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"Barb provided practical, yet strategic, advice throughout the entire litigation process. She has a great ability to remain calm under pressure and handle even the most difficult situations and people with grace. We always felt like Barb was willing to go that extra mile to listen to us, to understand what we really needed, and to get it done."

Joyce Saffel, Human Resources Director, Columbine Health Systems


Barb represents employers inside and outside the courtroom.

She consults proactively with employers regarding workplace issues, such as hiring, discipline and terminations, harassment, discrimination and retaliation, privacy and social media, medical and non-medical leave, reductions in force, executive employment, wage and hour matters, drug testing and cannabis, and employment handbooks, policies and training.

In the circumstances where claims cannot be avoided, she frequently represents employers in agency, state and federal court, and arbitration proceedings related to all aspects of the employment relationship, as well as in proceedings involving non-competition agreements, theft of trade secrets and other business-related claims.

She is often hired to conduct internal workplace investigations on a wide variety of topics. The clients Barb has worked with over her career span across industries include healthcare, senior living, hospitality and resort, food service, light manufacturing, professional and financial services, engineering, transportation, publishing, retail, real estate sales and investment and development, and cannabis.

Barb serves as the Office Managing Partner for Husch Blackwell's Denver office.

"Barb provided practical, yet strategic, advice throughout the entire litigation process. She has a great ability to remain calm under pressure and handle even the most difficult situations and people with grace. We always felt like Barb was willing to go that extra mile to listen to us, to understand what we really needed, and to get it done."

Joyce Saffel, Human Resources Director, Columbine Health Systems




  • Benchmark Litigation, Labor & Employment Star - West, 2018-2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law - Management, 2016-2024; Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2021-2024
  • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment, 2021-2023
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, 2011-2021; Top 50 Women, 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent


  • J.D., University of Colorado Law School
      • Order of the Coif 
      • University of Colorado Law Review
  • B.A., College of William and Mary


  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates, 2006-present
Featured Experience

Strategic defense of a healthcare system against EEOC avoids trial.

After years of investigation and a failed conciliation, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed claims against a healthcare system alleging systemic disparate impact discrimination, disparate treatment and retaliation under Title VII resulting from written health and safety tests given to care providers. Barb and the Husch Blackwell team guided the client through the extensive discovery and aggressive litigation tactics employed by the EEOC prosecutors to establish a strong statistics-based expert defense to the EEOC’s claims. After Barb and the team defeated the EEOC’s motion for summary judgment, rather than taking the risk of a public loss in front of a jury, the EEOC quickly agreed to settle the case.

Additional Experience

Healthcare Labor & Employment

  • Obtained favorable settlement in litigation brought by the EEOC on behalf of five former employees against health system alleging systemic race and national origin discrimination in which EEOC sought injunctive relief and back pay and compensatory damages.
  • Resolved on favorable terms multiple probable cause findings by the Colorado Civil Rights Division against hospital related to "English only" policies
  • Tried case against owner/physician alleging fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and civil conspiracy against medical practice and our client, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Jury came back with complete defense verdict for the CEO.
  • Defeated claims of discrimination, retaliation, unlawful discharge, unfair labor practices, and wage and hour violations against a variety of companies including those in healthcare sector.
  • Routinely provided regular advice and counsel to faith-based, non-profit healthcare organization on wide range of employment‐related matters.
  • Advised variety of specialized healthcare providers (hospitals, surgery centers, rehabilitation centers, physician practices) on day-to-day employment matters.
  • Defeated injunction requested by pharmacy management company in "bet the company" non-compete case against specialty pharmacy and pharmacist.

Other Labor & Employment

  • Obtained favorable settlement of multiyear wage and hour collective action lawsuit brought by remote workers on behalf of employer and its executives.
  • Defended healthcare investment company and hospital developer in seven-day bench trial involving allegations related to non-compete agreements, tortious interference with contract and with prospective business advantage, and theft of trade secrets. Obtained complete defense judgment.
  • Obtained successful resolution of arbitration proceedings among financial brokerage firms concerning hiring of employees and "raid" claims.
  • Regularly provided advice and counsel to national food and beverage company, several food service franchisors and national hotel management company on wide range of employment matters.
  • Supervised numerous pay equity audits including for national companies including under the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.
  • Represented client in lawsuit alleging violations of Fair Labor Standards Act (as well as the Colorado Wage Act and Colorado Minimum Wage Order Number 31) for unpaid overtime wages, penalties and fees.


  • Obtained favorable resolution of lawsuit against healthcare provider related to hearing-impaired patients.
  • Obtained favorable settlements in variety of lawsuits involving website accessibility.
  • Defended national developer in lawsuits regarding accessibility issues in parking lots and other paths of travel.
  • Defended national retailer in disabilities-access litigation concerning shopping center access.

Cannabis Labor & Employment

  • Advised variety of employers in cannabis industry on day-to-day employment matters.
  • Defended cannabis security company against claims of wrongful discharge and breach of contract by former executive.
  • Routinely provided advice to non-cannabis employers about compliance with evolving state laws regarding legalization.

Commercial Litigation

  • Obtained substantial award in multiday arbitration in favor of client in business "divorce" case.
  • Defeated permanent injunction requested by adjacent landowners against ski area owner and operator concerning construction of tubing hill.
  • Obtained favorable judgment and award of enhanced punitive damages at trial on behalf of beneficiaries of trust alleging fraud and breach of fiduciary duty against trustee.
  • Obtained substantial award and defeated $14 million counterclaim on behalf of international real estate marketing and sales company in arbitration.
  • Handled numerous cases involving adverse possession, quiet title, partition and escrow disputes.
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Legal Updates | January 27, 2021
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Legal Updates | November 04, 2020
FAQs for Colorado Paid Family Leave Law (FAMLI)
Legal Updates | February 04, 2020
Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards Order

This impact will also be significant because non-exempt Colorado employees are entitled to overtime for workdays in excess of 12 hours, which is not a requirement under federal law. 

Webinar | March 7, 2023
Workplace Violence in Healthcare
Seminars | May 22, 2019
Labor and Employment Seminar - Denver
Seminars | January 17, 2019
Business for Breakfast

New Colorado Data Privacy Law: An update for businesses not already regulated under existing federal laws

Media Mentions | September 18, 2023
Law Week Colorado: Best Lawyers: Commercial Litigation
News Releases | October 01, 2019
Benchmark Litigation's 2020 Edition Recognizes 33 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

The firm also received Benchmark’s “Highly Recommended” ranking in Missouri and Wisconsin and its “Recommended” ranking in Nebraska.

News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | March 20, 2019
2019 Colorado Super Lawyers Names Four From Husch Blackwell

Colorado Super Lawyers recognizes four Husch Blackwell attorneys from Denver.

Community Leadership

Barb is Raising the Bar throughout Colorado.

Barb has been active in her community for many years. She has served on a number of boards, often assuming a leadership position.

  • The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), Trustee, 2016-2019; Vice-Chair, 2019
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation, Director, 2013-present; President, 2016-2021
  • American Red Cross-Mile High Chapter, Director, 2009-2015
  • Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, Access Denver, Class of 2008; Leadership Denver, Class of 2013
  • Easter Seals Colorado, Board of Directors, Chair, 2007-2009; Governance Committee, 2005-2007; Director, 2003-2009
  • University of Colorado School of Law, Colorado Health Equity Project, Supervising Attorney, 2014-2015