About EEO Legal Solutions
About EEO Legal Solutions’ Founder, Merrily Archer, Esq., M.S.W.
Merrily began her legal career as Trial Attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Denver, Colorado. In 2000, Merrily rededicated her career to helping employers avoid the certain hassle and expense of EEO litigation through development of strong preventive infrastructure; timely, accurate liability analysis; early dispute resolution techniques; and when necessary, “lean litigation.” Merrily worked at BIGLAW defense firms and national workplace law boutiques for 12 years, until finally accepting that her unique and cost-effective approach does not work well under a law firm billing model. In 2012, therefore, Merrily launched EEO Legal Solutions, LLC, which coaches and empowers HR professionals and in-house counsel to strategically triage EEO risk, refer to outside counsel only high risk and specially targeted EEOC matters (e.g., systemic, ADA, ADEA RIF’s), and handle in-house lower risk charges to dodge paying for expensive solutions to comparatively minor problems.
Merrily earned her Master’s in Social Work and law degrees, with honors, at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a past winner of Denver Business Journal’s Forty under 40 award, a recognized SuperLawyer in Employment Litigation Defense, and a recently inaugurated finalist in Law in the 2012 Denver PowerBook. She has published several articles and is a much-requested presenter on EEO issues for regional and national HR and trade organizations such as SHRM, CHRA, BAHRA, CAPLAW, BLR, the Colorado Bar Association and the EEOC Training Institute.