LaLonnie is an experienced employment attorney. She helps clients comply with federal and state employment laws and advises clients before administrative agencies. LaLonnie practices at the intersection of employment law and higher education, effectively counseling clients in the day-to-day employment issues and defending clients against employee claims.
From wage and hour representation to advice on claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, LaLonnie advises clients on a variety of employment-related issues. She has represented clients throughout the litigation process in single-plaintiff lawsuits and class/collective actions. She has defended claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Equal Pay Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, Title IX, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Colorado Wage Act, and Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act. She routinely defends employers against employment-related claims and charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Colorado Civil Rights Division.
In addition to litigation and other defense work, LaLonnie helps clients implement proactive solutions to help avoid future litigation. She regularly drafts and revises employee handbooks, employment agreements, and other employment practices. Prior to joining private practice, LaLonnie served as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable Christine M. Arguello of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.
- Represented a higher-education institution in a Title IX action (and related state-law claims), defeating the action on summary judgment.
- Assisted litigation team in defending a global insurance company against minimum wage and overtime claims in federal court, ultimately achieving a favorable settlement.
- Counseled international manufacturing company in recommended FLSA classification for employee positions.
- Advised anesthesia practice on non-compete agreements and related liquidated damages under Colorado law.
- Prevailed in dismissing disability, race, sex, and age claims filed with the EEOC and CCRD.
Honors & Leadership
- American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
- Hispanic National Bar Association
- Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
- Colorado Bar Association
- Law School...Yes We Can, Board Member and Mentor (2013–present)
- Hispanic National Bar Association, Region XIII Programming Deputy President (2019–present)
- American Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division Scholar (2017–2018)
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- Interviewer, Fireside Chat at Colorado Bar Association’s Employment Law Conference
- Tips from the Bench with the Honorable Christine M. Arguello at ACC event: “CLE & Rockies Game: Relief Pitchers and Pinch Hitters: Sometimes We All Need a Little Help,”
- “Employment Law Update in Colorado,” presented to Lorman Education Services
- “Think Before you Hit Send: When an Email Creates a Contract,” presented to Lorman Education Services
- Are Web Sites Subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act?,” The Computer & Internet Lawyer
- “Are Websites Subject to the ADA?,” Colorado Lawyer
- “Title IX Compliance: Student-on-Student Sexual Violence,” Colorado Lawyer
- “Happy 45th birthday, Title IX: You've changed a bit over the years,” Employment and Labor Insider
- “Complying with OSHA’s ‘New’ Anti-Retaliation Provisions,” ACC Docket
- “Pre-Certification Communications with Putative Class Members,” American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment
- “Diversity in the Legal Profession: Whatever Affects One Directly, Affects All Indirectly,” Denver University Law Review Online
- University of Denver Sturm College of LawJ.D., 2014
- Colorado State UniversityB.A., 2011
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado