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Birk, Mary Price
303 East 17th Avenue Suite 1100 Denver, CO
Phone: (303) 764-4041
Fax: (303) 861-7805
Website: http://www.bakerlaw.com

SUMMARY

Current Employment Position(s)

Partner

Languages

  • Spanish

Lawyer Overview

Mary Price Birk practices complex civil litigation, including class and collective actions, products liability and employment disputes, and has appeared in federal cases in the United States District Courts for the districts of Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, and in numerous state courts in civil litigation, including Colorado, California, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico, Montana, Michigan, Oklahoma, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming.

Ms. Birk has been responsible for the defense of hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death cases filed in state and federal courts in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Ohio and California, involving various laws, such as products liability, negligence, breach of warranty, dram shop and admiralty/maritime law.

Ms. Birk advises clients on dealing with crisis management and with strategies to work with the press and public to communicate and respond to crisis situations.

Ms. Birk serves as Co-Chair of the firm's National Employment Litigation Practice Team. She counsels and represents domestic and international employers in the many aspects of employment law and litigation, including cases before administrative agencies and state and federal courts involving employment discrimination, covenants not to compete, employee raiding, trade secret and confidential information protection, wage and hour, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and traditional labor disputes; counseling employers concerning reductions in force, WARN act compliance, e-discovery, employment issues involved in mergers or acquisitions, dealing with consent decrees, employee discipline and termination, investigation of employee complaints, OSHA and wage and hour matters; advising employers regarding legislative developments and changes in applicable case laws, statutes and regulations; and training employers and their employees in a variety of workplace issues, including sexual harassment.

Ms. Birk was named a Colorado "Super Lawyer" in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Judicial Institute and chairs that organization's Family Law Committee. Ms. Birk is a member of the American, Federal, Nevada, Montana, Colorado, Utah, Denver and Colorado Women's Bar Associations. She is also a member of the Defense Research Institute and sits on the Board of Directors for the Denver Chapter of the Rhone-Brackett American Inns of Court (of which she is a former president). She currently serves on the Colorado Bar Association/Denver Bar Association's joint Professionalism Coordinating Council. She previously served on the AIDS Coordination Committee, Community Concerns Committee and the Denver Bar Association's Professionalism Committee.

Ms. Birk has devoted many hours of service to several community organizations. In 2006 and 2007, Ms. Birk was honored by the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center for her superior volunteer efforts with that group. In addition, the Colorado Bar Association named Ms. Birk as a Fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the CBA, which promotes the advancement of jurisprudence, the administration of justice and the dissemination of educational information to practicing attorneys and the general public. She served on the Board of Directors of the Aurora Rotary Club and chaired the District Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee. Ms. Birk has participated in the Thursday Night Bar Association, a Colorado pro bono organization, and served as a judge in the Regional and State Mock Trial and Appellate Competitions. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Junior Symphony Guild and the Sunburst Homeowners Association. In addition, Ms. Birk was a faculty Member for the 2008 NITA Miranda Trial Advocacy Institute.

Areas of Practice

  • Noncompete and Trade Secrets
  • Litigation: Product Liability & Toxic Tort
  • Employment: Litigation
  • Litigation: Class Action Defense
  • Employment: Counseling & Compliance
  • Employment Counseling and Compliance
Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1980
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1980
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1992
  • Nevada, 1999
  • U.S. District Court District of Nevada, 1999
  • Montana, 2001
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana, 2001
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
  • Utah, 2005
  • U.S. District Court District of Utah, 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Federal Bar Association (Member)
  • Nevada Bar Association (Member)
  • Montana Bar Association (Member)
  • Utah Bar Association (Member)
  • Denver Bar Association (Member)
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association (Member)

Honors and Awards

  • “Super Lawyer”, 2006 - 2008

Classes and Seminars

  • “Employment Class Actions: Emerging Areas of Concern and New Protections”, 2007 - Present
  • “Effect of the New Immigration Laws on Colorado Employers”, Pinnacol Assurance (2007) and Aurora Chamber of Commerce, 2006 - Present
  • “Employment Law Update”, Sterling Education Services, 2007 - Present
  • “Employment Class Actions: Emerging Areas of Concern and New Protections”, 2007 - Present
  • “When the EEOC Comes Calling: Strategies for Dealing with Investigation and Prevailing in Claims”, 2006 - Present
  • “Employee Blogging: Liability Risks for Employers”, 2006 - Present
  • Advising Colorado Employers: Colorado Employment Law Update”, Aurora Bar Association, 2006 - Present
  • “Hiring and Firing in Colorado”, Sterling Education Services, 2003 - Present
  • “Basic Employment Discrimination Laws”, Baker Hostetler Employee Roundtable Presentations, 2002 - Present
  • “Employment Issues for Temporary Placement Services”, Denver Bar Placement Agency, 2001 - Present
  • “International Employment Law Issues”, Colorado Human Resources Association, 1999 - Present
  • “The Americans With Disabilities Act”, Public Housing Authorities Directors Associations and Commissioners Conference, 1999 - Present
  • “Employee Law”, Public Housing Authorities Directors Associations and Commissioners Conference, 1999 - Present

Education

  • University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota, 1980
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, 1976
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Major: Political Science
  • University of Rosario, Rosario, Argentina, 1976
Articles

Published Works

  • “Colorado Civil Pretrial Handbook”, Bradford Publishing Company
  • “Maximizing the Potential of the Older Workforce - Guiding Your Company Through the Challenges and Demographics of the American Workforce”, Thompson
  • “Walking on Eggshells - Avoiding Retaliation Claims When an Employee Who Files a Discrimination Complaint Doesn’t Leave”, Employee Relations Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 3, Winter, 2006
  • “Discovery and Spoliation Issues in the High-Tech Age”, Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 32, No. 9, p. 81, September, 2003
  • “International Employment Law Issues”, Employment Law Counselor, Issue No. 148, December, 2002
  • “International Employment Law Issues”, Corporate Counsel’s Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 1, January, 2001
  • “Liability at the Office”, Colorado Journal, Vol.2, No. 26, June, 1996