Burg Simpson Secures a Win for Colorado’s Tipped Employees!

Burg Simpson Secures a Win for Colorado’s Tipped Employees!

By Burg Simpson
November 12, 2021
3 min read

Burg Simpson shareholder Brian Matise and trial lawyer Travis Riley of the commercial litigation department recently represented a number of former “tipped employees” who worked to serve customers at 1Up, a local Denver restaurant.

Beginning in or about 2012, all tipped employees at the establishment were required by management to participate in an arrangement to pool a percentage of their daily tips. The owner mandated that the tips would then be distributed by management to other employees at the end of each working shift.

After reviewing the allegations, Burg Simpson concluded that the tip pool arrangement conducted by the restaurant was a violation of the Colorado Wage Claim Act.

Mr. Matise and Mr. Riley sought redress on behalf of the employees whose tips were taken from them by their employer. The Burg Simpson team was successful in settling this matter with 1Up and the restaurant settled all claims from those former employees who were represented by Burg Simpson.

About Shareholder Brian Matise

Mr. Matise’s legal experience includes all aspects of general civil practice with an emphasis on complex commercial litigation, mass tort product liability litigation, special district and homeowner association law, and insurance coverage litigation. Mr. Matise has successfully tried over a dozen cases to a jury verdict or judgment and obtained several million dollars in settlements for clients.

Mr. Matise is consistently recognized by his peers. He has been selected as one of the Top 100 by National Trial Lawyers and has been named as a Best Lawyer in America and a Colorado Super Lawyer.

About Trial Lawyer Travis Riley

Travis Riley is an associate in Burg Simpson’s Commercial Litigation Department. Mr. Riley focuses his practice primarily on complex business and commercial litigation.

About Burg Simpson

One of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine,  has a longstanding and nationwide reputation for fighting relentlessly and successfully for victims of negligence, malfeasance, malpractice, and abuse. Our attorneys have never hesitated to fight for our client’s rights and consistently face and defeat formidable adversaries that include big insurance companies, big banks, and big pharma.  Burg Simpson has secured more than $1 billion in verdicts, settlements, and judgments in practice areas spanning catastrophic personal injury, mass tort and class actions regarding gas explosions, dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and devices, medical malpractice, complex commercial and business litigation, construction defects, and workers’ compensation. The firm’s success has also included more than 200 recoveries in excess of $1 million.

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