1225 17th Street, Suite 1660
Denver, Colorado 80202   Map
+1 720 274 3130 (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 is led 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.

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


April 22, 2015

Yale Law Women Names WilmerHale Among Top Ten Family Friendly Firms

For the sixth time, Yale Law Women at Yale Law School selected WilmerHale for inclusion on its prestigious list of Top Ten Family Friendly Firms.

March 27, 2015

2015 M&A Report

Our 2015 M&A Report contains 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 the current climate around proxy access, and a look at the use of social media by public companies and activist shareholders in contested situations.

March 27, 2015

2015 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 27, 2015

2015 IPO Report

Our 2015 IPO Report offers a detailed analysis of, and outlook for, the IPO market. The report features regional breakdowns, useful IPO market metrics, an update on the rates of adoption of various elements of JOBS Act relief available to emerging growth companies, and helpful tips on how to keep your directed share program company-friendly.

March 25, 2015

WilmerHale Welcomes Market-Leading Intellectual Property and Litigation Partners, Continues Expansion into Rocky Mountain Region

WilmerHale is pleased to announce the arrival of Partners Natalie Hanlon Leh, Mary (Mindy) V. Sooter and Benjamin S. Fernandez to the firm's Denver office as members of the Litigation/Controversy and Intellectual Property Departments. Their arrival continues the firm's expansion in the region, which began early in 2014 with the establishment of the firm's Denver office.

March 12, 2015

WilmerHale Lawyers, Practices Recognized in 2015 Edition of Chambers Global

Thirty-two WilmerHale lawyers are named among "The World's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global. In addition to these individual accolades, the firm is recognized in 17 practice areas that span six different regions.

February 18, 2015

Selected 2015 M&A Transactions

In 2014, we advised clients throughout the United States and Europe on more than 75 M&A transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $50 billion, providing guidance in areas including corporate, securities, antitrust and tax.

February 18, 2015

Selected 2015 Venture Financings As Company Counsel

In 2014, we served as counsel in more than 300 venture financings raising in excess of $8 billion, including some of the largest and most prominent deals of the year.

February 18, 2015

Selected 2015 Public Offerings and Rule 144A Placements

In 2014, we handled more than 50 public offerings and Rule 144A placements raising approximately $13 billion, for leading companies in life sciences, technology, financial services, communications and other industries.

November 19, 2014

WilmerHale Earns Perfect Score in Corporate Equality Index for Seventh Consecutive Year

For the seventh consecutive year, WilmerHale has earned a 100 percent rating in the annual Corporate Equality Index.