Raymond “Ray” Deeny

Member

Colorado Springs, Colorado Denver, Colorado Phoenix, Arizona

Phone: 719.448.4016

Fax: 719.635.4576

rdeeny@shermanhoward.com

Education

  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, 1977
  • Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Arizona State University, 1974

Regarded as a dean of labor and employment law, Ray possesses an encyclopedic knowledge and nuanced understanding of L&E laws and regulations.

Representing management for 40-plus years, Raymond “Ray” Deeny combines a robust advisory practice in traditional labor law with an impressive litigation practice defending businesses in employment-related claims in federal and state court jury trials throughout the nation. Ray excels at every stage of litigation, from discovery through trial and any appeals. He builds strong cases, delivers convincing arguments, and works tirelessly to achieve winning results.

Ray is recognized in Chambers USA for Labor & Employment Law and was twice named “Lawyer of the Year” for Labor Law Management (Denver, CO) by Best Lawyers in America. He arbitrates 50 or more cases across the country annually, participates in numerous National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proceedings, and represents companies in three to four employment-related trials a year. He has been lead defense counsel in numerous class and collective actions and cases brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Over the years, the vast majority of his jury trials have resulted in pro-employer verdicts.

Beyond the courtroom, Ray advises nationally known employers on labor- and employee-relations matters ranging from collective bargaining, discipline, and management policies to employee layoffs and discharges. In addition, Ray frequently presents on labor- and employment-related topics and provides training through the Institute for Applied Management and Law and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Publications & Presentations

  • Supreme Court Update
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference | May 2019
  • The EEOC’s Subpoena Strategy
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference | May 2017
  • EEOC: What Statutes Do They Enforce Again?
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference | May 2016

Professional Activities

  • Colorado Bar Association, Labor Law Committee
  • Board of Directors, Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs
  • Chairman, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Diversity
  • Faculty, Institute of Applied Management and Law

Highlights

  • Best Lawyers in America, Colorado Springs
    • Employment Law: Management (2012-2021)
    • Labor Law: Management (2012-2021)
  • Best Lawyers in America, “Lawyer of the Year,” Labor Law Management, Denver, CO (2012, 2013, 2019)
  • Super Lawyers, (2006-2020)
  • Chambers USA, Band 2, Labor & Employment, Colorado (2004-2020)
  • Colorado Springs Style Magazine, “Top Attorney,” Employment Law (2014, 2017-2018)
  • Law Week Colorado, “Barrister’s Best,” People’s Choice, Best Employment Lawyer for Defendants (2017)