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 whose primary practice area is Labor & Employment.

Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Kayla practiced in the Denver office of an AmLaw 200 firm headquartered in New York. While there, she developed a diverse insurance defense practice that encompassed a wide range of complex liability matters, including commercial, personal injury, and construction defect claims, among others. She also maintained an insurance coverage practice, and has represented insurers and insurance brokers in coverage-related matters, including bad faith and garnishment actions.

Kayla completed 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 also forged connections within the diverse region 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 Section’s Colorado Litigators’ Summit. 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 vs. 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’ 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

  • Colorado Bar Association, Litigation Section Council
  • Junior League of Denver, General Meetings Chair
  • Colorado Lawyers Committee, Young Lawyers Division
  • Junior League of Las Cruces, Board of Directors
  • Leadership SBOT (State Bar of Texas Leadership Class of 2011)
  • 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

Professional Presentations

  • Marijuana in the Workplace, Colorado Bar Association Employment Law Section, May, 2018
  • Updates in Foreclosure Law, State Bar of Texas Poverty Law Conference, April, 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 – Volunteer of the Year
  • Hidalgo County Bar Association – 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
  • President, Women’s Law Caucus
  • 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)
  • President, Pre-Law Society
  • President, Student Organization Council
  • Student Government
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Delta Zeta Sorority

Representative Matters

  • Defended a former franchisee against contractual and Lanham Act claims brought by the franchise.
  • Represented employers facing federal discrimination claims asserted by former employees throughout the EEOC’s investigation, review, and voluntary mediation process.
  • 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.
  • Served as second-chair defense counsel in premises liability jury trial conducted in the Arapahoe County District Court of Colorado.
  • 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.
  • Main author of appellee’s successful brief filed before Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in real property matter.
  • 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.
  • Represented migrant farmworkers whose employment and housing rights were violated under the FLSA and AWPA.
  • 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.
  • Served as lead appellate counsel for a Texas mortgagor in a constitutional challenge to the legality of her home-equity loan.
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