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Barbara A. Grandjean

Barbara A. Grandjean

Partner
Denver
office: 303.892.4458
fax: 303.749.7272
Overview

Barb represents employers and employees inside and outside the courtroom.

She frequently consults with employers regarding workplace issues, such as hiring, discipline and terminations, privacy and social media matters, medical and non-medical leave matters, reductions in force, executive employment, wage and hour matters, and employment handbooks, policies and training. Her work in recent years includes:

  • Regularly advising a national hotel management company on a wide range of employment-related matters.
  • Defeating claims of discrimination, retaliation, unlawful discharge and wage and hour violations against food-service franchisors.
  • Representing a national food and beverage company in its labor and employment matters.
  • Consulting with a variety of specialized healthcare providers (surgery centers, rehab centers, physician practices) on day-to-day employment matters.

Barb has also handled numerous cases involving noncompete and similar agreements, theft of trade secrets, state and federal wage and hour laws, Department of Labor (DOL), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and other state and federal agency investigations, as well as issues relating to Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), workers' compensation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and other contract and tort issues relating to the employment relationship.

She has represented employers and employees in various agency, state and federal court and arbitration proceedings related to noncompetition agreements, theft of trade secrets, wrongful termination, fiduciary duty, breach of contract, wage disputes, equal pay, discrimination, retaliation and harassment claims.

She is often hired to conduct internal workplace investigations on a wide variety of topics. The clients Barb has worked with span across industries, including healthcare, senior living, hospitality and resort, food service, light manufacturing, professional and financial services, engineering, transportation, publishing, retail, real estate sales and investment and development.

Barb lectures at continuing legal education programs regarding various employment law topics and has provided employment law-related training to several large national and international companies, as well as smaller local and regional companies.

Barb also maintains an active business litigation practice, which includes real estate disputes, business torts and complex contract cases, along with intellectual property, professional liability, creditor/debtor and securities matters.


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Recognition

  • Benchmark Litigation, Labor & Employment Star - West, 2019
  • The Best Lawyers In America, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law - Management, 2016-2019
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, 2011-2018; Top 50 Women, 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Education

  • J.D., University of Colorado School of Law
      • Order of the Coif 
      • University of Colorado Law Review
  • B.A., College of William and Mary

Admissions

  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates, 2006-present
Experience

Labor & Employment

  • Consulting with a variety of specialized healthcare providers (surgery centers, rehab centers, physician practices) on day-to-day employment matters.
  • Represented a hospital system in a variety of labor and employment matters including defending civil rights charges related to "English Only" policies.
  • Defended corporate representative in multiday jury trial against claims by owner/physician against medical practice and representative for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and civil conspiracy.
  • Conducted internal workplace investigations for numerous public and private companies concerning sexual harassment, workplace violence, conflicts of interest, ethical and policy violations, race discrimination, age discrimination, gender discrimination and retaliation.
  • Represented a high-level executive in wrongful termination and defamation claims against former employer.
  • Represented national brokerage firm in arbitration proceedings with other brokerage firms concerning the hiring of employees and "raid" claims.
  • Defended a healthcare provider in Title III ADA litigation related to hearing-impaired patients.
  • Defended national retailer in disabilities-access litigation concerning shopping center access.
  • Defended corporate representative in multiday jury trial against claims by former employee of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and civil conspiracy.

Business Litigation

  • Represented international real estate marketing and sales company in multiday arbitration proceeding with counterclaim for $14 million.
  • Counseled numerous commercial landlords in breach of lease and eviction proceedings, including prejudgment attachment of personal property on the leased premises.
  • Represented landowner in partition action.
  • Advised former officers and directors in various breach of fiduciary duty actions brought by bankruptcy trustee and creditors.
  • Represented purchaser of commercial property in escrow dispute with seller.
  • Represented several landowners in adverse possession and quiet title actions.
  • Defended landowner in dispute with broker regarding commissions.
  • Represented buyers and sellers in failed real estate purchase and sale transactions.
  • Defended ski area owner and operator in dispute with adjacent landowners concerning access through multiday trial.
  • Defended public company in class-action securities lawsuit that included cross claims and third-party claims.
  • Represented individuals in Colorado Consumer Protection Act claim against former legal counsel in connection with the brokerage and sale of a business.
  • Represented national building products manufacturer in dispute with distributor.
  • Represented beneficiaries of trust against trustee alleging fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, including obtaining award of enhanced punitive damages after multiday trial.
  • Advised plaintiff class against public company asserting claims of securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and related torts.
  • Represented shipping company in enforcing territorial restriction in license agreement through a preliminary injunction hearing.
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Community Leadership
  • The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), Trustee, 2016-present
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation, Director, 2013-present; President, 2016-present
  • American Red Cross-Mile High Chapter, Director, 2009-2015
  • Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, Access Denver, Class of 2008; Leadership Denver, Class of 2013
  • Easter Seals Colorado, Board of Directors, Chair, 2007-2009; Governance Committee, 2005-2007; Director, 2003-2009
  • University of Colorado School of Law, Colorado Health Equity Project, Supervising Attorney, 2014-present