Patricia S. Bellac Law Firm, LLC

Patricia S. Bellac Law Firm, LLC


4845 Pearl East Circle,  Suite 101

Boulder, CO 80301-6113

Boulder Law Office

Phone: 303-442-5111

Fax: 303-417-6381

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Patricia S. Bellac

Patricia S. Bellac

Attorney/Owner since 1999
Location:
Boulder, Colorado
Phone:
303-442-5111
Fax:
303-417-6381
Email:

PSB Law has represented hundreds of individuals, businesses and labor organizations in various business and employment law matters. Bringing a balanced and pragmatic approach to her practice, Attorney Bellac takes pride in helping her clients understand their legal rights and obtain excellent results through legal representation. Patricia S. Bellac, Esq., is admitted to practice law in New Jersey (1991), Colorado (1993), and before the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Since 1999, Patricia Bellac has been the managing attorney and owner of PSB Law, a full service law firm emphasizing employment, employee benefits and business law. Patricia began her career in the field of employee benefits after graduating from McGill University. She then became an attorney, receiving her JD in the top 25% of her class at Fordham University in New York City. Her first attorney experience was in the litigation department of Carpenter, Bennett and Morrissey. Moving to Colorado, she then became an associate at Berenbaum, Weinshienk &. Eason, P.C. Ms. Bellac has represented employees, employers, corporations, trade organizations and employee benefit plans. She is active in the Boulder County Bar Association and served as its Labor and Employment Co-Chair, the Colorado Plaintiff's Employment Lawyers' Association, the Colorado Bar Association and the local Chamber of Commerce. She is a frequent lecturer and published author of various professional works including in the Colorado Practitioner's Guide to Employment Law, Book Chapter 4 regarding the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (2008, supplemented 2011 and 2012); The Legal Advantages of Employment, Boulder County Bar Association (January 2001); "The DOL's Final Regulation Under the Family and Medical Leave Act," Colorado Lawyer. May 1995 at 1049; "Objective Job Requirements Help Employees Avoid Legal Claims," Real Estate J., April 5-April 18, 1995 at 10. She has been recognized by Strathmore and Marquis' Who's Who and named a Colorado Superlawyer. She also has Preeminent status with Martindale-Hubbell's Peer Review.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Business and Commercial Law
  • General Business Counsel and Problem Resolution
  • Business Organization and Choice of Entity
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Contracts and Transactions
  • Preventive Employment Counseling
  • Employment Contracts, No-Compete Agreements and Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Employee Benefits and ERISA
  • Business Immigration
  • Business Litigation
  • Protection of Trademarks and Service Marks
  • Federal and State Employment Litigation
  • Employment Issues for Public Employees
  • Independent Contractor Status Issues
  • EEOC and CCRD Claims
  • Wage and Hour Disputes
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Health Care Law
  • Mediation, Arbitration, and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1991
  • Colorado, 1993

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 1991
    • Honors: Moot Court Competitor
    • Law Review: Fordham Environmental Law Reporter, Member
  • McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
    • B.A., Political Science - 1983
    • Honors: McGill Varsity Ski Team and Debating Teams
    • Honors: Manager and Coordinator, Environmental Political Action Committee

Published Works

  • Book Chapter: "The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act", Practitioner's Guide to Colorado Employment Law, December, 2008; Revised 2010 and Supplemented 2011
  • The Legal Advantages of Employment, January, 2001
  • Objective Job Requirements Help Employees Avoid Legal Claims, Real Estate Journal, April 5-April 18, 1995
  • The DOL's Final Regulation Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, Colorado Lawyer, May, 1995
  • Book Chapter, New Jersey Employment Law, 1992
  • Daily Camera, Occasional Columnist, 1999
  • Daily Camera, Occasional Columnist, 1998

Classes/Seminars

  • Speaker, Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act's New Frontiers, Boulder County Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section), November 12, 2013
  • Private Disability and PERA: Strategic Considerations for Disabled Clients, Plaintiffs' Employment Lawyers' Association Annual Retreat, 2012
  • Panelist, Non-Monetary Considerations in Mediating Employment Cases: Where do Emotions go When the Case is Over?, Boulder County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, December 11, 2012
  • Panelist, Application of Americans With Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) to Real-Life Scenarios, Plaintiffs', Employment Lawyers' Association, Brown Bag Presentation, June 17, 2011
  • What Is Left of the Colorado Wage Claim Act: 2003 Revisions, Lorman Education Seminars, March 3, 2004
  • Speaker, Colorado Wage Claim Act, Boulder County Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section), September 9, 2003
  • The Legal Advantages of Employment, BCBA Newsletter, 2001
  • Overview of the ADA, Boulder Chamber of Commerce, 1999
  • Speaker, Employment Law Section, Boulder County Bar Association, 1998 - Present
  • Effective Employment Policies, Jung & Assocs. P.C. Firm Seminar, 1998
  • ERISA and Insurance Claims Appeals: A Patient's Bill of Rights, Labor and Employment Law Sections, BCBA, December 3, 1998
  • What Is ERISA, and How to Win that Insurance Claim Appeal, Leads Group, October 22, 1998
  • Speaker, Colorado Women's Bar Association, 1995 - 2005
  • Speaker, Boulder Chamber of Commerce

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, 2013 - Present
  • Lead Counsel, 2011 - Present
  • Strathmore's Who's Who, 2008 - Present
  • Colorado Super Lawyer, 2006 - 2009
  • Fellow, Boulder County Bar Association, 2004 - Present
  • Marquis' Who's Who in American Law, 2003 - Present
  • Marquis' Who's Who in America, 2000 - Present
  • National Registry of Who's Who, 2000 - Present
  • International Who's Who in America, 1999 - Present
  • Twenty-First Century Award for Achievement, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England
  • Who's Who in the 21st Century, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Boulder County Bar Association, Employment Law Section, Co-Chair, 2003 - 2005
  • Boulder County Bar Association, Employment Law Section, 1998 - Present
  • Boulder Chamber of Commerce, 1999 - Present
  • Boulder County Legal Services, Pro Bono Attorney, 1998 - Present
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association, 1995 - 2001
  • Colorado Women's Leadership Coalition, 1994 - 1995
  • Colorado Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, 1993 - Present
  • Plaintiffs' Employment Lawyers Association of Colorado ("Colorado PELA")
  • Boulder County Bar Association - Moot Court judge, Law Day speaker at local high school

Past Employment Positions

  • King & Greisen, LLP, Denver, Colorado, Of Counsel, Part Time: Compliance Enforcement Team in Montez v. Colorado Department of Corrections, 2006 - 2008
  • Jung & Associates, P.C., Boulder, Colorado, 1998 - 1999
  • Berenbaum, Weinshienk, & Eason, Denver, Colorado, Associate Attorney, 1993 - 1998
  • Carpenter, Bennett & Morrissey, Newark, New Jersey, 1990 - 1993
  • Proskauer, Rose, Goetz & Mendelsohn, New York, New York, Legal Assistant/ERISA/Tax, 1987 - 1989
  • Alexander & Alexander Consulting Group, New York, New York, 1986 - 1987

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, Volunteer Soccer Coach, Various Local Clubs, 2001 - Present
  • Boulder County Legal Services, attorney volunteer, September 1, 1999 - Present
  • Volunteer, Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, October 1, 2011 - Present