LaLonnie provides practical solutions to ensure employers minimize employment-related legal risks. She helps clients comply with federal and state employment laws and advises clients before administrative agencies. LaLonnie develops relationships with clients to provide pragmatic advice on day-to-day employment issues.
From wage and hour representation to advice on claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, LaLonnie advises clients on a variety of employment-related issues. She has represented clients throughout the litigation process in single-plaintiff lawsuits and class/collective actions. She has defended claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Equal Pay Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, Title IX, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Colorado Wage Act, and Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act. She routinely defends employers against employment-related claims and charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Colorado Civil Rights Division.
In addition to litigation and other defense work, LaLonnie helps clients implement proactive solutions to help avoid future litigation. She regularly drafts and revises employee handbooks, employment agreements, and other employment practices. Prior to joining Constangy, LaLonnie served as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable Judge Christine M. Arguello of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. While clerking, LaLonnie wrote numerous draft opinions and bench memoranda and assisted with jury trials and motions hearings. Prior to her clerkship, LaLonnie practiced at a boutique litigation firm in Denver and was a judicial intern to Justice Monica M. Marquez of the Colorado Supreme Court.
Honors & Recognitions
- Featured in The Docket and Colorado Lawyer, highlighting her organization of fundraising event, “Building Futures: A Fundraising Fiesta” (April/May 2017)
- Minority in the Profession Scholarship Recipient, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, (2017)
Professional & Civic Associations
- American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
- Faculty of Federal Advocates
- Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
- Colorado Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
- Law School...Yes We Can, Board Member and Mentor
- Oversaw the conception, planning, and implementation of Constangy's Building Futures: A Fundraising Fiesta, where 100% of the proceeds went directly to Law School...Yes We Can.
- University of Denver Law Stars Committee (2015–present)
- Denver Law Pipeline Conference, Speaker (2014, 2017)
LaLonnie regularly mentors college and law students. She enjoys cheering on the Denver Broncos, traveling to international destinations, staying active, and spending time with her family and friends.
- Prevailed in dismissing disability, race, sex, and age claims filed with the EEOC and CCRD.
- Represented a higher-education institution in breach of contract and promissory estoppel claims, defeating all claims on summary judgment.
- Assisted litigation team in defending a global insurance company against minimum wage and overtime claims in federal court, ultimately achieving a favorable settlement.
- Counseled international manufacturing company in recommended FLSA classification for employee positions.
- Advised anesthesia practice on non-compete agreements and related liquidated damages under Colorado law.
News & Analysis
Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications
Employment Law Update in Colorado, presented to Lorman Education Services, October 2017
"Complying with OSHA's 'New' Anti-Retaliation Provisions," ACC Docket, April 2017
"Pre-Certification Communications with Putative Class Members," American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment, March 2017
"Think Before you Hit Send: When an Email Creates a Contract," Lorman Education Services, July 2016
"Diversity in the Legal Profession: Whatever Affects One Directly, Affects All Indirectly," Denver University Law Review Online (2013)
Blogs & Videos
- Employment & Labor Insider, 6.27.17
- “I'd rather attempt to do something great and fail, than to attempt nothing and succeed.”
- Robert H. Schuller
- Guiding clients through all phases of litigation, including early assessment of claims and strategy development; motions practice; efficient management of electronic discovery, depositions, and expert discovery; and settlement negotiations.
- Practicing at the intersection of employment law and higher education, effectively counseling clients in the day-to-day employment issues and defending clients against employee claims.
- Honorable Christine M. Arguello, U.S. District of Colorado
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
- J.D., 2014
- Denver University Law Review, Staff Editor and, subsequently, Symposium Editor.
- Sturm College of Law Student Leader Award, Most Innovative Program: Designed and implemented a program that introduced high-school students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to the fundamentals of legal practice.
- Corporate and Commercial Law Certificate, with a focus in trial practice.
- President, Latino/a Law Students Association.
- Student Attorney, Community Economic Development Clinic.
- Research Assistant, Professor Patience Crowder: Researched economic development and metropolitan poverty statistics.
Colorado State University
- B.A., 2011
- Dean’s List
- Political Science Honors Program
Bar & Court Admissions
- Colorado, 2014