Samantha Picans

Associate

  • location icon Denver, CO
    1700 Lincoln Street
    Suite 4000
    Denver, CO 80203

Samantha Picans is an associate in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. Her past practices have included patent, trademark, and trade secret litigation in various federal district courts, as well as related contract and other claims. These cases involved fields such as computer hardware and software, brewing, industrial manufacturing processes and machines, metallurgy, and consumer products.

Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Picans worked in the IP litigation group of a national firm. Before that, she was an associate in a Colorado-based law firm where she gained experience in a wide range of practice areas.

Ms. Picans has recently served as a guardian ad litem in protection order cases in Colorado state county courts, representing the best interest of children. For one summer of law school and after taking the Colorado bar, Ms. Picans interned and volunteered at Colorado Legal Services in the Family and Children Unit, representing victims of domestic abuse in divorce, custody, and protection order hearings. While attending law school, Ms. Picans served as a mediator for a local nonprofit group where she mediated cases in Chicago courts, and participated in a clinic class that primarily worked on death penalty cases. During her last year of law school, Ms. Picans served as the Executive Articles Editor on the Executive Board for the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, managing all of the editing for the journal’s standard editions.

Publications

  • Strategies for Preventing an Award of Attorneys Fees, ABA IP Litigation (Jan. 2016), Kristopher Reed & Samantha Picans
  • Copyright Transfer Terminations, Trademark, and Trade Dress: Forewarned Is Forearmed, The Colorado Lawyer (Nov. 2014), Matthew Holohan & Samantha Picans

Certifications

Certified Mediator, Center for Conflict Resolution

Community Activities

  • Rocky Mountain Children Law Center, Guardian ad litem, 2015-present
  • Reading Partners, 2014
  • Colorado Legal Services, Family and Children Unit, volunteer attorney & intern, 2011-2013
  • Center for Conflict Resolution, Certified Mediator, 2011-2012
  • Bluhm Legal Clinic, Human Rights Advocacy Clinic, 2010-2011

Professional Presentations

Colorado IP Inn of Court, musical presentation by Treble Damage for Ethics CLE (2014, 2015, 2016)

Admissions

Colorado

Associations

  • Colorado IP Inn of Court
  • Colorado Bar Association, IP Section
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Women in eDiscovery, Denver Chapter Board Member

Awards & Honors

  • Women in eDiscovery, Membership Co-Director
  • Executive Articles Editor, Northwestern Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property Executive Board, 2011-2012
  • Journal Member, Northwestern Journal of Technology & Intellectual, 2010-2011
  • Habeas Chorus, a cappella student group at Northwestern University School of Law: member (2009-2012), co-director (2010-2011)
  • Graduated magna cum laude in each of three degrees from University of Central Florida

Education

Northwestern University School of Law

Juris Doctor, 2012

University of Central Florida
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, magna cum laude, 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, magna cum laude, 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, magna cum laude, 2008

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