An employment lawyer, Jill Zender counsels employers on legal and regulatory compliance and defends them in state and federal agency claims, as well as in litigation. With nearly three decades of practice and personal experience as a small business owner, Jill understands the needs and challenges of employers in today’s web of federal, state and local requirements.

Employment Lawyer

Jill advises clients on a wide array of employment law issues, conducts training and workplace investigations, and prepares various types of employment documents, including:

  • Employment agreements
  • Employee policy manuals
  • Non-compete and non-disclosure agreements

In connection with employment litigation, she represents employers in mediations, arbitrations, trials and appeals.

Business Litigator

Jill is experienced in business and civil litigation. She has defended professional liability and medical malpractice matters, and has handled tort litigation, insurance coverage and insurance defense litigation, product liability matters and environmental claims. Jill has represented clients in jury and bench trials, mediations, arbitrations and appeals.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the District of Utah
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit


VA accreditation


University of Utah College of Law
J.D. (1990)

University of Utah
B.A. (Hons) in English, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi (1987)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Avoiding Employee Misclassification
    Boulder County Bar Association
  • Medical Marijuana Users in the Workplace
    Northern Colorado HR Association
  • FMLA Hot Topics
    Boulder County Bar Association
  • Advising Distressed Companies
    Colorado Bar Association

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Boulder County Bar Association – Employment Law Section (Co-Chair, 2013-16)
  • Colorado Bar Association/Denver Bar Association – Professionalism Council, 2008-10
  • Arizona Bar Association
  • Utah Bar Association
  • American Bar Association – Employment and Labor Relations Committee, 2010-13; Project Finance Committee, 2010-13

Civic Activities

  • Impact on Education — Board Member, 2019-21
  • Boulder Valley School District – Volunteer, 2005-present
  • Boulder Mental Health Partners – Trustee, 2008-11
  • Volunteer Connection of Boulder County – Board Member, 2005-07


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-21 
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2019
  • Boulder County Bar Foundation – Fellow, 2006-present
Awards Methodology
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