Adsero IP and Nelson Mullins Announced New Partners, New Hires in Denver

Law Firm Updates

On Nov. 8, Colorado firm Adsero IP LLC announced the promotion of Kate Bohmann to partner. Bohmann is a 2009 graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and previously practiced in the Denver office of an international law firm before moving to Adsero IP in 2015. Bohmann specializes in trademark and copyright counseling as well as IP litigation. She will be a partner in the boutique intellectual property firm’s IP trademark team. 

Merchant & Gould P.C. announced on Dec. 14 that three new associates joined its Denver office. Kelsey Covert, P.E., Christopher McGillen and Drew Smith bring a range of experience to the national intellectual property firm. Covert, a licensed professional engineer and a University of Denver Sturm College of Law graduate, focuses on utility and design patent prosecution, trademark and copyright work. McGillen joined the firm’s electrical group with a focus on patent prosecution and advising clients on a range of IP matters. McGillen is a University of Colorado Law School graduate and prior to law school was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Smith, a University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law graduate who also holds a B.S. in electrical engineering, works on patent preparation and prosecution for a wide range of clients. 

Blake Gansborg was elected to partner at national firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP the firm announced on Dec. 15. Gansborg is currently of counsel at the Denver office and will move up to partner on Jan. 1, 2022. The Michigan Law School, magna cum laude graduate represents corporate clients at all stages of litigation and trial. He is one of 18 attorneys elected to partner across its 12 offices. 

On Dec. 15, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announced Anni Singh joined its corporate and business development department at the Denver office as of counsel. As a corporate and transactional attorney, Singh has experience in a range of commercial and corporate advising on matters. She comes to Denver from Sydney, Australia where she worked at an international law firm on matters across a variety of industries. Singh holds a B.A.LL.B. from the National Law Institute University and an LL.M. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and is licensed to practice in India, Australia and New York. 

National firm Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP announced its 2021 first-year associate class on Dec. 15. The firm added 41 new associates in its 10 offices including three in Denver. Ryan Cooney, a University of Colorado Law School graduate, joins the firm’s intellectual property practice. Tyler Graham, a Vanderbilt University Law School graduate, joins the firm’s corporate practice. Noby Yoda, a University of Denver Sturm College of Law graduate, also joins the firm’s intellectual property practice. 

The Judiciary 

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock appointed David Blackett to the Denver County Court bench according to a Dec. 14 announcement. Blackett will fill the newly funded 19th county court judgeship vacancy and currently serves on the 17th Judicial District as a district court magistrate judge. He is a University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law graduate and was selected by Mayor Hancock from a shortlist of candidates announced on Nov. 29. 

County Judge Gerald Keefe of Cheyenne County will resign in 2022, according to a Dec. 15 announcement. The 15th Judicial District Nominating Commission encourages qualified candidates to apply for the upcoming vacancy on March 1, 2022. The commission will meet in January to select finalists for the governor.

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