James Abrams

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Jim has received over 150 five star reviews as well as a Client Champion and Client's Choice Award.

Jim has over 30 years of experience as an attorney addressing matters involving compensation, wage & hour matters, workplace investigations, terminations, discipline, lay-offs, workers' compensation, all forms of workplace and non-workplace discrimination, whistle blowing, OSHA matters, unemployment compensation, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), drug and alcohol issues, non-compete agreements, severance agreements, cease and desist letters, workplace bullying and incivility, revoked job offers, interference with a job, contract or business relationship, identity theft, notices of intent to sue, defamation, Employee Polygraph Protection Act, employment contracts, and other labor and employment issues arising in the public and private sector. As an experienced trial lawyer, he regularly appears before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. He practices nationally.

For more than 16 years, Jim Abrams served as senior labor and employment counsel for Rockwell International as the operator of a nuclear weapons facility and Texaco's exploration and production, refining, marketing and transportation units. As lead investigator in hundreds of workplace investigations, he has the knowledge and experience to advise either management or employees. He has authored a number of articles, been interviewed and quoted by major news organizations including CNN, Fox News, Forbes, ABC, the Denver Post, KHOW radio and other publications and has given multiple presentations on labor and employment law and human resource matters.

Trained by the U.S. Department of Justice and previously serving as Counsel for the Solicitor of Labor, Jim represented a variety of federal agencies including the Wage & Hour Division, OSHA, MSHA, the Employment Standards Administration and the OFCCP. He has appeared with the National Labor Relations Board to prosecute alleged violations of the National Labor Relations Act. Jim has also appeared with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission attorneys in federal court to remedy violations of Title VII. Jim served as pro bono counsel to the Visiting Nurse Association for 10 years.

Jim Abrams received his Juris Doctor from the University Of Oklahoma where he was named to the Dean's List. He received his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma Medical Center under the sponsorship of the United States Public Health Service. Jim received his Certified Compensation Professional designation through the American Compensation Association.

At the request of the United States Congress, Jim Abrams has testified on workplace matters. He has been judicially qualified to testify as an expert in employment law. He formerly served on the Colorado Supreme Court's Civil Rules Committee and on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Safety Association and the board of the American Corporate Counsel Association, Colorado Chapter.

Jim Abrams has been admitted to practice in the States of Oklahoma and Colorado as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

National Service:

Commander, United States Navy, Medical Department. United States Public Health Service, Commissioned Corps, Centers for Disease Control.

Agency Practice

US Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Wage and Hour Division, Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD), Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Denver Anti-discrimination Office (DADO), Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), State Personnel Board, Denver Career Service Authority, Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 (AHERA), Clean Air Act of 1977 (CAA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), Energy Reorganization Act of 1978 (ERA), Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972 (aka Clean Water Act) (FWPCA), International Safe Container Act of 1977 (ISCA), Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 (PSIA), Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 (STAA), Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 (SDWA), Solid Waste Disposal Act of 1976 (SWDA), Corporate and Criminal Fraud Accountability Act of 2002, Title VIII of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX), Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA), Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR21)

Representative Cases

Recently litigated court case:

Galdamez v. Landry's Denver Aquarium. Denver District Court, 16CV33500.

Jim Abrams represented the Plaintiff, Willie Galdamez. Judgment for Plaintiff Willie Galdamez was granted based on disability discrimination and outrageous conduct of Landry's Denver Aquarium. Defendant referred to this 8 year-old, wheel-chair bound, victim of cerebral palsy as an "it" and a "that" after leaving him outside in snowy conditions. Then the Aquarium denied him entry to its facility. The Aquarium's owner declined to apologize and instead hired a national law firm in order to require this case to be tried.

