Overview

Laurie J. Rust partners with clients to understand the business, financial, and practical motivations and implications of each matter. Laurie represents employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in matters involving alleged violations of the:

  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Equal Pay Act (EPA)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
  • Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
  • California Labor Code
  • Colorado Wage Act
  • Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA)

She routinely defends companies against employment-related charges and claims before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Colorado Civil Rights Division, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Laurie provides employment advice and counsel on a wide range of issues, such as hiring, discipline, termination, accommodating disability, wage and hour compliance and audits, federal and state immigration compliance, recreational and medical marijuana, leaves of absence, social media, and trade secrets. In addition, she works with employers to draft employment agreements, employee manuals, severance agreements, and other employment policies and procedures. She regularly provides training on harassment and all aspects of employment law.

A sampling of Laurie's representative experience includes:

  • Secured dismissal of complaint for age and disability discrimination following a cause finding by the EEOC on behalf of beverage distributor (March 2021)
  • ​Secured summary judgment on behalf of former executive of crypto currency company in fraud and veil piercing case valued at $75 million (March 2020)
  • First chair, trial of race discrimination claim for national retailer (complete defense verdict) (May 2019)
  • Secured summary judgment on duty to defend under indemnification provision in master services agreement (January 2019)
  • First chair, arbitration of claims for race, national origin, and religious discrimination under the NYCHRL (complete defense verdict) (August 2018)
  • Secured summary judgment on claims for breach of contract, promissory estoppel, retaliation under the NDAA, and unpaid overtime under the Qatari Labor Code (January 2018)
  • Secured summary judgment in arbitration seeking to enforce covenant not to compete (August 2017)
  • Secured summary judgment on claims for FLSA retaliation (October 2017)
  • First chair, arbitration of breach of contract claim (complete defense verdict) (March 2017)

Professional & Community Affiliations

Participant

Colorado General Counsel Group Advisory Program

Member

Labor and Employment Section

State Bar of Colorado

Member

Colorado Women’s Bar Association

Member

Denver Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Section

State Bar of California

Recognition

Named, Super Lawyer

Super Lawyers

2021

Named, Rising Star

Super Lawyers

2012-2019

Named, Up and Coming Lawyer

Law Week Colorado

2008

Speaking Engagements

The Next Normal: Preparing for the “Return to Work” in a COVID-19 and Politically Charged Environment

Littler Rocky Mountain Virtual Employer Conference

November 18, 2020

Federal Employment Law Update

2019 Rocky Mountain Employer Conference Denver, CO

October 4, 2019

The CCRD is Alive and Well: An Update on Key Developments, CCRD Investigations, and Current Areas of Focus by the Agency

2019 Rocky Mountain Employer Conference, Denver, CO

October 4, 2019

Conducting Legal Investigations in the Wake of #MeToo

Denver, CO

April 18, 2019

Ethical Issues - Can They Really Do That? Ethical Minefields and How to Dodge Them

Association of Corporate Counsel 12th Annual Ethics Day for In-House Counsel

December 6, 2018

Balancing LGBTQ Issues in an Ever-Evolving Workplace

Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

September 21, 2018

Pay Equity: Public Pushes Gender Equity & Legal Battleground Moves to States

Mile High SHRM

May 31, 2018

Litigating EPLI Claims: A Primer on Key Requirements in Your EPLI Policy and Strategies For Winning Insured Cases

Denver, CO

April 26, 2018

Don’t Get Wrecked by the Reckoning: Responding to Harassment in the Age of #MeToo

Association of Corporate Counsel Chief Legal Officer / General Counsel Group

February 2018

Attorney Goes To Jail: When Zealous Representation Goes Too Far

Association of Corporate Counsel and the DBA Young Lawyers Division

June 9, 2017

Equal Pay Claims (Title VII and Equal Pay Act)

Colorado Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Conference

April 2016

Education

  • J.D., University of Colorado, Boulder
  • B.A., University of Colorado, Bouldersumma cum laude

Bar Admission

Colorado
California

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan