Theodore A. Olsen - Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
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Theodore A. Olsen

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1991
Phone: 303-299-8212

Theodore A. Olsen is Department Manager of the Labor & Employment Department of Sherman & Howard, L.L.C., based in the firm’s Denver, Colorado office.  Since 1978, he has represented and counseled employers of all sizes, union and non-union, in assorted  industries, and in both the private and public sectors.  He specializes in class actions, trials and appeals of the full array of employment disputes -- emphasizing employment discrimination; workplace violence; wrongful discharge; disability access; non-competition covenant enforcement; unfair competition; and trade secret protection.  He has represented employers in litigation in a dozen or more states, and counsels employers throughout the nation.  Ted is a Fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.   He has been listed in "Best Lawyers in America" since 1991, and was designated by Human Resources Executive in March 2008 as one of the nation’s Top 50 employment attorneys.  Ted has been an Adjunct Professor of employment discrimination law at the University of Colorado School of Law, his alma mater, where he graduated first in his class.  He speaks at many continuing legal education programs throughout the country.  He is widely published, including a fall 2007 article in The Labor Lawyer, “The Dangers of E-Mail Recruiting: One Person’s ‘Sales Pitch’ is Another Person’s ‘Spam.’” 

Boston UniversityBS 1975University of Colorado School of LawJ.D. 1978
The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers

Client Comments

"Ted Olsen handled several matters for the hospital. He was very thorough, professional, and appropriately aggressive in pursuing a matter of importance. He has impressive experience in handling class actions and federal court cases."

-Darlene Ebert
Denver Health and Hospital Authority

"Ted always makes himself available, and always provides a complete and accurate analysis with a full understanding of our local government environment."

-Lance Ingalls
County Attorney
Douglas County, Colorado

"Ted Olsen is the consummate legal professional; he is intelligent, practical, and responsive. His legal advice has proven sound for the more than 15 years that he has acted as my employment law advisor. His counsel has proven to be invaluable and has allowed me to successfully negotiate the waters in a very complex area of the law. I recommend Ted without reservation."

-Leo Stawiarski
Codilis & Stawiarski

"Ted is responsive and works hard to support his clients. He has a practical approach to the practice of law, which is always appreciated."

"Theodore Olsen is a very good Colorado lawyer and is reasonably priced."

"Ted is really easy to work with and is easy to trust. His manner is easy-going, but you always know that underneath the smile and an occasional joke, he really "gets" what your problem is and will literally defend you through the end!"

-Kim Wolfe
Slifer Designs

"Theodore Olsen is extremely responsive and knowledgeable. Mr. Olsen is able to communicate complicated legal issues with ease ensuring a clear understanding. His delightful personality leads to a positive experience even when dealing with issues that can be trying/frustrating."

"Ted is only a phone call away. If I leave a message, he gets back to me that same day, or has someone get back to me. I have never had to wait for a response. He is always there for me when I need him. He has the experience and knowledge that I need, and is dependable, reliable, and explains things in a way that I can understand and explain to others."

"Ted is incredibly responsive and goes out of his way to assist his clients. He is very cost effective as well."

Office Location

633 Seventeenth Street, Suite 3000
Denver, CO 80202-3624
United States

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management

Other Information

Gender: Male