Qusair is a partner at Rathod | Mohamedbhai LLC. His practice is exclusively in the areas of plaintiff’s employment discrimination and constitutional civil rights litigation. He advocates for the rights of employees in the workplace, and for the civil rights of all individuals against governmental and institutional abuses of power.
Awards & Honors
Sam Cary Bar Association – Warrior for Justice (2018); Children’s Civil Rights Advocate of the Year – Firefly Autism (2018); Lawyer of the Year – Law Week Colorado (2017); Law Week Colorado – “Best Employment Lawyer for Plaintiffs” (2015-2017); Super Lawyers – Top 100 Attorneys in Colorado (2016-2019); Super Lawyers – Plaintiff’s Employment Law (2014-2019); 5280 Magazine “Top Lawyers” Civil Rights (2015-2021); Colorado LGBT Bar Association – Ally of the Year (2017); One Colorado – Ally of the Year (2017); Newsed – Civil Rights Honoree (2017); Abogado Consultor (Legal Adviser) – Government of Mexico, (2015-2019); Best Lawyers® – Employment Law Individuals, Civil Rights (2016-2020); New Leaders Council – Hero of the Year (2017); Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) Case of the Year (2013, 2014, & 2016); Richard Marden Davis Award (2015); Leonard Weinglass In Defense of Civil Liberties Award, American Association for Justice (2015)
Notable Jury Verdicts & Publicly Available Settlements
Confidential Minors v. Cherry Creek School District (education / sexual assault), $11.5 Million; Amanda Wilson v. Jonathan Pauling et al. (employment discrimination / sexual assault), Amanda Wilson v. Jonathan Pauling et al. (employment discrimination / sexual assault), $6.5 Million; Shiva Rai v. St. Vrain Valley School District (education & disability discrimination), $3.85 Million; Jamaal Hunter v. Denver Sheriff’s Department (jail conditions / excessive force), $3.25 Million; Naeschylus Carter-Vinzant v. Aurora Police Department (excessive force), $2.85 Million; Jessica Hernandez v. Denver Police Department (excessive force), $1 Million; Baltazar et al. v. Vail Run Resorts (employment discrimination), $1 Million; Susan Chandler v. Adams 14 School District (employment discrimination), $700,000; Araujo et al. v. City of Fort Collins (employment discrimination), $425,000; Ortega et al. Denver Police Department (excessive force), $360,000; Guzzo et al. v. State of Wyoming (marriage equality constitutional challenge)
Professional Associations and Memberships
National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Faculty (2012-2021); Metro State University Affiliate Faculty (2016); University of Denver Sturm College of Law – Adjunct Faculty (2019); Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association – Board Member (2014-2018); Colorado Trial Lawyers Association – Executive Committee (2019); Civil Rights Education & Enforcement Center, Litigation Committee (2013-2018); CLE of the Colorado Bar Association, Board Member, President of the Board (2015-2019); American Association of Justice (2018); Colorado Bar Association (2004-2018); Wyoming Bar Association (2004-2019); Denver Bar Association (2004-2019)
The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, Chapter Update, Practitioner’s Guide to Employment Law, Second Edition, Colorado Bar Association (2015-2021); Echoes of History in Donald Trump’s Stance on Muslims, Denver Post Op-Ed, (March 5, 2016); Municipal Liability: Strategies, Critiques, and a Pathway Toward Effective Enforcement of Civil Rights (Denver University Law Review, Volume 91, Issue 3); Religious Minorities Need Not Apply: Legal Implications of Faith-Based Employment Advertising, 43 The Colorado Lawyer 27 (April 2014)
Academic Lecturing (Past Three Years)
