Arash Jahanian


Phone: 303–578-4400

Fax: 303–578-4401


Arash Jahan­ian is an attor­ney at Rathod | Mohamedb­hai LLC.  His prac­tice includes advo­cat­ing for the civil rights of employ­ees in the work­place and indi­vid­u­als suf­fer­ing gov­ern­men­tal and insti­tu­tional abuses of power.  Prior to join­ing Rathod Mohamedb­hai, Arash was an asso­ciate in Crow­ell & Mor­ing LLP’s Wash­ing­ton, DC office and a judi­cial clerk for the Hon­or­able Wiley Y. Daniel, Chief Judge of the United States Dis­trict Court for the Dis­trict of Colorado.


Arash has lit­i­gated a num­ber of employ­ment cases involv­ing var­i­ous forms of dis­crim­i­na­tion, harass­ment, and retal­i­a­tion.  He was one of the attor­neys on the Wyoming mar­riage equal­ity cases and has also suc­cess­fully lit­i­gated police bru­tal­ity and pris­oner abuse cases against the City and County of Den­ver, which were acknowl­edged as the Col­orado Trial Lawyers Asso­ci­a­tion Case of the Year in 2014 and 2015.  Arash is Pres­i­dent of the Col­orado LGBT Bar Asso­ci­a­tion, Vice Chair of the Den­ver LGBTQ Com­mis­sion, and on the Board of Gov­er­nors of the Den­ver Bar Association.

While at Crow­ell & Mor­ing, Arash worked in the Labor & Employ­ment and Lit­i­ga­tion prac­tice groups.  His Labor & Employ­ment prac­tice was focused on lit­i­gat­ing employ­ment dis­crim­i­na­tion claims and wage-and-hour claims under the Fair Labor Stan­dards Act (FLSA).  His prac­tice in the Lit­i­ga­tion group focused on edu­ca­tion civil rights law and on bring­ing claims against for­eign gov­ern­ments on behalf of vic­tims of state-sponsored ter­ror­ism.  Through his pro bono prac­tice, Arash helped vic­tims of an immi­gra­tion raid gain recourse for con­sti­tu­tional civil rights vio­la­tions by fed­eral officers.


Arash grad­u­ated Cum Laude from George­town Uni­ver­sity Law Cen­ter, Wash­ing­ton, D.C. in 2008.  He served as Arti­cles Edi­tor for the George­town Jour­nal of Gen­der and the Law and par­tic­i­pated in the Cen­ter for Applied Legal Stud­ies, Georgetown’s polit­i­cal asy­lum clinic.  He also helped to found the George­town Jour­nal of Law & Mod­ern Crit­i­cal Race Per­spec­tives, for which he served as Sym­po­sium Chair dur­ing the journal’s inau­gural year.  Arash received his under­grad­u­ate degree, with High­est Hon­ors, in Psy­chol­ogy and Jour­nal­ism and Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the Uni­ver­sity of North Car­olina at Chapel Hill in 2003.


  • Col­orado LGBT Bar Asso­ci­a­tion Out­stand­ing Ally, Awarded to Rathod Mohamed­hbai LLC (2016)
  • Col­orado Asian Pacific Amer­i­can Bar Asso­ci­a­tion Gov­er­nor Ralph Carr Award (2016)
  • Col­orado Bar Asso­ci­a­tion Gary L. McPher­son Out­stand­ing Young Lawyer Award (2015)
  • Col­orado Trial Lawyers Asso­ci­a­tion Case of the Year, Jamal Hunter v. City and County of Den­ver, et al. (2015)
  • Col­orado Trial Lawyers Asso­ci­a­tion Case of the Year, Ana Ortega, et al. v. City and County of Den­ver, et al. (2014)
  • Leonard Wein­glass In Defense of Civil Lib­er­ties Award, Amer­i­can Asso­ci­a­tion for Jus­tice (2015)
  • Super Lawyers Ris­ing Star (2014, 2015, 2016)


