Denver Partner to Lead Merchant & Gould New York Office

Peter Gergely will be New York office managing partner


Merchant & Gould announced Wednesday Denver-based partner Peter Gergely is now the managing partner of the firm’s New York office. Gergely also will maintain an office in Denver to service the firm’s Colorado and West Coast-based clients. 

“As our East Coast office continues to grow, Peter’s leadership will broaden the services, depth and local capabilities for our clients in New York and around the country,” said Chris Leonard, CEO, managing partner and chairman of the board of Merchant & Gould.  “He will deepen the office’s litigation strength, as well.”

Gergely is a trial attorney who leads teams in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and commercial litigation, as well as contested matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Gergely represents clients in electronics, software and medical device industries among others.

“Peter has been an important member of our Denver team for more than 14 years, valued by his peers and clients in the Rocky Mountain region,” said Tim Scull, managing partner of Merchant & Gould’s Denver office.  “We are excited to see him expand Merchant & Gould’s IP services in New York, while continuing to work together as a team in Colorado.”

In addition to his new role as managing partner in New York, Gergely will continue his position as the firm’s assistant general counsel.  He also performs pro bono trademark and litigation work for nonprofit organizations.


Greenspoon Marder announced July 23 the firm expanded its corporate and business practice group in Denver with the addition of partner Jenna Seigel.

Seigel focuses her practice on corporate transactions and general business law. She represents public and private companies such as start-ups as well as multinational corporations in connection with corporate and securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, credit finance, corporate governance, company formation and reorganization, and venture capital and private equity financings.

Seigel was previously with Bold Legal as an attorney and founder.

Seigel received a law degree from the University of Colorado Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough announced Tuesday that Blake Gansborg has joined the firm in its Denver office as of counsel.

Gansborg’s legal practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in state court, federal court, administrative forums and arbitration proceedings. He has also represented corporate clients in governmental and internal investigations, including matters involving the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, and other securities self-regulatory organizations.

Gansborg joined the firm from Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell where he was an associate. Prior to that, Gansborg was with the New York City office of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft.

Gansborg previously served as a law clerk to Judge Raymond Moore of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He currently serves as a board member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado and as a mentor in Law School Yes We Can.


The Conference of Western Attorneys General announced Wednesday that Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has been selected as the new chair of the Conference of Western Attorneys General. Coffman was selected during CWAG’s annual summer meeting in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

“I am honored to have earned the support of my esteemed colleagues to serve as CWAG’s next chair,” said Coffman, whose CWAG term runs through January 2019. “The strong bond between Western attorneys general has been forged by many years of collaboration on pressing issues effecting citizens of the West. We see possibilities when we work with colleagues across the country and the world. “

Coffman has served on the CWAG executive committee for three years and began her term as chairwoman today after receiving the handoff from the former chair, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

CWAG is a bipartisan group comprised of attorneys general of 15 Western states, three Pacific territories and 20 associate member states. CWAG’s primary function is to provide a forum for the Western state attorneys general to cultivate knowledge, cooperate on subjects of mutual concern and coordinate actions and programs, which improve the quality of legal services available to CWAG members and their constituencies.

Elliott Hood, an associate at the Boulder-based law firm of Caplan & Earnest, was appointed to the Colorado Bar Association’s CLE board of directors.

Hood represents school districts across Colorado in disputes involving special education, employment matters and expulsions and advises districts on a variety of legal issues, including constitutional challenges to school policies and actions, school finance, liability and issues concerning charter and innovation schools. 

Prior to joining Caplan & Earnest, Hood was an associate at a large Denver-based litigation firm. Before that, he served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and as a law clerk on the Denver District Court. Prior to law school, Hood was a fifth-grade teacher in Las Vegas and development director for a large education nonprofit in Chicago.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announced Wednesday that managing partner Adam Agron was appointed to the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Alumni Council.

The purpose of the Law Alumni Council is to stimulate and encourage alumni involvement in the law school, assist in recruitment and placement of students and work collaboratively with faculty, administration and trustees on ongoing and new initiatives in support of the mission of the law school.

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