Michael Best’s recent westward expansion, with office openings in Austin and Salt Lake City, now includes a new intellectual property practice in Denver. Stephen Gigot chairs the firm’s IP practice group and said it was the right time for the move with the right people to get a foothold here after noticing “synergies” with other business in the Utah and Texas offices.
Gigot said they’re confident that the firm’s business model in the IP space will translate well in Colorado and fit in with Denver’s startup culture.
“When we look at expansion and we’ve focused on that a lot over the past few years, markets that have tech companies and strong technology growth are really attractive for us, and Denver has that,” he said. “Having a growth market that’s centered around tech companies makes a lot of sense.”
The firm also looks at the move from a recruiting perspective. Gigot said Michael Best has hired several engineers and scientists to help tailor their expertise and services to tech companies.