Darin L. Mackender: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

Darin L. Mackender

Denver,  CO  U.S.A.
Phone(303) 218-3650

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Class and Collective Action Defense
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Employment Counseling
  • Employment Discrimination and Harassment
  • Wage and Hour
Mailing AddressSuite 2700, 1801 California Street, Denver, Colorado, 80202
University Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE, B.A., with Distinction, 1988
Law SchoolUniversity of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, NE, J.D., with High Distinction, 1993
AdmittedColorado; Nebraska; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; Nebraska Supreme Court; U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado; U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska; Colorado Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Professional Activities

Member, Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association
Member, Labor Forum, Colorado Bar Association
Member, Nebraska State Bar Association
Member, Denver Bar Association
Member, Faculty of Federal Advocates


Darin Mackender is a partner in the Denver office. He litigates employment cases throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.

Darin has extensive experience representing employers before state and federal agencies and courts in matters ranging from single-plaintiff discrimination cases to multi-plaintiff wage and hour cases. He also is an experienced appellate attorney, having briefed and argued numerous cases before state and federal courts of appeals.

In addition to his litigation practice, Darin advises employers, large and small, regarding compliance with the maze of rules and regulations governing the workplace, assists employers with day-to-day personnel decisions, and drafts employment policies and contracts.

Darin is a frequent speaker at labor and employment law seminars for human resources professionals, business owners, and attorneys, and has been a contributing author to the Practitioner's Guide to Colorado Employment Law since 2008. He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 2013 and has received repeated recognition in Colorado Super Lawyers for his labor and employment practice. He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell.


Eighty-Four Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2016
August 17, 2015

Four Attorneys Listed as Colorado Super Lawyers 2015
March 13, 2015

Listed in Colorado Super Lawyers in 2006 - 2007 and 2009 - 2014
January 1, 2014

AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
January 1, 2014

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2013
January 1, 2013


The EEOC's Evolving Enforcement Agenda: What to Expect in 2015 and Beyond
May 25, 2015

Five Tips To Excel As A New Lawyer
November 24, 2014

Four More Years: The Future of Labor and Employment Law
April 12, 2013

Department of Labor Puts Colorado Construction Industry in the Crosshairs
April 19, 2010

Dept. of Labor Continues Its Focus On Construction Industry
Colorado Real Estate Journal
October 2011

Quotes and Soundbites

What Should Employers Do About E-Cigarettes?
November 12, 2014

DU Won't Consider Its Athletes Employees, Despite NLRB Decision
March 31, 2014

Lawyers React To High Court Ruling On Retaliation Suits
June 24, 2013

Class Arbitration Ruling A Caution For Employers
June 17, 2013


Navigating Landmines When Employees Come and Go
June 11, 2015

Anatomy of an Employment Lawsuit
May 21, 2015

The Paper Trailhead: Creating and Implementing Effective HR Policies
March 19, 2015

Fisher & Phillips LLP Breakfast Briefing - Breaking Bad Behavior
February 19, 2015

Fisher & Phillips LLP Breakfast Briefing - The EEOC's Evolving Enforcement Agenda - Denver
December 18, 2014

EEOC's Evolving Enforcement Agenda: Who's in the Hot Seat, Why the Agency is Going After Them, and What to Expect in 2015
December 18, 2014

What You Need to Know to Excel as a New Lawyer and Great Legal Writing (beyond what you learn in law school)
November 1, 2014

Holiday HR Headaches
October 16, 2014

FMLA Master Class
October 14, 2014

Which is Riskier-Hiring Criminals or Conducting Criminal Background Checks?
September 18, 2014

Employee Defection: How to Stop and Catch a Thief
August 21, 2014

Wage and Hour Pitfalls
July 17, 2014

Social Media at Work
June 9, 2014

Which is Riskier-Hiring Criminals or Conducting Criminal Background Checks?
May 21, 2014

Think Twice Before You Delete That Email: Computers and Employment Law Nightmares
May 7, 2014

Four More Years: The Future of Labor and Employment Law
April 12, 2013

The Power of One 'Wall' Post: Social Media in the Workplace
June 1, 2010

Employment Background Screening: An Employer's Legal Obligations Under State and Federal Law
May 1, 2010

Employee Defection
December 1, 2008


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Darin L. Mackender

1801 California Street
DenverCO 80202


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