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JOSHUA D. BROWN

Practice areas: Employment Defense, General LiabilityInsurance Defense, Subrogation, Workers’ Compensation Defense

 

EXPERIENCE

Mr. Brown recently became a member of and partner at Lee + Kinder LLC and will continue his focus on representing insurance carriers and employers in workers’ compensation, employment law and general liability claims.  Mr. Brown has been practicing in Colorado since 2005 and handles matters arising under such laws as Americans with Disability Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination and Employment Act (ADEA), Colorado Wage Act and the Fair Labor Standard Act.  Over these years Mr. Brown has successfully defended employers against claims of workers’ compensation, discrimination, harassment, retaliation based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age and disability, in addition to local discrimination laws.

He has also represented employers in the enforcement of employment contracts, including breach of contract matters, non-compete and trade secret issues.  He regularly counsels clients on the spectrum of employment issues, with the goal of avoiding litigation.  Mr. Brown advises and assists employers in developing and enforcing proper employment contracts and policies, employment handbooks and compensation agreements.

Mr. Brown has represented clients in federal and state judicial and administrative proceedings, including those before federal district courts, state appellate courts, district and county courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Colorado Civil Rights Division and the Colorado Department of Labor.  Over the past two years, Mr. Brown has successfully obtained defense verdicts in three trials, two of which involved juries within the state court system.  These matters involved complicated claims of bad faith insurance, fraud, wage and discrimination type claims.  Additionally, over the past eight years Mr. Brown has successfully defended numerous workers’ compensation claims at the Colorado Department of Labor, also with a primary focus of cost savings for his clients.


PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS

Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association

–          Employment Law Committee Chair from 2012 to Current

–          Employment Law Committee Member Since 2006

 

HONORS

Colorado Super Lawyer – Rising Star 2014.

 

PUBLICATIONS

“Use-It-or-Lost-It” Benefit Policies and the Colorado Wage Claim Act, 41 The Colorado Lawyer 39 (June 2012).

Best Practices for WC Loss Control ProgramVarious Workers’ Compensation Newsletters and Internet Blog Sources.

 

LEGISLATIVE TESTIMONY

Frequently provides testimony to various Colorado State Legislative committees regarding pending legislation impacting Colorado employers, inclusive of the potential negative impact for Colorado employers, the Colorado economy and financial impact on the insurance industry.

 

PRESENTATIONS

Frequent presenter for Colorado Defense Lawyers Association on various topics in employment law and insurance defense matters such as covenants not to compete, trade secret s, Americans with Disabilities Act, misclassification of workers, social media and various workers’ compensation issues.  Also a frequent presenter to Sedgwick CMS, Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc. and Corvel and various Colorado workers’ compensation matters, ranging from claim defense strategies, new legislation and claim cost measures.

Guest presenter for Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, Telluride, CO – July 25, 2014 – Temporary Disability and the New Era under the ADA

Guest presenter for Creative Risk Solutions – April 3, 2014 – New Colorado Legislation and What You Need to Know.

Guest presenter for Sedgwick CMS and SkyWest Airlines, Inc. – Best Practices for WC Loss Control Program – September 23, 2013

Guest presenter for Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, Beaver Creek, CO – July 3, 2013 – Intersection of the ADA, Workers’ Compensation and FMLA Issues.

Guest presenter for the Illinois and Texas Defense Bar Association, Steamboat  Springs CLE – February 7, 2013 – Social Media Investigation of Plaintiffs.

RIMS – Rocky Mountain Region – November 2012 – ADA and Impact on Colorado Workers’ Compensation Claims.


BAR ADMISSIONS

Colorado
U.S. District Court, Colorado
Washington (inactive)

 

EDUCATION

J.D., Gonzaga University, 2005
B.A.,ColoradoStateUniversity, 2002