Overview

Grace McGuire represents clients in a wide range of employment matters in federal and state court in Colorado, in arbitration and mediation, and before numerous government agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD). Her litigation experience encompasses cases arising under dozens of laws regulating the employment relationship, particularly those involving claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. 

Grace also has depth of experience relating to unfair competition and trade secrets matters, including drafting and enforcement of nondisclosure and noncompetition agreements.

Grace’s practice also focuses on consulting with a wide range of employers on pay equity issues, and serves as one of Littler’s resources on Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. 

After graduating from Harvard Law School, Grace practiced commercial and general civil litigation in Boston, Massachusetts and Anchorage, Alaska before joining Littler to focus on employment matters.

Selected Matters

  • Filed and briefed motion for a preliminary injunction (currently pending decision) challenging the constitutionality of Part 2 of Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act as unduly burdensome on interstate labor market because of compliance costs for employers
  • Won summary judgment for manufacturing company on claims of former employees claiming they had been wrongfully discharged without just cause in contravention of their union agreement, and in violation of Title VII, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Won summary judgment for government contractor on claims of former employee claiming she had been wrongfully discharged for being perceived as disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
  • Second chair at private arbitration for wrongful termination based on Colorado’s lawful off-duty conduct statute, resulting in full defense verdict and order for payment of client fees incurred to compel arbitration based on arbitration agreement
  • Successfully defended many charges of discrimination in state and federal agencies, guiding clients through the process from initial agency response to no-cause findings
  • Participated in multiple mediations, settlement conferences, and informal settlement negotiations in order to efficiently resolve disputes on favorable terms for her clients
  • Drafted handbooks and policies to comply with new Colorado employment statutes, including implementation of new paid sick and safe time and public health emergency leave requirements
  • Advised large multistate national employers on compliance with compensation/benefits and promotion posting requirements under Part2 of Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act

Recognition

Named, Rising Star

Massachusetts

Super Lawyers

2017-2018

News, Analysis & Press

Speaking Engagements

Federal Employment Law Update

2019 Rocky Mountain Employer Conference Denver, CO

October 4, 2019

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2012
  • B.A., Stanford University, 2008with Honors

Bar Admission

Colorado
Massachusetts
Alaska

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Alaska
  • Massachusetts Supreme Court
  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • Alaska Supreme Court