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Meshach Y. Rhoades


Meshach Y. Rhoades is the managing partner of the Denver office and a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group. She is an experienced litigator and trusted advisor to senior management in all facets of complex commercial and regulatory litigation. Meshach has litigated a variety of cases regarding contracts, intellectual property, business torts, real estate, false advertising and defense of government enforcement proceedings, class actions and products liability, finance and banking litigation, and labor and employment in state and federal courts nationwide. Her clients include Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, municipalities, and closely held businesses.

In addition to her active practice, Meshach ongoing commitment to diversity is demonstrated through her own involvement with local and national organizations including the Center for Legal Inclusiveness, Colorado Legal Services, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and Colorado Hispanic Bar Association. In a previous role, Meshach served as Chief Diversity Officer, working alongside firm leaders to drive inclusion programming and initiatives, and support various affinity organizations firmwide.

Agribusiness and Food

Meshach assists businesses in enforcement actions to ensure compliance with the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, the United States Department of Agriculture and other regulatory bodies. Meshach also has extensive experience with food and drug regulations in the European Union. She has successfully counseled on product safety and recalls, advertising, marketing and consumer protection, such as false advertising litigation and international trade. She counsels clients on sourcing, product distribution, safety and risk management, labeling and general supply chain issues. Meshach serves as lead counsel for a multinational client on dairy regulation compliance in all 50 states and has extensive experience with federal and state dairy, energy drink and beverage regulations in the United States and the EU.

Regulatory Litigation

Meshach represents corporate clients in class action, single-plaintiff, regulatory proceedings and complex regulatory litigation. She is currently class action counsel defending litigation for a financial services entity involving challenges to contract terms compliance, RESPA and TILA. She is also class action counsel defending antitrust claims. She has also defended clients in administrative enforcement proceedings and investigations.

Meshach has significant regulatory experience with administrative agencies and public utility commissions throughout the country. She has represented telecommunications and energy companies before federal and state courts and administrative bodies regarding rates, right-of-way, cable landing licenses, VoIP and cloud computing.

Employment and Labor Litigation

Meshach represents large corporate employers in class action and single-plaintiff litigation involving internal investigations, employee terminations, ADA accommodation, FLSA, discrimination and harassment issues and wage and hour matters. She has tried employment cases in federal and state courts and handled complex arbitrations.


  • Regis University, B.A. (2001) summa cum laude
  • University of Colorado School of Law at Boulder, J.D. (2004)



Admitted to practice: Colorado and the U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • National Parks Trust, Board Member 
  • Denver Metro Chamber Foundation, Board Member 
  • Center for Legal Inclusiveness, Former Chair
  • Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Former President 
  • Denver Bar Association Board of Directors, Former Member 
  • Colorado Legal Services, Board Member 
  • Colorado American Civil Liberties Union, Member 
  • Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee of the Colorado and Denver Bar Association, Former Chair 
  • Colorado General Counsel Group Advisor Program, Former Member (2015 – 2017) 
  • Colorado Center on Law & Policy, Former Board Member 
  • University of Colorado Law School Alumni Board, Former Member 
  • Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Former Board Member and Volunteer Attorney 
  • Florence Crittenton Services Hispanic Advisory Council 
  • Colorado Supreme Court Justice Monica Marquez “Dream Team,” Chair 
  • Corporate Counsel Women of Color 
  • Alfred J. Arraj Inn of Court

Charitable and Civic Involvement

  • Latinas First Foundation, Co-Founder 
  • American Heart Association, Board of Directors 
  • Go Red for Women! Campaign, Chair 
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Former National Finance Director 
  • 2014 Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention, Co-Chair 
  • Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Denver and Impact Denver Graduate 
  • Colorado Counts! Committee, Gubernatorial Appointee 
  • Colorado Department of Corrections, Gubernatorial Appointee 
  • Denver Latino Commission, Mayoral Appointee

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