WilmerHale’s vibrant Denver office was established in 2014 to bring the firm’s industry-leading legal services to clients in the Rocky Mountain region. From our office in downtown Denver, we offer sophisticated intellectual property counseling and representation in high-profile IP litigation matters, including trials and appeals; provide market-leading private equity, mergers and acquisitions, debt finance, corporate governance and capital markets representation and advice; help clients navigate real estate leasing, investment and development matters; and handle all aspects of white collar defense and investigations, government and administrative enforcement actions, and complex civil, criminal and government and regulatory litigation—including major matters across Latin America.
Drawing on the area’s top legal talent, our Denver office plays a central role in many of the firm’s flagship practices and highest-profile matters, and serves clients in the Mountain West, across the United States and around the world. The office, which is led by Partner-in-Charge Mindy Sooter, is distinguished by its collegial, collaborative culture, its focus on pro bono and community service, and its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, both at the firm and in the legal profession at large.
Our Denver office features several members of the firm’s renowned IP Litigation Practice, including Mindy Sooter, an accomplished intellectual property trial lawyer; Nora Passamaneck, who handles significant IP disputes at the pre-litigation, trial and appellate levels, as well as matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board; and Ben Fernandez, who brings his extensive patent and trademark knowledge to litigation matters and post-grant proceedings and advises clients on core intellectual property issues, including patent and trademark portfolio management, freedom to operate/competitive landscape matters, and IP diligence.
The office is a critical locus of the firm’s transactional capabilities, with Keith Trammell providing experienced counsel to acquirors, targets, private equity funds and other investors on complex mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and capital markets–related matters, while Chalyse Robinson and Nathan Moore guide public and private companies and private equity sponsors through all aspects of their debt finance transactions. Our Denver transactional team, which also handles a wide range of complex real estate lease projects and transactions, serves public and private companies, private equity funds, investors and entrepreneurs in the rapidly growing Mountain West and across the United States.
Our Denver investigations and complex litigation team—led by former Colorado US Attorney John Walsh, who co-chairs the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice and leads the firm’s cross-disciplinary Latin America Practice—regularly represents clients in litigation matters of national significance. The group has a long track record of success helping clients navigate complex civil and criminal challenges that unfold in the spotlight and involve legal, public policy, and media dimensions, requiring a multifaceted strategic response.
Our Denver lawyers are routinely rated among the best in their fields in both regional and national rankings, with frequent appearances in Chambers USA, Law Week Colorado’s Barrister’s Best List, and 5280 Magazine calling out the team’s strengths in IP and IP litigation, white collar defense, government investigations, civil litigation, private equity, M&A and banking.