EEOC and Tyler Riley v. Western Trading: Verdict for Plaintiff. Punitive damages awarded Carnation Building Services v. City and County of Denver ' Verdict: Plaintiff


Other Affiliations

Classes and Seminars

Council on Education in Management, Personnel Law Updates, Valley Education Institute, Ltd., Lorman

Education Services and Labor and Employment Law Institute, Colorado Bar Association, 1991 - 1998

Council on Education in Management, Personnel Law Updates, Valley Education Institute, Ltd., Lorman

Education Services and Labor and Employment Law Institute, Colorado Bar Association, 2000 - 2004

"Occupational Health and Safety Magazine", August, 1997

Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, Committee on Education and the Workforce, United States

Congress, Testimony of Jim Abrams, September 11, 1997

Past Positions

Occupational Safety and Health Administration; Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, Center for Disease Control; Rockwell International, Senior Labor Counsel; Texaco, Senior Labor Counsel; Solicitor of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor

Representative Cases:

Federal Cases

[None of the following were concluded with a judgment against a plaintiff or for a defendant except where Jim Abrams represented the defendant]

Case 1:13-cv-00097-MSK-CBS Valenta v. 7-Eleven, Inc. et al

Case 1:11-cv-00125-BNB Roberts v. United Services Automobile Association

Case 1:12-cv-00148-DME-CBS Pembrook v. Cherry Creek School District

Case 1:12-cv-00162-BNB Olivas v. Kiku Corporation Complaint

Case 1:14-cv-00205-RM-MJW Catherine v. Visiting Nurse's Association of Colorado Memorandum

Case 1:12-cv-00293-CMA-MEH Andre et al v. Brown Brothers Asphalt and Concrete, Inc. et al

Case 1:11-cv-00315-REB-BNB Robinson v. Denver Art Museum

Case 1:10-cv-00316-PAB-MEH Brotzman et al v. Lippet, Inc.

Case 1:13-cv-00356-REB-BNB Jollay v. FedEx Freight, Inc. et al

Case 1:12-cv-00398-MSK-MEH Hampton v. JL Hermon & Associates, Inc. et al

Case 1:14-cv-00405-RPM Thompson v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.

Case 1:12-cv-00450-CMA-CBS Deitchman v. Bach Composite Colorado, Inc.

Case 1:10-cv-00465-PAB-KMT Marciacq v. Cher, LLC

Case 1:14-cv-00474-REB-BNB Glenn Kraus v. Federal Express Corporation

Case 1:11-cv-00497-RP Thomas v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

Case 1:15-cv-00519-PAB-MEH Hinely et al v. American Family Mutual Insurance Co.

Case 1:10-cv-00556-WYD -KLM Martinez v. Sinclair Oil Corporation et al

Case 1:08-cv-00684-EWN-MEH Walters v. Pain Care Acquisition Company X, Inc.

Case 1:11-cv-00703-CMA Carnation Building Services, Inc. v. City and County of Denver et al

Case 1:12-cv-00800-CMA-BNB Hamilton v. Arapahoe Community College et al

Case 1:11-cv-00821-WJM -MJW Fresquez v. Snaptron, Inc.

Case 1:15-cv-00866-RPM Brown v. Broomfield Sign Company, Inc.

Case 1:13-cv-00881-MSK-MJW Gonzales v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc. et al

Case 1:12-cv-00915-WJM-KLM Hanayik v. Motel 6 Operating L.P. et al

Case 1:07-cv-00921-WYD-CBS Long v. Source One Management, Inc.

Case 1:10-cv-00961-PAB-MEH Fletcher v. Redbone Management Co., Inc.

Case 1:12-cv-00984-REB-BNB Daravanis v. Beverage Distributors Corporation et al

Case 1:09-cv-00988-MSK-KMT Gharazov v. Bellco Credit Union Order

Case 1:10-cv-00991-PAB-KMT Gianfrancisco v. Excelsior Youth Centers, Inc.

Case 1:12-cv-01043-PAB-MEH Huerena v. Board of County Commissioners of Jefferson County, Colorado

Case 1:10-cv-01213-RPM Warren v. Schuler Enterprises, Inc.

Case 1:15-cv-01255-REB-MEH McClendon v. JBS USA, LLC

Case 1:10-cv-01265-MSK -BNB Burris v. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC et al

Case 1:07-cv-01273-MSK Goreham v. Marriott Hotel Services, Inc.

