Caplan, Hannah M.

Employment attorney with a decade of significant courtroom experience. Offers a holistic practice by pairing litigation talent with extensive transactional knowledge and skills. Works with businesses across industries nationwide to develop risk-mitigation solutions.

Hannah Caplan helps businesses navigate the complex field of labor and employment law and works proactively to mitigate the risk of future claims.

In her transactional practice, Hannah navigates employee transitions with confidentiality, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements as well as separation and release agreements, often under time constraints and with sensitivity to other business needs. She also assists with due diligence support in corporate acquisition and merger transactions, including immigration compliance and other material issues. Inside and outside the confines of a pending deal, she provides compliance review services of company policies, handbooks and agreements tailored to the client’s business and attentive to constantly evolving labor laws throughout the country. 

When litigation is unavoidable, she defends against discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims as well as wage payment lawsuits, including collective actions under FLSA. Her litigation experience includes representation of unfair competition and trade secret disputes between employers and former employees, often in the context of emergency motions and hearings. Hannah has negotiated dismissal and favorable settlements on behalf of her clients before incurring substantial litigation costs, and has also achieved victories following trial.

Representative Matters
  • Secured early dismissal of individual defendant Chad Keck for lack of personal jurisdiction in multi-defendant complex litigation matter regarding United States rugby leagues in Boulder County District Court (Case No. 18CV30533).

  • Counsel to ART Capital LLC in its acquisition and financing of Outdoor Dimensions, LLC, a full-service provider of signage and outdoor marketing solutions based in Southern California.

  • Counsel to ART Capital LLC in its acquisition and financing of Andersen Commercial Plumbing, LLC, a commercial plumbing business in Southern California.

  • Counsel to ART Capital LLC in its acquisition and financing of Andersen Commercial Plumbing, LLC, a commercial plumbing business in Southern California.

  • Counsel to VetScience LLC and its Fruitables brand of natural dog treats and food supplements in its sale to Manna Pro Products, LLC .

  • Counsel to one of the largest health insurance companies in the country in a lawsuit alleging violations of the Sherman Act and Colorado Antitrust Act. We asserted counterclaims under the Sherman Act, Colorado Antitrust Act, Colorado Consumer Protection Act, and ERISA, in addition to various tort claims. The case was ultimately settled on favorable terms for our client.

  • Successfully negotiated the shutdown of a longstanding unionized business then arbitrated a reduction of just over 50% to the union pension plan’s multi-million dollar assessment of withdrawal liability.

  • Successfully navigated employer through a decertification campaign by workers who ultimately voted to de-certify the union, ending with no charges filed against employer.

  • Successfully developed and implemented strategies for C-level executive separations, including oversight of related investigations, then negotiated and litigated to favorable results issues related to the separation, including severance, equity-related transactions and other complex terms.

News & Events
Community
  • Board of Directors, HEART of Boardwalk for CHARG Resource Center, 2015 - Present
  • Volunteer – Legal Services, Navajo Nation Department of Justice, 2010
  • Rose Andom Center Young Professionals Council, 2018 - Present
Publications & Presentations
Education
  • J.D., 2012, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • B.A., 2008, magna cum laude, Villanova University
Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
Recognition

General Editor, Denver University Law Review

Scholastic Excellence Awards, Evidence and Administrative Law, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

Membership

Colorado Bar Association

Colorado Women’s Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

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