Jonathon Watson
Jonathon Watson


Phone: 303.299.8286

Fax: 303.298.0940

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Legal Secretary

Lynn Howell

Areas of Emphasis

Labor and Employment


  • Juris Doctor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2012
    • Order of St. Ives
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Minor in Sociology, summa cum laude, Truman State University, 2009

Jonathon Watson is an Associate in Sherman & Howard’s Labor and Employment Department. Jon has a diverse local and national practice involving the defense of employment claims arising under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, and other EEO statutes. Jon’s practice involves defending employers against, and counseling employers regarding, unfair labor practice charges and representation disputes under the National Labor Relations Act. He also represents clients in arbitrating labor disputes arising out of collective bargaining agreements and has significant experience litigating labor disputes under the Labor Management Relations Act. Jon has significant experience defending single plaintiff and collective action claims brought under the FLSA and state wage and hour laws.

Representative Matters
  • Successfully defended action by former employer seeking temporary injunction and to enforce non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements at trial for multinational client.
  • Obtained summary judgment and finding that plaintiff violated Rule 11 in Section 301 hybrid action against employer and union in U.S. District Court..
  • Prevailed in numerous arbitrations regarding various claims that employer violated collective bargaining agreements.
  • Counseled large Colorado employer regarding collective bargaining negotiations and potential liability stemming from a threatened strike.
  • Helped obtain nuisance settlement in FLSA donning and doffing collective action with over 4,000 putative class members and successfully argued for a severely diminished attorney fee award to plaintiffs’ counsel.
  • Obtained dismissal and summary judgment on multiple Section 301 actions by union alleging a breach of the parties’ collective bargaining agreement.
  • Routinely advises employers on various employment issues, including:
    • Issues relating to Title VII, the FLSA, the ADA, and other EEO statutes;
    • Compliance with the National Labor Relations Act;
    • Independent contractor/employee classification;
    • Employee handbooks and policies to ensure legal compliance and positive employee relations; and
    • Non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements.
  • Advises employers during union organizing campaigns and respond to unfair labor practice charges in front of the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Defends employers against FLSA single and collective actions and counsels employers to ensure compliance with the FLSA and other wage laws.
  • Represents employers against single and multi-plaintiff employment discrimination actions at the administrative level and in state and federal courts nationwide.
Professional Activities
  • Member, Barrister, William E. Doyle American Inn of Court, 2011-present
    • The organization promotes professionalism in the legal community
  • Member, Wage and Hour Defense Institute, 2017-present
    • Nationwide network of attorneys specializing in wage and hour litigation
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, 2012-present
  • Member, Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, 2012-present
  • Member, American Bar Association, 2012-present
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association, 2012-present
  • Member, Denver Bar Association, 2012-present


Civic Activities

  • Executive Committee Member, Assistant Secretary, Metro Denver Partners, 2014-present
    • Organization that promotes a safe and growth-oriented environment in which at-risk youth can develop and flourish through: friendship and commitment, mentoring and role modeling, education and guidance and family support
  • Member, Equity Capital Groupe, 2017-present
    • Network of business and community leaders focusing on business growth, philanthropy, and the overall enhancement of Colorado.
  • Volunteer, University of Denver’s Advocacy Program, 2012-present
    • Competitions to prepare students for a successful career as an attorney.
  • Participant, Movember Foundation, 2015-present
    • Annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide.
  • Mentor, Denver Urban Scholars, 2013-2016
    • Organization that partners with high poverty, high performing schools to unlock the potential of students facing added challenges by creating individual pathways to career and college.
  • Volunteer, Providence Foundation, 2010-2012
    • Organization dedicated to helping high school students develop their life skills: critical thinking & analysis, persuasion, professional writing, leadership, and community involvement using a mock trail format.


Bar Admissions

  • Colorado State Court
  • Wyoming State Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Honors and Awards
  • Super Lawyer
    Super Lawyers
  • 40 Under 40 Nominee
    Denver Business Journal
Publications and Presentations




  • Check-In: EEOC, DOL, and NLRB Compliance – A Labor and Employment Law Roundtable
    Employment Law Daily
    June 2018
  • Wage and Hour Self-Audits: An Apple a Day Keeps the DOL Away
    Sherman & Howard Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference
    May 2018
  • Drug Testing – What Breweries Need to Know About Testing Employees’ Marijuana Use Under Colorado and Federal Law
    Business of Beer Series
    May 2017
  • The Big 5: What You Must Know
    Sherman & Howard Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference
    April 2017; May 2016; May 2017
  • EEO & Labor Update: If You Remember Nothing Else
    Sherman & Howard Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Conference
    April 2014