John A. Culver

Top rated employment litigation attorney in Denver, Colorado

Benezra & Culver, P.C.
John A. Culver
Benezra & Culver, P.C.

Practice Areas: Employment litigation, Civil rights, Employment & labor; view more

Licensed in Colorado since: 1992

Education: University of Pennsylvania Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

Benezra & Culver, P.C.

Colorado Plaza Tower #1
633 17th Street, Suite 1450
Denver, CO 80202 Visit website


John A. Culver has developed a well-deserved reputation as one of the nation’s leading employment law and civil rights attorneys. A member of Benezra & Culver, P.C., he represents clients throughout the state of Colorado from the firm’s offices in Denver. Mr. Culver has handled numerous groundbreaking individual and class action lawsuits that have received large amounts of publicity. He is admitted to practice in Colorado as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Culver has repeatedly been recognized by his colleagues for his professionalism and the high quality of his work. He has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 “Superb” peer review rating through Avvo. In addition, he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the organization that named him Civil Rights Lawyer of the Year in 2014, and he has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 every year since 2008.

Some of his representative cases have included an employment lawsuit that involved fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of contract, and violations of the state’s wage and hour law, as well as a class action that was based on violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, ERISA, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The latter resulted in a multimillion-dollar settlement, and the former produced a $3.5 million jury award, which, at the time, was considered one of the largest single judgments in the history of Colorado employment law claims.

Mr. Culver is a 1992 graduate of what was then known as the University of Pennsylvania Law School. A member of several professional organizations, he has served for many years as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards. 

Practice areas

Employment litigation: plaintiff, Civil rights, Employment & labor: employee

Focus areas

Employment discrimination, Wrongful termination, Retaliation, Employment law - employer, Police misconduct, Race discrimination, Disability, Discrimination, Employment law - employee, Unions, Wage & hour laws, Whistleblower, Sexual harassment

  • 80% Employment litigation: plaintiff
  • 10% Civil rights
  • 10% Employment & labor: employee

First Admitted: 1992, Colorado

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Arbitration Association’s panel of employment law arbitrators
  • U.S. District Court Judge Lewis T. Babcock approved a settlement in Vaszlavik, et al. v. StorageTek of $5 million and affirmative injunctive relief for members of an age and benefits discrimination class action lawsuit.  We are especially proud of the Court's characterization as "exceptional" in paragraph nine of the Order of our law firm's efforts in representing the class. On May 3rd, 2002, Benezra and Culver, L.L.C. obtained one of the largest employment law judgments ever entered in Colorado for their client.  In Drake v. TalMor Capital Management, LLC and Edmund Melhado, the Plaintiff, Daniel Drake, brought claims against the defendants for breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation, and violations of the Colorado Wage Act. On March 4, 2004, Benezra & Culver, L.L.C., obtained judgment for their client in a novel gender discrimination case.  In Doe v. Lucent Technologies, Inc. and Avaya, Inc., the Plaintiff brought claims against the Defendant for gender, age and gender-plus-age discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"), and a claim for Wrongful Discharge in Violation of Public Policy under Colorado law. 
  • Edmond Melhado
  • Drake v. TalMor Capital Management, LLC
  • Vaszlavik, et al. v. Storage Tech.
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Cooperating attorney for ACLU of Colorado, 1992
  • Fellow College of Labor and Employment Lawyrs, 2017
  • 2008-2011, National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Colorado
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, 2006
Industry Groups:
  • ACLU
  • NELA
  • PELA

Office location for John A. Culver

Colorado Plaza Tower #1
633 17th Street, Suite 1450
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 720-736-8200


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

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