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  • Education
    • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1986, James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, International Fellow
    • B.A., Brown University, 1983, Political Science, magna cum laude
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Courts for the State of California (All)
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
    • United States Supreme Court
Don Samuels offers more than 30 years of experience in the areas of Employment Law and Litigation. He is a passionate advocate and trusted advisor to his clients with a strong reputation for his in-depth knowledge of the law, high standards, practical approach, integrity and understanding of client needs. Don has a client base that spans from S&P 500 companies  and manufacturing enterprises to city governments and start-up technology companies. While covering all aspects of Employment Law and all phases of Litigation, Don represents employers throughout the United States and holds licenses in Colorado, California and Texas. Don’s extensive experience specifically includes: 
  • Wage and hour issues, including class and collective actions 
  • Discrimination and wrongful termination claims 
  • Sexual and racial harassment claims 
  • Whistle blower and retaliation claims
Enforcement of non-compete and restrictive covenants Don’s client relationships and counsel often include: 
  • Advising on performance issues and terminations 
  • Drafting employee handbooks, employment agreements, severance agreements 
  • In-house training on sexual harassment, performance management, hiring practices and Golden Rule Management (SM)
Don is also an employment law arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, a member of the board of directors of the Colorado Judicial Institute and mentor at Denver University Law School.
  • Represented manufacturing company involving racial discrimination and harassment case, which settled partway through trial.
  • Represented California municipality in trademark infringement and breach of contract case, which resulted in a settlement and stipulated injunction.
  • Represented California municipality in trademark infringement lawsuit, which resulted in a settlement agreement and the cessation of infringing use of the City’s trademarks.
  • Represented California municipality in three week jury trial on claims of national origin discrimination, retaliation, harassment and failure to prevent harassment and discrimination. Defense verdict for individual defendant and on three of four claims against the city.
  • Represented an information management firm in a one week jury trial on claims of wrongful termination in violation of public policy, violation of the Colorado Wage statute and related claims. Defense verdict on all but one claim.
  • Defended information management firm in a wage and hour class action that resulted in a settlement approved by the court.
  • Granted summary judgement for broadcast satellite service provider in a racial discrimination and retaliation case.
  • Represented California municipality in an environmental case involving tunneling under city high school.
  • Represented California municipality in a lawsuit involving gender discrimination, FEHA retaliation, whistleblower retaliation and failure to take corrective action. Case settled after successful mediation.
  • Represented real estate investment company in connection with a wage and hour class action. Case was resolved after mediation and the court gave final approval to the settlement.
  • Obtained permanent injunction enforcing non-competition agreement for private Colorado hair salon.
  • Granted arbitration award in sexual harassment and retaliation in favor of broadcast satellite service provider.
  • Granted summary judgement in favor of parking management company on all claims which involve race discrimination and race retaliation. Summary judgment affirmed by the 10th circuit.
  • Obtained permanent Restraining Order against defendant who was threatening a city newspaper employee.
  • Verdict in favor of toy manufacturer on all claims which involved copyright and trademark issues.
  • Granted arbitration award in National Origin case in favor of broadcast television network. 
  • Granted arbitration award in favor of Colorado brewing company involved in a failed joint venture. 
  • Granted a Temporary Restraining Order and preliminary injunction on behalf client based on the “inevitable disclosure” doctrine.
  • Represented church in a series of equitable cases in which a temporary, preliminary, and permanent injunction was sought and obtained. A first amendment case, the first of its kind in Colorado, involving the conflict between freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
  • Obtained unanimous jury verdict in favor of pipe inspection service connected with a failed cement-lined elbow in an oil field.
  • Granted Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction for a gaming technology company based on misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and inevitable disclosure “doctrine.”
  • Successfully represented a physician group defending breach of contract action by terminated Colorado doctor. Case settled midway through trial.