James G. Sawtelle

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in Denver, CO

Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
 | 633 17th Street, Suite 3000
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-299-8265
Fax: 303-298-0940
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (80%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Jim Sawtelle is a trial attorney who leads the Sherman & Howard Intellectual Property Practice Group. For over twenty-five years, clients have turned to him for advice on their most complex commercial and intellectual property needs. Those clients range from individuals, small businesses, and other law firms, to Fortune 500 companies. Jim’s ability to offer clear guidance and sound judgment has been forged through years in the courtroom. He has tried to verdict more than 50 civil jury and bench cases in State and Federal Courts throughout the country, with a track record of notable victories. In addition, he has briefed and argued more than a dozen appellate cases, many of which have resulted in refinements to existing law.

A trusted advisor and advocate, his experience enables clients to achieve the results they seek, whether through risk analysis and counseling, litigation avoidance, dispute resolution by settlement, or victory at trial. In recognition, Chambers USA writes that Jim is known for being “…adept at handling all areas of commercial litigation…extremely thorough and very communicative. He is also recommended for his ability to combine legal sense with awareness of business objectives.”

 

 
Practice Areas
  • 80%Intellectual Property Litigation
  • 20%Business Litigation

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2020

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About James Sawtelle

Admitted: 1998, Colorado

Professional Webpage: https://shermanhoward.com/attorney/james-g-sawtelle/

Honors/Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • IP Star, Managing IP Magazine, 2017
  • IP Star, Managing IP Magazine, 2016
  • Chambers USA, 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • IP Star, Managing IP Magazine, 2015
  • Chambers USA, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • IP Star, Managing IP Magazine, 2014
  • Chambers USA, 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Chambers USA, 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2013
  • Corporate Counsel Black Book
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rating (2002 - present)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • "Superb" 10.0 out of 10.0, Avvo
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Colorado, 1998
  • Iowa, 1991
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Chair, Town of Superior Planning Commission
  • United States District Courts for the Southern District of Iowa
  • United States District Courts for the Northern District of Iowa
  • United States District Courts for the District of Colorado
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Media Law Resource Center, Trademark & Copyright Committee
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board of Directors, “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County
  • Volunteer Football Coach, YMCA of Boulder Valley
  • Chair, Planning Commission, Town of Superior, Colorado
  • Volunteer, Boy Scouts of America
  • Volunteer, Humane Society of Boulder Valley
  • Volunteer, Soaring Eagles Alliance
  • Volunteer, Metro Volunteer Lawyers' Post-Decree Clinic
  • Volunteer, Rocky Mountain Survivors' Center

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Contributing Author, Litigating Media Matters, Thomson Reuters, 2013
  • Author, An Ethical Challenge for Corporate Counsel, Trends: Your Business and the Law, 2006
  • Author, Recent Developments in Punitive Damages Verdicts, The Iowa Lawyer (Iowa State Bar Association), 2005
  • Speaker, “Direct Examination,” Faculty of Federal Advocates Trial Advocacy College, Denver, CO, 2010
  • Speaker, “Internal Investigation Best Practices,” 10th Annual Advanced Employment Law, Cheyenne, WY, 2011
  • Speaker, “Use of Referees and Special Masters in Discovery,” National Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, 2011
  • Speaker, “Privacy and Social Media in the Workplace,” 11th Annual Advanced Employment Law, Cheyenne, WY, 2012
  • Speaker, “Delivering Maximum Value Through Expert Witnesses,” Renaissance Symposium VI at the Harvard Club, New York, NY, 2012
  • Speaker, “Intellectual Property and Copyright for the Magazine Media Publisher,” MPA-IMAG Independent Magazine Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2013
  • Speaker, “Data Security / Data Privacy,” Alliance of Area Business Publications Summer Conference, Nashville, TN 2013
  • Co-Author, “Litigating Media and Entertainment Matters,” Thomson Reuters, 2013
  • Speaker, “Effective Use of Expert Witnesses in a Trademark Case,” Intellectual Property Institute Summer Conference, Park City, UT, 2016
  • Invited to present a one day continuing legal education seminar on the fundamentals of jury trials, which was attended by approximately 20 practicing attorneys, Speaker/Instructor, Trial Advocacy: Jury Selection to Closing Arguments, National Business Institute
  • Invited by the Office of the Colorado Attorney General to serve as an instructor in a seminar on effective examination of expert witnesses, which was attended by approximately 60 assistant attorneys general., Speaker, Advanced Trial Advocacy: Examination of Expert Witnesses, Office of the Colorado Attorney General
  • Invited by the Office of the Colorado Attorney General to serve as an instructor in a one day seminar on issues and pitfalls in litigation involving public officials and agencies, which was attended by approximately 20 assistant attorneys general., Speaker, Advanced Trial Advocacy: Litigation Involving Public Officials and Agencies, Office of the Colorado Attorney General
  • Invited to present a one day continuing legal education seminar on federal court practice and procedure to an audience of approximately 50 practicing attorneys., Speaker, Federal Court Practice and Procedure, National Business Institute
  • Invited by the Iowa State Bar Association to speak at a continuing legal education seminar on the reporting obligations of outside litigation counsel under Sarbanes-Oxley, Speaker, Sarbanes-Oxley and its Impact on Litigators, Iowa State Bar Association
  • Invited by the Faculty of Federal Advocates (U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado) to serve as a speaker/instructor in a trial advocacy program in which practicing attorneys were trained and critiqued on all aspects of trying a jury case in federal court, Speaker/Instructor, Trial Advocacy, Faculty Of Federal Advocates

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Negotiating a no-payment dismissal as defense counsel for a national broadcasting group, eliminating multi-million-dollar damages claims asserted by a terminated executive
  • On behalf of a closely held marketing firm, developing a multi-state litigation program to address losses arising from recurring contract disputes, winning more than $4.2 million in judgments for the client
  • Lead counsel in the defense of a Fortune 500 client against allegations of age and gender discrimination by a terminated in-house attorney, resulting in an unconditional release of claims in return for a nuisance value settlement amount
  • Obtained a settlement which included an unconditional release and complete dismissal of claims – with no payment from the client – as lead trial counsel on behalf of a nationwide media company, in a breach of contract action by a terminated senior executive who was asserting multi-million dollar damages claims
  • Won a defense verdict in a jury case as lead trial counsel on behalf of a regional energy supplier, in an action brought by a terminated general manager alleging significant money damages based on claims of retaliatory discharge and violation of public policy
  • Won summary judgment for the State of Colorado in the defense of a case involving claims for indemnity brought by a group of Colorado counties and district attorneys, resulting in the elimination of multimillion dollar exposure for the Colorado Office of Risk Management
  • Obtained a confidential settlement on behalf of a discharged whistleblower against a subprime predatory mortgage lender, and assisted a consortium of state attorneys general in a corresponding fraud action against the same lender, resulting in the establishment of a $295 million multi-state settlement fund for other victims of the defendant's conduct
  • Obtained a settlement valued at $13.5 million as lead trial counsel on behalf of 79 small businesses and individuals in a commercial dispute with the State of Iowa
  • Lead trial and appellate counsel in a federal lawsuit against a global energy company, resulting in a jury verdict of $16.7 million, including $15 million in punitive damages

Representative Clients:

  • Imagine Nation Books, Ltd.
  • State of Colorado
  • Meredith Corporation

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • 50 for Colorado Business Leadership Class, 2011

Educational Background:

  • B.A. with Distinction, University of Iowa, 1988
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Office Location for James G. Sawtelle

633 17th Street
Suite 3000
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-299-8265

Fax: 303-298-0940

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