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John K. Shunk

As head of the Messner Reeves Labor & Employment Practice Group, Mr. Shunk has spent over 20 years providing employment counseling and advocacy to public and private employers and individuals on a wide range of employment-related matters.  Mr. Shunk believes in helping companies protect their largest investment: their people.
 
Mr. Shunk understands that high employee turnover and workplace claims disrupt operations and lower profits.  He works closely with employers on a daily basis to find effective solutions to a multitude of employee relations issues.  He partners with employers to craft workplace policies, procedures and practices that facilitate productive employee relations and reduce the frequency and severity of claims.  Mr. Shunk’s proactive approach ensures that employers stay abreast of the myriad of employment laws, regulations, and case law in an effort to minimize risks and avoid litigation. 

Should a dispute arise, Mr. Shunk aggressively focuses on the critical points of a case to act quickly to craft a solution that will minimize exposure and costs and maximize the likelihood of success.

Well experienced in the courtroom, Mr. Shunk has tried over one hundred cases in his career, most to a jury, in both state and federal forums. In addition to his labor and employment law practice, he handles a wide array of civil and commercial litigation matters, and is frequently retained by insurance companies to represent clients in a variety of cases. He also assists clients to resolve disputes in arbitrations and mediations.

Education

University of Nebraska, J.D., 1986

University of Nebraska, B.A., 1983

Associations

Denver, Colorado and Nebraska Bar Associations

Prior Experience

Bradley, Campbell, Carney & Madsen, Associate, 1992-1995

United States Air Force, Judge Advocate, 1987-1992

Title: Partner

Admitted to Practice: Colorado, 1986, Nebraska and United States Court of Military Appeals, 1987, United States District Court (Colorado) and United States Court of Appeals (10th Circuit), 1992

Practice Groups: Litigation, Labor & Employment, Restaurant & Hospitality

Contact Information:
303.605.1564
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