Overview

Jennifer S. Harpole represents and advises employers on a wide variety of employment matters, with a particular emphasis on wage and hour issues. She has extensive litigation experience relating to state and federal wage and hour laws, including claims that have involved attempts by plaintiffs to obtain class or collective action treatment. Jennifer also advises clients on all aspects of current wage and hour law and works closely with clients to revise and implement policies, review position classifications, and coordinate messaging and training to communicate changes to the workforce. She frequently defends employers in independent contractor misclassification claims in litigation and the administrative process.

Jennifer also regularly defends companies against the full spectrum of discrimination claims, including those based on age, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex, and sexual orientation, as well as harassment and retaliation claims. She represents employers in federal and state courts, private arbitration, and before administrative agencies. Her experience includes every phase of litigation, from initial case assessment to depositions and discovery, briefing to hearing or trial, and the appeals process. She also regularly obtains favorable settlements for clients through negotiations and mediation. Jennifer additionally advises clients on all aspects of day-to-day personnel matters, including leave and disability issues, employee discipline, and termination.

In law school, Jennifer was lead articles editor for Law and Contemporary Problems.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Colorado Bar Association

Recognition

Named, Rising Star

Super Lawyers

2012-2016

Books & Book Chapters

  • A Guide for Colorado Nonprofit Organizations, Colorado Bar Association, Employment Law, Co-Author: Charles Weese, 2009

Speaking Engagements

Wage and Hour Class Action Avoidance: Lessons from Litigators

2017 Littler Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

October 3, 2017

Preparing for Change: Revisions to the FLSA Overtime Regulations

Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

September 21, 2016

DOL Changes Force Increased Focus on Wage and Hour Compliance

2015 Rocky Mountain Employer Conference, Denver, CO

October 7, 2015
The 2014 Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

Denver, CO

October 30, 2014

Education

  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2005 With Honors
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 2002 With Honors

Bar Admission

Colorado
Virginia
District of Columbia

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado