Kieran Lasater

Partner

Denver, Colorado

Practice Areas

  • Commercial litigation
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Canabis law
  • Auto dealer representation
  • Power sports dealer representation

Education

  • J.D. the Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A., Administration of Justice, the Pennsylvania State University

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeals

Professional Associations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

Community Involvement

Founding Board Member of Innovation Corridor Foundation (Jan. 2019), a partnership between NREL, UCAR, the World Trade Center, the City and County of Denver, and public and private entities, formed to foster and facilitate technology and industry in the greentech, renewable energy, and supercomputing/AI spaces.

Kieran Lasater is a Partner at Sparkman + Foote LLP, where his practice focuses on Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Disputes, Cannabis Law, as well as Auto and Powersports Dealer Representation.

Kieran takes pride in representing his clients, which range from individuals to small and large companies, through counseling and in various disputes, including breach of contract, trademark disputes, trade secret claims, non-compete and non-disclosure issues, real estate disputes, before the Motor Vehicle Dealer Board, and in general business disputes. When engaged prior to litigation, Kieran counsels his clients in risk mitigation and avoidance, as well as dispute resolution, in an attempt to minimize exposure and expense.

If litigation is required, Kieran aggressively represents his clients in vindicating or defending their rights and interests in Colorado state trial and appellate courts, before the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (TTAB). Kieran’s litigation experience includes breach of contract claims, trade secret claims, trademark disputes, real estate disputes, employment matters including non-compete and confidentiality disputes, libel, Colorado Consumer Protection Act claims, and many others.

Kieran has published numerous articles related to cannabis law, as well as auto dealer law, and has presented continuing legal education programs in Colorado, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania.

Kieran is a Founding Board Member of Innovation Corridor Foundation (Jan. 2019), a partnership between NREL, UCAR, the World Trade Center, the City and County of Denver, and public and private entities, formed to foster and facilitate technology and industry in the greentech, renewable energy, and supercomputing/AI spaces, among others.

He also is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, where he chaired its Mentoring Committee.

Kieran is a peer reviewed AV Preeminent attorney by Martindale-Hubble, and has been named a Colorado Super Lawyer®, Rising Star, 2010-2016, an award reserved for 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40 or practicing ten years or less. Kieran was also named a runner up in 2010 for Up and Coming Attorneys by Law Week Colorado.

Kieran holds a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from the Pennsylvania State University, as well as a minor in Sociology, and a Juris Doctor from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, where he was named to the Woolsack Honor Society (top 15% of class). During law school, Kieran served as a law clerk to a trial court judge for two years, and was the Executive Editor of the Penn State International Law Review, where his comment, A Survey of the Domestic Approaches to Antitrust Taken by the OPEC Member Nations: Do They Practice What They Preach?, 23 Penn St. Int’l L. Rev. 413 (Fall 2004), was published.

In his free time, Kieran enjoys spending time with his family, dirt biking, snowboarding, hiking and running.

LEGAL PUBLICATIONS

White Paper, Irrevocable Trust v. Divorce Decree—When is Irrevocable Really Irrevocable?, September 2018.

Co-Author—A New War on Marijuana?, Law Week Colorado, April 20, 2017.

Co-Author—Ethical Considerations When Advising a Business Regarding Marijuana-Related Activities, Inside Scoop, Inside Counsel, October 15, 2015.

Mistruths in Engineering—The VW Scandal, Law Week Colorado, October 5, 2015.

Co-Author—Ethics of a Lawyer’s Use of Marijuana, Inside Scoop, Inside Counsel, October 1, 2015.

Co-Author—Marijuana in Colorado, DC and Beyond: A Legal Overview, Inside Scoop, Inside Counsel, September 17, 2015.

Conflicts of Law—A Colorado Example, National Paralegal Reporter, Vol. 40, No. 3, Fall 2015.

Erroneous Vehicle History Reports—An Update, National Association of Dealer Counsel’s Defender, June 2015; also featured in the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association’s Open Road, June 2015.

Border Wars: Colorado Weed on Fire, Law Week Colorado, December 22, 2014.

White Paper, The Dish on Dish Network—Examining One of the Colorado Supreme Court’s Biggest Cases (2014).

White Paper, Trademarks and the Conflict Between Nominative Fair Use and Initial Interest Confusion (2014).

White Paper, Using Trademarks in Online Keyword Advertising (2014).

White Paper, Trademarks and Associated Rights (2014).

Courthouse Doors Closed to Pot Industry, Law Week Colorado, September 9, 2013.

The Vexing Problem of Erroneous Vehicle History Reports, National Association of Dealer Counsel’s Defender, April 2013; also featured in the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association’s Open Road, April 2013.

Co-Author, When All Else Fails—Discovery Within the Administrative Agency-Federal and State (Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2007).

Kieran A. Lasater, Comment, A Survey of the Domestic Approaches to Antitrust Taken by the OPEC Member Nations: Do They Practice What They Preach?, 23 Penn St. Int’l L. Rev. 413 (Fall 2004).

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Presenter: “Colorado’s Marijuana Experience,” 2014 Wyoming Bench/Bar Conference, September 11, 2014, Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Presenter: “Conflicts of Law,” Recreational Marijuana CLE International Seminar, June 20, 2014, Denver, Colorado.

Presenter: “Protecting Your Business: Litigation Basics,” Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Small Business Development Center, April 8, 2009, Denver, Colorado.

Presenter: “Hiring and Recruiting Employees While Staying in Compliance with the Law,” Council on Education in Management, sponsors of the program: Untangling the FMLA, ADA and Workers Compensation Overlap, August 14, 2006, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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