Austin Smith is the Managing Shareholder of Ogletree Deakins’ Denver office, and he has devoted his career to advising and counseling employers on issues affecting their relationship with their employees. From questions about compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws and regulations to drafting effective policies to prevent discrimination, harassment, and violence in the workplace, as well as assisting employers in navigating complex drug testing-related concerns, Austin has extensive experience assisting employers to prevent potential liabilities down the road. He is also a frequent speaker on issues impacting the employment relationship and regularly conducts training for clients, economic groups, professional organizations, and continuing legal education seminars across the country.
In addition to providing sound advice and counsel to clients, Austin devotes a significant percentage of his practice to defending employers against single-plaintiff, collective, and class action suits in both state and federal courts. He has also represented employers in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Colorado Civil Rights Division, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and numerous other state and federal agencies across the country.