1225 17th Street, Suite 2600
Denver, Colorado 80202   Map
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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.

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


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.

June 16, 2016

WilmerHale Wins Bank of America Award for Diversity and Inclusion

WilmerHale was recognized for creating an internal culture that encourages the recruitment, retention, mentoring and promotion of diverse attorneys.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

May 17, 2016

WilmerHale Attorneys and Practices Recognized in 2016 edition of IP Stars Handbook

The fourth edition of the IP Stars Handbook—a Managing IP guide that identifies the leading IP firms and lawyers in the United States—has been released and it prominently ranks WilmerHale and 19 of its partners.

May 16, 2016

Congress Creates Federal Right of Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation

On May 11, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, which enables companies to go to federal court to sue for misappropriation of trade secrets.

May 5, 2016

WilmerHale Expands Denver Office to Accommodate Client Growth

Today WilmerHale announced that it has relocated to a new, larger office in the Seventeenth Street Plaza building in downtown Denver. The relocation coincides with strong client growth and the addition of some of the region's most respected attorneys.

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.

  • 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."