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Jeremy Ben Merkelson


555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202
505 9th St. NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20004

Jeremy’s clients benefit from his prior experience as in-house general counsel and his knowledge of the unique challenges of managing the workforce in a cost-effective, efficient manner.

When disputes arise, Jeremy has broad experience representing clients from a wide range of industries in state and federal courts, administrative proceedings, and arbitrations throughout the United States. He has substantial first-chair trial experience, including the unique experience of prevailing in a bench trial conducted entirely on virtual platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jeremy regularly advises public and private companies, health care organizations, trade associations, and non-profits on employment matters from the local to the federal level. He also regularly provides advice and counsel to deal teams on the employment aspects of complex, cross-border M&A transactions.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Jeremy was a labor and employment associate with Morrison & Foerster in Washington, D.C., where he was second-chair trial counsel on a trade secret misappropriation lawsuit involving the Hubble Space Telescope and worked on former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s team investigating post-bankruptcy breach of fiduciary duty claims against the officers and directors of the defunct financial services firm, MF Global Inc. Jeremy also worked as General Counsel for the Association of American Law Schools. Before attending law school, Jeremy was an Urban Fellow with the New York City Fire Department.


Employment Litigation and Class Actions
HR Counseling, Compliance, and Risk Management
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Practices
  • Non-Competes, Trade Secrets, and Unfair Competition
  • Employment Policies, Handbooks, and Manuals
  • Hiring, Discipline, Performance Evaluations, and Terminations
  • Investigations
  • Reductions in Force and Severance Agreements
  • Training
  • Workplace Privacy and Data Security
  • Accommodations, Disabilities, Leaves 
Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, and Litigation
Wage and Hour, Equal Pay, Compensation, and Benefits
  • Pay Practices and Independent Contractors
Commercial Litigation
  • Trials
  • Appeals
  • Business Torts
M&A Transactions



Speaking Engagements


Bar Admissions

Court Admissions


  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, Employment & Labor: Employer, 2021, 2022

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys, Delegate, 2015-2017
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, National Capitol Region, Member
  • General Counsel, Association of American Law Schools, 2015-2017
  • Urban Fellow, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Intergovernmental Affairs, 2004-2006

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