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Todd A. Fredrickson

Partner, Denver
t: 303.218.3650
f: 303.218.3651


Todd Fredrickson is a partner in the Denver office. He also serves as Chair of the firm's Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee.

Todd tries employment cases before juries, judges, and arbitrators. His practice involves representing employers in various matters arising under such laws as Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA). He also is one of a small number of Denver labor attorneys who practice traditional labor law, representing employers in union campaigns, contract negotiations, grievance arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges.

Todd regularly counsels clients on a spectrum of personnel management issues, with the goal of avoiding litigation. To that end, he advises employers on developing and enforcing proper policies, employee handbooks, and employment and compensation agreements.

Todd also counsels employers on compliance with federal and state wage and hour laws. Much of his practice focuses on training supervisors, managers, and other employees on such issues as sexual harassment, discrimination, employee discipline and discharge, and investigation of employee grievances.

Todd is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been included in the Colorado Super Lawyers list since 2006. He has also been listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2009 and in The Best Lawyers in America since 2012.

He was recognized as an Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America for 2014, 2017, and 2019. Todd was also selected as a BTI Consulting Group Client Service All-Star for 2011 and was named the "People's Choice" selection as the Best Employment Lawyer in Barrister's Best by Law Week Colorado six years in a row beginning 2011. He was also named to 5280 magazine’s list of Top Lawyers since 2008.



  • Represented hotel, various restaurants, and resort in collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Represented various municipalities and housing authority in re-negotiation of collective bargaining agreements with locals of SEIU, FOP, IAFF, and AFSCME.
  • Represented rail services company in negotiation of first contracts with various local unions of the International Union of Operating Engineers in Texas and Wyoming .Represented various employers/companies in defense of cases involving allegations of sexual and racial harassment, breach of an executive employment agreement, union organizational activities, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Represented industrial construction company in unfair labor practice charges filed in Kentucky, Louisiana, Washington, and Wyoming. Represented commercial real estate developer in labor and employment due diligence for purchase of business and assumption of employment liabilities. 
  • Represented automobile dealership against group of 19 plaintiffs, as well as large restaurant chain in employee claims for unpaid wages and overtime.
  • Represented property management company and developer in nationwide audits conducted by U. S. Department of Labor.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

    • Recipient, 2019 Distinguished Achievement – Private Practice Alumni Award, University of Colorado Law School
    • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America since 2012
    • Listed in Chambers USAAmerica's Leading Business Lawyers since 2009
    • Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers list since 2006
    • Recipient, 2005 Christopher A. Miranda Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
    • Recipient, 2003 Richard Marden Davis Award, Denver Bar Foundation
    • Recipient, 1999-2000 INROADS Corporate Achiever Award
    • Recipient, 1998 Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Colorado Hispanic Alumni Association

Professional Activities

    • Member, Colorado Lawyers Committee Education Task Force
    • Member, Hispanic Alumni Association
    • Chair, Colorado Pledge to Diversity Law Firm Group (2003-2005)
    • Chair, University of Colorado School of Law Alumni Board (2004) 
    • President, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (1999) 

Community Activities

  • Past President and Member, Urban Peak Board of Directors
  • Vice-President, Denver Children's Home Board of Directors
  • Founder and Mentor, Horace Mann Mentoring Program
  • Career Counselor, CHBA Education Committee 
  • Team Leader, CHBA Ride-the-Rockies Program 
  • Co-Founder, Legal Night at El Centro Bienestar
  • Board Member, Center for Legal Inclusiveness
  • Past Chair and Former Board Member, National Sports Center for the Disabled Board of Directors



Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • "Best Practices to Help Effectively Administer FMLA Leave in Your Organization to Avoid Costly Mistakes" 
    Counsel on Education in Management
    Winter 2006
  • "Minimizing Liability Risks for Failing to Reinstate an Employee to the Same or Equivalent Position" 
    Council on Education in Management
    Fall 2005
  • "The “3Ds” of Employment Law: Documentation, Discipline and Discharge"
    Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Otten Johnson
    Summer 2005
  • "Employee Handbooks in Colorado: Drafting and Enforcing Sound Procedures and Policies"
    Summer 2005
  • "Addressing Discrimination & Harassment Issues, Gemini Group, Inc."
    Winter 2005
  • "Employment Law 101 and 102"
    Colorado Bar Association CLE, Business Law Institute
    Fall 2004
  • "Prohibited Discrimination and Harassment"
    Urban Peak
    Spring 2004
  • "Developments Before the United States Department of Labor"
    Fall 2003
  • "Survival Skills and Strategies for Today’s Attorney, Stepping Out of the Rank and File: Developing and Advancing Your Career Objectives"
    Winter 2003
  • "Ten of the Biggest Blunders Employers Make in Hiring & Firing Employees"
    Colorado Bar Association CLE 
    Business Law Institute Fall 2002
  • "Employment Law 101 and 102 for the Business Lawyer: Some Nuts and Bolts of Colorado and Federal Employment Law for Business Lawyer,"
    Colorado Bar Association CLE, Business Law Institute
    Summer 2001
  • "Selecting and Terminating Employees in Colorado"
    National Business Institute
    Summer 2001
  • "Responding to EEOC/CCRD Charges"
    Colorado Bar Association CLE, Annual Employment Law Conference
    March 9, 2001
  • "Employee Handbooks in Colorado: Drafting and Enforcing Sound Procedures and Policies"
    National Business Institute
    December 2000
  • "Employment Contracts for Physicians”
    Rhone Poulenc Rorer Scholarship Program
    November 9, 1998
  • "Colorado Mental Health Association, Employment Issues Forum"
    July 15, 1998

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