Mary McClatchey has over twenty years of experience in employment and civil rights law. For fifteen years, she was an employment and civil rights law judge for the Colorado State Personnel Board. In that role, she presided over trials to the court and issued decisions on Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, state whistleblower act, Title VII, free speech, Family Medical Leave Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act cases. She also successfully mediated hundreds of cases in this role, giving her a deep understanding of the motivations and interests that drive settlement negotiations. Mary also previously served as General Counsel to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and as a litigator in the Colorado Attorney General's Office, the Denver City Attorney's office, and in private practice.
With this expertise, judgment and a passion for helping those who have been subjected to unfair treatment in the workplace, Mary is a powerful advocate for her clients. Her approach to working with clients is collaborative and compassionate. She understands that being unfairly treated, and vindicating one's rights, can be a personally challenging and often traumatic process. She therefore excels in building trust at the outset of every engagement. In addition, she seeks the best outcome as early and efficiently as possible, based on the facts and legal strengths of the case, and, most importantly, the goals of the client. As a seasoned trial advocate, she is ready to take any case all the way to trial in order to ensure that justice is served.
Mary is a member of the Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association (PELA), the Colorado Women's Bar Association, and the Colorado Bar Association. She is a volunteer attorney with the Federal Pro Se Clinic, and since 2016 has been a Mentor with Law School Yes We Can (LSYWC). LSYWC is a program supporting high school students of color interested in attending law school, a crucial pipeline to increase diversity in the legal profession.
Mary has also lectured and published widely on employment law topics and provided training and consulting to dozens of nonprofit, government and private entities on racial and gender justice, unconscious bias, harassment prevention, inclusive leadership, and creating psychologically healthy workplaces.
With a longstanding commitment to community activism, Mary co-founded the Women's Leadership Training Institute prior to law school, has co-founded several grassroots organizations, and served on the Mi Casa Resource Center board of directors. She graduated from Colorado College and obtained her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts.