Jeffrey T. Johnson - Holland & Hart LLP

Jeffrey T. Johnson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012
Phone: 303-295-8019

With his more than three decades of legal experience, clients rely on Mr. Johnson to guide them through virtually any labor and employment issue or dispute. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses, across a broad spectrum of industries.

Mr. Johnson brings his experience to bear in counseling clients, helping them to comply with the myriad of federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations. When litigation arises, he is a battle-tested, effective advocate for his clients. He has tried and won (and settled) cases across the U.S., in federal and state courts and agencies, as well as in arbitration. He has served as lead counsel in a number of class and collective actions and multi-plaintiff cases.

Mr. Johnson has represented management in virtually every area of labor and employment law, including employment discrimination litigation and counseling (including race, national origin, sex, sexual harassment, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and retaliation); wrongful discharge litigation; wage and hour (including employer counseling, Department of Labor audits, and defense of private and government wage suits); WARN Act advice and litigation; personnel counseling (including employee handbooks and personnel policies and procedures, and employee discipline and discharge); and individual employee rights (including social media and drug and alcohol matters).

His experience also includes National Labor Relations Act matters (representation, unfair labor practice, collective bargaining, and strikes and picketing); whistleblower litigation (including under Sarbanes-Oxley); non-compete and non-disclosure agreements and other trade secret matters; and employee safety and health. Mr. Johnson also regularly assists the firm's corporate attorneys and clients on the labor and employment aspects of transactional matters.

Mr. Johnson also serves (or has served) as legal counsel to non-profit organizations, ranging from the state chamber of commerce to a nationally-known local country club.  He provided labor and employment advice enabling the state's three legal aid programs to successfully merge their operations in order to more efficiently provide services to their low-income clients.

Mr. Johnson is admitted to practice in Colorado, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits. He has appeared in federal and state courts in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Nebraska, Kansas, and California, as well as before state labor and employment agencies in many of those states. He has represented employers in arbitrations across the country.

University of Michigan BA University of Michigan J.D.
College of Labor and Employment LawyersAmerican Arbitration Association, Employment Law Panel (Denver)

Client Comments

"Jeff Johnson has been our organization's employment law attorney for well over seven years. I have called him for his counsel on numerous issues from layoffs to a board member's termination. He has successfully mediated a situation between our CEO and our Board. He partners with me every step of a legal/management issue. I cannot imagine having someone other than Jeff as our attorney. I highly recommend him to other HR colleagues looking for a partner in this litigious environment in which we work."

-Nancy Rudzek
Vice President, Human Resources
National Cattlemen's Beef Association

"Jeff Johnson has been our organization's employment law attorney for well over seven years. I have called him for his counsel on numerous issues from layoffs to a board member's termination. He has successfully mediated a situation between our CEO and our Board. He partners with me every step of a legal/management issue. I cannot imagine having someone other than Jeff as our attorney. I highly recommend him to other HR colleagues looking for a partner in this litigious environment in which we work."

-Nancy Rudzek
Vice President, Human Resources
National Cattlemen's Beef Association

"I have been working with Jeff Johnson for more than 15 years. Fortunately, we've never had to go to court for an employee dispute, and I attribute that to the great partnership we have. He listens to our business problem, advises on how to best proceed, and helps us work through the "grey" matters related to the situation. He is extremely responsive, provides great guidance, and definitely knows his stuff. I would highly recommend him, and have."

Office Location

555 Seventeenth Street, Suite 3200
Denver, CO 80202-3979
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Labor and Employment of the Denver Metro Area
Jeffrey T. Johnson has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment