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Ms. Treece, a founding Member of Brown Gren Abraham & McCracken, LLC, is a trial lawyer with over 40 years of litigation experience. Ms. Treece is recognized as one of the premier workers’ compensation defense lawyers in the State of Colorado. Ms. Treece began her legal career as a Deputy District Attorney and as a law clerk to the former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Ms. Treece then gleaned experience in the civil defense arena. She specialized in toxic torts, governmental entity, premises, and major litigation defense.

Ms. Treece has devoted her practice to the defense of employers sued under the Colorado Workers’ Compensation Act. She has implemented a workers’ compensation defense system which historically has produced exceptional results for employers. Ms. Treece has successfully tried all aspects of workers’ compensation cases in every venue in Colorado, including numerous appearances at both the Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court.

Ms. Treece authored an article, “The Workers’ Compensation System as a Prescription for Addiction”, for Best Lawyers, January 2018. This article was originally published with Best Lawyers® “Legal Insights” on www.BestLawyers.com.

Ms. Treece also authored “Overview of Colorado Worker’s Compensation Law”, January 2017©.

Ms. Treece was selected by her peers as a Colorado Super Lawyer in the Workers’ Compensation-Employers practice area from 2006-2010 and 2017-2023. She has been named a Best Lawyer by U.S. News and World Report in the field of Workers’ Compensation for 2012-2023 and Lawyer of the Year for 2015 and 2018.

Contact & Links
  • 3801 East Florida Avenue, Suite 210
    Denver, CO 80210
  • University of Denver, J.D.
Bar Admissions
  • Colorado, United States
State Clerkships
  • Colorado - Trial Courts

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers, Denver (2018)
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers, Denver (2015)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
  • Top 50 Women Colorado Super Lawyers (2020)

  • Colorado Super Lawyers (2017-2023)

  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell ( Since 2016)

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The Workers’ Compensation System as a Prescription for Addiction

by Karen Gail Treece

While estimates vary, it is believed that the top 5 percent of opioid users likely account for more than half of total opioid use.

Prescription for Addiction

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