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A Brief History of NELI

In 1976, John Fischer saw a need in the rapidly expanding employment law community for education about the nuances of the various components of discrimination law. He founded “Equal Employment Education Programs,” with his wife, Alexis, and together with colleagues actively practicing employment law, they began to hold educational programs around the country offering “continuing legal education,” now commonly referred to as CLE. As the practice of discrimination law gained more and more ground with the passage of the ADA and FMLA, and with increased case law developments in all levels of the judiciary and the EEOC, the breadth of the programs offered continue to grow.

We became the National Employment Law Institute in 1984. John and Alexis ran the business with a close-knit, small group of employees for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area before relocating it to Denver, Colorado, in 1998. Once established in Colorado, their daughter, Sascha, and her husband, Todd Miller, joined NELI, as did Alexis’ brother, Al Zuber.

Today, our office is in Golden, Colorado. John and Alexis stepped back from day-to-day operations in 2011, with John still serving as our Chairman. Al retired at the end of 2015. We are proud of our roots and continue to operate as a small, family-run business. Three of our staff are related, Sascha and Todd, and Todd’s brother, August, and we have five additional staff members whom we consider “family” as well, David, Patricia, Dawn Marie, Rebecca and Lynn.

Next time you are out our way, please stop in for a visit. We’d love to see you!

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