Jon Olafson

Partner

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

Jon Olafson is a partner in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice.

Finding the right path, the right people, and the right result that matches the client’s overall goals is Jon’s guiding principle. Jon counsels business clients on a variety of regulatory and dispute resolution matters, largely based on the “who” of their business or industry. In particular, Jon regularly works with clients on their domestic and international trade secret protections, corporate espionage, data & cybersecurity, and how to handle situations where a client’s most valuable materials data are threatened by internal and external sources. Jon also works with clients on their complicated wage and hour issues, business and corporate compliance, and C-suite transitions. Jon also counsels his clients other business-related disputes and helps clients understand the pros and cons of multiple courses of action to achieve their ultimate goals.  Jon is an experienced complex commercial and corporate litigator, which specifically includes the management of large commercial and employment-related class and collective actions in both state and federal courts across the country. His class and collective action experience includes contract and commercial actions, claims of misrepresentation, wage and hour, and misclassification.  Jon’s arsenal, however, is not limited to litigation and he will narrowly tailor a plan specifically suited to your business’s specific needs.

Jon has worked with clients covering a broad span of industries including technology, government contracting, oil field services, drilling, manufacturing and engineering, investor-driven development, entertainment, food and restaurant service, crypto-currency, and franchisor operations. Jon also has extensive experience working with aviation clients in counseling and representing them in front of the Federal Aviation Administration on issues related to drones, airman certificates, testing, facilities and land usage, flight operations, and Pt. 16 investigations. Jon has extensive experiencing in working with both airports and those interested in economic development around an airport to find solutions that comply with federal regulations.

Jon is also very involved in the community. He currently serves on the Colorado Bar Association’s Executive Council as an at-large member, the Board of Governors representative for the Colorado Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, and serves on Group IV of the Colorado Bar Association’s Diversity Initiatives. Jon also serves as the President of the Board for the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and has been in that position since 2012. Jon also serves on the Board of Directors for the Nathan Yip Foundation. He is also the Chair of the Admissions and Membership Committee of the University Club of Denver.   In his spare time, Jon enjoys hiking Colorado’s mountains and spending time outdoors with his partner, family, friends, and his trustee canine sidekick Elske. He is also an avid college sports fan, with his loyalties being with the University of North Dakota and Texas Tech University.

Publications

  • Planning for International Trade Secret Protection, The National Law Review, Mar. 23, 2017.
  • Marijuana and the Workplace: State Regulations Update: Marijuana Use and the Workplace, Employment Relations Today , Fall 2016, Vol. 43, Number 3.
  • Defrosting your Solicitation and “Other Work” Policies: 4 Tips to NLRA Compliance, The National Law Review, Oct. 25, 2016.
  • Five “Must-Haves” for Unpaid Internship Program, The National Law Review, June 14, 2016. 

Community Activities

President, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra Board of Directors, 2012-present

Professional Presentations

  • COVID-19 Considerations on the International Scene, Germany American Chamber of Commerce Webinar, April, 2020
  • Cybersecurity Policies & Agreements with your Employees and Vendors, 2nd Annual Cybersecurity Summit for Small Businesses, Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, October, 2019
  • Drafting Preliminary Injunctions, Employment Law Spring Update, April, 2019
  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, July, 2018
  • Technology in the Courtroom, First Annual Litigators Summit, October, 2018
  • Program Chair, Annual Employment Law Conference, September, 2018
  • Program Chair, Annual Employment Law Conference, September, 2017
  • Marijuana and the Workplace:  State Regulations Update: Marijuana Use and the Workplace, Employment Relations Today, Fall 2016, Vol. 43, Number 3. 
  • Defrosting your Solicitation and “Other Work” Policies: 4 Tips to NLRA Compliance,  The National Law Review, Oct. 25, 2016. 
  • Mental Health Discrimination and the ADA, Colorado Bar Association Labor and Employment Section Annual Conference, April, 2016.
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems:  Current Regulatory Framework, the Future, and Mitigating Risks, Aviation Law and Insurance Symposium, January, 2016. 
  • Avoiding Employer Liability under the Affordable Care Act, Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, July, 2015 [forthcoming]. 
  • Privacy in the Workplace, Colorado Bar Association Employment and Labor Law Section, January, 2015
  • Throwing a Party — Employer Responsibilities, Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, April, 2015
  • The Affordable Care Act and Employment Law, Colorado Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, March, 2015
  • Employer Premises Liability, Colorado Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, March, 2014
  • Epic Battle: FAA v. IRS, Aviation Law and Insurance Symposium, January, 2014
  • The Nonprofit Board’s Legal Duties, Denver Non-Profit Leadership Forums, 2012-2013
  • Colorado Non-compete Agreements and the Protection of Trade Secrets, Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, August, 2013
  • Offer letters, Employment Agreements, and Non-compete Agreements, Colorado Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, March, 2013
  • Finding the Right Non-Profit, Colorado Law Week, 2013
  • Finding the Right Clients, Colorado Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Practice Section, June, 2012

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • Colorado
    • Texas
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Admissions

Colorado

Texas

10th Circuit Court of Appeals

Associations

  • Texas Bar Association, 2001-present
  • Colorado Bar Association, 2011-present
  • Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section, Colorado Bar Association, 2016-present
  • Member, Executive Council, Colorado Bar Association, 2020

Awards & Honors

  • Super Lawyer, Labor and Employment Law, Colorado Super Lawyers; 2020.
  • Rising Star, Labor and Employment Law, Colorado Super Lawyers; 2014, 2015, and 2016.
  • Highest ranking of “Superb” (10/10), AVVO.com.
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