Paul Maxon is one of Colorado’s best attorneys.
Career highlights include:
- 2015 Case of the Year Award from the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
- Victories at trial, arbitration, and before the Colorado Supreme Court
- Large recoveries and precedent-setting cases for Colorado employees
- Faculty at the University of Colorado Law School
- Member of American Lawyer’s 2003 Litigation Department of the Year
Paul Maxon is one of Colorado’s leading attorneys, and has successfully represented hundreds of clients in claims against their employers. He has won both trials and arbitrations on behalf of employees involved in claims for unpaid wages, trade secrets and sexual discrimination, among others.
Among his many notable victories, Paul Maxon was awarded the prestigious “2015 Case of the Year” award from the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association for his extraordinary work representing his client in a religious discrimination lawsuit. His victories also include a $500,000 judgment—believed to be the largest of its kind in Colorado—in HealthGrades v. Boyer, 359 P.3d 23 (Colo., 2015), which he won while defending two employees in a lawsuit brought by their former employer. In winning this victory, he not only prevailed at trial, but convinced the Colorado Supreme Court to make it easier for employees sued by their employers to bring counterclaims. Mr. Maxon also owns one of the largest known settlements obtained on behalf of an individual Colorado employee.
Mr. Maxon’s cases often result in victory not only for his clients, but for Colorado employees generally. His lawsuits have received extensive media coverage both in the state and nationally, drawing attention to issues of harassment, discrimination, and mistreatment in the workplace. His published cases, including Kennedy v. Colorado RS, LLC, 872 F.Supp.2d 1146 (D. Colo. 2012) and Christen-Loper v. Bret’s Electric, LLC, –F.Supp– (D.Colo 2016), have resulted in changes in the law that allow employees who have been discriminated against to simultaneously bring both statutory and tort claims against their employers.
A recognized expert in employment law, Paul Maxon is regularly asked to teach other attorneys the intricacies of the field. He has spoken and written on such diverse topics as: settlement of employment lawsuits, trade secrets litigation, abuse of process counterclaims, ethical issues in high-profile cases, and deposition strategy. In 2016 he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado-Boulder School of Law, where he taught employment discrimination law.
Prior to opening his own practice in 2005, Paul Maxon was an associate with O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, where he received several pro bono awards and was a member of American Lawyer’s “Litigation Department of the Year.” He studied law at the University of Southern California School where he was awarded the Malcolm Lucas prize for being ranked first in his class, and the Order of the Coif for graduating in the top 10% of his class. He is admitted to practice in both Colorado and California.
- A $875,000 settlement obtained on behalf of an oil services executive for unpaid wages and claims under the Colorado Wage Claim Act.
- A $500,000 abuse of process judgment in HealthGrades v. Boyer, 359 P.3d 23 (Colo. 2015).
- A $300,000 settlement with an employer for negligent hiring resulting in the sexual harassment.
- A $300,000 settlement with a local government stemming from the termination of an employee who was on medical leave.
- A published opinion in Kennedy v. Colorado RS, LLC, 872 F.Supp.2d 1146 (D. Colo. 2012), holding that employees can simultaneously sue employers under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act and for tort claims.
- A published opinion Christen-Loper v. Bret’s Electric, LLC, –F.Supp– (D.Colo 2016), allowing an employee terminated while on medical leave to bring tort claims for intentional infliction of emotional distress and wrongful discharge in violation of public policy along with claims under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act.
- A favorable settlement in Basevitz v. Fremont RE-2 School District et al., resulting in the entry of a court order prohibiting illegal practices and an award for “2015 Case of the Year”.
Presentations, Courses, and Publications:
- August, 2016: Defending Employer Lawsuits (presentation), Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer’s Annual Retreat
- April, 2016: Ethical Issues Regarding Case Publicity (presentation), Colorado Bar Association CLE
- January-May, 2016: Employment Discrimination Law (course), University of Colorado-Boulder School of Law
- October, 2015: Defending Employees Against Claims of Trade Secret Theft and Risks of Bringing Unfounded Claims Against Former Employees (presentation), Colorado Bar Association CLE
- October, 2015: The Colorado Supreme Court’s Decision in Boyer v. HealthGrades, Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer’s Association Brown Bag Speaker Series
- June/July, 2015: The Value of Abuse of Process Claims for Employee-Defendants (article), Trial Talk Magazine
- September, 2014: Everything They Say is Wrong: Getting Admissions During Depositions (presentation), Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer’s Association Brown Bag Speaker Series
- August 2012, Off the Beaten Path: How Can We Blow This Call? (article), New York Daily News
- August 2011, An Abuse of Process Verdict (presentation), Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer’s Annual Retreat
- August 2010, Early Settlement of Employment Cases (presentation), Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer’s Annual Retreat
- August 2010, Closing the Deal: Techniques and Tactics for Success in Mediation and Arbitration of Employment Claims (panel), Colorado Trial Lawyers Annual Convention
- June/July, 2010, Comprehensive Settlement Strategy: A Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer’s Guide to Early Settlement (article), Trial Talk Magazine