Case 1:09-cv-01299-REB-BNB Gessese v. Diamond Shamrock

Case 1:12-cv-01329-MSK-MEH Clark v. City of Grand Junction et al

Case 1:14-cv-01530-WJM-MJW Fischbach v. LendingTree, LLC

Case 1:09-cv-01559-CMA-KMT USA v. $187,731.93 seized from Citywide Banks Account #51952

Case 1:11-cv-01563-MSK -BNB Foote v. Jefferson County, Board of County Commissioners et al

Case 1:08-cv-01569-RPM Seme v. E & H Professional Security Co., Inc.

Case 1:11-cv-01593-BNB Velasquez v. Wal-Mart Group, Inc.

Case 1:09-cv-01699-CMA-MJW Aldana v. McGraw Hill Broadcasting

Case 1:12-cv-01819-RPM McNeil v. Kaplan, Inc.

Case 1:12-cv-01886-MSK-KMT Carskadon v. Diva International, Inc. et al

Case 1:11-cv-01889-WYD -KMT Ferreyros v. Petroleum Field Services, LLC

Case 1:11-cv-01896-RBJ-KLM Gill-Mulson et al v. Eagle River Fire Protection District

Case 1:06-cv-01903-EWN-MEH Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Moreland Auto Group, LLP

Case 1:07-cv-02026-EWN-CBS Gregory et al v. Sara Lee Corporation

Case 1:09-cv-02037-RPM Milano v. Popco Enterprises, LLC

Case 1:07-cv-02058-WYD-KLM Johns v. Pioneer Sand Company, Inc.

Case 1:10-cv-02387-MSK -MEH Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Western Trading Company, Inc. [Tyler Riley Intervenor]

Case 1:13-cv-02150-REB-KLM Hedin v. Amedisys Holding, L.L.C. et al

Case 1:15-cv-02383-KMT Mattox v. Farmers Insurance Company Order

Case 1:06-cv-02498-WDM-BNB Sterling v. Hertz Corporation

Case 1:10-cv-02592-RPM Tremethick v. Farmers Insurance Exchange

Case 1:11-cv-02593-RPM Salazar v. HealthOne of Denver, Inc.

Case 1:12-cv-02692 Flannigan v. HHP - Westminster, L.L.C

Case 1:14-cv-00405-RPM Thompson v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

Case 1:13-cv-02825-CMA-CBS Moe v. New Hope Wellness Center

Case 1:11-cv-02848-REB-KLM Yonehiro v. Kiku Corporation et al.

Case 1:11-cv-02970-RBJ Galindo v. Echosphere, L L.C. et al

Case 1:09-cv-03022-MSK-MJW Martinez v. Farming Technology, Inc.

Case 1:10-cv-03094-MSK -KLM Collins v. Arkansas Valley Community Center for the Handicapped and for Retarded Persons, Inc.

Case 1:11-cv-03281-LTB-KMT Lopez v. Walgreen Co.

Case 1:12-cv-03302-WYD-KMT Goosman v. Parsons Construction et al

Case 1:11-cv-03327-BNB Bott v. Weekends Only Warehouse, LLC

Case 1:13-cv-03328-PAB-KLM Karlin v. Gander Mountain Company et al.

Case 1:13-cv-03353-RBJ LaCas v. Remedy Roofing, Inc.

Case 1:11-cv-03356-WYD-KLM Robertson v. Visiting Nurse Corporation of Colorado, Inc.,

State Cases

[None of the following were concluded with a judgment against a plaintiff or for a defendant except where Jim Abrams represented the defendant]


Case Number: 2011CV384


Case Number: 2012C00337


Case Number: 2012CV1361


Case Number: 2012CV1585


Case Number: 2011CV2411


Case Number: 2010CV2569


Case Number: 2010CV3923 XI


Case Number: 2011CV4274


Case Number: 2012C6244


Case Number: 2012CV7187


Case Number: 2011CV8062


Case Number: 2009CV8125

Agency Representation US Department of Labor [USDOL]; Industrial Claims Appeals Office [ICAO]; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); State Personnel Board Proceedings; Wage and Hour Division; Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD); Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE); National Labor Relations Board (NLRB); Denver Anti-Discrimination Office (DADO); Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE); DORA and Medical, Podiatry, Veterinary, Pharmacy, Nursing Disciplinary Proceedings; State Personnel Board; State Judicial Department; Denver Career Service Authority; Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA); Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB); Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA)


February 5, 2018 Interview by Channel 13 on employee misclassification as an independent contractor.

