David Lichtenstein

David Lichtenstein has been trying civil cases for over thirty years, as well as representing and advising individuals and businesses in appeals, administrative hearings, settlement negotiations, and transactional matters.  His familiarity with a wide variety of areas of law allows him to take a multi-disciplinary approach to your case.

After graduating from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1981, Dave began practicing commercial, securities, and real estate law and litigation in the early 1980s.  Later, his practice concentrated on litigation in personal injury and commercial matters.  Since 1990 he has primarily represented employees in employment disputes, and injured and disabled individuals.

Dave is admitted to the bar in Colorado (since 1981), the United States District Court for the District of Colorado (1982), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (1984), and the U.S. Supreme Court (2000). He is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and its Colorado affiliate, the Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association (in which he has served as President and as a member of the Board of Directors and the legislative committee), the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, and the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations. He has written articles and delivered lectures on employment and employment discrimination law, the Colorado Wage Claim Act, and insurance law for professional publications and seminars. He has the highest rating, an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected as a Colorado “Super Lawyer.” He practices in Federal court and all state courts, including Denver, Adams County, Arapahoe County, Jefferson County, Boulder County and Douglas County.

In 2007, he participated actively in the Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association’s successful legislative effort to revise the Colorado Wage Claim Act to improve its protections for workers’ most basic right: the right to be paid for the work you do. In 2007, he participated actively in the Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association’s successful legislative effort to revise the Colorado Wage Claim Act to improve its protections for workers’ most basic right: the right to be paid for the work you do.

Dave strives to participate in the life of his community. He is a member and former president and board member of the Littleton Symphony Orchestra. He has served as a member of the Collaborative Decisionmaking (CDM) Committee for Cory Elementary School in the Denver Public Schools, and as a mentor for East High School students. He does pro bono legal work for clients who qualify for the Denver Bar Association’s Metro Volunteer Lawyers assistance program. He also provides pro bono legal advice to the South City Park Neighborhood Association and has served as its liaison with a neighborhood affordable housing complex, with the developers of the new East Denver Sunflower Market, and with other local businesses. And, Dave is a long-time member of the Denver Law Club, probably the only group of Colorado lawyers dedicated to collegiality, professionalism, and producing musical presentations that educate other lawyers about their ethical responsibilities.

Dave strives to participate in the life of his community. He is a member and former president and board member of the Littleton Symphony Orchestra. He has served as a member of the Collaborative Decisionmaking (CDM) Committee for Cory Elementary School in the Denver Public Schools, and as a mentor for East High School students. He does pro bono legal work for clients who qualify for the Denver Bar Association’s Metro Volunteer Lawyers assistance program. He also provides pro bono legal advice to the South City Park Neighborhood Association and has served as its liaison with a neighborhood affordable housing complex, with the developers of the new East Denver Sunflower Market, and with other local businesses. And, Dave is a long-time member of the Denver Law Club, probably the only group of Colorado lawyers dedicated to collegiality, professionalism, and producing musical presentations that educate other lawyers about their ethical responsibilities.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Dave attained his B.A. from Yale University before moving to Colorado and attending law school.  There, he met his wife, Donna Schmalberger, who serves as judge of the Denver Juvenile Court.  They have two adult sons and live in East Denver.

 

Matt Molinaro

Matt Molinaro joined Dave’s practice as an associate soon after graduating from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2014. He came to the practice with a background in employment law and a passion for representing employees. Matt is admitted to practice in Colorado’s state and federal courts.

Over the course of his law school career, Matt gained valuable experience in representing employees during a seven month legal internship with the Denver office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where he assisted trial attorneys in all phases of employment discrimination cases. He also developed his legal skills working as a contract law clerk for multiple Denver-area plaintiff’s employment attorneys, assisting on writing key briefs in employment cases. Prior to focusing on employment law, Matt obtained general insight into successful litigation and trial techniques during his summer internship with Denver District Court Judge Sheila A. Rappaport.

Matt is also member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association, and the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations. He volunteered to help run the 2013 National Employment Lawyers Association conference in Denver.

Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Matt attained his B.S. in philosophy from Miami University (Ohio) before moving to Colorado and attending law school.

 

Debra Woods

Debra L. Woods is Dave’s full-time legal assistant, office manager and bookkeeper.  Debra comes to us after 10 years with the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in office administration in 2012 and has several years experience in the legal field, both public and private sectors. Debra respects the importance of keeping your matter confidential.