Donald L. Samuels

Donald Samuels Lawyer Polsinelli
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Professional Biography

Don Samuels offers more than 30 years of experience in the areas of Employment Law and Litigation. He is a passionate advocate and trusted advisor to his clients with a strong reputation for his in-depth knowledge of the law, high standards, practical approach, integrity and understanding of client needs. Don has a client base that spans from S&P 500 companies  and manufacturing enterprises to city governments and start-up technology companies. While covering all aspects of Employment Law and all phases of Litigation, Don represents employers throughout the United States and holds licenses in Colorado, California and Texas. Don’s extensive experience specifically includes: 

  • Wage and hour issues, including class and collective actions 
  • Discrimination and wrongful termination claims 
  • Sexual and racial harassment claims 
  • Whistle blower and retaliation claims

Enforcement of non-compete and restrictive covenants Don’s client relationships and counsel often include: 

  • Advising on performance issues and terminations 
  • Drafting employee handbooks, employment agreements, severance agreements 
  • In-house training on sexual harassment, performance management, hiring practices and Golden Rule Management (SM)

Don is also an employment law arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, a member of the board of directors of the Colorado Judicial Institute and mentor at Denver University Law School.


  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1986, James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, International Fellow
  • B.A., Brown University, 1983, Political Science, magna cum laude

Bar Jurisdictions

  • Colorado, 1996
  • California, 1986
  • Texas, 1998

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts for the State of California (All)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
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