Mary (Mindy) V. Sooter


  • Partner-in-Charge, Denver Office
  • Vice Chair, Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group

Mindy Sooter is a trial lawyer focusing on patent, trade secret, and other high-stakes commercial litigation. Ms. Sooter represents large clients, such as those in the medical device, telecommunications and technology sectors, as well as emerging businesses, in a variety of jurisdictions across the country. She has led and co-led many cases to verdict in federal and state courts across the country, and argues post-grant proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. With a background in engineering, Ms. Sooter focuses on cases involving telecommunications, electrical engineering, computer science and medical devices. Ms. Sooter also focuses on bringing highly technical subject matter to a jury in an accessible and persuasive manner.

Before law school, Ms. Sooter worked for a large management consulting firm, and then led the engineering group at a startup software company.

Professional Activities

Ms. Sooter is an adjunct professor teaching patent litigation at the University of Colorado School of Law.


  • In recent years, Ms. Sooter's work has prevailed in or successfully resolved numerous cases, including:

    • Led the litigation and successful settlement of a high-stakes trade secret case on behalf of two companies and an individual pending in the District of Colorado. 
    • Obtained a dismissal of a trademark case on behalf of a multinational banking company, pending in the District of Colorado.
    • Obtained a dismissal of a patent infringement suit pending in the Western District of Wisconsin on behalf of Medical device company, based on improper venue.
    • Achieving a victory for Akamai Technologies, Inc. when the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Limelight Networks, Inc., a competitor, asserting breach of a settlement agreement between the parties.
    • Serving as co-lead counsel for Comcast Cable Communications in a ten-patent infringement matter in the Northern District of California involving interactive television patents, which resulted in granting summary judgment of non-infringement in favor of our client.
    • Successfully obtaining dismissal and an award of attorneys' fees of more than $425,000 in a patent case involving optical network design and components.
    • Successfully obtaining a $12 million jury verdict after a jury found that a competitor had engaged in willful patent infringement, willful trade dress infringement and intentional false advertising.
    • Successfully obtaining a summary judgment of non-infringement, and subsequent affirmance by the Federal Circuit, in a patent case involving more than 100 asserted claims and two patents relating to multidimensional database technology.
    • Successfully obtaining dismissal on behalf of a software company in a multi-jurisdictional case involving mapping software.
    • Successfully obtaining a dismissal on behalf of a medical corporation in a case involving the technical performance of distributed computer systems.
    • Successfully obtaining a summary judgment and complete dismissal of a $20 million licensing claim on behalf of a healthcare diagnostics company.


  • Named Denver Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America for Intellectual Property Litigation in 2022 and highlighted for “high caliber work in Litigation - Intellectual Property and Litigation – Patent.” 
  • Recognized by Managing IP as Colorado's 2022 Litigator of the Year.
  • Named a 2022 "Woman Worth Watching in STEM" by Diversity Journal.
  • Named in the 2021-2023 editions of Chambers USA Guide in Colorado for intellectual property.
  • Recognized by the University of Colorado Law School as a Distinguished Alumni for her contributions to the legal profession, service to her community and dedication to the school.
  • Recognized by Law Week Colorado as a Top Women Attorney in 2017 and 2020 and named to its 2018 Top Litigators list.
  • Recognized as the Outstanding Intellectual Property Litigator in Colorado by Managing IP in 2018 and 2019.
  • Recognized by Colorado Super Lawyers for intellectual property litigation in 2016–2024.
  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a "Litigation Star" (2022–2024).
  • Named among the Top 250 Women in IP and a 2018–2023 IP Star by Managing IP, a guidebook that identifies leading IP lawyers in the United States.
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for intellectual property litigation (2019–2024) and patent litigation (2023–2024).
  • Recognized in the 2014–2023 editions of IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners.
  • Named 2014 IP Supporter of the Year by the Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado Law School.
  • Named a "Rising Star" by Colorado Super Lawyers in 2012.
  • Selected as an "Up and Coming Lawyer" in 2008 by Law Week Colorado.
  • Named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America list.

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  • Education

    • JD, University of Colorado Law School, 2003

      Editor, Law Review, Order of the Coif, top grades of any 3L
    • ME, Telecommunications, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1999

    • BS, Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1990

      magna cum laude Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu
  • Admissions

    • Colorado

    • US Patent and Trademark Office

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Ferdinand F. Fernandez, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2004 - 2005

    • The Hon. Mary J. Mullarkey, Colorado Supreme Court, 2003 - 2004



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