On Nov. 28, Law Week Colorado managing editor Tony Flesor met with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton Denver office managing partner Gene Bernard, Gordon & Rees Denver office co-managing partner Franz Hardy and Snell & Wilmer Denver office managing partner Curt Reimann to discuss the legal industry’s defining trends of 2018 and what to look out for in 2019.
LAW WEEK: We have a range of practices between your offices. Will you each describe what your Denver office focuses on?
REIMANN: In Denver, really the full spectrum of what we do in the firm is commercial litigation, commercial finance and real estate with more of a heavy focus on a national leasing practice. We also do a fair amount of construction litigation and product liability litigation.
We’ve had nice growth this year, which has been consistent with the firm. So I think the economy has continued to be robust. I think we’ve benefited from that firmwide and, particularly, in Denver. We’ll get to this later, but I’m not sure that I feel that way about next year.
BERNARD: Our office in Denver is primarily focused on intellectual property. We do patents, trademarks copyrights — both on the prosecution side and on the litigation side — and client advice in those areas.
The firm as a whole, however, has many other practice areas. I would say about a third of the firm does IP, but we also do things like construction litigation, we have complex commercial litigation, we have a white collar practice, we have a government relations practice, we have a Native American practice. So a lot of different practice groups, which we tried to tie together with a strategic focus for our clients on IP and ancillary IP issues for them.