Jennifer Gokenbach represents employers and management in labor and employment matters before federal and state courts across the United States and in administrative proceedings, including those before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and the Colorado Civil Rights Division.

Her focus includes the following:

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • Class, collective and representative actions (defense of)
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • FMLA
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Class actions
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Handbook Review
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Leave laws
  • Personnel policies
  • Wage and hour audits
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreements
  • Confidentiality and trade secret agreements
  • Statutory trade secrets and non-compete agreements
  • Termination provisions (statutory requirements and reasonable notice)

experience

Ms. Gokenbach regularly first-chairs a variety of litigation matters on behalf of her clients. Her trial experience includes the following:

  • Successfully argued before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm the U.S. District Court’s dismissal of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action lawsuit for alleged tip pooling violations, including validity of the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2011 tip pooling regulation
  • Prevailed on behalf of employer in case alleging unpaid overtime wages after 2-day arbitration
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action lawsuit against LoDo restaurant/bar
  • Prevailed on civil theft claim in favor of media industry employer against former executive after 5-day jury trial
  • Prevailed on behalf of real estate developer employer in wage dispute after 3-day bench trial

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TRAININGS and seminars


  • "U.S. Supreme Court Update," Worklaw® Network Fall Meeting, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 5, 2018
  • “The #MeToo Movement – Confidentiality Provisions in Sexual Harassment Settlements,” University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver Law Women’s Coalition – Panel Moderator, April 3, 2018
  • “EEOC Settlement Agreements & Updates to National Origin Discrimination and Retaliation Guidelines,” Colorado Bar Association CLE, Hot Topics in Employment Litigation: Managing High-profile Cases, Implicit Bias & Other Challenges, December 2, 2016
  • “The EEOC and Transgender Issues,” Worklaw® Network Spring Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky, April 30, 2016

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BACKGROUND

Founding Member of Gokenbach Law, LLC

In 2012, Ms. Gokenbach founded Gokenbach Law, LLC — a woman-owned, boutique labor and employment defense firm. Ms. Gokenbach believed (and still believes) the large law firm model is not ideal for many businesses. Small- and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the United States economy (99.7% of all U.S. employers have less than 500 employees). However, often times, any legal claim encountered can quickly turn into a high-stakes matter regardless of business size. Considering the enormous cost and structure of the large law firm model, Ms. Gokenbach created a firm to allow businesses to retain experienced and passionate attorneys who provided individual and focused attention to achieve the best possible resolution at a reasonable cost.

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