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Qusair Mohamedbhai

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Phone: 303-578-4400

Fax: 303-578-4401

Email: qm@rmlawyers.com


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 (2015-2018); 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), $6.3 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 millionMcFadden, et al. v. Meeker Housing Authority, et al. (housing discrimination), $1 millionJessica 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 (2012-2019); Metro State University Affiliate Faculty (2019); University of Denver Sturm College of Law – Adjunct Faculty (2015); Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association – Board Member (2014-2018); Colorado Trial Lawyers Association – Co-Chair Employment Law Section (2014-2016); Civil Rights Education & Enforcement Center, Litigation Committee (2013-2019); CLE of the Colorado Bar Association, Board Member and President, (2015-2019); American Association of Justice (2018); Colorado Bar Association (2004-2019); Wyoming Bar Association (2004-2019); Denver Bar Association (2004-2019)

Publications

The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, Chapter Update, Practitioner’s Guide to Employment Law, Second Edition, Colorado Bar Association (2015-2018); 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)

Trial Skills, Coun­cil on American-Islamic Rela­tions (CAIR) National Civil Rights Con­fer­ence (2018); Section-1983-Based Employ­ment Lit­i­ga­tion CLE, Col­orado Bar Asso­ci­a­tion Labor & Employ­ment Con­fer­ence (2018); Work­place Sex­ual Mis­con­duct Task Force, Boul­der County Dis­trict Attorney’s Office (2018); Implicit Bias — Inclu­sive­ness & Diver­sity Sum­mit, Cen­ter for Legal Inclu­sive­ness (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, (Jan. 2018) CTLA-CLE; Mutual Respect Between Bench & Bar, Colorado Judicial Conference, (2017 & 2018); Maintaining the Rule of Law CLE, Colorado Bar Association (May 2017); Hanging Your Own Shingle CLE, Colorado Bar Association (2013-2017); Summer Trial Institute, Faculty, University of Wyoming School of Law (2011-2017); El Paso Bar Association – Law Day / 14th Amendment (May 2017); Hot Topics in Employment Litigation CLE, Colorado Bar Association (Dec. 2016); Use of Electronic Evidence in the Employment Law Case CLE, Colorado Bar Association (Nov. 2016); Freedom of Religion Symposium, University of Denver School of Law (March 2016); Constitutional Litigation, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, (Spring Semester 2015)

Representative Cases

The Estate of Richard “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.

Pro Bono Activities

  • General Counsel – Colorado Muslim Society (2011-Present)
  • Servicios de La Raza, Vice President & Board Member, 2011 – 2017
  • Kahn Family 2013
  • John Copeland 2013
  • Occupy Denver – Legal Training, 2012
  • Proposition 8 / Gay Rights Representation of Protesters, 2009
  • Democratic National Convention Representation of Protesters, 2008
  • Columbus Day Representation of Protesters, 2007