Valeri S. Pappas

Valeri S. Pappas | partner


Valeri Pappas was born in Syracuse, New York and has resided in Colorado since 1995. As an undergraduate, she attended the University of Michigan for two years in the Honors Program before receiving her B.A. from the University of Vermont, graduating magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She attended the University of Colorado School of Law where she served as an associate editor of the law review and received her J.D. in 1998. Ms. Pappas joined Davis & Ceriani, P.C. as a litigation associate in 1999, became a partner in 2005 and managing partner in January 2015.

Litigation Practice

Part of Davis & Ceriani, P.C.’s trial team, Ms. Pappas’ experience as a litigator includes participating in all phases of multi-million dollar litigation, in jury trials as well as FINRA (formerly N.A.S.D.) arbitrations. Her practice areas include securities litigation, employment law, complex commercial litigation, personal injury and general civil litigation.

Employment Law Practice

Ms. Pappas also counsels and advises employers on matters such as drafting and revising employee handbooks, conducts workplace investigations as well as conducts both company-wide and individual sensitivity, discrimination and harassment training. Ms. Pappas assists both employers and employees in matters such as dispute resolution, severance agreements, non-compete agreements and other employment issues. In her employment practice, Ms. Pappas co-authored “Workplace Bullying Legislation – A Primer for Colorado Employers and Employees” published in Trial Talk June/July 2008.

Awards, Professional Memberships and Activities

Ms. Pappas is actively involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver as an Associate Board Member, as the chair for 2015-2017, and as a volunteer, as well as the Colorado Bar Association’s Lawline 9, which provides free legal advice to the public. Ms. Pappas has also served on the Board of Advisors of ACE Scholarships since 2013. In 2015, Ms. Pappas became a faculty member at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and has taught at the Building Trial Skills seminars in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as well as additional programs teaching trial skills to public interest and immigration attorneys. Ms. Pappas is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. Ms. Pappas was also selected as a member of the 2017 Leadership Denver class.

Ms. Pappas was selected for 2016 for Top 100 Colorado Super Lawyers and Top 50 Women Colorado Super Lawyers. She was also selected previously as a Colorado Super Lawyers “Rising Star”. Ms. Pappas can also be found on the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.

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