Laura Wolf is a partner at Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC. Her practice includes advocating on behalf of individuals suffering from abuses of their civil rights, including minors suffering from the violation of their rights by school officials, persons whose liberties are lost at the hands of the police and other government officials, and employees facing discrimination in the workplace. Prior to joining Rathod Mohamedbhai, Laura served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable R. Brooke Jackson on the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Laura graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University in 2008 and cum laude from Harvard Law School in May 2013.
In 2019, Laura launched a new project committed to helping others establish a career in the civil rights legal community called Spark Justice Careers, LLC. You can learn more about the project by clicking here.
LEGAL VICTORIES & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Laura has devoted her career to advocating for individuals suffering from abuses of their civil rights. In her first case with the firm, Laura helped secure a nearly $4,000,000 jury verdict on behalf of a woman who had been sexually assaulted by her employer, obtaining legal victories on numerous matters of first impression. Laura’s legal briefing resulted in the court awarding an additional $2.1 million judgment in punitive damages, totaling the largest court-awarded judgment the firm has seen.
In addition to her courtroom skills, Laura has utilized her legal acumen to secure sizeable settlements and significant policy changes on behalf of her clients. Laura’s work on a systemic race discrimination case against the Fort Collins Police Department resulted in the creation of an independent Equal Employment Opportunity Office for use by any officer suffering from discrimination in the workplace, as well as an agreement that the city would take steps to achieve a workforce reflecting the diversity of the community it serves. In a case against a private employer, Laura was able to secure the restoration of religious rights in the workplace after representing approximately 140 individual employees in their Title VII discrimination claims. Laura’s participation in sexual assault cases on school campuses has resulted in significant changes to the reporting and investigation of suspected child abuse by K12 schools within the State of Colorado.
Laura is incredibly active within the larger legal community, serving on the Board of the Lawyers’ Civil Rights Coalition and the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center (“RMvlc”). In her role as Vice Chair of the RMvlc Board, Laura helps to ensure the organization can continue to serve the needs of the many crime victims it interacts with each day, including victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. As a member of the Colorado Women Bar Association’s Public Policy Committee, Laura has actively taken part in drafting the Equal Pay for Equal Work bill, which was passed and signed into law during the 2019 legislative session. Laura is also working to expand access to the civil rights community here in Colorado through her role as the outgoing CBA Civil Rights Section Chair. Laura has led the charge in planning numerous CLE programs regarding immigration, employment, and disability rights, organizing a Meet & Greet event for law students and lawyers looking to practice in civil rights, and volunteering for and promoting the new Federal Pro Se Clinic at the Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse. Laura graduated as a member of the 2019 COBALT class, an interactive leadership training program designed specifically for lawyers with demonstrated leadership skills and commitment to the legal community.
NOTABLE VERDICTS AND PUBLICLY AVAILABLE SETTLEMENTS
- Prairie Middle School Students v. Cherry Creek School District (sexual assault in education) — $11.5 million
- Wilson v. Pauling, et al., 2013cv35298, (Denver Dist. Ct. 2013) (sexual assault and employment discrimination) — $6.3 million
- Said Ali, et al. Cargill Meat Solutions & Teamsters Local No. 455 (religion, race, and national origin discrimination) — $1.65 million
- McFadden, et al. v. Meeker Housing Authority, et al., 16-cv-2304 (D. Colo. 2016) (housing discrimination and retaliation) — $1 million
- Estate of Andrew Byrd v. City of Pueblo (excessive force, officer shooting) — $600,000
- Araujo, et al. v. City of Fort Collins, et al., 16-cv-00966-RBJ (D. Colo. 2016) (systemic race and national origin discrimination) — $425,000
- Contreras, et al. Rent-Rite Super Kegs West, et al., 16-cv-01737-CBS (D. Colo. 2016) (wage theft; race and national origin discrimination) — $200,000
- Anecdote LLC v. Bannock RE Partners and Gerard (“Jerry”) Maglio, JAG Arbitration (2018) (business fraud, unjust enrichment) — $182,688
