Federal Employment Law for Federal Employees.

Attorney Information

"The glory of each generation is to make its own precedents."

- Belva Lockwood, attorney and suffragist.

Minahan Muther Klinger, PC has a staff of highly experienced and talented attorneys representing federal employees and labor unions before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), and in federal arbitration. Our attorneys have a wide range of experience litigating federal employment cases and providing quality legal advice to both federal employees and labor unions.

Our lawyers belong to advocacy organizations such as the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), the Plaintiff's Employment Lawyers Association (PELA), American Bar Association (ABA), Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), as well as a number of state bar associations throughout the United States. Likewise, our attorneys are licensed to practice law in a number of jurisdictions throughout the United States as well as at the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

To see detailed biographies of Minahan Muther Klinger attorney team, please click one of the links to the right.

Thomas F. Muther, Jr.

Mr. Muther is the Senior Partner at Minahan Muther Klinger, PC and has been practicing in the field of federal employment law for more than a decade. Mr. Muther, as an experienced federal labor and employment attorney, provides advice and representation to both federal labor unions and federal employees. The scope of Mr. Muther's federal labor practice includes advising federal labor unions on a wide array of issues, including contract and negotiability disputes, Office of Special Counsel (OSC) investigations, discipline and adverse actions, Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) complaints, Hatch Act matters, and federal workers compensation (OWCP) issues, and requests for accommodations under the ADA/Rehabilitation Act.. Mr. Muther also provides direct representation to union clients in arbitrations, as well as representing and assisting union clients in contract negotiations.

Mr. Muther is a staunch advocate for the protection of civil rights and merit systems in the federal government and maintains a broad-based federal employment law practice representing federal employees throughout the U.S. Mr. Muther is a skilled litigator and excels at representing individual federal employees before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), federal arbitrators, and federal courts. Mr. Muther also provides direct representation to employees in Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) appeals, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) negative suitability determinations. 

Mr. Muther is a skilled educator and has provided labor and employment training to numerous unions and their members, as well as to federal agency managers at the INS Leadership Development Center in Dallas, Texas; the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia; and at various other federal agency conferences around the country. Mr. Muther has also spoken at multiple continuing legal education seminars and has been a trainer for Federal Publications seminars.

Mr. Muther, as a member of the bar in Colorado, is authorized to represent federal employees in administrative tribunals throughout the country and abroad.  During the course of his career, Mr. Muther has litigated hundreds of administrative cases.  In addition to being entitled to practice in federal administrative proceedings throughout the country, Mr. Muther is also admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Muther is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and its Colorado affiliate, the Plaintiffs' Employment Lawyers Association (PELA), as well as the Colorado Bar Association (CBA), the American Bar Association (ABA), and the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA).

Prior to joining Minahan Muther Klinger, PC, Mr. Muther worked as both an immigration and federal employment law attorney with the Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service, as well as with the Department of Homeland Security, Office of General Counsel.  As an attorney with DHS, Mr. Muther served as an advisor to the Undersecretary for Management on labor and employment issues. Mr. Muther has served as an officer in the United States Air Force, JAG Corps, both with the Vermont Air National Guard and as a reservist with the Central Labor Law Office in Roslyn, Virginia.

Mr. Muther received his law degree and Masters degree in International Studies from the University of Denver.  Prior to law school, Mr. Muther received his B.A. from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, where he majored in History and Anthropology

Among other hobbies, Mr. Muther enjoys skiing, hiking in the beautiful Colorado outdoors, and traveling with his wife, Rebecca, and his two sons.

Rebecca L. Story

Ms. Story is the Managing Partner at Minahan Muther Klinger, PC, and in that capacity is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the firm. Ms. Story is also an accomplished attorney with a broad background in human and civil rights that provides a firm basis for her current practice focusing on employee rights. Ms. Story is responsible for overseeing both the firm's federal court work and the firm's fee petition litigation under federal fee shifting statutes.

Ms. Story, a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (J.D. 1995), has had an expansive legal career which has included working for a non-profit organization, private practice at large law firms in Phoenix, Arizona (Gallagher & Kennedy and Lewis & Roca, LLP), teaching at Georgetown University Law Center, and working for the federal government.

