JOSHUA D. BROWN
Practice areas: Employment Defense and Counseling, General Liability, Insurance Defense, Subrogation, Workers’ Compensation Defense, Business Litigation
Mr. Brown, a founding Member of Brown Gren Abraham & McCracken, LLC, continues his focus on representing insurance carriers and employers in workers’ compensation, employment law and general liability claims in Colorado and Utah. Mr. Brown has been practicing in Colorado since 2005 and handles matters arising under such laws as Americans with Disability Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination and Employment Act (ADEA), Colorado Wage Act and the Fair Labor Standard Act. Over these years Mr. Brown has successfully defended employers against claims of workers’ compensation, discrimination, harassment, retaliation based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age and disability, in addition to local discrimination laws.
He has also represented employers in the enforcement of employment contracts, including breach of contract matters, non-compete and trade secret issues. He regularly counsels clients on the spectrum of employment issues, with the goal of avoiding litigation. Mr. Brown advises and assists employers in developing and enforcing proper employment contracts and policies, employment handbooks and compensation agreements.
Mr. Brown has represented clients in federal and state judicial and administrative proceedings, including those before federal district courts, state appellate courts, district and county courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Colorado Civil Rights Division and the Colorado Department of Labor. Mr. Brown has successfully obtained defense verdicts in three trials, two of which involved juries within the state court system. These matters involved complicated claims of bad faith insurance, fraud, wage and discrimination type claims. Mr. Brown has also successfully defended numerous workers’ compensation claims at the Colorado Department of Labor.
Mr. Brown is admitted to practice law in the states of Colorado and Utah and is a member of the Colorado, Utah and Denver Bar Associations as well as the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association. Mr. Brown was named a Rising Star in the area of Employment Law Defense and Workers’ Compensation Defense by Colorado Super Lawyers for 2014-2019. Mr Brown was was honored by his peers to be named a Colorado Super Lawyer for 2020.
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Utah Bar Association
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
– Employment Law Committee Chair from 2012 to Current
– Employment Law Committee Member Since 2006
“Use-It-or-Lost-It” Benefit Policies and the Colorado Wage Claim Act, 41 The Colorado Lawyer 39 (June 2012).
“Best Practices for WC Loss Control Program” Various Workers’ Compensation Newsletters and Internet Blog Sources.
Frequently provides testimony to various Colorado State Legislative committees regarding pending legislation impacting Colorado employers, inclusive of the potential negative impact for Colorado employers, the Colorado economy and financial impact on the insurance industry.
Frequent presenter for Colorado Defense Lawyers Association on various topics in employment law and insurance defense matters such as covenants not to compete, trade secret s, Americans with Disabilities Act, misclassification of workers, social media and various workers’ compensation issues. Also a frequent presenter to Sedgwick CMS, Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc. and Corvel and various Colorado workers’ compensation matters, ranging from claim defense strategies, new legislation and claim cost measures.
Guest presenter for Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, Telluride, CO – July 25, 2014 – Temporary Disability and the New Era under the ADA
Guest presenter for Creative Risk Solutions – April 3, 2014 – New Colorado Legislation and What You Need to Know.
Guest presenter for Sedgwick CMS and SkyWest Airlines, Inc. – Best Practices for WC Loss Control Program – September 23, 2013
Guest presenter for Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, Beaver Creek, CO – July 3, 2013 – Intersection of the ADA, Workers’ Compensation and FMLA Issues.
Guest presenter for the Illinois and Texas Defense Bar Association, Steamboat Springs CLE – February 7, 2013 – Social Media Investigation of Plaintiffs.
RIMS – Rocky Mountain Region – November 2012 – ADA and Impact on Colorado Workers’ Compensation Claims.
U.S. District Court, Colorado
J.D., Gonzaga University, 2005
B.A.,Colorado State University, 2002
Colorado Super Lawyers (2021-2022)
Colorado Super Lawyers – Rising Star 2014-2020.