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Don Samuels is a partner in the Denver and Los Angeles offices. His practice centers on all aspects of employment law, general civil litigation, and intellectual property law.

Mr. Samuels represents employers throughout the United States while holding licenses in Colorado, California, and Texas; his reputation is as a tough and fair litigator and a trusted client advisor, and he acts as an employment law arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. His background demonstrates his exemplary leadership and management capabilities.

Mr. Samuels started his legal career clerking for the Honorable William D. Keller in the Central District of California.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Lexology 2013 Client Choice Awards, Employment & Labor
    • Law Week Colorado, “Barrister’s Best 2010, Best Employment Lawyer,” People’s Choice
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2013–present
    • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment, 2010–present
    • Colorado Super Lawyers, 2009–present
    • FORTUNE Magazine: Top-Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment, 2013
    • ALM Top Rated Lawyers, Southern California, 2012–present
    • Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property by Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
    • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers, 2009–2010
    • Colorado Corporate Counsel Black Book, 2007–2008
    • AAA Employment Law Arbitrator, 2000–present
    • CLE International Intellectual Property, presenter, 2005–2007
    • Chairman of the ABA Litigation Section’s State Legislation Committee 1991–1994
    • Member of the ABA Task Force on Initiative and Referenda 1994
    • Contributor to ABA Employment & Labor Relations Law Journal  
    • Southeast Metropolitan Law Club, President, 2002–2003
    • Special Advocate for the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center
    • James Kent and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia University, 1986
    • Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property by Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
    • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers, 2009–2010
    • Colorado Corporate Counsel Black Book, 2007–2008
    • AAA Employment Law Arbitrator, 2000–present
    • CLE International Intellectual Property, presenter, 2005–2007
    • Chairman of the ABA Litigation Section’s State Legislation Committee 1991–1994
    • Member of the ABA Task Force on Initiative and Referenda 1994
    • Contributor to ABA Employment & Labor Relations Law Journal  
    • Southeast Metropolitan Law Club, President, 2002–2003
    • Special Advocate for the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center
    • James Kent and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia University, 1986
    • Chairman of the ABA Litigation Section’s State Legislation Committee 1991–1994
    • Member of the ABA Task Force on Initiative and Referenda 1994
    • Contributor to ABA Employment & Labor Relations Law Journal  
    • Southeast Metropolitan Law Club, President, 2002–2003
    • Special Advocate for the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center
    • James Kent and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia University, 1986
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Professional Affiliations

    • Member of the American Bar Association
    • Member of the Colorado, California, and Texas Bar Associations
    • Member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Judicial Institute, 2015-present
    • Member of the Colorado, California, and Texas Bar Associations
    • Member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Judicial Institute, 2015-present
    • Member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Judicial Institute, 2015-present
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Representative Experience

  • City of Beverly Hills vs. JT Brands, Inc. - Trademark infringement and breach of contract case which resulted in a settlement and stipulated injunction against JT Brands, Inc.
  • City of Beverly Hills vs. Robert Berry dba Black Beverly Hills -Trademark infringement lawsuit which resulted in a settlement agreement and the cessation of infringing use of the City’s trademarks.
  • Lopez v. City of Beverly Hills - 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 of Beverly Hills.
  • Fulps v. Iron Mountain, Inc.  - 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.
  • Casanova, et al. v. Iron Mountain, Inc. - Defended Iron Mountain in a wage and hour class action that resulted in a settlement approved by the court.
  • Jenson v. [Cable Company] - Summary judgment granted in favor of the defendant in a racial discrimination and retaliation case.
  • City of Beverly Hills v. Federal Transit Administration, et al. - Representation of the City of Beverly Hills in an environmental case involving tunneling under Beverly Hills High School.
  • Kaye v. City of Indio - Representation of the City of Indio in a lawsuit involving gender discrimination, FEHA retaliation, whistleblower retaliation and failure to take corrective action. Case settled after successful mediation.
  • Farfan, et al., v. UDR, Inc. - Representation of UDR, Inc. in connection with a wage and hour class action.  Case was resolved after mediation and the court gave final approval to the settlement.  
  • JBCD, LLC d/b/a Hair Color Experts of Parker v. Casey Olson and Divine Hair, LLC - Obtained permanent injunction enforcing non-competition agreement.
  • Becker v. Dish Network - Arbitration award in sexual harassment and retaliation due in favor of Defendant.
  • Andrews v. Central Parking System, Inc. – Summary judgment in favor of HRO’s client, Central Parking System, Inc. on all claims which involve race discrimination and race retaliation.  Summary judgment affirmed by the 10th circuit. 
  • San Francisco Newspaper Company, LLC v. Hugo Hernandez – Obtained permanent Restraining Order against defendant who was threatening a San Francisco Examiner employee.
  • Fasa Corporation and Virtual World Entertainment v. Playmates Toys, Inc. – Verdict in favor of Playmates Toys, Inc. on all claims which involved copyright and trademark issues.
  • Trejo v. Telemundo Affiliate – Arbitration Award in National Origin case in favor of all Defendants.
  • Patty Bonham and Dean Bonham, Plaintiffs v. Barbara Smith – Court determined that the debt was discharged and ordered opposing side and its attorneys to pay monies to HRO’s client.
  • Kaltenberg Marketing GMBH and Kaltenberg Castle Brewery v. Coors Brewing Company – Arbitration Award in favor of Coors Brewing Company involving a failed joint venture.
  • BC Natural Foods, LLC v. Jeff Hackney and Jeff Tripician – Granting of Temporary Restraining Order and preliminary injunction on behalf of HRO client based on the “inevitable disclosure” doctrine.
  • Saint John's Church in the Wilderness; Charles I. Thompson and Charles W. Berberich v. Ken Scott and Clifton Powell – A series of equitable cases in which HRO sought and obtained a temporary, preliminary, and permanent injunction. A first amendment case, the first of its kind in Colorado, involving the conflict between freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
  • Tidelands Oil Production Company v. Permian Enterprises, Inc. – Unanimous jury verdict in favor of HRO’s client, the Defendant, in connection with a failed cement-lined elbow in an oil field.
  • iTECH Fitness v. Robert Reid, et al. –  Granting of Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction on behalf of our client based on misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and inevitable disclosure “doctrine.”
  • Mark Lipa v. Sheridan Healthcare, of Colorado, P.C. – Defended breach of contract action by terminated doctor. Case settled midway through trial.

Publications

  • Client Alert: "The New FLSA Regulations: Impact Will Be More Than Just Higher Salaries for Exempt Employees," May 25, 2016, co-authored with Zachary Hummel
  • Client Alert: "Amended California FEHA Regulations Take Effect April 1, Impose Detailed Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policy Requirements," March 22, 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • RoundTable presentation on Best Practices in Employment law to LA-CFOs, September 2016

  • Client presentation:  “Managing the Employment Relationship,” September 2016

  • Presentation at National Finance Industry Employment Law Committee: Pay Equity, June 2016
  • Client Presentation: Corporate Privacy, June 2016
  • Client Presentation: Corporate Compliance, April 2016
  • Client Presentation: California Legal Update, 2014
  • "Navigating the Legal Mine Field of Employment Law," SHRM at Large Invitational, 2013
  • HRO Employment Law Seminar, presenter, 2002–2011
  • Lecturer on employment law to U.S. District Court, C.D. Cal., September 1996
  • Golden Rule Management Seminar throughout the U.S., presenter, 1995–present
  • Speaker on sexual harassment issues throughout the United States, 1995–present
  • CLE International Employment Law, presenter, March 2000