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Susan M. Schaecher

Partner, 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

Professional Activities

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

Community Activities

  • Associated General Contractors/Colorado, Board of Directors, Associates Council Vice President, and Industry Gala & Ace Awards Committee Member
  • Colorado Attorneys for the Arts, Vetting Committee Member


Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • “Rocky Mountain Regional Deposition Program,” National Institute of Trial Advocacy, faculty member
  • 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”
  • Rocky Mountain Regional Deposition Program on, by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Faculty member for three-day “learn by doing” program.
  • “Avoiding Wage Claims: Common Mistakes,” Colorado Restaurant Association’s WestEx.
  • “Breaking Bad Behavior” (with Andria Ryan) during CHLA’s annual conference
  • “Only in This Town (State & Local Employment Law Developments and Trends)” presented at One Day, Many Solutions program by Fisher Phillips
  • “Employment Law,” presented at the Annual Institute on Advising Nonprofit Organizations in Colorado, sponsored by Continuing Legal Education in Colorado
  • Recreational Marijuana, AGC Safety Committee
    January 2013
  • “Employment Law,” presented at the Annual Institute on Advising Nonprofit Organizations in Colorado on May 11, 2012. Sponsor: Continuing Legal Education in Colorado
  • Medical Marijuana, AGC
    March 2010


  • KHOW radio interview regarding use-it-or-lose-it vacation policies in Colorado
    September 2015
  • Colorado State Law Guide for F&P website
    2014, 2015

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

  • “Major Expansion of Overtime Pay Requirements Proposed”
    Fall 2015
  • “Proposed Updates to Sex Discrimination Guidelines Announced”
    March 2015
  • “Workers Compensation Act Amended to Increase Choice of Doctors”
    September 2014
  • “Agency Rules Shine Some Light on Keep Jobs in Colorado Act”
    September 2014
  • “Stop Thief!  Government Continues to Charge Employers Who Commit   Workplace Fraud”
    January 2014
  • “Numerical Goals for Employing Veterans and Disabled Among Changes for Federal Contractors”
    October 2013
  • “Five New Colorado Laws Impact Employment”
    September 2013
  • “New Forms Issued for Employers to Verify Authorization to Work,”
    April 2013
  • "Hold the Cheetos:  Colorado Employers Can still Restrict Marijuana Use" Issue 8
    February 2013
  • Colorado Construction & Design magazine
    “Criminal Background Check Policies:  New Guidelines Identify Features that Reduce Risk"
    Summer 2012
  • Colorado Construction & Design magazine   
    “‘It ain’t over...’ Liability for Retaliation Against Former Employees"
    Winter 2012
  • Colorado Construction & Design magazine
    “Government Agencies Raget Construction Company’s Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors"
    Fall 2011
  • Labor and Employment Law, publication of ABA Section of Labor and Employment
  • “Supreme Court Sets Standard for ‘Cat’s Paw’ Liability,” Vol 39, Number 3
    Spring 2011


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