William A. Wright
William A. Wright

Member

Phone: 303.299.8086

Fax: 303.298.0940

wwright@shermanhoward.com

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Legal Secretary

Laura Kostyk
303.299.8119

Areas of Emphasis

Labor & Employment

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
  • Bachelor of Arts, with highest honors, Purdue University, 1983

Bill Wright is the former 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
  • Faculty, Institute of Applied Management and Law
Honors and Awards
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Beta Phi
  • Charlotte Newcomb Fellow (1987-88)
Publications and Presentations

Recent Presentations

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