United States: Colorado


Holland & Hart LLP
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Sheridan Ross
Faegre Baker Daniels
Lewis Roca Rothgerber
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Patrons of Dorsey & Whitney unhesitatingly label the commercial outfit a “go-to firm for big trademark matters in the United States”. Its exceptionally deep and talented bench has a firm grip on all of the most pressing issues confronting brand owners today, while its expertise stretches far beyond the Centennial State to a string of crucial jurisdictions abroad. The “well-established” Denver team is graced by “true professional” Lisa Osman; with a sizeable number of trademark actions before the US Patent and Trademark Office under her belt, as well as vast counselling experience, she is “known for her thorough and careful management of clients’ matters globally”. “Easy to work with” and “attentive to detail”, Charlene Krogh is applauded for her potent blend of global prosecution nous, sage strategic guidance and unassailable representations before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB); she is “great at proposing creative solutions”. Her ever-expanding transactional practice is another string to her bow.
Faegre Baker Daniels
The dexterous management and enforcement of high-value global portfolios for large US companies set Faegre Baker Daniels apart from the pack; “the work that it does at the prices that it offers is impressive”. It takes a resolutely non-hierarchical approach, allowing practitioners to truly become part of clients’ teams. Benefiting from the full-service outfit’s broader capabilities – from deep knowledge of regulatory issues to extensive experience in the anti-counterfeiting space – the trademark group adopts a holistic perspective to brand management that leaves no stone unturned. It recently triumphed in an anti-counterfeiting action for WL Gore & Associates, after obtaining a preliminary injunction restraining the infringement of its client’s registered marks. Jared Briant is the firm’s main point of contact in Colorado.
Holland & Hart LLP
“Providing white-shoe New York City service at Colorado prices”, Holland & Hart is “the primary competition in terms of depth and expertise”. “The trademark practice is a gem – it is practical and cost effective.” “It provides 24/7 guidance, engendering confidence at every turn.” Ester Martín Maillaro leads the charge, offering “the highest levels of legal expertise in areas such as foreign counsel management and litigation advice”. Her “particular brand of brilliance stems from her prior in-house experience and her ability to draw on years of practical business savvy”. The reputable Scott Havlick maintains a laser focus on searches, clearance and prosecution – especially for patrons abroad. He is famed for his “invaluable guidance” and “spot-on advice, but is also mindful of business concerns as well as costs”. Another “well-known practitioner”, Andrea Anderson adroitly counsels five of the world’s 100 most valuable brands on everything from prosecution to enforcement, and has been an integral rainmaker for the firm. Bringing another layer of insight and knowledge is newly minted partner Larry Tronco, “an experienced trademark attorney handling important worldwide trademark portfolios” whose practice straddles the contentious/non-contentious divide. Hope Hamilton puts in stellar performances in high-stakes spats before both the federal courts and the TTAB on behalf of world-leading players in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and banking sectors. In a similar vein, Timothy Getzoff concentrates on contentious affairs, ably assisting companies of all sizes and industries in the courtroom and other dispute resolution forums. Overseeing the IP department is “top-notch litigator” Donald Degnan; he is celebrated for his pragmatic approach, which never fails to take into account the mindset of business owners.
Lewis Roca Rothgerber
Managing the portfolios of big brands is a forte of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie. The result of a recent merger between two regional powerhouses, it has no intention of slowing down, with its sights set on further growth within Colorado. “Very talented” co-practice group leader Emily Bayton is spearheading this endeavour from the Denver office, while also working across the firm’s other branches. She covers all aspects of soft IP law, with a focus on the licensing and management of marks worldwide. She is held in high regard for her “ability to clearly explain the trademark prosecution procedures and the advantages of obtaining a mark in a particular way”. One peer declares that “her client relationship skills are off the charts”.
Sheridan Ross
As the oldest and largest IP firm in the Rocky Mountains, Sheridan Ross “deserves accolades for its position in the Colorado market”. The gamut of services is expertly provided, although its signature strength lies in securing watertight domestic and international protection for clients’ brands. Boasting a wealth of experience in this regard, Sabrina Stavish leads the group with consummate poise. On the enforcement side of the equation is John Posthumus, a dab hand at all manner of disputes; he “delivers high-quality services and has a great reputation”. Currently sitting on the International Trademark Association’s Famous and Well-Known Marks Committee – and following a recent stint on the US Amicus Sub-committee – Posthumus is actively involved at the cutting edge of trademark law. With nearly three decades of experience in the field, Lewis Hansen is spectacularly proficient in the drafting and negotiation of licensing transactions, and skilfully develops the portfolios of companies in the brewing, software, clothing and electronic devices sectors to their fullest potential. Rounding off the set is the sage Miriam Trudell, whose broad expertise extends to domain name disputes, including Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy proceedings.


Andrea Anderson - Holland & Hart LLP
Scott S Havlick - Holland & Hart LLP
Ester Martín Maillaro - Holland & Hart LLP
Lisa A Osman - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Ian L Saffer - Swanson & Bratschun LLC
Sabrina C Stavish - Sheridan Ross
Emily A Bayton - Lewis Roca Rothgerber
Donald Degnan - Holland & Hart LLP
Natalie Hanlon Leh - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Charlene Krogh - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
John R Posthumus - Sheridan Ross
Christopher Beall - Fox Rothschild LLP
Timothy P Getzoff - Holland & Hart LLP
Hope Hamilton - Holland & Hart LLP
Lewis Hansen - Sheridan Ross
Gayle Strong - Greenberg Traurig LLP
Larry H Tronco - Holland & Hart LLP
Miriam D Trudell - Sheridan Ross

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