At Lowrey Parady, we specialize in the representation of employees.
Mary Jo Lowrey, Sarah Parady, and Ben Lebsack are experienced advocates in matters involving discrimination based on sex, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion; retaliation for blowing the whistle or making protected workplace complaints; denial of medical leave; nonpayment of wages; breach of employment contracts; and tort claims.
We also handle civil rights matters for employees and other plaintiffs under Section 1983 and the state and federal Constitutions, as well as cases of discrimination in places of public accommodation. In addition, Partner Mary Jo Lowrey is an experienced advocate in family law matters including divorce and child custody.
Our attorneys have strong backgrounds in community service, public policy, and representation of people from all walks of life. Contact us today to learn whether we can help with your case.
Mary Jo Lowrey is a partner at Lowrey Parady, LLC where she focuses her practice on plaintiff-side employment law, civil rights law, and family law.
Ms. Lowrey is a Colorado native, born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated cum laude with a BA in psychology with a focus on behavioral neuroscience. After graduation, she moved to Denver where she worked in the health care sector for five years prior to earning her JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
After law school Ms. Lowrey worked for the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights investigating civil rights and HIPAA violations in the health and human services sector. Ms. Lowrey then worked as an associate at Truhlar and Truhlar, L.L.P. where she practiced plaintiff-side employment law and family law. In 2013, Ms. Lowrey left Truhlar and Truhlar to form her own practice.
Ms. Lowrey currently serves on the Board of the Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association. She also currently serves as the Chair of the Towards Justice Development Advisory Board and a member of the El Centro Humanitario Board of Directors. Ms. Lowrey has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of Employment in years 2013 to 2017.
Ms. Lowrey is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Faculty of Federal Advocates, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, the LGBT Bar Association, and the Labor & Employment and Civil Rights Sections of the Colorado Bar Association. She is an active member and former Public Policy Committee Co-Chair for the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. In addition, she teaches frequently on employment law topics through these and other organizations.
Alleviation of poverty is an important issue to Ms. Lowrey. She has served as a volunteer attorney for the National Alliance on Mental Illness legal advice hotline, the Colorado Poverty Law Project Legal Clinic, and the Pro Bono Eviction program. She is also a member of the Wage Theft Task Force, a multi-industry, interdisciplinary group working to combat wage theft in Colorado.
Sarah J. Parady is a partner at Lowrey Parady, LLC, where she exclusively represents employees and civil rights plaintiffs.
Ms. Parady received her JD from New York University School of Law, where was an Executive Editor for the NYU Law Review and a Hays Civil Liberties Fellow, and received a Vanderbilt Medal for service to the law school community, as well as multiple academic awards. She is a Wyoming native, and received her undergraduate degree in summa cum laude from Simon’s Rock College.
After law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Carlos F. Lucero of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, then received a Skadden Fellowship to serve as a consumer attorney at Colorado Legal Services.
Ms. Parady was the 2016 President of the Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association and a member of the 2016 Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT) class. She co-chairs the Public Policy Committee of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the “NYU Law on the Rockies” alumni group, and the Colorado Chapter of Lawyers for Good Government.
She is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Labor & Employment and Civil Rights Sections of the Colorado Bar Association, the Faculty of Federal Advocates (including the organization‘s Pro Bono Panel), the Lawyers’ Civil Rights Coalition, and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. She is also a Board member for the Colorado Center on Law & Policy, an anti-poverty policy group, and serves as Cooperating Counsel for the ACLU of Colorado.
In 2017, Ms. Parady received The GLBT Center of Colorado‘s "Barrister of the Year" award for her work representing LGBT clients. She was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of Employment in 2016 and 2017. In 2016, she was nominated for the Denver Business Journal’s "40 Under 40" list and was a finalist for the Colorado Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award.
Ms. Parady serves as a volunteer mentor on Judge Christine Arguello’s "Law School - Yes We Can" team. She teaches several Continuing Legal Education programs per year and has testified many times in the state legislature on employment and discrimination topics.
Ben Lebsack is Of Counsel at Lowrey Parady. He represents employees in disputes with their employers. He has focused on employment law since his second year of law school.
Ben was born and raised in Denver. After graduating from East High School, he attended Grinnell College in Iowa and the University of Minnesota Law School where he graduated magna cum laude. While in law school, Ben served as an Editor for the American Bar Association Journal of Labor and Employment Law.
Ben is a member of the following organizations:
Colorado Bar Association (Ethics Committee, Labor & Employment Section)
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (Board Member, Employment Law Committee Chair, Amicus Committee Member)
Faculty of Federal Advocates
National Employment Lawyers Association
Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association (Vice President)
Sam Cary Bar Association
He has published the following articles:
Confusion Demands Simplicity: Applying Rule 26 to ERISA Conflict of Interest Discovery Requests, ABA Journal of Labor and Employment Law (2011).
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: It Moved and Your Client Agreed to Litigate There, Trial Talk (2015).
But I Earned Those Commissions, Didn’t I?, Trial Talk (2016).
And he has given the following presentations:
Challenging Forum Selection Clauses, Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association (June 2015)
Using Social Media for Investigative Purposes, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (January 2016)
Ethical Representation of Employees from Initial Contact to Verdict, Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association (April 2016)
Iqbal/Twombly: Lessons from the Federal Courts, Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association (July 2016)
Warne v. Hall: To be Fore-Warned is to be Fore-Armed, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (2016 Convention)
Drafting Specific Pleadings, American Association for Justice (2017 Winter Convention)
Intersection of Tort and Employment Law 1, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (May 2017)
Outside of the office, Ben devotes a lot of time to the Colorado Bar Association’s Ethics Committee, frequently drafting and revising opinions about what a lawyer may or may not do under the ethical rules governing attorneys. When it’s basketball season, he watches as many Nuggets games as he can. He’s been a fan since he can remember, at least since they drafted Dikembe Mutombo.