Attorneys

img-attorney1Jennifer L. Gokenbach is the founding member of Gokenbach Law, LLC. She regularly represents businesses of all sizes in federal and state courts across the United States and in administrative proceedings, including those before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and the Colorado Civil Rights Division.

Jennifer blogs and tweets about current and influential topics in employment law that affect her business clients. The insight she uniquely provides is available on her legal blog – Colorado Employer’s Law. You can also follow what Jennifer has to say on Twitter at @employmentlawUS.

She also enjoys teaching trial skills as a faculty member with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and mentoring new lawyers with the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP).

Education

University of Denver Law Review, General Editor (2002-2003) & Staff Editor (2001-2002);
 President, Moot Court Board (2002-2003); 
National Champion, National Student Trial Advocacy Competition, New Orleans, Louisiana (2003)
; Regional Champion, National Student Trial Advocacy Competition (2003); 
Clinical Work, Student Attorney, Domestic Violence Student Law Office (2002);
 Research Assistant, Dr. John Reese, Administrative Law (2001-2003); Law Intern, U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Colorado (2002-2003)

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2003
  • Florida, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah, 2015

Notable Cases

  • Successfully argued before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm the U.S. District Court’s dismissal of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action lawsuit for alleged tip pooling violations, including validity of the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2011 tip pooling regulation
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action lawsuit against LoDo restaurant/bar
  • Prevailed on civil theft claim in favor of media industry employer against former executive after 5-day jury trial
  • Prevailed on behalf of real estate developer employer in wage dispute after 3-day bench trial
  • Prevailed on behalf of medical services employer in appeal of benefits claim involving allegations of disability discrimination after 3-day administrative hearing
  • Obtained summary judgment and order of sanctions for discovery abuses in favor of energy company in case alleging Title VII and 42 U.S.C. § 1981 race discrimination
  • Obtained dismissal of misappropriation claim against former executive and new employer in non-compete litigation
  • Obtained dismissal of lawsuit against fast food restaurant employer for alleged Title VII national origin discrimination and ADEA age discrimination
  • Successfully argued before the Colorado Court of Appeals to reverse and remand unemployment tax liability determination involving two classes of workers of pet grooming business
  • Successfully resolved lawsuit brought by Colorado Civil Rights Division against farm employer involving alleged sexual harassment claims due to the Division’s failure to follow its own rules
  • Successfully resolved class and collective action against convenience store chain for alleged Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations
  • Successfully resolved whistleblower claim involving the False Claims Act against a medical billing employer
  • Advocated in numerous multi-day arbitration proceedings on behalf of companies, employers and business owners, including breach of contract claims and shareholder disputes
  • Resolved numerous ADA, ADEA, Title VII, and wrongful termination claims on behalf of employers

Speaking Engagements

  • “The #MeToo Movement – Confidentiality Provisions in Sexual Harassment Settlements,” University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver Law Women’s Coalition – Panel Moderator, April 3, 2018
  • “EEOC Settlement Agreements & Updates to National Origin Discrimination and Retaliation Guidelines,” Colorado Bar Association CLE, Hot Topics in Employment Litigation: Managing High-profile Cases, Implicit Bias & Other Challenges, December 2, 2016
  • “The EEOC and Transgender Issues,” Worklaw® Network Semi-Annual Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky, April 30, 2016
  • “Employment Law Considerations: Marijuana and the Workplace,” SLS Seminar-Managing Risk in Providing Depository Services to MRBS and Other Cash Intensive Businesses, Grand Hyatt Denver, Colorado, May 7, 2015
  • “Marijuana and the Workplace,” Worklaw® Network Semi-Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 3, 2014
  • “The Latest in FLSA Litigation & Enforcement,” Breakfast Briefing, Sheraton Hotel, Denver, Colorado, July 13, 2011
  • “Managing the Employee Relationship,” Global Human Resources Masters Program Course: Legal, Ethical and Employment Issues in Human Resources, University of Denver, University College, Colorado, May 11, 2011
  • “Effective Closing Arguments,” National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Rocky Mountain Trial Skills Program, Boulder, Colorado, April 14, 2011
  • “Hot Employment Law Topics – What Happened in 2010 & What’s Next for 2011,” Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants (CSCPA), CFO Roundtable, Greenwood Village, Colorado, March 25, 2011
  • “Legal Update – 2011 U.S. Supreme Court Decisions,” Boulder Area Human Resource Association, March 2011 Chapter Program, Boulder, Colorado, March 17, 2011
  • “Emerging Trends With the Fair Labor Standards Act,” Breakfast Briefing, Invesco Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado, October 14, 2010
  • “Wage and Hour Pitfalls & Practical Advice to Avoid Expensive Liability,” Boulder Area Human Resource Association Annual Benefit & Legal Update, Boulder, Colorado, August 19, 2010
  • “Legal Update from 2009 & Beyond,” Colorado Human Resource Association (CHRA) Annual Conference, Invesco Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado, January 2010
  • “Keeping Current and In Compliance with Rapidly Changing Employment Laws,” Breakfast Briefing, Greenwood Village, Colorado, November 2009
  • “Mergers & Acquisitions: HR & Employment Law Issues,” Watson Wyatt Worldwide Seminar, Denver, Colorado, September 2009
  • “Hot Topics in Employment Law,” Sterling Education Series, Greenwood Village, Colorado, November 2007
  • “Negotiating Separation Agreements in Difficult Termination Situations,” Sterling Education Series, Greenwood Village, Colorado, November 2007
  • “Successfully Managing Today’s Problematic Employees: Enforcing Disciplinary Action While Avoiding Expensive Liability,” Council on Education in Management, Greenwood Village, Colorado, August 2007

Publications

Accolades

Activities & Community Service

  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • Boulder Area Human Resource Association (Speaker)
  • Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP) (Mentor, 2015 to present)
  • Colorado Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section & Lawyer’s Professional Liability Committee)
  • Colorado Human Resource Association (Speaker)
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (Articles Editor, The Job Description, 2007-2012)
  • Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (Impact Denver Leadership Program Graduate, 2010)
  • Habitat for Humanity of Colorado (Board of Directors, 2008-2012)
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers Association (Volunteer Lawyer, 2004-2008)
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy (Faculty, Rocky Mountain Trial Skills & Deposition Skills Programs, 2010-present)
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law (Adjunct/Trial Team Coach, 2007-2009)
  • Worklaw® Network (Exclusive Colorado Firm & Chair, Amicus Committee)

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