Attorney Profiles

Shelby A. FeltonShelby A. Felton

Ms. Felton is a principal in the Denver office. She was admitted to practice law in 1995. She is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts in Colorado and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

During her first year of practice, Ms. Felton served as a law clerk for the United States District Court, District of Wyoming. This position allowed for exposure to many different areas of law, including employment, insurance, and civil rights and pretrial motion practice. Additionally, Ms. Felton was heavily involved in prisoner litigation and the implementation of the litigation guidelines enacted by Congress in April 1996.

Ms. Felton first worked for the firm from September 1996 until January 2003. During that time, Ms. Felton represented numerous public entities, public officials, and law enforcement agencies and officers in a variety of federal question, state tort, and constitutional claims. These claims included employment, negligence, police pursuit, excessive force, lack of probable cause to arrest, civil rights violations, and conditions of confinement. Ms. Felton participated in extensive motion and appellate practice and evidentiary hearings. Ms. Felton also provided general advice to municipalities on issues such as contracts, zoning, and preparation of resolutions and ordinances.

During that time, Ms. Felton also provided employment litigation defense on behalf of public entity employers. She appeared before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and federal and state courts on claims brought pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Ms. Felton also provided support to public entities in the form of preparation of personnel handbooks and consultation on issues of hiring, discipline, employment separation, and personnel hearings.

Before rejoining the firm in May 2007, Ms. Felton practiced with other private law firms. During that time, Ms. Felton engaged in commercial litigation and insurance defense litigation. Ms. Felton's practice emphasized the defense of private and municipal employers in litigation and administrative proceedings including cases of discrimination and harassment and claims under the FMLA, Title VII, the ADA, and the FLSA. Ms. Felton was also general counsel to businesses and municipalities in relation to contract drafting and review, policy drafting, litigation oversight, and the employment of individuals including hiring, employment contracts, non-compete agreements, discipline, termination, personnel hearings, drug testing, wage and hour issues, overtime claims, unemployment claims, personnel policy and procedure drafting, and various compliance issues. Employers also engaged Ms. Felton to conduct independent, internal personnel investigations. Finally, Ms. Felton conducted internal and public training of management and employees.

Ms. Felton's current practice with Vaughan & DeMuro includes representation of private businesses, public entities, and insurers. Ms. Felton continues to emphasize her representation of employers in litigation and administrative proceedings, continues to provide general advice to employers regarding all aspects of the employment relationship, continues to conduct independent personnel investigations, and continues to conduct internal and public trainings for management personnel and employees.

Ms. Felton is a member of the Steering Committee for the Douglas County Teen Court. She is also a member of the American, Colorado, and Douglas County Bar Associations, the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, and the Defense Research Institute.