March 19, 2018Press Release

Michael Best Expands In Denver with Addition of Intellectual Property Group

DENVER (March 19, 2018) – Michael Best is pleased to announce the expansion of its Denver office with the addition of four attorneys to the Intellectual Property Practice Group. The group includes partners Scott Alter, Alexander Clayden, Stephen Horace, and Jon Trembath.

“We’re excited to welcome this accomplished group to our Denver office,” said Stephen Gigot, Chair of the firm’s IP Practice Group. “Their expertise strengthens our full-service IP offerings to our clients, and plays an invaluable role to our strategic growth in the marketplace. Denver is an emerging hub for both tech and startup activity, and knowledge of intellectual property matters in all stages of these companies’ life cycle is critical.”

“Our firm’s emphasis in the technology sectors has helped us attract many attorneys over the last year,” said David Krutz, Managing Partner of Michael Best. “That growth, coupled with the firm prioritizing specific regional marketplaces, demonstrates our ability to meet our clients’ needs and provide them with sophisticated solutions to advance their business goals.”

Michael Best’s expansion in the Western State offices of Denver and Salt Lake City represents a natural extension of their nationwide presence, and the addition of the corporate and securities group from KLMR in Salt Lake City in 2017 is indicative of that recent growth. Michael Best Strategies LLC, the firm’s consulting arm, has also developed its practice by hiring a number of employees in the Denver office with Partner Jeff Thormodsgaard leading that group’s efforts.

 “This was a wonderful opportunity for our group to come over to Michael Best,” said Jon Trembath. “We’re looking forward to tapping in to the firm’s regional network and expanding the scope of our work on a national scale.” 

About the Attorneys

Scott M. Alter focuses his practice on a wide range of intellectual property matters in the software, electronics, internet, telecommunications and semiconductor industries. He conducts intellectual property due diligence and agreement negotiations on corporate transactional work, manages global patent portfolios, strategizes the protection of technology assets, implements invention disclosure programs, manages the patent prosecution and post-grant proceedings and patentability evaluations of new and emerging technologies, and analyzes the risk of new and existing products. Alter received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School, and his B.S. and B.A. from Emory University.

Alexander C. Clayden’s practice focuses on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation. He represents clients on trademark, trade dress, and unfair competition matters, as well as litigates utility and design patents thorough all stages of the trial including pre-filing strategies, claim construction and motions practice. Clayden has also assisted in cases in front of the Federal Circuit Court and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. His commercial litigation works includes defending clients on employment discrimination and wrongful discharge matters, trade secret misappropriation claims, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. Clayden received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Colorado.

Stephen J. Horace is a trademark and trial attorney with extensive experience both as outside and in- house counsel.  He spent 11 years as an intellectual property and trial attorney for May Department Stores Company, now merged with Macy’s. Horace concentrates his practice on solving disputes involving trademarks, unfair competition, patents, trade secrets and advertising issues. He has expertise in product design protection, brand management and fashion law, and works closely with national and international retailers, designers, and manufacturers. Horace received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law, and his A.B. and B.J. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Jon R. Trembath has more than 20 years of intellectual property experience and focuses on patent litigation and appeals, particularly cases brought before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. One such case saw the reversal of a $50 million judgment for a construction products manufacturer client. Trembath earned his J.D., cum laude, from Brigham Young University Law School, and his B.S. from Brigham Young University. As a past president and a founding member of the Denver IP Inn of Court, he is active in the local legal community.

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