Arash Jahanian


Phone: 303–578-4400

Fax: 303–578-4401




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 on the boards of the Col­orado LGBT Bar Asso­ci­a­tion and Col­orado Lawyers Com­mit­tee, and is Sec­re­tary of the Den­ver LGBTQ Commission.

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.

From 2003 to 2005, Arash taught in Chicago Pub­lic Schools as a Teach For Amer­ica corps mem­ber.  Ded­i­cated to clos­ing the achieve­ment gap in under­priv­i­leged schools, Arash taught math, lan­guage arts, and Span­ish.  He also coached boys’ soft­ball and led after-school tutor­ing programs.


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 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)


  • EEOC, et al. v. Vail Run Resorts, et al., 15-cv-1592 (Sex­ual Harass­ment; Gen­der, National Ori­gin, & Alien­age Dis­crim­i­na­tion) (2015)
  • DiCino v. Aucoin, et al., 15-cv-189 (Pris­oner Civil Rights) (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)


  • 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)


  • Den­ver LGBTQ Com­mis­sion, Secretary
  • Col­orado LGBT Bar Asso­ci­a­tion, Board Mem­ber, Judi­cial Endorse­ments Chair
  • Col­orado Lawyers Com­mit­tee, Board Member
  • One Col­orado, Strate­gic Assess­ment Group
  • Col­orado Bar Asso­ci­a­tion, Civil Rights Com­mit­tee, Span­ish Speak­ing Lawyers Committee
  • His­panic National Bar Asso­ci­a­tion, Civil Rights Section
  • Col­orado His­panic Bar Association
  • Col­orado Women’s Bar Association
  • Plain­tiff Employ­ment Lawyers Association
  • Col­orado Trial Lawyers’ Association
  • Den­ver Bar Association
  • Col­orado South Asian Bar Association
  • Asian Pacific Amer­i­can Bar Asso­ci­a­tion of Colorado


  • 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


  • Span­ish
  • Farsi


  • 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