Overview

Steve Baumann represents and advises employers of all sizes in complex litigation and employment law in federal and state courts nationwide, including litigation involving trade secrets, non-compete agreements, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, failure-to-accommodate, and wrongful termination. Steve helps employers address and resolve employment and labor issues throughout the employment lifecycle, from hiring through performance management, investigations, and separation of employment. Among other things, Steve advises employers about protection of trade secrets, enforcement of non-compete agreements, and other unfair competition. 

When litigation becomes necessary, Steve has successfully prosecuted unfair competition claims and defended employers accused of violating state and federal law.

For example, Steve has:

  • Obtained temporary restraining orders (TROs) and preliminary injunctions following hotly contested evidentiary proceedings to protect the trade secrets, confidential information, and competitive advantages of energy companies, advertising companies, mid-size distributing companies, medical device companies, industrial maintenance and repair companies, and others
  • Obtained dismissal of claims for pregnancy and familial-status discrimination under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA) against small business, when, on an issue of apparent first impression, the court concluded that pregnancy is not a protected class under CADA and CADA does not protect familial status
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal of claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) against a multinational financial services company following discovery sanctions entered against plaintiff and her counsel
  • Obtained Rule 12 dismissal of allegations seeking a declaratory judgment on enforceability of a non-compete agreement, as well as damages for outrageous conduct, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and invasion of privacy, on behalf of alternative energy company, including an award of fees and costs against plaintiff
  • Obtained Rule 12 dismissal, affirmed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, on ERISA-related RICO claims, on behalf of Fortune 500 financial services company
  • Obtained summary judgment for small energy company in a case brought by its former founder and CEO alleging breach of contract, wrongful termination, and shareholder derivative claims
  • Obtained summary judgment in Title VII race discrimination arbitration for aerospace and defense contractor
  • Obtained partial summary judgment in ADA arbitration proceeding for national hospitality management company
  • Obtained partial summary judgment in Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) case for national food-and-beverage company
  • Successfully defended charges of discrimination in state and federal agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD), and the Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Successfully advised clients in avoiding potential strike activity

As a volunteer with the Center for Legal Inclusiveness, Steve participates in high school, university, and post-graduate level programs to promote inclusiveness in the legal profession. 

Prior to joining Littler, Steve's practice included employment law, governmental liability defense, and complex commercial litigation in a wide variety of practice areas at a regional firm in Denver. During law school, Steve co-taught the first-year legal writing and advocacy program as a legal writing and advocacy fellow. He was a content editor for the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal. He previously served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Manuel L. Real in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

American Mensa

Member

California Bar Association

Member

Colorado Bar Association

Member, Diversity in the Legal Profession Joint Committee

Center for Legal Inclusiveness

Recognition

Recipient, BTI Client Service All-Star Award

2017

Named, Rising Star

Colorado

Super Lawyers

2016-2018

Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award in

Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy and Evidence

Recipient, Merit Scholarship

University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Books & Book Chapters

  • Picketing for Organization and Recognition, The Developing Labor Law, Chapter 21, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Chapter Contributing Editor, 2018
  • Technology in the Courtroom, Colorado Courtroom Handbook for Civil Trials, Chapter 23, Colorado Bar Association, Chapter Co-Author, 2014-2018

Speaking Engagements

A Costly Conundrum: What to Do When a Whistleblower Steals Confidential Information

Littler, Denver, CO

September 28, 2018

What to Do When a Whistleblower Steals Confidential Information

Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

September 21, 2018

Hiring a Competitor’s Employees: Minimizing Litigation Exposure, Defending Competitor Lawsuits

Strafford Webinar

February 28, 2018

Living on the Edge of Fair Competition in the Labor Market Nationwide

2017 Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

Littler, Denver CO

October 3, 2017

Update Your Status: Current Legal Risks Related to Social Media in the Workplace

Mile High SHRM Emerging Leaders Conference, Denver, CO

June 16, 2017

The 2016 Defend Trade Secrets Act - Protecting Your Business's Most Valuable Assets

2016 Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

Littler, Denver, CO

September 21, 2016

Hot Topics in Employment Law: Marijuana, Matrimony, and Off-Duty Merriment

Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association Education Summit, Denver, CO

May 13, 2016

Advanced FMLA and ADA Issues

Employment Law: Beyond the Basics, Cheyenne, WY

September 22, 2015

Education

  • J.D., University of Southern California Gould School of Law, 2011
  • B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, 2007cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admission

Colorado
California

Courts

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