Colorado Lawyer’s Committee, Racial Justice Summit, 2021 George Floyd & BLM… One Year Later, CLE Center For Legal Inclusiveness, 2021; Police Brutality and Victimization, CLE Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, 2020; Family Law and Your Clients’ Civil Rights, CLE Family Law Institute, 2020; Employee Rights During Covid-19, University of Denver, 2020; Legal Rights and Options for Survivors of Police Brutality, Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, 2020; The Big Picture: Handling the Nuts and Bolts While Keeping Your Goals and Strategy in Mind, CLE Solo Small Firm Convention, 2019; Litigating Discrimination Claims in State Court, CTLA Employment Law CLE, 2019; Section 1983-Based Employment Litigation CLE, CBA Labor & Employment Conference (2018); How to Use Deposition Testimony for Mediation and Settlement, AAJ Annual Convention, 2018 Racial Bias in Policing, 9News Panel, 2018, Harvey Weinstein Goes to Court! Evaluating a Sexual Harassment Claim, Laramie County Bar Association, 2018; Probate: Approval of Settlement, (January 2018) CTLA-CLE; Mutual Respect Between Bench & Bar, Colorado Judicial Conference, (Sept 2017); Maintaining the Rule of Law CLE, Colorado Bar Association (May 2017); Hanging Your Own Shingle CLE, Colorado Bar Association (2013-2018); Summer Trial Institute, Faculty, University of Wyoming School of Law (2011-2019)
Kyle Vinson v. City of Aurora, et al. (Excessive Force) (2021), The Estate of Elijah Javon McClain, et al. v. City of Aurora, et al. (Police Violence Causing Death) (2019), The Estate of Robert “Gary” Black, Jr. v. The City of Aurora (Police Shooting) (2018), R.S. v. Allied Security (Excessive Force)(2018), Khan et al. v. Gatchis, 2018cv30797, (Muslim Discrimination) (2018), Estate of Roberto Andres Flores-Prieto v. Allante Properties, et al. (Wrongful Death) (2018); Estate of Patrick Harmon v. Salt Lake City Police Department (Police Violence Causing Death); East High School Cheerleaders v. Denver Public Schools (Education Law); Randall Veach v. Rawlins Police Department (Excessive Force); 130 Somali Employees v. Cargill (Employment Discrimination); Shiva Rai v. St. Vrain Valley School District (Education Law); Jessica Hernandez v. The City and County of Denver (Police Shooting); Araujo et al v. Fort Collins Police Department, 16-cv-00966 (Race Discrimination); Askin v. City and County of Denver, 16-cv-01007 (Excessive Force); Naeschylus Carter-Vinzant v. Aurora (Excessive Force); EEOC & Benitez et al v. Vail Run Resort, 1:15-cv-01592-RPM (Sexual/Race Harassment); Shelli Robins v. Adams 14 School District, 2014cv01794-WYD-KMT (Gender Discrimination) (2014); Wilson v. Pauling Management Co et al., 2013-cv-035298 (Employment Discrimination); Hart v. VK Investment Group, LLC, 13-cv-02301 (Housing Discrimination); Blair v. Resort Management Group, 13-cv-01298 (Employment Gender Discrimination); Carpenter v. CenturyLink, 2013-cv-032401 (Wrongful Discharge); Hunter v. City and County of Denver et al., 2012-cv-5623 (Prisoner Civil Rights); Ortega et al. v. City and County of Denver, et al., 11-cv-02394 (Police Brutality and Governmental Liability); Blake v. 23 LTD et al., 11-cv-8197 (Employment Gender Discrimination and Retaliation; Shroff v. City and County of Denver et al., 604 F.3d 1179 (10th Cir. 2010) (False Arrest); Martinez et al. v. City and County of Denver, 11-cv-00102-MSK-KLM (Excessive Force); Pro Bono: General Counsel – Colorado Muslim Society (2011-2017); Servicios de la Raza Board Member (2011-2017); Kahn Family (2013); John Copeland (2013); Occupy Denver – Legal Training (2012); Proposition 8 / Gay Rights Representation of Protestors (2009); Democratic National Convention Representation of Protestors (2008); Columbus Day Representation of Protestors (2007)
Education and Bar Admissions
Qusair graduated from the University of Wyoming School of Law, Laramie, Wyoming in 2003. He received his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta in 2000. Qusair is admitted to practice law in Colorado, Wyoming, the United States District Court, Districts of Colorado and Wyoming, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.