Offices

Denver

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

WilmerHale's Denver office has expanded the firm's presence in the Rocky Mountain region. Over the past decade, innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders have converged on Colorado, which routinely ranks among the top states in the areas of best places to live, fastest growing economies, best business climates and most educated workforces.

Our Denver-based team includes lawyers with significant legal and government experience—Partners Ken Salazar, Tom Strickland and Andy Spielman—and is recognized for having extensive knowledge in the areas of energy and environment, intellectual property, investigations and litigation, strategic response, and Native American law. Our IP lawyers—including Natalie Hanlon Leh, Ben Fernandez and Mindy Sooter—represent clients on a range of issues involving patent, copyright, and trademark and trade secret law, and serve as lead counsel in high-profile patent litigation and prosecution cases.

All of our lawyers represent numerous Colorado and Rocky Mountain companies, and also support clients headquartered in other cities and countries. The firm's Intellectual Property Department and IP Litigation Practice, which include lawyers from the Denver office, are consistently ranked among the best in the United States by Chambers and Partners, Law360 and The American Lawyer. The lawyers in our Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Practice, led by Andy Spielman, help clients achieve their business objectives in a range of regulatory, litigation, legislative and transactional matters at the intersection of law, business, science and public policy.

WilmerHale's preeminent Native American Law Practice has a strong record of handling high-stakes litigation and complex regulatory matters, with lawyers representing tribes on a variety of issues such as energy and natural resource development, land acquisition, water rights, gaming matters, and tribal sovereignty. Our Strategic Response Group assists clients in navigating multifaceted challenges with legal, public policy and media dimensions.

Drawing on the collective experience of the firm's 1,000 lawyers located throughout the United States and around the world, we are able to serve leaders of the Rocky Mountain region's business community and are dedicated to growing the economy and making Colorado a sought-after place to do business. We are also deeply invested in our community, and regularly provide lawyers and staff with opportunities to make an impact through pro bono and community service. We recruit talented and accomplished lawyers and staff in Denver and are proud of our diverse and growing office, which is 57% female and 34% minority, and is co-led by Natalie Hanlon Leh.

WilmerHale's clients rely on the valuable insight of our seasoned lawyers, who have years of experience working on unique and challenging issues. Our Denver office exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit, camaraderie and collegiality of the region, and is backed by the capabilities and depth of a leading global firm.


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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.

Salazar, Ken

Ken Salazar

Partner

+1 720 274 3131 (t)

Spielman, Andy

Andrew L. Spielman

Partner

+1 720 274 3161 (t)

andy.spielman@wilmerhale.com

Hazel, Michael J.P.

Michael J.P. Hazel

Counsel

+1 720 274 3141 (t)

michael.hazel@wilmerhale.com

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Matthew Leary

Counsel

+1 720 274 3153 (t)

matthew.leary@wilmerhale.com

Passamaneck, Nora

Nora Q.E. Passamaneck

Senior Associate

+1 720 274 3152 (t)

nora.passamaneck@wilmerhale.com

Silhasek, Michael J.

Michael J. Silhasek

Senior Associate

+ 1 720 274 3156 (t)

michael.silhasek@wilmerhale.com

Publications & News

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November 16, 2016

How Energy Firms Can Use The Defend Trade Secrets Act

An article by Benjamin Fernandez, Natalie Hanlon Leh and Kirsten Donaldson, published by Law360, discusses how energy firms can use the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act to help them safeguard against misappropriation of their proprietary information.

October 25, 2016

Design Patent Post-Grant: Is Anticipation Easier to Prove Than Obviousness?

An article by Ben Fernandez and Mark Selwyn, published by Bloomberg BNA's Patent Trademark & Copyright Journal, introduces and compares the standards for design patent anticipation and obviousness, explores the interplay between anticipation and obviousness at the PTAB, and summarizes practical takeaways from the current design patent IPR landscape.

October 12, 2016

Ken Salazar Honored With Federico Pena Lifetime Achievement Award

The Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research Organization has recognized Partner Ken Salazar with its Federico Pena Lifetime Achievement Award. Salazar accepted the accolade on September 23 at the organization's annual Bernie Valdez Awards Luncheon in Denver.

September 30, 2016

What The Fed Circ. Says About IPR Estoppel

In this article published by Law360, Mindy Sooter and Gregory Lantier discuss precedents and questions that litigants should carefully consider as they formulate strategies for achieving their goals.

September 22, 2016

Law Week Colorado Honors Natalie Hanlon Leh and Andrew Spielman Among the Top Lawyers in Colorado

Partners Natalie Hanlon Leh and Andrew Spielman have been named to Law Week Colorado's annual list of Barrister's Best, featuring the top lawyers in the state by practice, as selected by their peers and by the publication's “Barrister.”

August 17, 2016

WilmerHale’s Anne Lee Elected to Board of Directors of Prestigious Colorado Intellectual Property Association

WilmerHale Associate Anne Lee has been elected to the board of directors of The Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, a prestigious Colorado-based association of legal professionals.

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

July 26, 2016

WilmerHale Again Ranks as a Best Law Firm for Women

Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers has again named WilmerHale as a Best Law Firm for Women. The firm has received the honor every year since the list came out in 2007.

July 1, 2016

BTI Consulting Names WilmerHale Among Top Firms in 2016 for Pharma and Insurance

WilmerHale has been recognized by BTI Consulting this year for its strength of client relationships and its work in the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. Calling the ideal state of a client relationship “Clientopia,” BTI Consulting named WilmerHale among the select group of only 24 firms to achieve this standard.

June 24, 2016

WilmerHale Again Receives Gold Standard Award for Promoting Women Attorneys

The Women in Law Empowerment Forum has given WilmerHale the Gold Standard Award for its dedication to women in leadership roles and commitment to equal compensation.

  • 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" – 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 (2017) – Recognized 101 of our lawyers for outstanding reputations and distinguished work in their practice areas. Six partners were also recognized as "Lawyer of the Year."
  • BTI Consulting Group (2015-2016) – In 2016, WilmerHale was recognized for its strength of client relationships and its work in the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. Calling the ideal state of a client relationship “Clientopia,” BTI Consulting named WilmerHale among the select group of only 24 firms to achieve this standard. In 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 (2014-2016) – WilmerHale was named a Top 25 National Corporate Law Firm in the United States, and in 2014 was named "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 (2009-2016) – 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."
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers® (2012-2017) - In the 2017 Best Law Firms list, the firm received first-tier law firm in 21 national and 56 metro-area rankings, including a first-tier ranking for intellectual property litigation in Colorado. In addition, the firm boasts 40 second- and third-tier rankings. In 2016, the firm was named "Law Firm of the Year" in Mutual Funds Law, and received first-tier rankings in 21 national and 58 metro-area practices. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, WilmerHale was "Law Firm of the Year" in International Arbitration, and in 2012, WilmerHale was named "Law Firm of the Year" in Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation and Securities Litigation.
  • Working Mother  magazine and Flex Time Lawyers (2007-2016) – The firm has been included in the "Best Law Firms for Women" list every year since the list came out in 2007. 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, 2015-2016) – For seven years, WilmerHale has been named to the Yale Law Women's list of "Top Ten Family Friendly Firms."

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