  • Con­tr­eras, et al. v. Rent-Rite Super Kegs West Ltd., et al., 16-cv-01737 (Unpaid Wages; Race & National Ori­gin Harass­ment & Dis­crim­i­na­tion) (2016)
  • Askin v. City and County of Den­ver, et al., 16-cv-1007 (Pris­oner Civil Rights) (2016)
  • Gaidar v. Injury Finance, LLC, 16-cv-601 (Preg­nancy Dis­crim­i­na­tion, Retal­i­a­tion) (2016)
  • Schreiber v. City and County of Den­ver, et al., 16-cv-203 (Police Bru­tal­ity) (2016)
  • DiCino v. Aucoin, et al., 15-cv-189 (Pris­oner Civil Rights) (2016)
  • EEOC, et al. v. Vail Run Resorts, et al., 15-cv-1592 (Sex­ual Harass­ment; Gen­der, National Ori­gin, & Alien­age Dis­crim­i­na­tion) (2015)
  • Dienes v. Col­orado Vis­it­ing Nurse Asso­ci­a­tion, 14-cv-3132 (Dis­abil­ity Dis­crim­i­na­tion) (2014)
  • Courage, et al. v. State of Wyoming, et al., Civil Action No. 182–262 (Mar­riage Equal­ity) (2014)
  • Robins v. Adams County School Dis­trict 14, 14-cv-01794-WYD-KMT (Gen­der Dis­crim­i­na­tion) (2014);
  • Car­pen­ter v. Cen­tu­ryLink, Inc., et al., 2013cv32401 (Retal­i­a­tion in Employ­ment) (2013)
  • Blair v. Resort Man­age­ment Group, LLC Hunter v. City and County of Den­ver et al., 13-cv-01298-WJM-CBS (Sex­ual Harass­ment) (2013)
  • Hunter v. City and County of Den­ver, et al., 12-cv-02682-JLK (Pris­oner Civil Rights) (2012)
  • Mor­gan et al. v. Col­orado Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions, et al., 12-cv-00936-RM-KMT (Pris­oner Civil Rights) (2012)
  • Ortega et al. v. City and County of Den­ver, et al., 11-cv-02394-WJM-CBS (Police Bru­tal­ity) (2011)


  • Know Your Rights, Work­ing It Out, Auraria LGBTQ Resource Cen­ter (March 2017)
  • Implicit Bias in Employ­ment Law, Hot Top­ics in Employ­ment Lit­i­ga­tion, CBA CLE (Decem­ber 2016)
  • Lit­i­gat­ing on Behalf of State and Fed­eral Employ­ees, Employ­ment Law 101, PELA/CTLA (Sep­tem­ber 2016)
  • Reli­gious Free­dom and Civil Rights, Anti-Defamation League (August 2016)
  • Police Mis­con­duct: Race, The Law, & Lit­i­ga­tion, Col­orado His­panic Bar Asso­ci­a­tion (July 2016)
  • Nav­i­gat­ing the Legal Sys­tem for Vic­tims of Sex­ual and Domes­tic Vio­lence, Col­orado Advo­cacy in Action Con­fer­ence (June 2016)
  • Devel­op­ing Issues in Trans­gen­der Dis­crim­i­na­tion, CBA Labor and Employ­ment Law Sec­tion (May 2016)
  • LGBT Rights in Employ­ment, Col­orado LGBT Bar Asso­ci­a­tion (Jan­u­ary 2016)
  • Hot Top­ics (Employ­ment Law), Lex­is­Nexis (Novem­ber 2015)
  • Dere­chos de Emplea­dos Con­tra la Dis­crim­i­nación (Employ­ees’ Rights Against Dis­crim­i­na­tion), Mex­i­can Con­sulate Labor Rights Week (Sep­tem­ber 2015)
  • Rep­re­sent­ing Trans­gen­der Employ­ees, Col­orado Plain­tiff Employ­ment Lawyers Asso­ci­a­tion (August 2015)
  • Writ­ten Dis­cov­ery: Mak­ing Objec­tions and Work­ing Through Them, CTLA Employ­ment Law & Dis­cov­ery Series (April 2015)
  • Trans­gen­der Issues in Employ­ment Law, Col­orado Bar Asso­ci­a­tion Employ­ment Law 2015 (April 2015)
  • The Path to Mar­riage Equal­ity in the Equal­ity State, Wyoming Trial Lawyers Asso­ci­a­tion (Decem­ber 2014)
  • The Col­orado Anti-Discrimination Act: What it Does for LGBT Rights and How It’s About to Change, Col­orado LGBT Bar Asso­ci­a­tion (Octo­ber 2014)
  • Employ­ment Anti-Discrimination Pro­tec­tions Under Col­orado Law, One Col­orado & The Cen­ter (April 2014)


