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WTO #1 Best Place to Work in Denver

Date: 06.21.18

Denver: The Denver Business Journal has named Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell (WTO) the top workplace in Denver in the extra-large size category in its annual Best Places to Work competition. According to the DBJ, the awards highlight companies “providing the top workplace environment and engaging their teams.” 

WTO has been a Top 3 finalist for each of the past four years and has appeared in the Top 10 for 12 years. This is the firm’s fourth time to earn the #1 ranking. 

In recognizing WTO, the DBJ emphasized the firm’s commitment to making time for employees and their families and giving back to the community. “This makes us different from other firms,” said Carolyn Fairless, WTO’s managing partner. “We do work very hard and make sacrifices for our clients, so we want to get to know [employees’] families and thank them for all their support.”

The publication profiled WTO for its culture of excellence, collegiality, and genuine concern for the whole individual—whether that be for clients, colleagues, or peers. All voices are valued and firm leaders maintain open doors and open minds. Employees are entrusted with significant responsibility and are regularly recognized for their contributions. Firm perks include a 401k contribution (not a match), a $350 annual wellness stipend (to buy ski passes, bike equipment, fitness classes, etc.), hot breakfast every Friday, fresh fruit and healthy snacks daily, and an annual matching donation to qualified nonprofits of an employee’s choice.

The DBJ conducted its research through surveys with Quantum Workplace. “The survey measures 10 key engagement categories focusing on items including team effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, manager effectiveness, compensation and benefits.”

Contact: Matt Plavnick | 303.244.0103 |

Since 2004, Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell lawyers have won 150 trial verdicts and complex arbitrations, and 80 significant appeals nationwide for our clients. Established in 1998, WTO currently numbers 100 lawyers across three offices. The firm represents sophisticated clients in high-stakes civil trials, appeals, arbitrations, and related matters, including class actions, mass torts, and multidistrict litigation. 

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