LaLonnie Gray

Employment
Litigation

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LaLonnie is an experienced employment and commercial litigation attorney.  She helps clients comply with federal and state laws concerning employment and business issues and advises clients before administrative agencies.  LaLonnie guides clients through all phases of litigation, including early assessment of claims and strategy development; motions practice; efficient management of electronic discovery, depositions, and expert discovery; and settlement negotiations.  LaLonnie also helps clients implement proactive solutions to help avoid future litigation.    

LaLonnie focuses her practice in the area of employment law and higher education, effectively counseling clients in the day-to-day employment issues and defending clients against employee claims.  From wage and hour representation to advice on claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, LaLonnie advises clients on a variety of employment-related issues.  She has represented clients throughout the litigation process in single-plaintiff lawsuits and class/collective actions.  She has defended claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Equal Pay Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, Title IX, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Colorado Wage Act, and Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act.  She routinely defends employers against employment-related claims and charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Colorado Civil Rights Division.  

Prior to joining Lewis Bess Williams & Weese P.C., LaLonnie worked at a national employment-law boutique.  She also served as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable Christine M. Arguello of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.  While clerking, LaLonnie wrote numerous draft opinions and bench memoranda and assisted with jury trials and motions hearings.  Prior to her clerkship, LaLonnie practiced at a boutique litigation firm in Denver and was a judicial intern to the Honorable Monica M. Marquez of the Colorado Supreme Court.

Education

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
J.D., 2014
Denver University Law Review, Symposium Editor
Sturm College of Law Student Leader Award, Most Innovative Program: Designed and implemented a program that introduced high-school students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to the fundamentals of legal practice. 

Colorado State University
B.A., Political Science
Dean’s List, Political Science Honor Program  

Bar and Court Admissions

Colorado (2014)
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado (2014)

Publications, Presentations, & Awards

  • American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division “Minority in the Profession” Scholar (2016–2017)
  • "Title IX Compliance: Student-on-Student Sexual Violence," Colorado Lawyer, July 2018
  • “An Introduction to Title IX—The Judiciary,” American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division 101/201 Practice Series, March 2018
  • “An Introduction to Title IX—The Office of Civil Rights,” American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, 101/201 Practice Series, March 2018
  • “Employment Law Update in Colorado,” presented to Lorman Education Services, October 2017
  • “Happy 45th birthday, Title IX: You've changed a bit over the years,” Employment and Labor Insider, June 2017
  • “Complying with OSHA’s ‘New’ Anti-Retaliation Provisions,” ACC Docket, April 2017
  • “Pre-Certification Communications with Putative Class Members,” American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment, March 2017
  • “Think Before You Hit Send: When an Email Creates a Contract,” presented to Lorman Education Services, July 2016
  • “Diversity in the Legal Profession: Whatever Affects One Directly, Affects All Indirectly,” Denver University Law Review Online, April 2013

Representative Matters

  • Represented a higher-education institution in a Title IX claim, defeating the claim on summary judgment.
  • Assisted litigation team in defending a global insurance company against minimum wage and overtime claims in federal court, ultimately achieving a favorable settlement.
  • Counseled international manufacturing company in recommended FLSA classification for employee positions.
  • Advised anesthesia practice on non-compete agreements and related liquidated damages under Colorado law.
  • Prevailed in dismissing disability, race, sex, and age claims filed with the EEOC and CCRD.

Professional and Civic Associations

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • National Hispanic Bar Association
  • Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
  • Law School Yes We Can, Board Member and Mentor (2013–present)