommodate brought by employee claiming allergy to fragrances
  • Successfully argued on appeal before the Colorado Division of Labor & Employment that 117 independent contractors were erroneously reclassified as employees.
  • Investigated and resolved sexual harassment complaint at taconite mine in Minnesota
  • Testified on behalf of Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry against proposed legislation to significantly broaden family and medical leave laws in Colorado.
Professional Activities
  • Admitted, Colorado
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member Representative, Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry
  • Member, City Club of Denver
Honors and Awards
  • 2013 Law Week Colorado‘s Barrister’s Best in Show: Best Employment Lawyer, Defense
Publications and Presentations
  • Speaks to a variety of audiences on employment law matters, including EEO developments, the FMLA, GINA and wellness programs and hiring and documentation issues
  • Former Assistant Editor, Sherman & Howard Labor & Employment Law News
  • Turning in the Client: Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Statutes and the Criminal Defense of Battered Women, Texas Law Review Vol. 81 (2002-2003)