United States: Colorado


  • Holland & Hart LLP
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Sheridan Ross
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
  • Perkins Coie LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave joined with Berwin Leighton Paisner in April 2018, creating a new integrated global law firm. For Colorado-based Bryan Cave lawyers Jill Chalmers and Tim Reynolds, this combination has only enhanced their already finely honed ability to handle complex international trademark matters. Chalmers’s thinking around brands is holistic, which enables her to evaluate scenarios and problems and take the best courses of action quickly. She represents a diverse array of clients but is a favourite of sports brands and non-profits. Reynolds is an experienced litigator with tried and tested advocacy skills and bucketloads of trial wins on his résumé. The two have teamed up effectively to protect and enforce the rights of Digital First Media (formerly MediaNews Group) and its 65-plus subsidiaries, among numerous other big hitters.

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Forward-thinking brand owners love Dorsey & Whitney – it has all the incisive prosecution skills, online enforcement dexterity, advertising know-how and data privacy expertise they could want. The firm’s service is excellent, too; fee arrangements are tailored to the needs of each client and IT tools are cleverly utilised to give brand owners easy access to their files. Two of the national group’s best are in Denver: Lisa Osman and Charlene Krogh. “Down to earth, client focused and incredibly organised, they are both excellent. They look after significant international portfolios for demanding clients and never miss the mark.” When it comes to setting brand strategy and figuring out the most efficient ways to execute it, Osman is a master. An astute portfolio manager and IP transactions ace, Krogh is as up to date as anyone on trademark, copyright and advertising law developments.

Holland & Hart LLP

With the largest team of specialists and a long track record of getting excellent results for industry-leading brands, Holland & Hart is the dominant presence in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. There are many disrupting forces affecting trademark practice, but the glass-half-full team here has not been fazed at all; it has thrived by deploying sophisticated IT solutions to streamline portfolio management and enforcement efforts and by thinking up innovative staffing models. References show that clients are well pleased: “The group is a gem – it consistently achieves outstanding results and is extremely cost effective compared to similarly high-calibre firms on the East and West Coasts. It is excellent at providing estimates and sticking to them – or, as is often the case, coming in under budget.” Among those garnering the best individual feedback this year are visionary counsellor Andrea Anderson, IP, advertising, privacy and consumer protection buff Tracy Gray, trademark team leader Ester Martín and newly minted partner Hope Hamilton. “Andrea has filled her team with excellent professionals who never get flustered under pressure and are a delight to work with. She is a key ally who understands the daily business pressures of her clients – she is always just a phone call away for advice that gives tremendous peace of mind.” “Tracy is super diligent and an amazing resource. She is very patient when walking non-experts through the technicalities of trademark and IP law and helps you to understand the real-world impact of the steps you’re taking. She and her team proactively keep you updated on your trademarks, giving you one less thing to worry about.” “Ester and Hope are very responsive and help provide certainty with respect to budget forecasting. Their advice is clear, concise, business friendly and easy to digest. They’re great to call up for off-the-cuff advice – having them as an instant lifeline is just extremely valuable.” Also highly esteemed are Scott Havlick, Larry Tronco and Timothy Getzoff. Havlick is the genius behind many of the new methods and approaches that the firm has so creatively ushered in. Tronco is both shield and sword for his clients, with fully formed practices on both the contentious and non-contentious sides. The top trial lawyer on deck, Getzoff gets to grips with complex problems easily, regardless of whether they are trademark or patent related.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie renders a tight trademark prosecution and enforcement service to a panoply of world-famous US brands. Its IP team never makes mountains out of molehills, but focuses on the cost-effective realisation of patrons’ commercial goals. Because many of the experts here do both prosecution and litigation, they understand how the full lifecycle of a brand works and have a fine-tuned sense of risk when clearing marks. Emily Bayton is one of these well-rounded professionals. A former co-leader of the IP group, Bayton now co-chairs an excellent sports and outdoor recreation group. She has a real passion for her clients and her craft and puts heart and soul into every task.

Perkins Coie LLP

When it comes to intellectual property, Perkins Coie has clout domestically and internationally. Eminently capable in patents, trademarks and copyright, the firm is a destination of choice for those with diverse global IP portfolios. The indefatigable trademark crew manages an impressive 30,000-plus filings and registrations across 150 countries while also racking up wins in TTAB skirmishes and courtroom shootouts. The group has grown significantly in Washington DC, Chicago and China in recent years and has remained steady in Denver, where Alexander Garcia is based. A versatile trademark lawyer, Garcia is especially au fait with internet and domain-name related issues. He frequently teams up with DC’s Fab Vayra to advise clients on strategically important brand and product expansions.

Sheridan Ross

The trademark team at stalwart Rocky Mountain IP boutique Sheridan Ross has vast collective experience – between them, key shareholders Sabrina Stavish, Lewis Hansen, Miriam Trudell and Sarah Schneider have over 89 years in the game. Incredibly tight knit, stable and consistent, the team has cultivated close relationships with clients – many of which have shopped here for well over two decades – and built up exceptional business expertise as a result. Each of the lawyers brings something special to the table: Stavish has a profound knowledge of international trademark law and filing systems; Hansen not only crafts perfectly formed portfolios, but can also unlock IP value using superlative transactional know-how; Trudell has a refined understanding of Asian brand and business culture; Schneider is extremely savvy on social media and other internet-related matters.

Other recommended experts

Fox Rothschild’s Christopher Beall is “diligent and an excellent strategist who cannot be recommended highly enough. It is a treat to work with him.” A seasoned trial attorney, he is an authority on media and entertainment matters. Scott Bialecki is “someone you can trust immensely because he truly cares about his clients”. The Faegre Baker Daniels lawyer specialises in complex IP litigation but has broad commercial law and regulatory knowledge putting him in a position to serve brand owners on many fronts. WilmerHale’s Natalie Hanlon Leh is a formidable litigator; complex, high-stakes patent infringement actions see her at her very best, but she also acquits herself with distinction in trademark contentions. Polsinelli has been incredibly astute in acquiring talent for its burgeoning IP practice, and picking up top technology lawyer John Posthumus in Colorado is a good example of this; he is a top IP litigator with a national reputation. IP litigation and trademark counselling are the twin pillars of Ian Saffer’s vibrant practice at Swanson & Bratschun. He puts in assured performances in court and has first-chaired many trials; he is also practised in the art of alternative dispute resolution. An experienced litigator and TTAB practitioner, as well as a skilful portfolio manager, Gayle Strong has a holistic understanding of trademark law and brands; she flies the flag of Greenberg Traurig in Denver. Steve Zemanick is in charge at Denver trademark boutique Four Reasons Legal; highly recommended for prosecution, he gives an attentive service along with easy-to-digest practical advice.


  • Andrea Anderson - Holland & Hart LLP
  • Natalie Hanlon Leh - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr 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 Christie LLP
  • Jill Chalmers - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Timothy P Getzoff - Holland & Hart LLP
  • Hope Hamilton - Holland & Hart LLP
  • Lewis Hansen - Sheridan Ross
  • Charlene Krogh - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • John R Posthumus - Polsinelli PC
  • Larry H Tronco - Holland & Hart LLP
  • Miriam D Trudell - Sheridan Ross
  • Christopher P Beall - Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Scott R Bialecki - Faegre Baker Daniels
  • Alexander JA Garcia - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Tracy B Gray - Holland & Hart LLP
  • Tim Reynolds - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Sarah J Schneider - Sheridan Ross
  • Gayle Strong - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Steve Zemanick - Four Reasons Legal LLC