United States: Colorado


  • Holland & Hart LLP
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Sheridan Ross
  • Adsero IP
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
  • Perkins Coie LLP

Adsero IP

This Littleton-based Colorado boutique has a well-developed IP problem-solving playbook and treats rights holders of all stripes to the same high-quality, personalised service. Best known for its patent prowess, the team has trademark practice on lock too, and acquits itself with distinction protecting brands in the US and worldwide. Trademark and copyright expert Ian Saffer exemplifies the ensemble’s approach, as a “results-focused attorney who works hard to achieve the specific business goals of clients”. A “smart and proficient” lawyer, he counsels brand owners on all aspects of trademark protection, enforcement and monetisation; in litigation, he is a “tough but reasonable adversary”.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

A global one-stop shop for brands, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner makes light work of cross-border rights management and portfolio development assignments and is extremely rigorous in its policing and enforcement efforts. Cohesive inter-office teamwork ensures that brand owners get all the help they need. Making a vital contribution to the success of this collaborative group is Colorado Springs partner Jill Chalmers, who puts clients – including a leading media group and non-profit – at ease with her “timely and pragmatic” counsel: “Jill’s thorough but concise reporting never leaves you feeling overwhelmed, but rather enables quick and efficient decision making. She’s fantastic to partner with and offers great value for money.”

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Advancing holistic IP strategies is something that Dorsey & Whitney does extremely well – a direct result of the close integration between its thriving patent and trademark practices. Zooming in on brand-related activities, the Colorado contingent covers a lot of ground, showcasing impressive expertise in global strategy setting, online enforcement and complex issues related to social media use, among other things. The local stars are Lisa Osman and Charlene Krogh, both of whom attract vocal praise. “Lisa is one of the smartest lawyers in this area – she can process tons of information and then calculate solutions that are elegant in their simplicity. Measured and calm, she thinks things through at the highest level of sophistication.” “Charlene is brilliant on enforcement and an extremely responsive lawyer who will never drop the ball on anything. She really connects with people and is great at building rapport.” They regularly join forces to give fulsome support to companies with large portfolios.

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Faegre Drinker has the resources and reach to serve as a single point of contact for brand-related matters worldwide. Its dedicated trademark, copyright, advertising and media team puts the right tools to use expeditiously and efficiently to get brand owners to their desired destination. For several household names, for example in retail and footwear, Denver-based Emily Bayton never misses the mark with her advice and actions – whether tasked with prosecuting applications, negotiating agreements or representing parties in disputes. She takes a personal interest in clients’ products and businesses, and puts great care into her work.

Holland & Hart LLP

“Holland & Hart is a firm that you can heavily depend on for cutting-edge insight on global trademark matters.” “It has assembled a wonderful group of attorneys who act like extensions of the in-house teams they serve and who make their company contacts look like geniuses in front of the C-suite.” The bench is deep too, as reflected by the number of individuals – eight – who receive WTR 1000 recognition this year. Fielding lawyers in different configurations, the firm does a stellar job matching talent and expertise to the specific needs of clients. For example, Kazuyo Morita, Scott Havlick and Tracy Gray link up to assist one of the world’s largest jewellers with domestic and international trademark and design and utility patent protection and enforcement; Larry Tronco and Hope Hamilton guide prosecution and strategy for a worldwide food company with many famous brands and for a leading electronic components distributor; and Hamilton, Ester Martín and Andrea Anderson combine to support a global beverage company on search and clearance, enforcement, transactional, regulatory and other matters. Each of these individuals brings something special to the team. Debuting in the guide this year, Morita “always goes the extra mile and truly cares about those she represents. She understands the intricacies of business and collaborates as a commercial as well as legal partner. She comes at projects large and small with the same infectious enthusiasm, and rolls up her sleeves to get things done”. Both well rounded in the practice, Havlick and Gray also share a facility for optimising portfolio value and making IP investments pay off. “Whether prosecuting trademarks in North America, Europe or the Asia-Pacific region, or chasing down cybersquatters, Larry Tronco handles everything efficiently. By taking aggressive action, he is extremely effective in putting a hard stop to infringement.” Another crack enforcer, Hamilton is appreciated for her creative resolution of issues, while being mindful of budgets and cost concerns. “Nothing less than exceptional”, Ester Martín brings outstanding leadership to the trademark team and is credited for making Holland & Hart “far and away the most responsive, business-minded and intuitive firm” when it comes to brands. Anderson is “pragmatic, eminently capable of handling large and evolving portfolios, and a pure delight to work with. She never gets flustered and consistently achieves excellent results, bringing projects home under budget”. Another star of the practice is top trial lawyer Timothy Getzoff: “Tim gets up to speed on complex issues quickly and has a comprehensive grasp of the nuances of each case. He provides robust and excellent representation in hearings, but is also great at negotiating settlements.”

