William A. Wright


Phone: 303.299.8086

Fax: 303.298.0940


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Mary Ann Meise

Areas of Emphasis

Labor and Employment


  • Juris Doctor, University of Chicago School of Law, 1996
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of North Carolina, 1988
  • Masters of Arts, University of North Carolina, 1985
  • Bachelor of Arts, with highest honors, Purdue University, 1983

Bill Wright is the manager of Sherman & Howard’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group and has nearly twenty years of experience with Sherman & Howard representing employers. He advises clients on employee relations matters including policies and procedures, investigations, workplace audits, confidentiality and restrictive covenants, leave administration, hiring, accommodation issues, disciplinary actions, reductions in force, and termination decisions. He has represented employers in proceedings before courts across the country and in conflicts with the EEOC and DOL as well as state agencies. Bill holds a PhD in Ethics and is a frequent speaker on employee relations and on corporate and Human Resources ethics.

Representative Matters
  • Curry v. MillerCoors, Inc., Civil Action 12-cv-02471-JLK (D. Colo. 2013)(Medical marijuana wrongful discharge case)
  • Meirhofer v. Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, Inc., 2011 WL 642664 (9th Cir. 2011)(ADA harassment case)
  • Buswell v. Navopache Electric Co-Op, Inc., 2008 WL 4182987 (Ariz.App. Div. 1 2008), as amended (Sep 16, 2008), review denied (Feb 10, 2009) (Arizona wrongful discharge and tort claims case)
  • Adams v. Cyprus Amax Minerals Co., 149 F.3d 1156 (10th Cir. 1998) (ERISA benefits case)
  • McCarty v. Kaiser-Hill Co., L.L.C., 15 P.3d 1122 (Colo. App. 2000) (state tort claim – outrageous conduct case)
  • Adkins v. U.S. West Communications, Inc., 181 F. Supp. 2d 1189 (D. Colo. 2001) (sex and age discrimination and ERISA retaliation case)
  • Steinbach v. Dillon Companies, Inc., 253 F.3d 538 (10th Cir. 2001) (labor law preemption case)
  • Exum vs. United States Olympic Committee, 389 F.3d 1130 (10th Cir. 2004) (race discrimination case under 42 U.S.C. § 1981)
  • Fordjour v. Intel Corp., 158 Fed.Appx. 826 (9th Cir. 2005) (ERISA, race discrimination and contract claim case)
  • Young v. Dillon Companies, Inc., 468 F.3d 1243 (10th Cir. 2006) (race discrimination and employee handbook contract claim case)
Professional Activities
  • Former Member, Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado Board of Directors
  • Former Member, Denver Health Foundation Board of Directors
  • Former Member, Blue Ribbon Commission for Denver Court Childcare Center
Honors and Awards
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Beta Phi
  • Charlotte Newcomb Fellow (1987-88)
Publications and Presentations
  • Faculty, Institute of Applied Management and Law
  • Evaluating Organization Ethics & Codes of Conduct AZSHRM Spring 2012
  • Managing Religious Conflict AZSHRM Fall 2012 Employee Hotlines AZSHRM Fall 2013