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Meet Daphne Shih Gebauer

Daphne Shih Gebauer is the founder and managing attorney of Tava Employment Law. Daphne has been a complex civil litigator her entire career, and focuses her practice on litigating employment disputes and advising employers and employees on their rights and obligations under state and federal law. Having been an employee, employer, and business owner, Daphne understands the competing demands of business, regulation, and workplace rights.  Daphne founded Tava Employment Law to work towards fair, safe, and equitable workplaces for all.

Prior to founding Tava Employment Law, Daphne was Counsel at Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, one of the Washington D.C. area’s most-recognized employment firms. While at Charlson Bredehoft, Daphne litigated many discrimination, retaliation, and breach of contract claims on behalf of employees, and advised employers on internal policies, accommodation and leave issues, wage and hour matters, investigations, and employee discipline. She was also previously an attorney in Foley & Lardner LLP’s complex commercial litigation and white collar and corporate defense groups, where she worked in the areas of bid protests, distribution/franchise litigation, and health care compliance and fraud.

Daphne graduated from the New York University School of Law, where she was Marden Competition Editor for Moot Court, Professional Chair for the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, a volunteer with the New York Battered Women’s Project, and interned with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and the Law & Justice Unit at ABC News in New York City. She obtained her B.A. (Honors) from the University of British Columbia.

Daphne is licensed to practice before the courts of Colorado, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. She is a member of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association, Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer Association (Colorado), Association of Workplace Investigators, and the Colorado, Virginia, and D.C. Bar Associations. She previously served as Legislative Liaison for the CBA Legislative Policy Committee in the area of employment law, and is an educator with and the current President of the Babywearing Society of Colorado Springs (BabywearingCOS).

Daphne has four loud children, and has been thrilled to call Colorado Springs home since 2013. When away from her desk, she can often be found planning camping trips, at the yoga studio, hiking with her family, and volunteering with BabywearingCOS and the school PTA. She is a decent cook and a lousy gardener.

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Practice Areas

Tava Employment Law focuses on work-related legal issues, such as employment contracts, discrimination and retaliation, accommodation and leave disputes, whistleblower protection and rewards (qui tam), wrongful termination, hiring and severance negotiations, executive compensation agreements, and wage and hour matters. We also have extensive litigation experience and conduct workplace investigations.

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