William “Bill” Wright

Member

Denver, Colorado Phoenix, Arizona

Phone: 303.299.8086

Fax: 303.298.0940

wwright@shermanhoward.com

Education

  • 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
    • Phi Beta Phi Fellow
  • Bachelor of Arts, with highest honors, Purdue University, 1983
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Phi Beta Phi

For nearly 25 years, William “Bill” Wright has advised employers on all employee-relations matters, including policies and procedures, investigations, workplace audits, confidentiality and restrictive covenants, leave administration, accommodation issues, disciplinary actions, hiring processes, reductions in force, and termination decisions.

Bill’s advice is informed by decades of experience representing employers in federal and state court proceedings across the country and before federal and state agencies. He has successfully represented employers in conflicts with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the United States Department of Labor (DOL).

Bill holds a Ph.D. in ethics and is a sought-after speaker and thought leader on employee relations as well as on corporate and human resources ethics.

Experience

  • Negotiated resolution of charges of discrimination and tort claims against a hospitality company arising from alleged on-site sexual assault.
  • Designed creative confidentiality and noncompetition agreements for an accounting firm based on facts of employment, such as deferred compensation, the presence of trade secrets, executive and managerial roles, and sale of equity holdings.
  • Advised a consulting firm on managing employee claims of disability harassment and requests for accommodation.
  • Advised hospitality and domestic services employers through claims by current employees of misclassification as exempt from overtime premium pay.
  • Revised and negotiated cannabidiol (CBD) industry client’s executive agreements, including employment agreements, stay agreements, bonus arrangements, and termination agreements.
  • Led third-party IT teams in the investigation of allegations that a nonprofit company’s head of IT breached confidentiality and made personal use of the company’s intellectual property.
  • Led third-party IT teams in the investigation for a real estate investment and housing company into allegations that the company’s head of IT breached confidentiality and made personal use of the company’s intellectual property.
  • Advised a computer design and manufacturing employer and negotiated agreements on its behalf with the EEOC that resolved class allegations of age discrimination.
  • Advised a logistics and transportation firm and negotiated agreements with the EEOC resolving class allegations of age discrimination.
  • Approved by the EEOC to conduct a logistics and transportation firm’s employee training as required by consent decree.
  • Approved by the EEOC to conduct employee training for a higher-education institution as required by consent decree.

Publications & Presentations

PUBLICATIONS

PRESENTATIONS

  • Supreme Court Update
    Annual Arizona Labor & Employment Law Seminar | September 2019
  • EEO-1 Component 2: The EEOC Collects W-2 Data
    Labor & Employment Breakfast Briefing | June 2019
  • Whistleblower Litigation: Scope, Causation, and Standard of Proof
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference | May 2019
  • Pay Data in Your EEO-1
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference | May 2019
  • Ethics in Investigations: Seven Ways to Destroy Privilege
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference | May 2018
  • Online Harassment: Policy, Investigations, and Privacy
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference | May 2017
  • The Colorado General Assembly’s Changes to the Procurement Code in HB 17-1051
    Annual Arizona Labor & Employment Law Conference | April 2017
  • Hold ‘Em/Fold ‘Em: Workplace Accommodations
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference Agenda | May 2016
  • How To Deal With Your Lawyer (Or Client) In Litigation
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference Agenda | May 2016
  • Hold ‘Em/Fold ‘Em: Workplace Accommodations
    Annual Arizona Labor & Employment Seminar | April 2016
  • Waiting for Roberts: Recent and Pending Supreme Court Decisions
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference | April 2015
  • How Do You Spell Ethics? F-M-L-A
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference | April 2015
  • Employee Hotlines
    AZSHRM | Fall 2013
  • Managing Religious Conflict
    AZSHRM | Fall 2012
  • Evaluating Organization Ethics & Codes of Conduct
    AZSHRM | Spring 2012

Professional Activities

  • Faculty, Institute of Applied Management and Law
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Denver Health Foundation
  • Former Member, Blue Ribbon Commission for Denver Court Childcare Center

Highlights

  • Charlotte Newcomb Fellow (1987-88)