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- Colorado Bar Association, Civil Rights Section Chair (2018-2019), Treasurer (2017-2018)
- Lawyers’ Civil Rights Coalition, Board Member
- Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, Vice Chair of Board of Directors
- Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Public Policy Committee
- Colorado Lawyers Committee – Young Lawyers Division, Fundraising Committee
- Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
- Colorado Women Trial Lawyers Network
- Denver Bar Association
ACADEMIC LECTURING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS (Past Four Years)
Investigating the Case Through Pre-Litigation Discovery, University of Colorado Law School – Civil Practice Clinic (September 2019); Civil Justice for Victims of Sexual Harassment & Assault – Proving Liability Against Third-Party Entities, CTLA (September 2019); The Pros and Cons of Litigation Versus Mediation: Tips and Tricks for When to Sue Versus Settle, CTLA Convention (August 2019); Disability Discrimination in Housing, CBA Civil Rights & Disability Law CLE (July 2019); LINC Navigator Training, Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center (June 2019, October 2017); Nuts and Bolts of Employment Law, CBA Pro Se Clinic & Civil Rights CLE (May 2019); Employment Law Panel, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Panel for Public Interest Week (March 2019); Intersections Between the FHA and the Rehabilitation Act in Housing Discrimination Cases, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (March 2019); Litigation Sharks v. Mediation Jets, CBA ADR & YLD, Panel on the Pros and Cons of Litigation as Compared to Mediation (February 2019); Deadlines & Administrative Exhaustion of Employment Claims, National Employment Lawyers’ Association, Annual Convention (June 2018); Administrative Exhaustion of Employment Retaliation Claims, Colorado Trial Lawyers’ Association, Employment Law Seminar (June 2018); Transgender Rights & Administrative Exhaustion Under Title VII, Employment Discrimination, University of Colorado Law School (April 2018); #MeToo: The Cycle of a Sexual Harassment Claim, Colorado Bar Association (November 2017); Patriarchy & Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Seminar, University of Colorado Law School (September 2017); Gender and Generational Dynamics in the Legal Profession, Colorado Bar Association, CLE Unplugged (August 2017); Religion in the Workplace, PELA Annual Retreat (August 2017); The Equal Protection Clause and Alien Status, Constitutional Law, University of Colorado Law School (March 2017); Use of Electronic Evidence in the Employment Law Case, CBA Employment Law Fall Update: Key Strategies for Your Practice (November 2016); Advocating the Case: Investigating Claims, Interviewing Witnesses, and Obtaining Documentation, PELA CTLA Employment Law 101 CLE (September 2016); Utilizing the Unemployment Insurance Application Process as a Tool for Discovery, PELA Annual Retreat 2016 Lunch Roundtable (August 2016); Navigating and Using the Numerous Aspects of Colorado’s Legal System, Colorado Advocacy In Action Conference (June 2016); Refugees in Colorado Panel Speaker, CU President’s Leadership Class Alumni Event (April 2016); Resurgent NLRB Finds Employees Chilled by Common Language in Arbitration Agreements and Employer Policies, Boulder County Bar Association Brown Bag (March 2016); Vindicating Employee Rights Using Common Law Torts and the State Court System, PELA Brown Bag (February 2016)
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
- Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (“COBALT”) Program, Class of 2019, Sessions Committee 2020
- Colorado Rising Star, Employment Litigation – 2018, 2019
- Prairie Middle School Students v. Cherry Creek School District (Education) (2018)
- United States v. Glaub, 16-cr-184 (D. Colo. 2016), 17-1182 (10th Cir. 2017) (First Amendment)
- East High School Cheerleaders v. Denver Public Schools (Education) (2017)
- Estate of Andrew Byrd v. City of Pueblo (Excessive Force – Officer Shooting) (2017)
- McFadden, et al. v. Meeker Housing Authority, et al., 16-cv-2304 (D. Colo. 2016) (Disability Discrimination in Housing, Retaliation)
- Araujo, et al. v. City of Fort Collins, et al., 16-cv-00966-RBJ (D. Colo. 2016) (Systemic Race and National Origin Discrimination, Retaliation)
- Contreras, et al. Rent-Rite Super Kegs West, et al., 16-cv-01737-CBS (D. Colo. 2016) (Race and National Origin Discrimination, Wage Theft)
- Said Ali, et al. Cargill Meat Solutions & Teamsters Local No. 455 (Religion, Race, and National Origin Discrimination) (2016)
- Wilson v. Pauling, et al., 2013cv35298, (Denver Dist. Ct. 2013) (Assault, Battery, Intentional Interference with Contract, and Employment Discrimination)
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals