S. Kato Crews

 

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Partner

email:  kcrews@hcnwf-law.com
direct:  720 974 9421
Kato Crews is a litigator who represents clients in trials, arbitrations, and appeals. He has a wide range of experience representing companies and individuals in lawsuits and arbitrations involving business disputes, employment claims, construction disputes, and other civil conflicts.  Mr. Crews has also represented numerous executives in the negotiation of severance agreements, and companies and individuals at trial and in injunction hearings related to the enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.  Local colleges and universities routinely engage Mr. Crews as an independent investigator over high-level employment discrimination and harassment complaints received internally.
Mr. Crews was named to the Colorado Super Lawyers© list in 2016 and 2017 in the areas of Employment & Labor Law and Business Litigation–he was previously named to the Rising Stars list each year from 2009 – 2015. In further recognition of his abilities as a trial lawyer, Mr. Crews has served as a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and its Miranda Trial Advocacy Institute.
Born and raised in Colorado, Mr. Crews earned his J.D. in 2000 from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, where he earned the prestigious honor of writing for the Arizona Law Review. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1997, and received the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from his alma mater in 2010. The Governor appointed Mr. Crews to serve a four-year term on the University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees in December 2014.
Outside of his distinguished legal career, Mr. Crews is a highly respected community leader and ambassador of diversity and inclusiveness. Throughout his career he has sought out meaningful ways to give back to his community. For several years he served on the Executive Committee of the Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT) Program. He has also served on the Board of Directors of some of Colorado’s most noteworthy non-profit organizations, including the Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region, Inc., and Colorado Humanities. He currently volunteers on the boards of the CHOICE Education Foundation and the Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation (COLTAF), and volunteers as a mentor with the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP).
In addition to these formal volunteer roles, Mr. Crews is personally committed to mentoring minority students and young people to help them navigate their educational and professional paths. He has done this in a variety of ways, such as presenting to classes of high school students from the Colorado Beautillion-Cotillion, Inc. on the subject of personal integrity and the concept of developing your personal “brand” as a means of aiding a path to success, and general and informal mentoring. Mr. Crews frequently makes himself available to meet with young men and women that seek out his guidance and counsel as they make important life decisions. He embodies the idea of “Each One, Teach One.”
REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
  • Defends and prosecutes breach of contract and other claims arising out of general business disputes.
  • Represents businesses and individuals in trials and injunction proceedings brought to enforce non-disclosure and non-competition agreements, and counsels them in connection with non-competition agreements and issues involving trade secrets.
  • Represents owners, developers, and construction professionals in the defense and prosecution of construction-related claims involving residential and commercial property, including claims involving construction defects, delay damages, change order issues, and mechanic’s lien matters.
  • Counsels employers on a range of employment law and human resources issues, and represents employers in court in the defense of employment-related claims, and also in matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
  • Represents management in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and in several union-grievance arbitrations each year, including numerous arbitrations against the Teamsters Local Union No. 455, and against the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge No. 47.
  • Advises and represents executives departing their employment in the negotiation of severance agreements.
  • Regularly engaged as lead investigator by multiple local colleges and universities to conduct investigations into internal complaints of discrimination and harassment
  • Provides litigation support to the firm’s probate and estate planning practice groups.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Hoffman Crews Nies Waggener & Foster LLP, Partner 2013 – present
  • Mastin Hoffman & Crews LLC, Partner 2011 – 2013
  • Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP (formerly Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons), Partner 2001-2011
  • U.S. National Labor Relations Board (Region 27), Attorney 2000-2001
ACCOLADES
  • Appointed by the Governor of the State of Colorado to the University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees
  • Recognized in Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine in 2016 and 2017 in the areas of Employment & Labor Law, and Business Litigation–previously named to the Rising Stars list each year from 2009 – 2015.
  • Fellow Emeriti, Colorado Bar Foundation
  • Distinguished Facilitator/Youth Mentor, Colorado Beautillion-Cotillion, Inc. 2012-2014
  • Award Recipient, 2012 Outstanding Contributions to Colorado Municipal Clerks Association by a Non-Clerk
  • 2010 University of Northern Colorado Distinguished Young Alumni Award Recipient
  • Recognized in the Colorado Springs Business Journal as a 2008 Rising Star
  • One of 19 selected statewide for the 2007 inaugural, Colorado Bar Association Leadership, Training (COBALT) program
  • One of 20 selected nationwide for the 2007 inaugural, ABA, TIPS Leadership Academy
COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP
  • Board of Trustees, University of Northern Colorado
  • Vice President, Board of Directors, COLTAF (Colorado Lawyers’ Trust Account Foundation)
  • Board of Directors, CHOICE Education Foundation
  • Volunteer Mentor with the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP)
  • Facilitator/Youth Mentor, Colorado Beautillion-Cotillion, Inc.
  • YMCA Youth Flag Football Coach
  • Executive Committee, Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Program (former)
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Humanities (former)
  • Board of Directors, Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region, Inc. (former)
  • Faculty Member, NITA Miranda Trial Advocacy Institute
COURT ADMISSIONS
  • All Colorado Courts
  • U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
EDUCATION
  • 2000 Juris Doctor, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, Arizona Law Review
  • 1997 Bachelor of Arts (Journalism and Public Relations), University of Northern Colorado