Bill C. Berger - Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Bill C. Berger

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 303-223-1178

Bill is one of the relatively rare attorneys who practices both employment and labor law. His practice emphasizes the representation of management and employers in labor and employment law matters, including in both areas of preventive counseling and litigation. Bill represents clients before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and in arbitration (both industrial-union and private employment).

His experience includes counseling clients on issues relating to wrongful discharge, equal employment opportunity, disability and religious accommodation, trade secret and non-compete, wage-hour compliance, employment and separation agreements, and labor associated with both union-organizing campaigns and companies already organized. This includes work involving high level executives whose separations often involve equity-related and even entity-restructuring concerns. Bill has successfully navigated a full range of labor relations including grievances, as well as end-of-relationship issues, such as decertifications, disclaimers and withdrawals of recognition. He frequently is involved with labor and employment issues in entity acquisitions and affiliations. He frequently handles wage-hour matters, traditional labor relations in unionized workplaces, matters related to union organizing campaigns, National Labor Relations Act issues, and occupational safety and health (OSHA) cases.

 In addition to his work at Brownstein, he is on the faculty as an adjunct law professor at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, and writes a regular column, “Labor Law,” for the Denver Business Journal. Bill is conversationally fluent in Japanese.

Withdrawal Liability

When an employer shuts down, and that company is part of a multi-employer pension plan (typically, unionized employers), it may incur what is called “withdrawal liability.” For a business facing a closure or reduction in operations, knowing when and how to withdraw from participation in a multi-employer pension plan can result in substantial savings.

Experienced in withdrawal liability strategy, Bill counsels a variety of clients on how to make the best choices concerning withdrawal from multi-employer pension plans.

Additional Information

Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • Experience

    Successfully represented employers in union organizing campaigns where the employers did not believe that unions were not needed in the workplace and negotiated first collective bargaining agreements.

    Successfully represented employers in union organizing campaigns where the employers believed that unions were not needed in the workplace and remain non-union.

    Successfully developed and implemented strategies for C-level executive separations, including oversight of related investigations, then negotiated and litigated to favorable results issues related to the separation, including severance, equity-related transactions and other complex terms.

    Successfully negotiated the shutdown of a longstanding unionized business then arbitrated a reduction of just over 50% to the union pension plan’s multi-million dollar assessment of withdrawal liability.

    Colorado CollegeBA 1985University of Colorado at BoulderJ.D. 1988
    Colorado Bar AssociationState of Colorado Supreme Court Board of Law ExaminersDenver Fisher House FoundationArrupe Jesuit High School

    Office Location

    410 Seventeenth Street, Suite 2200
    Denver, CO 80202-4432
    United States

    Practice Areas

    Employment Law - Management