Jonathon Watson
Jonathon Watson

Associate

Phone: 303.299.8286

Fax: 303.298.0940

jwatson@shermanhoward.com

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Legal Secretary

Lynn Howell
303.299.8435

Areas of Emphasis

Labor and Employment

Education

  • 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

Jon is a labor and employment attorney with an emphasis on defending employers against wage and hour claims. He has developed a local and national practice defending single plaintiff and class and collective action claims brought under the FLSA, as well as state wage and hour laws. Jon’s practice also involves defending general employment claims arising under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, and other EEO statutes. In addition, Jon defends and counsels employers regarding unfair labor practice charges and representation disputes under the National Labor Relations Act. Jon 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.

 

Representative Matters
  • Secured 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.
  • 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 to achieve favorable outcome in collective bargaining negotiations and potential liability stemming from a threatened strike.
  • Obtained dismissal and summary judgment on multiple Section 301 actions by union alleging a breach of the parties’ collective bargaining agreement.
  • 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 and hour laws.
  • Represents employers against single and multi-plaintiff employment discrimination actions at the administrative level and in state and federal courts nationwide.
  • Routinely advises employers on various other 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.
  • Representative active matters include:
    • Lead counsel defending large national trucking carrier in class actions in two different states concerning alleged violations of state wage and hour law and involving hundreds of putative class members.
    • Lead counsel defending national staffing agency in a nationwide wage and hour class and collective action involving tens-of-thousands of putative class members.
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
    • 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

  • 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.
  • Member, Equity Capital Groupe, 2017-present
    • Network of business and community leaders focusing on business growth, philanthropy, and the overall enhancement of Colorado.
  • Executive Committee Member, Assistant Secretary, Metro Denver Partners, 2014-2018
    • 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
  • 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
    2018
  • 40 Under 40 Nominee
    Denver Business Journal
    2018
Publications and Presentations

Publications

 

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