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Jennifer L. Gokenbach • Counsel

Ogletree Deakins • Denver, Colorado

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Ogletree Deakins
1600 Broadway
Suite 1940
Denver, Colorado 80202
phone 303-764-6800
fax  303-831-9246


Jennifer L. Gokenbach’s practice focuses on management side trial work and counseling on a wide range of employment law issues.  Ms. Gokenbach has successfully represented employers in cases involving claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, wage claims, retaliation, breach of restrictive covenants, trade secrets violations, and breach of duty of loyalty.  In addition to her role as a trial attorney, she regularly counsels her clients on issues involving sexual harassment/hostile work environment, disability, breach of contract, wage and hour claims, handling difficult employees, reductions in force, discrimination, retaliation, trade secrets, and non-compete covenants, as well as drafts employee handbooks, policies and employment agreements, conducts workplace investigations, and provides training.  Ms. Gokenbach has been recognized as a Rising Star in Colorado Super Lawyers in both the fields of Labor and Employment (2009) and Employment Litigation: Defense (2010).

Ms. Gokenbach represents employers in state and federal courts across the United States and in administrative proceedings, including those before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Colorado Civil Rights Division, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights, the Colorado Department of Labor, and the United States Department of Labor.  She is frequently interviewed by print and television news sources for insight on employment law issues.  Most recently, Ms. Gokenbach was interviewed during a live business segment on KUSA*TV/9News regarding how businesses should prepare for a pandemic or other disaster.

While jointly achieving her law degree and masters in business administration, Ms. Gokenbach served as a General Editor for the Denver University Law Review and also won the ATLA National Championship in trial advocacy in New Orleans after competing against over 200 other trial teams from around the country.  Today, she continues her passion for trial advocacy both inside the courtroom on behalf of her employer clients, and as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Activities, Awards, Acknowledgments

American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section), Colorado Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section), Denver Bar Association, Defense Research Institute (Articles Editor, The Job Description, 2007 to present), National Institute of Trial Advocacy (Faculty, Rocky Mountain Trial Skills Program, 2010 to present), Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (Impact Denver Leadership Program Graduate, 2010), University of Denver Sturm College of Law (Adjunct/Trial Team Coach, 2007-2009), Metro Volunteer Lawyers Association (Volunteer Lawyer, 2004-2008), Alliance of Professional Women, Colorado Society for Human Resource Management, Colorado Human Resource Association, Boulder Area Human Resource Association, Habitat for Humanity of Colorado (Board of Directors, 2008-present)


  • College: B.S., San Diego State University, 1996
  • Law School: J.D., University of Denver College of Law, 2003 (General Editor, Denver University Law Review)
  • Other: M.B.A., University of Denver Daniels College of Business

Bar Admissions

Colorado, 2003
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2003
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2003
U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 2006
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2009
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