Offices

Denver

1225 17th Street, Suite 2600
Denver, Colorado 80202   Map
+1 720 274 3135 (t)
+1 720 274 3133 (f)

Established in early 2014, WilmerHale’s Denver office marks the firm’s entry into the Rocky Mountain region. The Denver office expands the firm’s footprint in the western United States and deepens our service to clients in several areas of signature strength, including energy and environment, investigations and litigation, strategic response, and Native American law. The Denver area is a major technology, energy research and financial center, a regional headquarters for government agencies, and an environment rich in natural resources. The Rocky Mountain region is the geographic heart of the country, poised for significant growth, and integral to the growing national and global economies.

WilmerHale’s energy and environmental practice is nationally known for advising companies in the technology, life sciences, energy and manufacturing sectors, and for shaping regulatory and policy developments on both a federal and state level. The firm’s strategic response practice handles multifaceted, high-profile challenges with legal, public policy and media dimensions. Our investigations and litigation practices draw on the collective experience of our many lawyers who have served in senior government positions, handling matters across the nation and abroad. The firm’s Native American law practice has a long track record of handling high-stakes litigation and complex regulatory matters on a range of issues—including energy and natural resource development, land acquisition, water rights, and gaming matters of particular importance in the western United States.

The Denver office was founded by WilmerHale Partners Ken Salazar and Tom Strickland.

Mr. Salazar served as US Secretary of the Interior, US Senator for Colorado, and Colorado Attorney General. Mr. Salazar is a Colorado native who draws on his high-level government experience and his singular insight into energy, environmental and natural resources matters, and tribal issues to assist the firm’s clients.

As Secretary of the Interior, Secretary Salazar helped lead the United States’ energy efforts in developing conventional and renewable energy resources on the nation’s public lands and oceans. As a US Senator, he served on the Energy and Natural Resources and Finance Committees, which oversaw the nation’s energy, natural resources, tax, trade, social security and healthcare systems. As Colorado Attorney General, Mr. Salazar oversaw thousands of civil and criminal legal matters and investigations. Before his election to public office, Secretary Salazar worked in private practice for 11 years as a natural resources and environmental lawyer.

Before joining WilmerHale as a partner, Tom Strickland worked for more than 30 years in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Strickland served as Colorado’s US Attorney, worked as lead policy advisor to the Governor of Colorado, and served on numerous state commissions, including the Great Outdoors Colorado Board and the Transportation Commission. Mr. Strickland also served as Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks and as Chief of Staff to the Department of the Interior. As Assistant Secretary, he supervised the nation’s conservation agenda, including national parks and wildlife refuges.

In the private sector, Mr. Strickland has worked as an environmental and regulatory law partner in leading national law firms in Denver for more than 20 years. Mr. Strickland has also served as General Counsel to the largest health insurance company in the United States.


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From Denver International Airport
Take Pena Boulevard to I-70; merge onto I-70 West to I-25.
Follow the signs to the I-25 South exit.
Travel south on I-25 and follow the signs for the 38th Avenue/Park Avenue exit.
Keeping right at the fork, follow the signs for Park Avenue/Downtown and merge onto Fox Street/Park Avenue West.
Follow Park Avenue West onto 22nd street and continue.
Turn right onto Blake Street (or you can turn right at Larimer Street).
Next turn left onto 17th Street.
The 17th Street Plaza Building will be on the left at 17th and Lawrence Street.

From I-25 South
Travel north on I-25 and take the 6th Avenue East exit toward Denver.
From the far left lane on 6th Avenue, turn left on S. Santa Fe Drive.
Travel on S. Santa Fe Drive to Speer Boulevard (staying in the left lane).
Turn left at Speer Boulevard and travel to Lawrence Street.
Turn right on Lawrence Street and travel to 17th Street.
The 17th Street Plaza Building is at the corner of 17th and Lawrence Street.

Parking
Metered parking is available surrounding the building. There is also public parking available in the building's parking garage with a daily rate of $16.00. The entrance to the garage is near the intersection of 18th Street and Laramar Street.

Publications & News

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May 3, 2016

Selected 2016 Life Sciences Transactions

Recognized both globally and nationally for its leading life sciences practice, WilmerHale has more than four decades of experience representing biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies at all stages of growth, as well as venture capitalists and investment banks.

May 3, 2016

Selected 2016 Strategic Alliances, Joint Venture and Licensing Transactions

Our corporate, licensing, intellectual property and regulatory lawyers regularly handle a broad range of strategic alliance, joint venture, licensing,
collaboration, product development, outsourcing, manufacturing, distribution and similar agreements, including many significant deals that are helping to shape the future of science, technology and commerce.

May 3, 2016

Selected 2016 Technology Transactions

For more than four decades, we have represented technology clients in venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions; handled their licensing, outsourcing, services, joint venture, development and distribution transactions throughout the world; protected their innovations through patent prosecution and portfolio development; defended their interests in enterprise-critical patent litigation; and navigated regulatory issues vital to their success.

