Kayla D. Dreyer

Associate

  • location icon Denver, CO
    1700 Lincoln Street
    Suite 4000
    Denver, CO 80203

Kayla D. Dreyer is an associate in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice.

Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Kayla developed a diverse insurance defense practice in Denver that encompassed a wide range of complex liability matters, including commercial, employment, personal injury, and construction defect claims, among others. She also maintained an insurance coverage practice, which included assessing and providing coverage positions to insurance carriers related to construction-defect claims, general liability claims, product contamination and recall events, and EPLI claims. Kayla has represented insurers and an insurance broker in coverage-related matters, including bad faith and garnishment actions.

Kayla grew up in the Rio Grande Valley on the South Texas border. After graduating from law school in Austin, Kayla moved to Houston to join the corporate law section of a prominent multinational law firm. However, she found her true calling as a litigator upon returning to the border and working as a legal aid attorney. Her experience working in and representing the indigent community was formative and provides her with a unique perspective to more effectively advise and defend her business clients now.

Kayla subsequently relocated to Las Cruces, New Mexico to complete a judicial clerkship in the U.S. District Court of New Mexico. While there, she honed her legal research and writing skills and developed an intimate understanding of federal courts. She forged connections within the diverse region, eventually serving on the Board of the Junior League of Las Cruces, and fell in love with the Rocky Mountains--leading her to establish her home in Colorado.

Giving back to the community has always been one of Kayla's priorities. Since moving to Denver, she has served on the Colorado Bar Association Litigation Section Council, and will be a chair for the upcoming CBA Litigation Symposium. Kayla also volunteers with the Colorado Lawyers Committee and the Junior League of Denver, and is the Junior League General Meetings Chair through May, 2019. In her leisure time, Kayla enjoys hiking, skiing, running, and traveling. She is an avid sports fan, and you will often find her cheering on the Texas Longhorns or at a Colorado Rockies game.

Publications

  • Benefits Delayed versus Benefits Denied: No Distinction Says Colorado Supreme Court, June 7, 2018
  • Colorado Supreme Court Finds One-Year Statute of Limitations Inapplicable to Statutory Bad Faith Claims, June 7, 2018
  • U.S. Supreme Court Defends State Sovereignty via Anti-Commandeering Doctrine, May 29, 2018
  • Sessions’s Marijuana Memo Reminds Colorado Employers They Are Not Out of the Federal Weeds, January 23, 2018
  • Colorado Supreme Court: Insurers Need Not Show Prejudice to Enforce No-Voluntary-Payments Provision Insurance Policy, May 3, 2016

Pro Bono & Philanthropy

  • Current
    • Colorado Bar Association, Litigation Section Council
    • Junior League of Denver, General Meetings Chair
    • Colorado Lawyers Committee, Young Lawyers Division
  • Past
    • Legal Services for the Poor in Civil Matters (State Bar of Texas)
    • Family Crisis Center of the Rio Grande Valley, Board of Directors
    • Hidalgo County Bar Association, Board of Directors
    • Junior League of Harlingen
    • Hidalgo County Young Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
    • Leadership SBOT (State Bar of Texas Leadership Class of 2011)

Professional Presentations

  • Marijuana in the Workplace, Colorado Bar Association Employment Law Section, May, 2018
  • Speaker, Updates in Foreclosure Law, State Bar of Texas Poverty Law Conference, April 18, 2012

Admissions

Colorado

Texas

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Associations

  • Colorado Women's Bar Association
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
  • Colorado Bar Association, Labor & Employment and Litigation Sections
  • Texas Bar Association

Awards & Honors

  • Junior League of Las Cruces, Board of Directors (2013–2015); Volunteer of the Year
  • Hidalgo County Bar Association, Board of Directors (2012–2013); New Board Member of the Year

Education

The University of Texas School of Law

Juris Doctor with Honors

  • Articles and Notes Editor, Texas International Law Journal
  • Assistant Staff Editor, Texas Journal of Women and the Law
  • Activities: Women’s Law Caucus, President; Texas Crew Women’s Team Named a 2007 ‘Alpha Female’ by Burnt Orange Magazine

The University of Texas-Pan American

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, magna cum laude

  • Minor in Philosophy (rank: 4 of 193)
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Delta Zeta Sorority
  • Activities: Pre-Law Society, President; Student Organization Council, President; Student Government, Senator

Representative Matters

  • Defended a putative class action brought by a defaulted student loan consumer against a debt collection firm challenging calculation of the firm's fees, where the federal lending laws and regulations were ambiguous and in conflict.
  • Defended a former franchise owner against contractual and Lanham Act claims brought by the franchise.
  • Lead counsel in defense of administrative-wage garnishment by the Government arising from client’s default on a USDA-guaranteed mortgage loan, where the U.S. government paid a private lender for post-foreclosure losses. The client’s entire debt to the Government was ultimately extinguished.
  • Successfully litigated and then negotiated a settlement on behalf of dozens of food-service workers against a Buffalo wings franchise through a FLSA collective-action lawsuit. Served as lead appellate counsel for a mortgagor in a state constitutional challenge to her home-equity loan.
  • Represented an industry association against a putative FLSA-collective action suit brought by Peruvian sheepherders, who alleged numerous other claims (including assault and violation of RICO) under a joint-employment theory. Negotiated a very favorable settlement for client after conducting initial investigation but prior to expending significant client resources.
  • Served as second-chair defense counsel in premises liability jury trial conducted in the Arapahoe County District Court of Colorado.
  • Main author of appellee’s successful brief filed before Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in real property matter.
  • Represented migrant farmworkers whose employment and housing rights were violated under the FLSA and AWPA.
  • Represent employers facing federal discrimination claims asserted by former employees throughout the EEOC’s investigation, review, and voluntary mediation process.
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