Jon Olafson Named Colorado LGBT Bar Association's Attorney of the Year

Denver, Colo. (October 6, 2021) – Denver Partner Jon Olafson was recently named the Colorado LGBT Bar Association’s Attorney of The Year. He will receive the award at the organization’s Annual Awards Dinner, hosted at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on October 22. 

“It is truly an honor to receive this recognition from the Colorado LGBT Bar Association,” said Mr. Olafson. I am so proud to be associated with Lewis Brisbois, a firm that encourages everyone to raise the voices of those who have traditionally been marginalized. Our Denver office in particular has been at the forefront of many of these initiatives and have been incredibly inclusive, leading by example. For those who struggle with feelings of belonging, especially with LGBTQIA issues, I just want them to know that they are not alone.”

In honoring him with this award, the Colorado LGBT Bar Association recognizes the large contribution Mr. Olafson, an openly gay man, has made to the LGBTQ community and his ongoing work in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the law. In addition to his position on the Executive Council of the Colorado Bar Assocation (CBA), he also chaired the CBA's Working Group on Racial Justice and formed the organization's Racial Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (REDI) Committee. Mr. Olafson also founded the Colorado LEADS (Lawyers Engaging About Diversity and Solidarity) video series, featuring frank discussions on various topics related to inclusivity, equity, diversity, and racial justice, and he co-founded the Colorado Diverse Attorneys Community Circle (CODACC), which aims to build up and support diverse attorneys in Colorado through intensive networking, leadership training, and public service opportunities.

Mr. Olafson also serves on the Opera Colorado Board of Directors, and he recently took part in the Tattered Cover Book Store's "Sisters In Law" speaker series, based on the play about Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg & Sandra Day O'Connor. Mr. Olafson also serves as the President of the Nathan Yip Foundation, which not only provides grants to schools throughout rural Colorado, but is also developing inclusivity and equity resources to be used by schools throughout Colorado.  Mr. Olafson has dedicated countless hours to his local community and the legal community at large, and this recognition is a testament to that work.

The Colorado LGBT Bar Association is a voluntary professional association of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender attorneys, judges, paralegals and law students and allies who provide an LGBTQ presence within Colorado’s legal community. It promotes the recognition of civil and human rights, promotes sensitivity to legal issues faced by the LGBTQ community and assures the fair and just treatment of members of the LGBTQ community.  

Mr. Olafson is a member of Lewis Brisbois' Labor & Employment and Trade Secrets & Non-Compete Disputes Practices. He regularly counsels business clients on a variety of regulatory and dispute resolution matters and works with them on domestic and international trade secret protections, corporate espionage, data & cybersecurity, and how to handle situations where a client’s most valuable data are threatened by internal and external sources. He is a founding member of Lewis Brisbois' LGBTQ affinity group and is co-editor of the firm's Labor & Employment Law blog, The Grindstone.  

Learn more about the Colorado LGBT Bar Association’s mission here and register for the 2021 Annual Awards Dinner here.  

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Olafson on this honor.  

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