April 12, 2016

Context Is Everything: Evaluating Different Approaches Toward Attorneys’ Fees Awards Under Copyright Act in Light of Supreme Court Review

An article by Natalie Hanlon Leh and Laura Goodall, published in Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, looks at relevant data for attorneys' fees awards in copyright law and provides a comparison and contrast to the attorneys' fees award standards and considerations in patent and trademark law.

March 24, 2016

2016 Corporate Reports

WilmerHale's annual IPO, Venture Capital and M&A Reports offer insights into market conditions and provide comprehensive statistics and analysis that are hard to find elsewhere.

March 24, 2016

2016 IPO Report

Our 2016 IPO Report offers a detailed analysis of, and outlook for, the IPO market, plus useful IPO market metrics. We look at rates of adoption of JOBS Act relief by emerging growth companies, recent FAST Act amendments that further streamline the IPO process and much more.

March 24, 2016

2016 M&A Report

Our 2016 M&A Report offers a detailed review of, and outlook for, the global M&A market. Other highlights include a comparison of deal terms in public and private acquisitions; updates on takeover defenses and public company deal litigation; practical guidance on avoiding antitrust violations in pre-merger integration planning; a look at what buyers need to know about appraisal claims in private company mergers; and a survey of key terms and issues in sales of VC-backed companies.

March 24, 2016

2016 Venture Capital Report

The 2016 Venture Capital Report provides an in-depth analysis of, and outlook for, the US and European venture capital markets. The report features industry and regional breakdowns, and a look at trends in venture capital financing, convertible debt and VC-backed company M&A deal terms. We also highlight two new funding techniques that have expanded the pre-IPO financing toolkit; five common mistakes made by fledging entrepreneurs; and four things you need to know about doing business in California.

March 23, 2016

Here We Go Round the Merry-Go-Round: How a § 101 Denial May Inform a Subsequent Motion

An article by Natalie Hanlon Leh and Nora Passamaneck, published in the March 18, 2016 issue of Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, discusses the increase of 35 U.S.C. § 101 challenges since Alice v. CLS Bank.

March 21, 2016

MIP Names WilmerHale Patent Contentious Firm of the Year and Natalie Hanlon Leh Colorado's Outstanding IP Litigator of the Year

In addition, the firm was recognized for its role in two “Milestone Cases of the Year:” Akamai Technologies v. Limelight Network (Fed. Circuit, August 2015), in which the firm argued on behalf of Akamai, and Authors Guild v. Google (Court of the Appeals for the Second Circuit, October 2015) in which the firm represented Google.

  • American Lawyer 200 Pro Bono Rankings  – The firm is consistently ranked at or near the top of the annual pro bono rankings.
  • American Lawyer "A-List" (2014) – The firm is annually recognized in a compilation that lists the leading US firms and honors overall excellence, including financial success, commitment to pro bono work, workforce diversity and the training and development of younger lawyers. 
  • Best Lawyers in America  (2015) – Nearly 100 of our lawyers were honored for outstanding reputations and distinguished work in their practice areas. Nine partners were also recognized as "Lawyer of the Year."
  • BTI Consulting Group  (2015) – WilmerHale was recognized as the "Most-Favored IP Department" in the nation, one of two firms that are the "Best at Complex IP Litigation," one of six firms identified as "Go To IP Litigation Firms," and one of five firms called out as "Go To IP Firms" (for non-litigation IP work) in the BTI Intellectual Property Outlook 2015: Changes, Trends and Opportunities in IP & IP Litigation report.
  • Chambers & Partners – The firm is consistently and prominently ranked in Chambers' guidebooks to the legal profession, which includes significant accolades in the Asia, Europe, Global, USA and UK editions.
  • Corporate Board Member  (2014) – Named WilmerHale "America's Top Corporate Law Firm" as a result of feedback from thousands of directors and officers of US publicly traded companies.
  • Corporate Equality Index (2009-2015) – WilmerHale earned a 100 percent rating in the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). This is the seventh consecutive year WilmerHale has received a perfect CEI score on the survey, which evaluates the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees in the workplace.
  • Law Week Colorado (2015) – Ranked among Law Week Colorado’s annual list of Colorado 200, a ranking of the state’s largest law firms.
  • MultiCultural Law Magazine (2013) – For the sixth year in a row, the firm ranked in "Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity ." In 2012, the firm ranked in the specialized areas of "Top 100 Law Firms for Women," "Top 50 Law Firms for Partners," "Top 50 Law Firms for Associates," "Top 25 Law Firms for African-Americans," and "Top 25 Law Firms for Asian-Americans."
  • Working Mother magazine and Flex Time Lawyers (2007-2014) – The firm has been included in the "Best Law Firms for Women" list in each of the seven years the ranking has been published. The Best Law Firms for Women are recognized for having programs that encourage networking, training and mentoring for women, and for fostering environments that enable women to balance successful careers with motherhood.
  • Yale Law Women  (2008-2012, 2015) – For six years, WilmerHale has been named to the Yale Law Women's list of "Top Ten Family Friendly Firms."