Perkins Coie LLP

Abundantly rich in patent and trademark resources, Perkins Coie is an IP powerhouse with an impeccable international reputation. In trademarks, it manages more than 30,000 filings and registrations worldwide, while also waging potent enforcement campaigns, meeting with success every step of the way. Worthy of special mention is its refined understanding of China IP matters – something that high-profile clients find often makes the difference. Perkins Coie has experts stationed in key markets from coast to coast, but Denver has become a hotspot for growth – not least thanks to the efforts of Andrew Roppel, who recently arrived from Holland & Hart. The seasoned senior counsel is a “prompt, precise and reliable” ally to his loyal followers: “He applies highly detailed knowledge of USPTO practice and case law to overcome the most challenging office actions.” Alexander Garcia has also drawn admiring attention to the local office through his staunch guardianship of dynamic brands. He can carry heavy loads globally for in-house counsel who want to get a lot done in a short timeframe.

Sheridan Ross

A venerable IP name in the Rocky Mountain region, Sheridan Ross has an outstanding track record procuring and safeguarding cornerstone brands in the pharmaceutical, retail, food and beverage, outdoor products, healthcare, technology and medical device sectors. Its exceptionally experienced individuals dovetail neatly with each other to ensure that clients receive a holistic, high-quality service. At the forefront is Miriam Trudell, an “incredibly responsive attorney who gives thorough but clear-cut and practical advice”. She runs a “highly capable team”, whose members include Sabrina Stavish and Sarah Schneider, with whom she works on behalf of a Fortune 10 company. Stavish has developed granular international trademark know-how over the course of her high-flying career, together with a fantastic network of worldwide contacts. Schneider applies her legal talents to deliver crisp enforcement results; of special note are her efficient and strategically clever systems for categorising and handling online threats. On behalf of a global electronics manufacturer, Stavish and Schneider also join up with Pamela Hirschman, a former USPTO examiner who understands the finer intricacies of trademark law. Hirschman can pivot from filing to enforcement and fills whatever roles brand owners need her to with agility. Another rock for clients, of-counsel Lewis Hansen creates the blueprints for robust and valuable portfolios.

Other recommended experts

Leigh Augustine is extremely dedicated to clients and looks only to achieve the best for them. He really cares about his work and is a driven, versatile, responsive and empathetic trademark lawyer.” The managing partner of EIP’s Denver office is a go-to prosecutor for well-known sports and entertainment brands. A first-choice litigator for any trademark or technology-related case, John Posthumus is an anchor of Polsinelli’s contentious IP practice.


  • Andrea Anderson - Holland & Hart LLP
  • Scott S Havlick - Holland & Hart LLP
  • Ester Martín - Holland & Hart LLP
  • Lisa A Osman - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Ian L Saffer - Adsero IP
  • Sabrina C Stavish - Sheridan Ross
  • Larry H Tronco - Holland & Hart LLP
  • Miriam D Trudell - Sheridan Ross
  • Emily A Bayton - Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
  • Jill Chalmers - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Alexander JA Garcia - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Timothy P Getzoff - Holland & Hart LLP
  • Tracy B Gray - Holland & Hart LLP
  • Hope Hamilton - Holland & Hart LLP
  • Lewis Hansen - Sheridan Ross
  • Pamela Hirschman - Sheridan Ross
  • Charlene Krogh - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • John R Posthumus - Polsinelli PC
  • Leigh Augustine - EIP
  • Kazuyo Morita - Holland & Hart
  • Andrew Roppel - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Sarah J Schneider - Sheridan Ross