  • Col­orado LGBT Bar Asso­ci­a­tion, President
  • Den­ver LGBTQ Com­mis­sion, Vice Chair
  • Den­ver Bar Asso­ci­a­tion, Board of Governors
  • Civil Rights Edu­ca­tion and Enforce­ment Cen­ter, Lit­i­ga­tion Committee
  • Col­orado Lawyers Com­mit­tee, Board Member
  • Col­orado Bar Asso­ci­a­tion, Civil Rights Sec­tion, Labor & Employ­ment Sec­tion, Span­ish Speak­ing Lawyers Committee
  • Plain­tiff Employ­ment Lawyers Association
  • Asian Pacific Amer­i­can Bar Asso­ci­a­tion of Colorado
  • Col­orado Women’s Bar Association
  • Col­orado His­panic Bar Association
  • Sam Cary Bar Association
  • Col­orado Trial Lawyers’ Association


  • CADA: The Inter­sec­tion of LGBT Civil Rights and Reli­gious Fre­dom,” The Col­orado Lawyer, Authors: J. Ryann Pey­ton, Arash Jahan­ian, John M. McHugh, and Ariel B. DeFazio, 2017
  • “Trans­gen­der Dis­crim­i­na­tion Law: Devel­op­ments under Col­orado and Fed­eral Law,” The Col­orado Lawyer, Author: Vic­to­ria L. Otero, Coor­di­nat­ing Edi­tor: Arash Jahan­ian, 2016
  • “Reli­gious Minori­ties Need Not Apply: Legal Impli­ca­tions of Faith-Based Employ­ment Adver­tis­ing,” The Col­orado Lawyer, Co-Authors: Matthew J. Cron, Arash Jahan­ian, Qusair Mohamedb­hai, and Sid­dhartha H. Rathod, 2014
  • “Munic­i­pal Lia­bil­ity: Strate­gies, Cri­tiques, and a Path­way For­ward Toward Effec­tive Enforce­ment of Civil Rights,” Uni­ver­sity of Den­ver Law Review, Vol­ume 91, Issue 3, Co– Authors: Matthew J. Cron, Arash Jahan­ian, Qusair Mohamedb­hai, and Sid­dhartha H. Rathod, 2014
  • “True Endorse­ment: A Crit­i­cal Race Approach to Bans on Same-Sex Mar­riage,” George­town Jour­nal of Gen­der & the Law, 2008
  • The For­eign Sov­er­eign Immu­ni­ties Act: 2010 Year In Review, Co-Authors and Edi­tors: Lau­rel Pyke Mal­son, Kather­ine Nes­bitt, Aryeh S. Port­noy, Lisa Savitt, Bir­git Kurtz, David Bell, Arash Jahan­ian, Jonathan Anas­ta­sia, Eliz­a­beth Carter, Melanie Natasha Henry, Nicholas Fromherz, Julia Franklin, and Dalal Hasan, 2011
  • The For­eign Sov­er­eign Immu­ni­ties Act: 2009 Year in Review, Co-Authors and Edi­tors: Lau­rel Pyke Mal­son, Kather­ine J. Nes­bitt, Aryeh S. Port­noy, Bir­git Kurtz, John Murino, Joshua Der­mott, Beth Gold­man, Arash Jahan­ian, Mar­guerite Wal­ter, Howard Yuan, Lisa Savitt, and David Bell, 2010


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  • Col­orado
  • New York
  • Dis­trict of Colum­bia (Inactive)
  • U.S. Dis­trict Court for the Dis­trict of Colorado
  • U.S. Dis­trict Court for the Dis­trict of Maryland