Ms. Story is an experienced educator, having spent two years teaching in Georgetown's asylum law clinic. In that capacity she taught second and third-year law students trial advocacy skills and supervised their casework before administrative judges. She has intermittently taught law school courses as a guest lecturer and as an adjunct professor at law schools such as William & Mary and Vermont Law School.

Following her tenure at Georgetown, Ms. Story joined the General Counsel's Office in the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (hereinafter DHS) after INS was merged into the newly formed DHS in 2004. While at INS/DHS, she worked closely with the DOJ Civil Division on high profile cases being litigated in the circuit courts; litigated special interest cases in front of the Board of Immigration Appeals; developed, drafted, and oversaw the implementation of regulatory provisions relating to immigration benefits for human trafficking victims and certain other crime victims; and I worked closely with the DOJ Civil Rights Division on human trafficking issues (modern day slavery). In that capacity, Ms. Story was awarded the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award – the second highest award in the Department of Justice. During her tenure at INS she was put on special assignment at various times as special assistant to the General Counsel, as well as Special Assistant to the INS Chief of Staff. She was also, "on call" to the INS Commissioner for special writing projects – such as editing and preparing the Commissioner's testimony before Congress, drafting speeches, etc. As part of her job duties she frequently trained INS officers and other law enforcement officers at the Federal Law Enforcement training Center, at the National Advocacy Center, and at other venues around the country.

Ms. Story is a staunch advocate for the protection of civil rights and merit systems in the federal government. She is a member of the Plaintiffs' Employment Lawyers Association (PELA), the Arizona Bar Association, and the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA). She is a member of the Arizona bar and is admitted to practice before the Federal District Court for the District of Arizona and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Story is an avid reader and enjoys skiing and hiking in the beautiful Colorado Rockies with her husband Tom and their two sons.

Joshua L. Klinger

Mr. Klinger is a Partner at Minahan Muther Klinger, PC His practice concentrates on representing federal employees and federal labor unions in all aspects of federal personnel and employment discrimination law, as well as federal labor law. he scope of Mr. Klinger's federal labor practice includes advising federal labor unions on a wide array of issues, including contract and negotiability disputes, discipline and adverse actions, Office of Special Counsel (OSC) Investigations, Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) complaints, Hatch Act matters, and federal workers compensation (OWCP) issues, and requests for accommodations under the ADA/Rehabilitation Act. Mr. Klinger also provides direct representation to employees in Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) appeals, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) negative suitability determinations, and disciplinary and performance-based proceedings before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). Additionally, Mr. Klinger's practice also includes representation of employees in cases before labor arbitrators, the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Prior to joining Minahan Muther Klinger, Mr. Klinger was an attorney at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, representing the Agency in arbitrations and administrative hearings before the MSPB, the EEOC, and the FLRA. Mr. Klinger also advised the Agency on a variety of law enforcement matters including: revocation of law enforcement commissions; law enforcement board of reviews/inquiries; law enforcement retirement issues; and law enforcement medical review boards.

Mr. Klinger also worked in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona ( Ryley Carlock & Applewhite) and as a Deputy County Attorney in the Maricopa County Attorneys Office. While in law school Mr. Klinger was a summer associate in Washington, D.C. (Heenan Althen & Roles) where he worked on the successful brief in SSA v. Sigmon Coal Co., 534 U.S. 438 (2002).  Mr. Klinger was an extern for Judge E. Richard Webber in the United States District Court for Eastern District of Missouri, as well as, an extern for Judge Richard Ellis in the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District.

Mr. Klinger graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Law, where he was the Managing Editor for the Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review.  While in law school, Mr. Klinger received the Gerard P. Fleischut Award in Labor Law, Thomas E. McCarthy Award in Labor Law, and the Senniger, Powers, Leavitt & Rodel Student Prize in Trademark Law.

Mr. Klinger is admitted to practice law in Colorado and Arizona. As such, he is authorized to represent federal employees in administrative tribunals throughout the country and abroad. During the course of his career, Mr. Klinger has litigated hundreds of cases. In addition to being entitled to practice in federal administrative proceedings throughout the country, Mr. Klinger is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Klinger is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and its Colorado affiliate, the Plaintiffs' Employment Lawyers Association (PELA), as well as the Colorado Bar Association (CBA), the State Bar of Arizona, and the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA).