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Susan M. Schaecher

Senior Counsel, Denver
t: 303.218.3650
f: 303.218.3651


Sue Schaecher's practice has been dedicated to representing employers in labor and employment-related matters since 1984.

She represents employers in bench and jury trials and appeals in state and federal courts, arbitrations, mediations, proceedings before state and federal administrative agencies, and government audits. She also advises employers involved in investigations, drafting policies and negotiating agreements.

Sue provides advice and counsel to employers of all sizes from a variety of industries on matters such as employment discrimination, covenants not to compete, trade secrets, unfair labor practices, wrongful termination, joint employer liability, wage and hour issues, hiring, discipline, termination, workforce reductions, policy development, affirmative action and litigation avoidance.

Throughout her career, she has presented seminars for companies and trade groups and at continuing education programs for attorneys and human resource specialists on labor and employment law topics. She has served on the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy's Rocky Mountain Regional Deposition Program from 1997 to present.

Sue has written numerous articles on labor and employment law developments for business and legal publications.

She is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for preeminent skill and ethics and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2015.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2015 – 2021)
  • "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association

Community Activities

Associated General Contractors/Colorado, Associates Counsel



Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • "Tip Pooling and Other Wage and Hour Issues in Hospitality,"
  • “What Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know about Employment Law in Colorado” and “Best Practices for Avoiding Employment Liability” Rocky Mountain Dental Convention - Denver, Colorado
  • "Rocky Mountain Regional Deposition Program," National Institute of Trial Advocacy, faculty member
    2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • “Keeping Employees Safe:  Minimizing Workplace Violence” CAPLAW 2017 National Training Conference - Denver, Colorado
  • "The Great Pay Raise of 2016," Associated General Contractors - Colorado
  • "Advising Nonprofits: Employment Law Update," CLE in Colorado, Inc.
  • "Labor and Employment Law Update," Southern Colorado Chapter NECA
  • Ask an Expert, Colorado Restaurant Association’s WestEx
  • “2015 FMLA Master Class”
  • “Avoiding Whistleblower and Retaliation Claims and Managing Employees Who Make Them”
  • “When ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) Comes Calling! Managing Risks, Auditing Forms, and Avoiding Penalties” “US Department of Labor Audits” by/for CHLA/CRA,
  • “Sex, Gender, Same-Sex Marriage & Transgender Employees: What it All Means” presented at One Day, Many Solutions program by Fisher Phillips
  • OFCCP Bootcamp: Part 3, “OFCCP Construction Contractor’s AAPs” Fisher Phillips webinar
  • “Labor and Employment Law Update”
  • “15 Candidates for Employment Policy Changes in this Election Year”


  • KHOW radio interview regarding use-it-or-lose-it vacation policies in Colorado
    September 2015
  • Colorado State Law Guide for Fisher Phillips website
    2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Legal Update column in Job Done Right newsletter of the  Mechanical Contractors Association:   

  • "Opinion Letters Apply White Collar Exemptions to Project Superintendents and Supervisors"
    Winter 2018
  • "OSHA Eases Position on Workplace Safety Incentives and Post-Incident Drug Testing"
    Fall 2018
  • "Common Sense Returns to NLRB’s Evaluation of Workplace Rules"
    Summer 2018
  • "Opinion Letters Apply White Collar Exemptions to Project Superintendents and Supervisors"
    Winter 2017
  • Nontraditional Religious Beliefs May Require Accommodation
    Summer/Fall 2017
  • Attacks in the Workplace:  Protecting Data and Employees
    Spring 2017
  • "Exempt or Nonexempt: Which Will it Be? Preparing For the Changes in Overtime Requirements
    Summer/Fall 2016
  • "New Regulations Prohibit Blanket, Post-Accident Drug Testing Policies"
    Summer 2016
  • "Proposed Addition to EEO-1 Form Would Require Compensation Data by Race, Sex"
    Spring 2016
  • DOL Proposes New Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Requirements for Apprenticeship Programs"
    Winter 2016
  • Bullying – Is It Illegal?
    Winter 2016
  • “Major Expansion of Overtime Pay Requirements Proposed”
    Fall 2015
  • “Proposed Updates to Sex Discrimination Guidelines Announced”
    March 2015

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