Rhonda Rhodes

Rhonda Rhodes has since 1999 happily focused her practice on representation of federal employees, often the underdog in claims against the government. Most immediately before cofounding Williams & Rhodes, Ms. Rhodes worked for Western Area Power Administration and the Resolution Trust Corporation in Denver. She began her legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Sam R. Cummings, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Texas and then, as an Honors Recruit, worked for the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division in Dallas. Since 2012, her peers have recognized her as a Colorado Super Lawyer.

Ms. Rhodes has also completed more than 150 investigations of federal employees’ formal EEO complaints for several agencies in accordance with Williams & Rhodes GSAAdvantage! contract. Likewise, Ms. Rhodes has conducted management directed inquiries and fact findings for federal entities in matters other than EEO claims.

As a transplanted Texan, Rhonda serves on the Board of Trustees of Lubbock Christian University and still cheers on her beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders. Her passion is leading a team to Juarez, Mexico each year where “Rhodes to Relief” builds homes for the under served just across the border from El Paso. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Denver-based Missions Ministries.

Education

Education

  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, JD, cum laude, 1988
  • Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico, MEd, 1980
  • Lubbock Christian College, Lubbock, Texas, BSEd, summa cum laude, 1977

Bar Associations

Bar Associations

  • Texas, 1988 (currently inactive)
  • Colorado, 1993
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado
  • Colorado Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • Colorado Plaintiffs Employment Lawyers Association: Member 1999 to present, Vice President, 2006, Co-President, 2007, Board Member, 2007 to 2015

  • National Employment Law Association, Member, 1999 to present

  • Faculty of Federal Advocates, Member, 2000 to present

Publications

Publications

Chapter 17, The Federal Sector Equal Employment Opportunity Process, THE PRACTITIONER’S GUIDE TO COLORADO EMPLOYMENT LAW, Second Ed. (Sean R. Gallagher, Kathryn E. Miller, and Jessica Brown, eds.), CLE in Colo., Inc. 2008, Supp. 2011-2015 (co-author).

Recent Developments in Retaliation Law and Resulting Implications for the Federal Sector, THE COLORADO LAWYER, January 1999, Vol. 28, No. 1 (co-author).

Presentations

Presentations

  • Discrimination: The Complaint Process [for Federal Employees],” Successfully Representing Public Sector Employees, sponsored by Colorado PELA, February 3, 2000.
  • “Overview of Representation of Federal Employees before Administrative Bodies,” Public Sector Employment Law in Colorado, sponsored by Lorman Education Services, December 10, 2004.
  • “Getting Your Case to Trial,” Colorado PELA Annual Retreat, August 25, 2006 (co-presenter).
  • EEO Counselor’s Training, Western Area Power Administration, August 15, 2007 (co-presenter).
  • “FRE 502 Attorney-Client Privileged & Work Product: Limitations on Waiver is Too Often Overlooked,” Colorado PELA Annual Retreat, August 24, 2012 (co-presenter).
  • “Getting a Mixed Case to Trial in Federal Court,” Colorado PELA Brown Bag, August 12, 2013 (co-presenter).
  • Commencement Address, Lubbock Christian University, May 3, 2014. https://youtu.be/UiUqwGmg6q8

  • Federal Employees Affinity Group, Colorado PELA Annual Retreat, Lunch Breakout Session, August 28, 2015 (co-moderator).
  • “Representing Federal Employees:  August 2015 Revisions to the EEOC’s Management Directive 110,” Colorado PELA Brown Bag, January 11, 2016 (co-presenter).

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