Our trainers are practicing attorneys who represent employees and employers in discrimination, reasonable accommodation, and other employment matters. Since its inception in 2014, members of the Reasonable Accommodation Training Group have provided trainings to the Colorado Bar Association, at disability conferences, to disability rights advocates, and to the federal government.
Benjamin E. Wick, Esq.
Benjamin E. Wick graduated magna cum laude from the Washington College of Law, American University. During his last semester of law school, Mr. Wick began working with Gary M. Gilbert, a retired EEOC Administrative Judge, in Washington, D.C. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Gilbert formed the Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, P.C. in Silver Spring, Maryland. As an associate attorney, Mr. Wick provided legal representation to public and private employers and employees with a focus on representing federal sector employees and employers before the EEOC and MSPB. In 2007, Mr. Wick returned to his home state of Colorado where he continued to work for the Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, P.C. eventually opening and managing the firm’s office in Denver, Colorado. As the sole attorney in the Denver Office, Mr. Wick was responsible for case management, direct supervision of law clerks and a paralegal, and regional client representation. During his time with the Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, P.C., Mr. Wick served as lead counsel in hundreds of employment cases for employees and employers, with a particular focus in representing federal employees with disabilities before the EEOC and MSPB.
In early 2013, Mr. Wick left the firm for a position as Chief Legal Officer (general counsel), and eventually Chief Administrative Officer, of a start-up company. Mr. Wick’s role with the company included providing legal representation and advising as general counsel, as well as direct oversight and involvement in human resources, regulatory and compliance, and risk management. As Chief Legal Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Wick drafted and negotiated commercial contracts with national retailers and distributors. He was instrumental in meeting complex insurance and risk management requirements necessary for the company to sell its products.
In 2014, Mr. Wick returned to private practice and his passion for protecting the rights of employees in the workplace. Mr. Wick is the founder of the Wick Law Office, LLC. He is based in Denver, Colorado and admitted to practice law in Colorado, Utah (inactive), and Maryland (inactive).
Holly V. Franson, Esq.
Holly V. Franson is a contract attorney with the Wick Law Office and the Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, P.C. Ms. Franson provides legal representation to public and private employers and employees with a focus on representing federal sector employees and employers before the EEOC and MSPB. Ms. Franson has worked on cases involving claims of disability discrimination based on fibromyalgia, diabetes, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and various physical disabilities, and she has defended federal government agencies from claims of retaliation for requesting reasonable accommodations. Ms. Franson received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Franson worked in the field of vocational rehabilitation as an Employment Specialist. In that position, Ms. Franson worked with individuals with disabilities regarding career exploration, experiential employment experiences, and job development skills. Ms. Franson advocated for individuals who ranged in age from fourteen to over sixty with various physical disabilities, such as blindness or being wheelchair bound, conditions related to strokes, cognitive disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, major depression, and anxiety. Ms. Franson also worked at a private university in the Career Services Department, where she created a program designed to assist students with disabilities in disclosing their disabilities to perspective or current employers, requesting reasonable accommodations, and identifying and utilizing community resources.
Throughout her professional career, Ms. Franson has been dedicated to assisting individuals with disabilities and advocating for fair treatment of disabled employees. Her efforts have led to numerous employees obtaining employment by finding creative solutions to overcome workplace barriers. By brainstorming and implementing creative solutions, Ms. Franson is able to ensure that individuals with disabilities are afforded the same rights and terms and conditions of employment as all other employees.