Ian Rainey


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    1700 Lincoln Street
    Suite 4000
    Denver, CO 80203

Ian Rainey is an associate in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology and Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practices. His past practice has included prosecuting patents in a wide range of technical fields, including chemical and biotechnology, materials science, optics, and computers and software, as well as litigating a wide variety of matters in state, federal and appellate courts.

Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Ian worked in the IP and litigation groups at another large Denver firm. Before that, he clerked for The Honorable John Daniel Dailey on the Colorado Court of Appeals where he assisted in drafting over fifty published and unpublished decisions.

Ian earned his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, graduating seventh in his class, and was awarded several Scholastic Excellence Awards for receiving the top grade in a given class. During law school Ian also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Denver Sports and Entertainment Law Journal.

From 2010 to 2012, Ian had the opportunity to work on Lobato v. State of Colorado, a case that the challenged the constitutionality of Colorado's public school funding system. Ian worked extensively with the litigation team during pretrial discovery, throughout the five-week trial, and post-trial by drafting portions of the finding of facts and conclusions of law. The Colorado Lawyer's Committee awarded the Lobato litigation team the "Team of the Year Award" for its pro bono work.

While in college, Ian was a NCAA Division I baseball player and a former member of a USA Baseball Junior Olympic Team. Away from work, Ian enjoys running, biking, golfing and exploring Colorado’s outdoors.


The War Over Information Technology Patents: How Microsoft v. i4i is Reforming the Mobile Entertainment Industry, 11 U. DENV. SPORTS. & ENT. L.J 137 (2011).



United States Patent and Trademark Office

United States District Court, District of Colorado

10th Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Thomas G. Marsh Inn of Court
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association

Awards & Honors

  • Editor-in-Chief, University of Denver Sports and Entertainment Law Journal
  • Academic Achievement, Scholastic Excellence Award
  • Bucknell University, Academic All Conference, Dean's List
  • NCAA Division I Baseball Team


University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

Juris Doctor, 2012

Bucknell University

Bachelor of Arts, 2006

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