William A. Wright

William A. Wright is a Member in Sherman & Howard LLC's Denver office. He represents large and small employers in state and federal litigation and administrative proceedings over employment issues, including discrimination, retaliation and whistle-blowing, contract and tort claims, and employee benefits. He also advises employers on a broad range of issues, including employment policies and practices; employment contracts; covenants not to compete; employee relations; and discipline and discharge. Before entering law school, Mr. Wright taught ethics, ethical theory, and social and political philosophy at North Carolina State University and Louisiana State University.




  • Juris Doctor, University of Chicago School of Law, 1996
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of North Carolina, 1988
  • Masters of Arts, University of North Carolina, 1985
  • Bachelor of Arts, with highest honors, Purdue University, 1983
Representative Matters
  • Curry v. MillerCoors, Inc., Civil Action 12-cv-02471-JLK (D. Colo. 2013) (Medical marijuana wrongful discharge case)
  • Meirhofer v. Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, Inc., 2011 WL 642664 (9th Cir. 2011) (ADA harassment case)
  • Buswell v. Navopache Electric Co-Op, Inc., 2008 WL 4182987 (Ariz.App. Div. 1 2008), as amended (Sep 16, 2008), review denied (Feb 10, 2009) (Arizona wrongful discharge and tort claims case)
  • Adams v. Cyprus Amax Minerals Co., 149 F.3d 1156 (10th Cir. 1998) (ERISA benefits case)
  • McCarty v. Kaiser-Hill Co., L.L.C., 15 P.3d 1122 (Colo. App. 2000) (state tort claim – outrageous conduct case)
  • Adkins v. U.S. West Communications, Inc., 181 F. Supp. 2d 1189 (D. Colo. 2001) (sex and age discrimination and ERISA retaliation case)
  • Steinbach v. Dillon Companies, Inc., 253 F.3d 538 (10th Cir. 2001) (labor law preemption case)
  • Exum vs. United States Olympic Committee, 389 F.3d 1130 (10th Cir. 2004) (race discrimination case under 42 U.S.C. § 1981)
  • Fordjour v. Intel Corp., 158 Fed.Appx. 826 (9th Cir. 2005) (ERISA, race discrimination and contract claim case)
  • Young v. Dillon Companies, Inc., 468 F.3d 1243 (10th Cir. 2006) (race discrimination and employee handbook contract claim case)
  • Evaluating Organization Ethics & Codes of Conduct AZSHRM Spring 2012
  • Managing Religious Conflict AZSHRM Fall 2012 Employee Hotlines AZSHRM Fall 2013