Areas of Practice (115)

  • Discrimination
  • Employment and Labor
  • Civil Rights
  • Wage Discrimination
  • Race Discrimination
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Religion Discrimination
  • Housing Discrimination
  • Education Discrimination
  • Public Accommodation Discrimination
  • Wrongful Discharge
  • Disability Accommodation
  • Safety and Health
  • Housing discrimination
  • Education discrimination
  • Federal agency discrimination
  • Defamation
  • Workplace bullying
  • Medical, Pharmacy, Veterinary, Nursing Hearings
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Wage and Hour claims
  • Retaliation
  • Employment Contracts
  • False Imprisonment
  • HOA disputes
  • Cease and Desist Letters
  • Instructions on how to file a lawsuit
  • Trespass and nuisance litigation with neighbors
  • Employment Law - Employer
  • Fair Labor Standards Act / Wage and Hour
  • City Personnel Actions
  • Professional Licensing
  • Davis-Bacon Act
  • Service Contract
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Independent Contractor Disputes
  • Unemployment Compensation / Unemployment Benefits
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Notice of Right to Sue
  • Workplace Bullying
  • Whistleblowing
  • Professional Credentialing (Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, Nursing, Accounting, etc.)
  • Workplace Theft and Security
  • Federal Employee Issues
  • Labor-Management Relations Issues
  • Union Issues
  • Reference Checking and Defamation by Prior Employers
  • Discharge and Discrimination
  • Employee Benefits / Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Employment Agreements
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Severance Agreements
  • Unemployment Insurance Tax Hearings
  • City Personnel Actions / Career Service Hearings
  • Pre-Disciplinary Hearings
  • DORA and Professional Licensing
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) / Wage and Hour / Overtime
  • Workplace Bullying and Mobbing
  • Whistle Blowing
  • Federal Employee Issues and MSPB Hearings
  • Office of Special Counsel Proceedings
  • Federal Employee EEOC Proceedings
  • Bad Employment References
  • EEOC Intervention Actions
  • Wage and Hour Misclassification
  • Failure to Pay Employment Taxes
  • Criminal Record Issues
  • Ex Offender Rights - Employment Issues Concerning Felony Convictions
  • Civil Rights - 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 Proceedings
  • Agricultural Accidents
  • Bad References and Cease and Desist Demands
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Bullying
  • Car/Auto/Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Credentialing DORA - Medical Podiatry Veterinary Pharmacy Nursing EEOC Interventions
  • Employment Law
  • Equipment Failures
  • Homeowner Association (HOA) Disputes
  • Hospital Privileges
  • Independent Contractor Tax Audits
  • Independent Contractors
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Industrial Claims Appeals Office
  • Inspections
  • Investigations
  • Malpractice
  • Mobbing
  • OSHA
  • Personal Injury Accidents
  • Physician Contracts
  • Poisonings
  • Premises Liability
  • Product liability Quit Tam - False Claims
  • Social Security Disability
  • State Personnel Board
  • Unemployment Appeals
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Unemployment Disqualification
  • Unemployment Hearings
  • Workplace Accidents
  • Workplace Safety and Health
  • Workplace and Industrial Accident Investigations
  • Industrial Toxicology / Chemical Exposure
  • Investigations / Inspections
  • EEOC Interventions
  • Products Liability
  • Unemployment
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Sick Building Syndrome
  • Employment Testing
  • Personal Injury and Automobile Accidents
  • Hospital Privileges, Credentialing
  • Representation in Department of Regulatory Affairs , Board of Nursing, Board of Pharmacy,
  • Veterinary Board and Medical Board Hearings
  • Unemployment Compensation Hearings

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
303-632-9646  Phone
(720) 295-7138  Phone
University Attended:
University of Nebraska at Lincoln, B.S.; University of Oklahoma Medical Center, Ph.D., Dean's List
Law School Attended:
University of Oklahoma College of Law, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
1977, Oklahoma; 1982, Colorado; U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
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